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[–]houstonau 577 points578 points  (115 children)

Google cardboard was the coolest accessory I ever bought for my Nexus 5x ... My nephew's played with it for hours. I can 100% see this as a fun way to expand past the normal game experience.

[–]Sherezad 17 points18 points  (13 children)

I just wish the Nexus5 wouldn't turn as hot as the sun while doing it.

[–]herrbz 14 points15 points  (0 children)

While doing anything

[–]Ian502 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Who would do their phone?

[–]Sherezad 1 point2 points  (4 children)

There's another reddit post about this floating around already XD

[–]TeHNeutral 26 points27 points  (2 children)

I got a free Samsung vr with camera and controller with my s8, it's so good

[–]manr0e 837 points838 points  (18 children)

The next gen gaming consoles uses high performance processors, low-latency controllers, and an invention from 1890 called "Cardboard". Good job Nintendo, Im excited to replace my paper boxes

[–]NonexistentHairline 376 points377 points  (16 children)

TIL Nintendo was founded before the invention of cardboard...

[–]sleet01 459 points460 points  (15 children)

They often wait for new technologies to mature before incorporating them into their gaming lineup.

[–]Fuhgly 64 points65 points  (3 children)

...and then there was the virtual boy..

[–][deleted] 46 points47 points  (0 children)

humankind was not ready back then

[–]spit_it_out 248 points249 points  (3 children)

My 3D printer told me that it is very excited about this.

[–]dwild 19 points20 points  (0 children)

That has to be their next step. A 3D printer for kids with parts model for this kit.

The potential is huge!

[–]frenzyguy 11 points12 points  (0 children)

3d print every pieces!

[–]lucylipstick 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My school's laser cutter is super excited too!

[–]corbeeZ 997 points998 points  (122 children)

How does this thing even work? So crazy. I bet they are pretty fun putting together

[–]serpent042 849 points850 points  (91 children)

The video showed someone putting a joy con inside. I'm betting it uses the infrared camera to tell what key is pressed.

[–]ntimeofficial 545 points546 points  (42 children)

It does exactly that

[–]HighAndDrunk 467 points468 points  (30 children)

I saw some rubber bands and shit too. I don’t know. Too drunk.

[–]Readingtobabydeer 210 points211 points  (5 children)

Username checks out, cheers 🍻

[–]B_Rad15 45 points46 points  (4 children)

Now wait a second, half his username checks out he must prove the other half

[–]TEHkaga 56 points57 points  (3 children)

The rubber bands weren't real.

[–]aishik-10x 8 points9 points  (0 children)

How can they be real if our eyes aren't real?

[–]UltraSpecial 55 points56 points  (6 children)

The rubber bands are used to spring the keys back up when you let go.

[–]ntimeofficial 11 points12 points  (4 children)

Makes sense

[–]Dlrlcktd 14 points15 points  (3 children)

The rubber bands are used instead of copper for wiring

[–]Killer_Tomato 10 points11 points  (2 children)

The way it works is that resistance increases as the rubber band stretches.

[–]Gestrid 5 points6 points  (1 child)

So resistance isn't futile?

[–]xlet_cobra 10 points11 points  (10 children)

Though, how would it know which keys are down when 3 or more keys are pressed? Because wouldn't the infrared sensors only detect the ones in the sides?

[–]KaboodleMoon 38 points39 points  (1 child)

It's a fairly wide angle Infrared sensor, I assume you're envisioning it on the side pointing in, but it's on the back pointing towards the front.

[–]xlet_cobra 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Ah, that makes sense, thanks

[–]Throwawaygay17 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Every key is marked differently.

[–]shadow_fox09 50 points51 points  (34 children)

See at first, I thought... wtf why don’t they just make a pre-fabricated unit out of plastic and sell that??

But then I thought... wait a second, kids will destroy this in seconds but I, a 26 year old grown ass man, have the fine motor skills and self control to not smash this shit to kingdom come.

PLAYING WITH THIS IS GONNA BE SO FUCKIN LIT!!

[–]TheTypingCow 21 points22 points  (10 children)

The best part about this is that the pieces come with square board that you push them out of, so the remaining part of the board acts as a stencil you can use to make replacement parts with basically any scrap piece of cardboard you find.

[–]Nanaki__ 10 points11 points  (9 children)

Have you seen how precise these things are.

https://i.imgur.com/JuLCo5H.png

https://i.imgur.com/en4796k.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/vwcsKvS.png

That's punchcut with pressing along fold lines, that will all be done to tight tolerances incl the same thickness of card. Not to mention the bits that need sections cutout that's in the center of a piece. ( you are not getting a playable piano with sloppy cutting/folding work)

This is not something you are gonna easily be able to recreate using a pair of scissors and a old delivery box, more correct type and thickness of card, a straight edge and xacto knife.

I'm sure people into doing papercraft/have a hobby that requires working with such materials on the regular won't find to be a problem, but I doubt a parent will be able to knock out working replicas using the offcuts that came with the device, esp seeing how many moving parts there are that will require precise work with lots of trial and error along the way.

[–]TheTypingCow 6 points7 points  (3 children)

They are a lot more intricate than I thought! I definitely expect people to try their hand at making it themselves though.

[–]lucylipstick 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I feel like you could definitely use a laser cutter to cut out precise pieces.... It can also engrave certain parts so they bend better.

[–]dwild 25 points26 points  (2 children)

I have been a kid and have seens plenty of kids playing with bif cardboxes with way less structure than that and the boxes were perfectly fine.

They also usually take better care of what they builds and at the end of the day, there's nothing in there that can't be repaired with a bunch of ducktape.

[–]sarahsaturday7 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Yeah and it comes with markers so you can decorate it. A kid that puts time and effort into making any of the cardboard structures is going to appreciate what they did and take care of it for sure.

[–]VaguelyShingled 1 point2 points  (0 children)

3D print your own peripherals. This is awesome.

[–]shadow_fox09 68 points69 points  (23 children)

Wait til they come out, someone creates a 3D render in CAD, and shares a schematic for aaaaaallll the people out there with 3D printers.

Yeah sure the internals will take a little finagling, but once it’s figured out, can you imagine having the entire line up of Labo toys in actual plastic?? That robot suit and piano would become absolutely cool as fuck!!

[–]IKLeX 39 points40 points  (2 children)

AFAIK Nintendo will release the schematics themselves so people with plotters or an exacto knive and to much time on their hands can make their own. You have to buy the software of course. If you price the game like a AAA title (60$ Nintendo did that with 1 2 Switch too) you have 10$ left for the cardboard. I guess they will be reselling the sets at about 30$ maybe a single piece for 10$. That being said I definetly want a cardboard Piano. I love cardboard.

[–]futuregeneration 45 points46 points  (17 children)

I'd much rather have cardboard than a 3d print.

[–]shadow_fox09 9 points10 points  (16 children)

Wouldn’t it be amazing if down the line they offered a premium(read: pre-built or modular plastic) version of labo if this proves to be a success?

So then people who want to tinker and build (lol me) or people who just want to place with it could both be happy.

Or having another premium version that is super thing metal pieces for adults who want something sturdier but not plastic. Think like those little Gundam build sets that are just one piece of metal that you snap all the pieces out of.

[–]trainercatlady 2 points3 points  (1 child)

someone doesn't remember the annoying plastic peripherals for the Wii very well, do they?

[–]tehsax 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Eurogamer germany published a hands-on preview. The Nintendo people explained how it works:

There's a little piece of reflecting tape on everyone of these keys, and on the lever, etc. The IR camera from the joycon basically scans the inside of the piano and every time you press a key down on the outside, it lifts up on the inside and makes the tape visible to the camera.

[–]Ashrewishjewish 1 point2 points  (1 child)

[–]meltedlaundry 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think it looks cool too, but I can't help but think that a lot of those applications would be better served using a regular joystick.

[–]Bobcanuk 350 points351 points  (99 children)

I'm just curious how durable this stuff will be. It's looks pretty cool.

[–]personalhale 614 points615 points  (29 children)

Ever order anything ever? It usually comes in a cardboard box. There's your answer.

[–]SteampunkBorg 174 points175 points  (23 children)

So, not durable at all?

[–]Its_aTrap 236 points237 points  (19 children)

[Edit: (Cardboard)] boxes are usually pretty durable unless you're trying to destroy them. If they're not ripped and have honeycomb meshes inside they can stand up to the stress of being pushed around. That's what they're designed for.

[–]The-Go-Kid 114 points115 points  (6 children)

Just don't leave them in the rain, like poor old Boxie.

[–]PromptedHawk 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Some cardboard boxes deserve to die. I can definitely think of one cardboard box that deserved being put out of its misery.

[–]SteampunkBorg 6 points7 points  (4 children)

That's true, but several of the smaller parcel Services around here tend to deliver those boxes either ripped or looking like an accordeon.

[–]Splatulated 10 points11 points  (0 children)

yeah but these kits dont come pre assembled, it should arrive like when you get printer paper

[–]schorhr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Call them and ask if they can do Labo instead of an accordion.

[–]FasterThanTW 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Shouldn't be much of a problem except for the kids have miles of conveyer belts in their houses

[–]awesomegamer919 13 points14 points  (0 children)

The designs for the builds are being released for free, once you have the game the cardboard costs nothing as long as you can get some boxes.

[–]Pikesmakker 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yeah and they’re beat to shit. Just wait until your sweaty mitts are gripping some of these things for hours at a time.

[–]tehsax 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Eurogamer germany published a hands-on preview today and they say the build quality is very good, everything is sturdy and stable.

[–]jroddie4 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Cardboard is pretty sturdy depending on the configuration. These are aimed towards kids, so they're probably not gonna half ass it.

[–]Mylilneedle 4 points5 points  (5 children)

I’ve seen that the replacements will be purposefully dirt cheap, and also free schematics online for those that choose to build for themselves.

[–]shadow_fox09 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I hope it’s the high grade heavy duty long haul moving box cardboard.

Not the cheap ass flimsy stuff that you get when something is shipped from chine.

[–]IndigoFenix 27 points28 points  (12 children)

It's being made by Nintendo. I doubt it's going to be just regular old cardboard.

[–]The_Lemmings 148 points149 points  (17 children)

Hi. Can confirm Reality is still buggy and nigh unplayable. Clearly a rush job. Shows promise though, may return when the devs fix the “forgetting what I was going into this room for” doorway glitch. 3/10

[–]HawkMan79 40 points41 points  (9 children)

What about the grind and continuos money sinks ?

[–]imVERYhighrightnow 27 points28 points  (7 children)

Class balance is fucked too.

[–]Puffy_The_Puff 15 points16 points  (5 children)

Good thing races were balanced a few patches ago.

[–]1SDAN 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Apparently a lot of people believe races are still too unbalanced, but since the devs never release patch notes your guess is as good as mine.

[–]krazytekn0 9 points10 points  (3 children)

That patch seems to be slowly reverting

[–]SadAndMalone 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Powercreep is becoming a huge issue among certain groups

[–]Symmetra_Troll 9 points10 points  (1 child)

The University DLC is way too expensive too

[–]TBTapion 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Only if you picked a bad starting region. In mine it's basically free.

[–]Pillowsmeller18 4 points5 points  (3 children)

What kind of GPU are you running?

[–]The_Lemmings 12 points13 points  (2 children)

It’s an I-ball but it has some lackluster performance so I’ve had to run the Visual function through I-Glasses to improve performance.

[–]Pillowsmeller18 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Might need some stronger I-Glasses. I hear those I-Balls dont do too well over time.

[–]JohnIsPlanet 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Never understood why they didn’t optimize for all users. Not everyone can afford the latest i7-ball to begin.

I myself have an issue where i cant seem to delete some of my temp files right away. Its a massive delay and when the files are finally deleted more have added up.

It really sucks because it hinders my performance by a lot.

[–]Demibolt 387 points388 points  (112 children)

ITT people who don't like toys and people who realize this is for children

[–]RecastBlessings 163 points164 points  (6 children)

this is for children

Speak for yourself man

[–]ntw3001 30 points31 points  (3 children)

I am for children

[–]kinokomushroom 26 points27 points  (0 children)

We are all children on this blessed day

[–]Sinow_ 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I need an adult

[–]juanwarez 112 points113 points  (90 children)

Right? It's like Legos. It going to be fun as shit just putting it all together. I'm an adult and I just want the cardboard thing to assemble them. But it looks like the software contains the instructions.

-Edit- yes I know you're not supposed to pluralize Lego... It just sounds weird, even if it's not correct I can't not say it that way.

[–]The-Go-Kid 101 points102 points  (70 children)

It'll be a cold day in hell when I don't fight an American for pluralising LEGO.

[–]Woyaboy 24 points25 points  (32 children)

Serious question, I'm at your place or hanging out and you break out your Lego. I give you a compliment something to the effect of, hey I like your Lego. That makes sense?

[–]cg5 27 points28 points  (15 children)

Yes, outside of the US (and maybe some other countries), Lego is a mass noun, just like water, milk, sand and so on.

[–]jareyrod23 34 points35 points  (3 children)

Fuck you. I like drinking my milks, swimming in my waters, and throwin' sands in ya faces.

[–]FIreD1ce[🍰] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Pocket sands!

[–]Jazzremix 2 points3 points  (0 children)

International waters.

[–]Skyrim4Eva 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Are you Sal from Futurama?

[–]CodyLeet 15 points16 points  (4 children)

You all have it wrong, the correct plural is "Lego bricks." Lego is the brand.

[–]ThornyHarp 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I'll never get used to "minifigure" though. It'll always be a lego-man! Sexist as that may be...

[–]Izunundara 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Lego BOIII is the option for if you want to offend everyone

[–]afancydragon 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Huh, TIL - Legos is wrong.
Jeez, its weird to learn I've been calling them the wrong thing for over 20+ years.

[–]yoctometric 7 points8 points  (9 children)

I build with Legos nearly every day, but saying “I build with LEGO nearly every day” feels wrong

[–]rjcarr 5 points6 points  (5 children)

You’re right, but it’s strange to me how legos have become what I knew as model building as a kid. When I was a kid, lego was just a tub of brick you made stuff out of.

[–]meeowth 3 points4 points  (3 children)

They still make the tubs, which are probably the cheapest lego you can get on a price per brick basis. However, there is little reason for someone to own more than a few tubs. Release themed sets however, and suddenly you have an excuse to have even more sets, since you aren't just getting more of the same.

Basically, Lego as a company was actually starting to fail before they started licensing popular IPs. The customer base just didn't have any incentive to buy more tubs of the same. As you probably know, lego lasts forever so you can't rely on people buying new every few years like the cell phone industry.

[–]glychee 5 points6 points  (6 children)

If they added a looper and some synth engines (they've worked with korg before on a DS Synthesizer so it's not far fetched) they could actually make a really cool instrument out of this.

[–]NCleary 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Korg confirmed a couple months ago it will be coming to Nintendo Switch

[–]artboi88 31 points32 points  (18 children)

I'm out of the loop, someone help.

[–]ontheroadtonull 49 points50 points  (16 children)

A new game for Nintendo Switch uses accessories that you can craft out of cardboard, rather than buying an expensive new controller. You can buy pre-printed cardboard or you can print free designs and make them out of your own cardboard.

[–]artboi88 20 points21 points  (13 children)

That sounds... Interesting... I'm sure some kids will love it.

[–]ETvibrations 25 points26 points  (11 children)

Kids? Hell I'll love it and I'm 26. This ingenuity is what this world needs more of. I'm interested to see what all of the final games included end up being and if this will translate into other games.

[–]noonespecific 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Here's the first look video from Nintendo.

One of the games they show is a kid being a giant robot.

I will buy this just to be a giant robot.

[–]rjcarr 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Nintendo Labo. Just announced today.

[–]skankingmike 55 points56 points  (17 children)

I don't get the hate.

Most of us older gamers started with Nintendo. We got into this world that we claim we love through this great company that hace given us amazing games over the years.

Then they come out with this crazy thing and it's clearly designed for kids but it has a great component. It needs adult interaction too. And, from what I read, it's going to help them with a lot of STEM skills. Seriously you people are jaded as fuck.

I now want a switch just for this so me and my daughter can build cool shit together.

I can't wait for the Lego expansions!!!!!

[–]Phaylyur 11 points12 points  (8 children)

Yeah it looks awesome!

It's like anytime Nintendo does anything the Xboners and SONYBOYS angrily respond, "Fun!? How dare they have fun!!?! Video Games aren't about fun!!"

[–]Matasa89 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The key is the potential this has.

Developers could easily figure out new ways to use this to great incredible games using this feature, developing custom Labo for their own game, like a sword addon for a Star Wars lightsaber dueling game, or a control console for a mech game.

This opened up a huge goldmine of possibilities for 3rd party developers to explore. I hope Nintendo encourages development on this feature.

[–]LordDeathDark 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I can't wait for the Lego expansions!!!!!

Stop, don't touch me there.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It looks super cool in theory. I’m just kind of concerned that the value proposition might be off. $70-$80 looks kind of stiff, so I’ll be waiting on reviews to see if it’s ultimately worth the price tag.

[–]joalr0 24 points25 points  (0 children)

If you order this from Amazon, it comes with free extra building material!

[–]NFMeister 168 points169 points  (98 children)

This is genius. Think about it. This is for experimenting. The user does not have to buy an expensive gimmick to play a game. E.G. the guitar hero guitar. If the game proves succesfull it can be produced from Nintendo/Third Party in a stronger/typical plastic fashion.

This is Nintendo thinking outside the Box and I can see it becomming a thing.

[–]dysmantle 70 points71 points  (1 child)

Nintendo is thining about using the box. Inside, outside and torn/cut/sliced apart!

[–]FrenaZor 7 points8 points  (9 children)

It will probably still be expensive though

[–]Medicine-Man 13 points14 points  (6 children)

In /r/Nintendoswitch they discussed prices that was recently revealed.

For the robot pack it's $80-60 of that being for the software.

For the basic package. Which contains allot of smaller things like the RC cars fishing rod house and other inventions it's $70 again with 60 of that being for the software.

[–]Mend1cant 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Holy shit that's absolutely reasonable

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (4 children)

OK yeah, I'm sold. I think I want a switch.

[–]fallenelf 2 points3 points  (3 children)

It's so fun man. I bought one as an impulse buy a few months ago and my GF and I love it. I rarely touch my PS4 or PC anymore, I'd rather play Odyssey, or explore in BotW, or play Mario Kart/Pokken Tournament with my gf. It's also great for traveling, or playing something with friends in between board games or something. I was nervous when I first grabbed it since Mario and Zelda were the only reasons I was really getting it, but everything I've played and seen is upcoming makes it totally worth it. As a 31-year old man, playing some of these Switch games makes me feel like a kid again and it's awesome.

[–]Medicine-Man 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I work 24 hour shifts and can say that I have received my monies worth in entertainment while I work. I play my PC mostly but there has not been any more convenient than playing the switch while at the station or in the ambulance.

[–]fallenelf 2 points3 points  (1 child)

For me, it's really playing stuff with my GF. She likes some games, but is very particular. She's now loving Mario and Zelda, and is also now loving Pokken (she generally hates fighting games but loves fighting with Pokemon apparently). It's a lot of fun now to boot up Mario Kart or Pokken before we go to bed and having a mini tournament between each other and having a great time doing it. It was also fun bringing my Switch to my parent's house over the holidays because they also thought it was cool and enjoyed playing Mario Kart, even though the screen was tiny.

[–]thefootster 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Nintendo said they're going to release the plans so you can make them using your own materials if you want.

[–]FrenaZor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sounds nice in that case!

[–]dwild 4 points5 points  (3 children)

It wouldn't make sense in plastic. It's there to be build, modified, improved, etc... You can't do that naturally with plastic. Except if they go with some modular system but then it would need to be completly different and won't be as flexible as cardboard.

[–]SunEngis 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Oh man, can you imagine some of the aesthetic mods some people will come up with for this stuff!!?

[–]CrazyDave48 15 points16 points  (19 children)

The user does not have to buy an expensive gimmick to play a game.

The robot one is $80. Pretty sure thats a more expensive than a guitar hero guitar

[–]aswerty12 25 points26 points  (0 children)

That's forgetting there's a video game attached to your cardboard purchase.

[–]Doc_Skullivan 8 points9 points  (2 children)

The more apt comparison would be $20 to the guitar's $80 though.

[–]MdKarel 26 points27 points  (13 children)

How the fuck do people still not realise you're not paying 80 bucks for only cardboard

[–]CrazyDave48 3 points4 points  (4 children)

You get the game with it too, so its not just cardboard. But ya, I think the price is still a little steep myself. All depends on how big/involved the games are I think

edit: I misread /u/MdKarel's comment above. My bad!

[–]MdKarel 8 points9 points  (1 child)

You could just get the base game and use cardboard you already have.

[–]AutumnAtArcadeCity 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That's what they said tho

[–]CrazyDave48 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Gah, you're totally right. I misread his comment.

[–]digitaldreamer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They're not thinking outside the box, they're thinking with it!

[–]caoram 99 points100 points  (5 children)

NINTENDO: Nintendo Labo is for kids and those that like kid stuff! ADULT GAMER: Okay, but what if I don't want it? NINTENDO: Totally fine. It's for kids. ADULT GAMER: Yes, but cardboard? Really? Not in my game room! NINTENDO: It's for kids. ADULT GAMER: But how is it for me?

[–]RichieD79 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Stop stealing things from Twitter ;P

[–]Tenwaystospoildinner 21 points22 points  (0 children)

NINTENDO: It's not. ADULT GAMER: Yeah and it should be, don't you want my money? NINTENDO: We also want other peoples' money. ADULT GAMER: I thought what we had was special?!?!?

[–]MurphyZX 66 points67 points  (9 children)

What better than virtual reality?

An octave of a keyboard.

[–]Miiikaela 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I am actually quite excited to build these with my son. That is, if my Switch that I bought decides to finally show up in the mail :/

[–]sexyjeremypharoahwiz 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Solid Snake was an even bigger genius than we thought. #cardboardlyfe

[–]tylrbrock 5 points6 points  (0 children)

A real piano. Lol this is a dumb ass meme.

[–]terry5031 30 points31 points  (5 children)

What have I missed?

[–]Diatomicsquirrel 39 points40 points  (3 children)

Nintendo is selling a game that comes with a cardboard box and instructions to on how to make you're own accessories for the switch with the box

[–]Bleus4 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Am I mistaken, because I thought it was several games? I get that there's 2 sets, but is the actual software different on each cartridge or is it the same base game?

[–]Puffy_The_Puff 14 points15 points  (1 child)

They're sold in two sets. Set A contains most of the games/software you see in the video as well as the materials you need to make the toys, set B contains just the robot game and its peripherals.

That's all the information we have right now.

[–]Bleus4 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Aight, that's what I thought too. Thanks :)

[–]Tabe12 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Why buy a proper keyboard when you can use a fucking box?

[–]103Lawrencium 108 points109 points  (18 children)

Nice knowing you Sony and Microsoft.

[–]Alnitak6x7 30 points31 points  (13 children)

I mean, it looks interesting, but I think "goodbye other guys" is a bit premature.

[–]aswerty12 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just you wait, Sony's gonna wow everyone at e3 when they show off the PSPB( PlayStation PlasticBag)

[–]Ganglebot 13 points14 points  (4 children)

Everyone is shitting all over the Labo, but honestly this is the best fucking idea to come out of the gaming industry in YEARS!

I had my first job (RE: disposable income) when Rock Band and Guitar Hero were big in 2007/2008, and my GF and I really loved those games. We had all the plastic bullshit in our tiny apartment.

Not only were all those plastic peripherals expensive to buy, they took up SO much room in our home. After 2-3 months the magic of those gimmicks wore off, and we struggled to store all that shit around our apartment; under the couch and bed, behind the dresser, in our limited closet space.

And because we invested so much in them we didn't throw them out until we moved 5 years later! Goodwill wouldn't even take them, because they said they had like 20 bullshit Fisher-Price guitars already. I threw it all in the fucking garbage!

That's why Labo is genius; you're only paying for a sheet of cardboard, so the investment is low. Ultimately you could make them yourself with $2 in cardboard sheets, a downloaded pattern and an exato knife. Realistically, you're only going to play some goofy game about some crazy creature in a house for a week - lets not pretend you need years of durability on this peripheral. If were talking about little kids, you'll be lucky to get 2 days with 4 hours of cumulative play time. And, when you're tired of it at the end of the week, you just crumple the cardboard up and recycle it.

Even if you want to hedge your bets because you MIGHT want to play it again 6 months from now (protip, you won't) you can unfold all the cardboard and store it as a flat sheet under your bed.

Honestly, this some of the best product design and user awareness I've seen in a LONG TIME. Nintendo could have easily announced a line of plastic shells from $30-$120 for you to buy and they would have sold like crazy. Instead they went with this elegant and smart solution, based around their customer's play and lifestyle habits.

[–]jcs1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I need to invest in the cardboard stock market...

[–]eIImcxc 17 points18 points  (0 children)

This is one of the most genius thing I witnessed. Bravo Nintendo.

[–]hflol 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Reality isn't made of cardboard

[–]Izunundara 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Paper Mario looking at his own hands and screaming

[–]gloveshack 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wtf am I even looking at?

[–]NakedNude17 10 points11 points  (2 children)

i would prefer virtual reality

[–]wordlyzebra 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Imagine playing paper Mario with one of these

[–]m1k3tv 2 points3 points  (1 child)

My nieces and nephews would ruin this in a matter of minutes.

[–]Hobi-Wan 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ofcourse Reddit is shilling this shit

[–]Nintendope 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Why don't parents just by their kid one of the hundreds of other toy pianos or robots that are sold at toys r us? I can't imagine any of this keeping a kids attention for more than a few hours.

[–]phantomliger 1 point2 points  (0 children)

One point for the Labo would be the customizability of the cardboard. It's far easier to color, paint, etc. than a plastic robot or piano would be.

And actually looking them up, a similar toy piano for a kid is about the same price: ~$60.

[–]tiggerbiggo 6 points7 points  (4 children)

If these are flatpacked, just scan them and put the scanned copies online, then print it out onto paper, stick it onto cardboard and bam. You have 2 of them now and can make a new one if it breaks.

[–]letmestandalone 59 points60 points  (3 children)

Nintendo is putting the patterns online for free, so step one already solved. It’s mostly the software that’s the cost.

[–]Ziaber 7 points8 points  (19 children)

Maybe it's just me but these look cheap and very breakable for the price. Although I do like what they are trying to do.

[–]rjcarr 16 points17 points  (3 children)

The “price” is mostly for the software (and, well, to compensate the designers). You can cut your own cardboard from the freely available templates.

[–]MrReginaldAwesome 21 points22 points  (13 children)

It costs a much as a single game, and it gives you a variety of accessories that separately costs hundreds of dollars. Nintendo is smarter than everyone.

[–]Hypergiest 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Cardboard Reality, only Nintendo could sell us this

[–]Hgtyrantula 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I bet if Microsoft did some crazy thing like this they would get roasted. Buy since its Nintendo... We just say its nintendo

[–]V0yagerXyX 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Microsoft has produced Enterprise software solutions since it's beginning and when it started in video games it created a console clearly marketed toward adult audiences.

Nintendo started out as a toy company and still considers themselves as much today.

It's a lot easier to roast the big boy Enterprise software adult video game company for selling cardboard than the quirky Japanese toy manufacturer. It's just perception of the companies.

[–]Jenks44 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Cardboard piano is better than virtual reality? How high are you OP?

[–]gabethebaeb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

nintendo - the king of recycling :)

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think this is really dumb.

But if it's making everyone else happy, it doesn't affect me in anyway whatsoever and I hope people enjoy it.

[–]BangBangPotato 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I pre-ordered the Robot Kit on Amazon, I'm ready for my time to wreck shit.

[–]Gooey_Gravy 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Can't wait to see a Super Mario Odyssey speed run using one of these!

[–]mapletree23 1 point2 points  (0 children)

People are reaching too far and too short with this

Is the cardboard worth 80 dollars? No, there’s a game with it. But Is the game that uses the cardboard really worth 80 dollars even with the cardboard? Absolutely not.

Say what you will about durability most of it will probably be fine but anything that moves like the piano keys or fishing rod type stuff is going to run intro trouble pretty quickly, cardboard can indeed be sturdy but what it doesn’t do well is bend back and fourth. That sturdy cardboard box lid that was hard as hell to open? Open the flap up and down for a bit and see how long it takes to turn all loose and shit like the old cheap kind of cardboards.

Interesting idea but I doubt the game or the cardboard or even both don’t deserve to be that expensive. And you damn well know replacement kits are gonna be like 10-20 each. So you sit there and think “Well at least it’s cheaper than buying a controller!” I wouldn’t be so sure about that depending on your kids. And Nintendo probably makes more money selling you 20 dollar cardboard replacement kits than they do a controller.

This is basically just them dressing up the attachments of the wii and the amiboo type stuff that followed in expensive cardboard.

[–]Neoxite23 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah gonna get downvoted because this opinion is the exact opposite of the majority posting.....but it's cardboard. That is GOING to break. Pets will mess it, kids bust it, accidents happen.

Yeah i saw the video and yeah that's cool and all but that is cardboard.

[–]FishingWithMissiles 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"Here's some cardboard. Fuck you, you'll buy it.

[–]ike_jacobovits 1 point2 points  (1 child)

There are people that are excited for 80 dollar pieces of cardboard.

[–]cheddarsalad 1 point2 points  (0 children)

$60 set of mini games, $20 pieces of cardboard.

[–]Capt_Smashnballs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Strongly disagree

[–]DieLibcucksDie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Quality cringe material right here.

[–]Gobhoblin47 7 points8 points  (6 children)

What does this cardboard dock have to do with virtual reality?

[–]CatAstrophy11 31 points32 points  (5 children)

Nintendo has been getting drilled recently about when they're getting into VR and they stated they have no plans (just like how it took them years and years to finally get into mobile they'll eventually get there). The joke is that their response to the prodding about joining the "new" medium is that regular reality (i.e. incorporating a device that delivers digital content into something that's far more physically interactive than a controller is) is the best reality.

[–]BountyBob 3 points4 points  (3 children)

(just like how it took them years and years to finally get into mobile they'll eventually get there

Wait, what? What about Game & Watch, Gameboy, GBA, DS, 3DS. Nintendo have been mobile for years.

[–]bigzimm1 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I think he means mobile phones maybe. Not sure though.