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Nintendo Labo is a new DIY way to play games on the Switch

Nintendo has revealed a whole new lineup of video game accessories for the Switch … and they’re all made of cardboard.

Nintendo Labo is a new line of accessories that allow players to transform their Switch console and Joy-Con controllers into new ways to play. The different Labo creations (called Toy-Cons) include one that turns the Joy-Con into a fishing rod and another that turns the Switch into a 13-key piano. They all require a bit of DIY construction and interact with the console in different ways.

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Nintendo Labo takes advantage of the infrared motion camera in the right Joy-Con to detect what’s happening with the cardboard creations and translate it into a game. For instance, with the Toy-Con Piano, when players press down a key, the Joy-Con will sense it and trigger that note in the game you’re playing.

Nintendo Labo is launching with two different kits, the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit. The Variety Kit contains multiple Toy-Cons, including the Toy-Con Fishing Rod, the Toy-Con Piano, two Toy-Con RC Cars, a Toy-Con Motorbike, and a Toy-Con House. The Robot Kit turns your Switch and Joy-Cons into a Toy-Con Robot that allows you to control a robot with a backpack on your back, a visor on your head, and straps for your hands and feet.

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One of the most interesting Toy-Cons is the one that turns a pair of Joy-Cons into an RC Car that you control with the Switch’s touch screen. Instead of using wheels to move around, the Toy-Con RC Car uses the controllers’ HD rumble feature to move via vibrations.

The Toy-Con House is basically a cardboard house that’s home to a cute creature you can interact with and feed, like a souped-up tamagotchi.

For fans of racing games, the Toy-Con Motorbike turns the Joy-Cons into handlebars which you twist and turn to control a motorbike on the Nintendo Switch’s screen.

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The Variety Kit and Robot Kit, which are $69.99 and $79.99 respectively, come with all the necessary components — including software — to work. Both kits launch on April 20.

Nintendo Labo is one of the first projects on the Nintendo Switch that utilizes the right Joy-Con’s infrared motion sensor outside of a few of the minigames in the launch game 1-2-Switch

Nintendo Labo is being marketed toward younger gamers, but there’s no reason an adult wouldn’t enjoy putting together their own cardboard fishing rod for some indoor angling. Or outdoor angling, because the Switch is portable.

On top of the announced Toy-Cons, the reveal video appears to tease a few other Labo creations — including one that looks like a camera and one that looks like a gun.

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Nintendo’s bringing DIY robots and more to the Switch using cardboard

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Nintendo’s big new surprise interactive experience for the Switch is now official, and it’s basically a maker kit for the portable console which uses cardboard component pieces to allow people to build a range of different creations and play with them using the console to power games that interact with the DIY components.

NintendoLabo is like a next-level Lego, with kits that let you do things like build working pianos that interact directly with Switch software, and even make your own robots. Nintendo shows off an interactive fishing game with a real, built-it-yourself cardboard fishing rod you can use to catch stuff in-game, and a rolling bot you can remote control with the Switch’s touchscreen, as just a couple fo examples.

It actually looks super fun, and there’s a a variety kit and a robot kit coming out on April 20, 2018, with pricing starting at $69.99, which seems like a deal for the level of interactivity and creativity that’s available with these things. The Labo kits include all the cardboard pieces you need to build the projects they contain, as well as the Switch software necessary to run the interactive digital elements.

Nintendo is also selling Labo customization kits for $10 that will ship at the same time, and provide stencils, stickers and tape that allow you to customize the creations so that your cardboard robot backpack looks different from everyone else’s cardboard robot backpack.

Kudos to Nintendo for once again ignoring the well-trod ground of putting more silicon and tech behind their gaming console ambitions, and instead striking out into the unknown of the weird and wacky. This looks like a real good time, and one that won’t necessarily result in a huge new source of waste plastic after people move on to the next thing.

Yesojo’s Nintendo Switch projector dock is a dream accessory

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The Yesojo Nintendo Switch projector dock got a lot of attention when we covered the launch of its crowdfunding campaign last year, but at CES, it was on display and working, with the company ready to ship to its early backers. We got to spend some time with the portable projector, which gives your Switch a high-resolution screen you can take with you anywhere – and we came away very impressed.

The Yesojo is barely larger than the official Nintendo Switch dock itself, and very similar in terms of how the actual dock component works, so there’s no learning curve. It has a 200 lumen digital projector built-in, which is roughly equivalent to around 2,000 lumen with a lamp-powered home unit in terms of brightness. Even in the CES hall lights, it was perfectly playable, and you can imagine how good it would look in dark lighting conditions.

Built-in to the projector is a battery with enough capacity to give you around four hours of play time – and the battery is actually charging up the Switch the whole time it’s in operation, so even when it runs out you can undock the Switch and play for hours more that way.

The Yesojo also features a built-in speaker that’s surprisingly powerful and clear in terms of output, and really fills a room – again, even when competing with ambient conference hall sound.

Finally, the Yesojo also has input for other HDMI devices so that you can use it with things beyond the Switch, making it an extremely versatile travel accessory both for work and play.

As mentioned, the Yesojo is going to begin shipping soon, and it retails for $369. It’s a great accessory for the Switch, and a good deal for a portable projector that works with all your devices, and that also ships with a USB-C adapter in the box. The dock itself can charge easily using the original Switch adapter, too, so you only need one cable.

It sounded like it was potentially too good to be true when the project was first announced, but now that we’ve had some time with it, it lives up to its potential – and more. We’re going to be putting it through its paces for a full, extended review soon, but based on what we saw at CES, this will be a very in-demand add-on for Switch fans.

Nintendo announces raft of new and retro titles for Switch (plus new Mario outfits)


The Switch is getting a bevy of new games that should appeal to a broad variety of players, Nintendo announced today in one of its “Direct” videos. A new Mario Tennis game, updates to Odyssey, some classics and indies, and perhaps most unexpectedly, Dark Souls: Remastered.

The deepest fan-pleaser cut has to be The World Ends With You, a quirky DS cult hit with a great soundtrack and great modern aesthetic. Many a fan has asked for a remake or port, and they are surely crying tears of delight today.

The impeccable Super Mario Odyssey gets a new competitive game mode and an appearance by the well-known plumber’s too frequently ignored brother. Luigi hosts Balloon World, where you’re given 30 seconds to hide a balloon somewhere on a stage, or find one that someone else has hidden. No doubt 999-star power players will find ways to put these in absurdly hard to reach areas.

Luigi also appears (alongside all the usual suspects) in the new Mario Tennis Aces, which is pretty much what you’d expect. The story mode looks like it’ll be fun, though I doubt it will touch the fondly remembered Power Tour on GBA. (If you want a spiritual sequel to that, try Golf Story. Wrong sport, right feel.)

I personally am looking forward to playing action JPRG Ys VIII, the beautiful and musical Fe, and mega-hard pixelly platformer Celeste, which has been given a few easier modes for people who don’t want bite marks on their controllers.

While I’ll probably end up replaying Dark Souls: Remastered on PC to get the maximum effect of the redone art, it’s nice to know that Nintendo is looking to court games and developers generally preferred by more hardcore types.

Check out the rest of the Nintendo announcements (with groan-worthy narrated clips) at the Direct page.

Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling video game console ever in the U.S.


Nintendo has managed to sell so many of its Nintendo Switch console that it’s become not only its own fastest-selling console, but also the fastest selling in the U.S. ever, beating the record set by the Wii back during its launch. The Switch has sold over 4.8 million units in its first 10 months of availability, which beats out the Wii’s 4 million sold during the same initial window.

The success of the Switch probably isn’t surprising to anyone who owns one, or to those who’ve been following its rise. The console had a strong start thanks to flagship title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which has been purchased by over 55 percent of Switch console owners. Also, Nintendo revealed that Super Mario Odyssey is on over 55 percent of Switch consoles, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe all has an ownership rate of more than 50 percent. Clearly, marquee first-party software is doing a lot to drive demand for Nintendo’s hybrid home/portable console.

Nintendo is looking good going into 2018 based on these numbers, and the overall performance of the Switch should quickly eclipse the lifetime sales of the Wii U, which never really struck a chord with consumers. The game lineup for the forthcoming year will be a big determining factor in terms of figuring out what kind of pace is maintained with continued console sales after the initial thrill of the Switch dies down a little.