Nintendo Labo Pros and Cons
Nintendo has released a video on YouTube to show a new game/product called Nintendo Labo, the product is set to release April 20, 2018, it is supposed to be an interactive experience of build and play, you use cardboard that is specially printed and cut out to build things such as a fishing pole, steering wheel, piano and even robot like arms, you can then use these built objects to interact with the Nintendo Switch and Joy Con controllers, so you are basically building your own accessories to then use with what looks to be Minigames and software. Nintendo Labo looks to be a very innovative idea, however there is some questionable aspects to it. Hopefully there will be a proper showcasing of it soon.
Something that I need to point out right at the start is the misinformation going around about the cost, the cardboard does not cost $69.99, most of the expense will come from the software included with the cardboard, so you are not paying $69.99 for cardboard.
1. One of the biggest things in question is the durability of the card board, cardboard is not exactly very durable, it tends to wear out quite fast, unless you are purchasing dense cardboard, which is not very cheap, is Nintendo using cheaper cardboard? How well will it handle children or adults hitting the keys on the piano? How long will the gas petal last with the weight of feet on it? How about the robot arms that you are suppose to attach to your body? How long till the cardboard starts to rip?
2. The Wii had a lot of accessories, whether it was steering wheels, tennis rackets, fishing poles, guns, baseball bats, golf clubs and hockey sticks, something that is generally long lasting. The Switch accessories are cardboard for this new game/software coming out, one benefit is that it at least will be less harmful on the environment, right? But long term, the game will be useless whenever the cardboard prints get discontinued.
3. A big worry for me is how well protected the Switch will be, the Switch is not cheap by any means, will Nintendo be replacing Nintendo Switches that get broken from falling out of their cardboard slots? For example, the Motorcycle steering, I see a huge risk with Nintendo switches falling out of its holder and breaking, what happens if the entire top section rips off from someone getting excited? The Switch could potentially fall out of its holder and break, there also looks to be a high risk of Joy Cons falling out of there holders, which also are not cheap to replace, how many drops can the Joy Cons handle before the motion controls become less precise?
4. Joy cons are not cheap! How many Joy Cons are going to be needed to use this software? The Robot Kit seems to need 3-4 Joy Cons judging from the video and pictures, I personally already have a second set that I bought for the game Arms, I also have a pro controller, which most gamers have opted for do to how comfortable it is, the joy sticks are in better positions and the buttons are larger then the Joy Con, making it easier to play more advanced games. It would seem as though you might have to purchase a second set of Joy Cons in order to use the Robot Kit, which only adds to the cost of the software.
5. How much focus Nintendo will be putting on Labo, is this gimmick like software going to take away from making first party games? Is it going to be like Amiibo’s, where they spend more time releasing accessories, rather then pushing out awesome games? Is Labo going to slow down the Nintendo Switch from getting Apps like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon? I personally hope this software does not overshadow everything else about the Switch, that would be very disappointing.
Even with these questions there is however one major positive aspect to Nintendo Labo.
Nintendo Labo Could potentially influence a lot of children to be interested in robotics, the idea of building objects out of cardboard and using them with electronic devices to make them move using vibrations is brilliant, it could be very exciting for kids and could get them into a hobby that they may never have considered before. It is very imaginative, who knows what some children might build with their own cardboard and try to get to work with the controls from the Nintendo Switch, it promotes creativity, which I personally think is great for children, even teens and adults can have fun with it.
Nintendo Labo has a lot of potential, I believe it is going to spike Nintendo Switch sales, as many people will most likely be purchasing a Switch just for this software alone, hopefully the Software will give enough freedom to allow creativity for those who love to build things, this is only the begin, there is so much that can be done with this concept.
Check out Nintendo’s website at nintendo.com for information on Nintendo Labo
What do you think about Nintendo Labo? Is it too gimmicky for you? Will you purchase this for bonding time with your family?