Nintendo teaches kids to code with new cardboard gaming kits

Nintendo teaches kids to code with new cardboard gaming kits

Nintendo teaches kids to code with new cardboard gaming kits

If you're local to New York City or San Francisco, Nintendo is hosting a three-hour Labo event for kids age six to 12. Both kits will be available April 20th, so mom, dad get everything in order cause we are sure this the Labo will be flying off shelves. This offers players new levels of interaction that vary depending on the Toy-Con they're using.

The word of the day is "cardboard", as with two minutes and fifty-two seconds of tantalising looks at a half-physical, half-software setup for the Nintendo Switch, nothing will ever be the same again.

Created to be used with the Nintendo Switch console and its accompanying Joy-Con controllers, the kit comprises modular sheets of cardboard that can be transformed into interactive creations.

Obviously the Robot Kit - which lets you dress up as a robot and smash your way through a destructible environment - is cool, but the most impressive of all the Toy-Cons is the miniature cardboard piano.

Nintendo will also throw in software that teaches you how to build and test each of the toys, as well as games to play with each of them.

If you have a Nintendo Switch in your house, listen up: Nintendo just announced that it is releasing a new add-on for the console that's unlike anything we've seen before.

The most stunning one of the bunch has to be the Toy-Con Piano, though, which has 13 working keys that are recognized by the IR Motion Camera in the right Joy-Con.

"It shows that Nintendo is, at its core, a toy maker", Toto said.

But despite the similarities, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime says that this is definitely not Nintendo's answer to VR.

Nintendo Labo is looking to be like an interesting and innovative new take on augmented reality: one where you're given a tangible, physical object whose functionality is enhanced by what's on the screen. Every Toy-Con creation presents exciting challenges and varying degrees of complexity, making each one a unique experience. Friends and family will be able to use the creations and join in on games. Once you've built them, though, you can bring them to life with your Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Labo will launch on April 20 with the Variety and Robot kits being the first available.

With Nintendo Labo, Switch players will be tasked to build cardboard versions of various items, like a piano or a fishing rod, or even a motorbike.

The Robot Kit comes with "an interactive robot suit with a visor, backpack, and straps for your hands and feet".

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