Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Nintendo Labo lets you see through the Joy-Con's hidden camera

Nintendo Labo lets you see through the Joy-Con's hidden camera

Today, Nintendo changes that, with the release of two new trailers, each showing off the software included with each Toy-Con.

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, but the Nintendo Labo software looks nicely polished. From a piano to a motorbike, a robot and more, each Toy-Con comes to life when combined with Nintendo Switch in different ways. This is what's going to elevate Labo from a novelty to a legitimate building toy.

Nintendo-Labo is an upcoming cardboard kit for Switch users. Experiment with different sounds and pitches to create something truly unique - even a song composed entirely of cat noises!

Toy-Con Motorbike: Players can grab hold of their newly constructed handlebars and race through different tracks, challenging CPU opponents or collecting balloons across mountainous terrain. You can even create your own tracks, by affixing a little mini-motorbike to one of your Joy-Cons and drawing the track out in the air; the game will take the creation and turn it into a track you can play with the full-size motorbike set.

The fishing rod and motorbike handlebars take advantage of the controllers' accelerometer and gyroscope, so it knows when the rod's reel is being rapidly wound to land a big catch or the motorbike takes a sharp turn, while the RC auto judders along thanks to the controllers' vibrations. Show off your collection in Aquarium mode and have fun creating your own fish with different shapes and colors - simply insert and scan different cards in the Toy-Con Piano to get started. There are a variety of experiences to discover, including mine cart races, bowling and jump rope.

One example shown is an RC auto that moves using the joycons' HD rumble feature.

The other two videos highlight each of the two kits that will be available at launch for the Nintendo Labo, the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit. The RC vehicle has a very neat Predator-style infrared video feed allowing you to see what it sees, and if you have two sets of Joy-Cons you can compete against your friend in a robot sumo match.

As for the Robot pack, you get to build your own wearable Robot Suit that you then use to complete challenges, destroy objects and unlock powerful abilities in game.

If you're feeling competitive, you can even challenge a friend in two-player local battles or compare your high scores/rankings with other players!

But a fan has managed to re-imagine the Nintendo spirit and created a unique set for himself with the Nintendo Labo VR Kit. You can pre-order the kits now.

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