I really, really did not expect Nintendo Labo


Hey, look at me. I got three articles published this week. I'm special now. Give me a pat on the back. Also, you can see that I'm branching out now and not writing exclusively about arcade games. (It'll be an occasional thing. Arcades are still my main domain.)

Anyway, I had been reading a bunch of articles yesterday morning about how Nintendo had a special “new interactive experience specially crafted for kids and those who are kids at heart.”

Well…I can’t say they lied.

The project was revealed later that day to be something totally unlike anything I had ever seen in my life. (Well, outside of Google Cardboard, that is.) Nintendo has developed a “new line of interactive build-and-play experiences that combine DIY creations with the magic of Nintendo Switch.” These cardboard models are these crazy unique peripherals for the Switch that create totally new experiences for every game compatible with them.

It’s so crazy unique that I honestly don’t know if I’m even excited or not. I have no idea how to feel about Labo. Nintendo specifically stated before that their task was “to add more users, including people who barely touch game consoles.” Nintendo warned us beforehand that this announcement was not meant for the “hardcore” gamer. But still, it’s just so…different.

The trailer showed off a number of wild and inventive Labo cardboard configurations. There was a piano (my personal favorite), a house (what the heck?), some Hex Bug-looking thing (the only words I could find to describe it), a motorcycle steering mechanism thing (that also looked pretty rad), a flipping fishing rod (giving me them Sega fishing arcade game vibes), a little stick dude, a giant mech backpack thing (has Project Giant Robot returned?), a camera, a gun (arcade rail shooter ports on Switch?), and some more stuff that I couldn’t even identify. It was so crazy…so different. But you know what? I think it’ll work.

The bird is especially odd. Just sayin&