If you’re wondering what in the world makes Nintendo Labo worth the $70-80 for cardboard gaming accessories, I have 3 words for you: Toy-Con Garage. I admit that I was curious about Labo when it was first announced but not completely sold until Thomas and I got some hands-on time with it last month during Toy Fair and understood how it was DIY, STEM, gaming, and programming rolled into one.
One month from now, April 20, is the magical date that Nintendo Labo will be available in stores, or arriving at your doorstep if you’ve pre-ordered like us. As this date draws closer, more details are emerging about Toy-Con Garage and how you can invent new ways to play. Take a look!
Toy-Con Garage makes Nintendo Labo Variety and Robot Kits more than accessories. Hidden in a secret area within Labo, Toy-Con Garage inspires kids to program. Built in drag and drop features makes it easy for kids to learn programming based off of cause and effect type rules similar to If This Then That (IFTTT).
Through Toy-Con Garage, kids will learn about inputs and outputs nodes through experience. Inputs trigger actions, middle nodes serve as counters and timers, and outputs nodes are responsible for effects.
Kids will quickly understand how by simply dragging a line from one box and connecting it with another makes controllers behave how they want. They’ll also learn how to customize each of the nodes. Customizing the original Labo Kit accessories gives kids a whole new way to play and provides an endless array of projects that can be as basic or advanced as you desire.
We all know that games have a limited life span as our kids grow up and move on to new games but Nintendo Labo seems to have found a way to keep games fresh by putting players in charge of the experience through customizable accessories with an unlimited array of possibilities. I have a feeling that customizing Labo kits through Toy-Con Garage will be slightly addictive but kudos to Nintendo for getting our kids addicted to a real-world skill in a fun way.
Nintendo Labo Robot Kit and Variety Kit are currently available for pre-order and will be available on April 20. The Nintendo Labo Variety Kit is rated E for Everyone by ESRB while the Robot Kit has a E10+ rating. For more information, visit https://labo.nintendo.com/ or my post: https://labo.nintendo.com.
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