The protagonist of the Iron Man comics is Tony Stark, an ingenious engineer capable of creating high-tech toys from improvised means. Nintendo decided to start putting this idea into practice and raise a generation of children who, from the cradle, will be able to design, invent and create at the intersection of science, electronics and robotics.
The project is based on the universal Nintendo Switch console and the Toy-Con accessory kits - these are the controllers and sensors of the Joy-Con system, to which game makers have given specific, finished features and functions. Buying a box with a toy from the Nintendo Labo series, a child receives a bunch of lined cardboard and a handful of parts from which he needs to assemble a working product on his own.
For example, a cardboard steering wheel with motion sensors in the grips allows you to control a virtual racing car on the Switch screen. The fishing rod changes the tension and vibration of the fishing line depending on the "fish" biting in the game, you can play a real melody on the paper piano, and the cardboard gamepad is not much inferior in functionality to the factory one. The highlight of the project is the Toy-Con Robot Kit, a paper exoskeleton with motion sensors that allows the user to personally control a humanoid robot on a screen.
Most Toy-Con parts can be combined to design your own advanced versions of basic toys. Cardboard is cheap, but short-lived - the child will unwittingly have to get acquainted with the resistance material and learn how to repair and replace damaged elements. Also, parents will be able to buy new sets so that children can improve their inventions.
Nintendo Labo toys will go on sale at the end of April 2018. The Toy-Con Robot set of parts necessary for assembling the robot will cost 5499 rubles, the Variety Kit for assembling several toys at once will cost 4799 rubles, and for the Design set, which includes stencils, stickers and colored tape for decorating the assembled structures, you will have to pay 699 rubles.