While April 20th may be known as a day for certain drug-related activities, this year’s ‘4/20’ is also noteworthy for marking the release of a decidedly more family friendly product, the Nintendo Labo.
Available now in Canada, the Labo is a “Do It Yourself” gaming and construction toy platform built by Nintendo for its Switch console.
Using Google Cardboard-esque pieces, players will be able to construct interactive objects known as Toy-Cons that work alongside the Switch’s detachable Joy-Con controllers to create a series of interactive experiences.
The goal with Labo is to teach users of all ages about basic engineering and programming principles through a creative video game-related experience.
At launch, the Labo comes in two packages — the Variety Kit (which costs $89.99 CAD) and the Robot Kit (which costs $99.99). The former bundle includes a Toy-Con RC Car, fishing rod, house, motorbike and piano which all have their own control methods. For example, the RC is controlled using the Switch’s touch screen, while players must physically cast the fishing rod towards the console to snag their prey.
The Robot Kit, meanwhile, allow players to build a wearable Robot suit using various parts and the Switch’s Joy-Cons. In the suit, they’ll be able to play various mini-games, including a two-player versus mode.
The Labo isn’t today’s only notable video game-related release, however. Sony’s long-awaited God of War game for the PlayStation 4 is also now available; for more on Kratos’ latest adventure, check out our full written review.
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