News Nintendo Labo, The next step towards learning and playing

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Nintendo really knows its market above anyone else. They know that most of their consoles are appreciated by families, especially kids, and has stuck into that market for the longest time. Nevermind being 3rd in the console race, as long as they could provide quality things for families.

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Well, it seems they are innovating in this family-friendly idealism. They have just announced and previewed Nintendo Labo, a new way for kids, and adults too, to interact with the Switch. You start with pieces of cardboard, connect them together, and make interactive contraptions that will work along certain switch apps / games.


Make a small piano, a motorbike, or a real crawling cardboard bug. These packages turn cardboards into great imaginative creations that you and your kid could play with. The magic is of course, that kids and parents could work together building these contraptions, and be able to learn - while building them - as to how each system works. Think of it as easy versions of construction work or engineering for kids.

At the moment though, it seems like these packages are just exclusively to be sold by nintendo using their pre-cut cardboards, although I am hopeful that they will open this to the public, letting anyone cut off pieces of cardboard with just them giving instructions on building, making endless possibilities with the system. If they were to open this, the system will be huge among families for sure.

Nintendo Labo will be released 27th April in Europe.


https://labo.nintendo.com
 
Just seen the video that this looks pretty good and it has endless opportunity not only is it playing games but could help get kids learning and maybe in to subjects like engineering from a young age. What they will need to do is keep the cost low and get it to mass market. What they should do is looki g for small margin and high sales. This could be a excellent idea if developed right

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This could be a great educational and fun process for kids and families alike, but yes, I totally agree with @Kingamer, they'll need to keep the costs low, low, low on this. After all it's just cardboard and we know how kids can sometimes handle things with no real soft touch/ care.
 
Having seen the prices I think it's prices a a lot on the high end £53 for cardboard is a lot off money and it can be damaged very easily.

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£53! hmmmm probably stay away from this then.
 
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Having seen the prices I think it's prices a a lot on the high end £53 for cardboard is a lot off money and it can be damaged very easily.

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See, that's the problem I see with this kind of project.

There is so much potential in this, especially for kids. But instead of sharing that innovation to the world, Nintendo chose to capitalise on it and earn more money. I would not even spend too much just for pieces of cardboard, and I would prefer it if they make this as an open source system.

Should they make it open to everyone, where everyone could craft their own using everyday cardboards, it could be a hit, maybe even drive more sales for the switch. But, oh well...