Growing up, I used cardboard boxes to create forts, swords and even robotic arms that contained imaginary weaponry.

This was a time before I was aware of what consoles were and this morning Nintendo hit me right in the nostalgia gut.

The firm has announced Nintendo Labo which “combines the magic of the Nintendo Switch with fun DIY creations.”

To describe it more plainly, Nintendo will release a series of cardboard Toy-cons (Nintendo’s descriptor not ours) that players can use to create a 13-key piano, a fishing pole, a motorbike and more.

You can see Labo in action in the video below.

The Labo will launch with two kits: the Variety kit and the Robot kit.

The Variety kit includes an RC car, fishing rod, house, motorbike and piano each with their own space for the Joy-con controllers which provide unique interactions in the game they’re linked to.

The Robot kit is a backpack that is described as a “wearable robot suit” that players can use to control a robot in a game to destroy buildings and UFOs.

“Nintendo Labo invites anyone with a creative mind and a playful heart to make, play and discover in new ways with Nintendo Switch. I personally hope to see many people enjoying making kits with their family members, with big smiles on their faces,” said President of Nintendo Europe Satoru Shibata.

Nintendo Labo will be available in South Africa from 27th April and you will need a Switch to be able to use the kits (obviously) so there’s still time to save up.

There is no word on pricing for the kits as yet although we’re sure it won’t be long before we know how much you’ll need to spend to bring your games to life.

[Image – Nintendo]

 

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.