I love Nintendo! I have ever since I was a child, and even now as an adult the thought of them trying something new is thrilling, whether it works or not.
When Nintendo Labo was first announced, I think a lot of people – including myself – were unsure about it. I knew it would have to be something I’d have to try before I was convinced.
But what is Labo?
The idea revolves around the construction of cardboard models like a piano, remote control car or a motorbike. Combining the models with the Joy Con controllers and / or the Switch itself then results in a functioning gadget.
It is a new concept and has released with a Variety kit, a Robot kit as well as a customisation kit.
I can see the fun children could have with it as well as adults. On the face of it, it is definitely aimed at children, but if the child is quite young an adult would be needed to help. It is a great activity for both child and parent to do together, and they would have a great time building the toys and sharing the experience.
Constructing the models is very hands-on, and as you progress through the different toys each build becomes more difficult and time consuming, but not too challenging to the point where it can’t be done.
The set is very well made. The external packaging is nice and colourful. All the pieces you need to play are inside the box. Alongside the mass of cardboard in the set is a Nintendo cartridge which shows you a step-by-step guide on how to build each toy, as well as the controls and games.
The guide on the cartridge is very easy to follow. It is colourful and has jolly music which you can turn off should it begin to grate. It shows each step and every fold perfectly. You can stop, start and go back as much as you like so you never miss a step. You can ever speed it up if your skill level is a bit higher or as you get used to how it all goes together.
On some toys you need to add little stickers and elastic bands which can be a bit fiddly, but is fine once you get the hang of it.
Even as an adult, I found playing along with the RC car and the Labo House a lot of fun. I was unsure as to how it would actually function, but was pleasantly surprised on how well it does work. I mean, who would think cardboard could be so interactive?
Building and playing with your creations is only part of it. You can spend time decorating them with coloured pens and paint to make them really unique. It’s an experience that will bring out the creative side of your children, or that arty adult inside all of us.
The Labo Customisation set will be great for this part. It includes stickers and coloured tape to customise the toys, making it a brilliant addition.
Labo Customisation set: £8.99