Nintendo Labo Features My Toy-Con Visual Programming

Posted: Jan 22 2018, 7:30am CST | by , Updated: Mar 15 2018, 10:06am CDT, in News | Technology News

 
Nintendo Labo Features My Toy-Con Visual Coding Feature

Nintendo Labo is even more exciting.

Nintendo announced the Labo cardboard kits for the Nintendo Switch last week. The Nintendo Labo reveal was a big surprise and most people love the concept. The announcement video was viewed already 9 million times on Youtube.

Update March 15: Nintendo makes Toy-Con Garage official in a video tutorial. It's even more awesome than expected.

The video features several cardboard creations that are not included the announced variety and robot kit. There is a bird, camera, car steering and more. While it's exciting that there will be more Labo kits coming, the most interesting part in the video is a short sequence showing a cardboard man with a Joy-Con on its back.

On the Switch screen we see an interactive schematic that looks very much like a visual programming environment. Nintendo did not announce that the Nintendo Labo Kits support to make custom creations complete with custom code. The title of the screen is My Toy-Con, supporting, even more, the concept that there will be a possibility in Labo to make your own creations. At the beginning of the video sequence, you see the user make a connection between the Touch block and the Vibrate block. This is visual programming.

This would increase the value of Nintendo Labo by a huge magnitude. My kids love to make stuff out of cardboard. If they can make these creations do stuff, it would be incredible. Nintendo Labo would be even cooler than the Lego Creative Toolbox. Nintendo Labo could suddenly turn the Nintendo Switch into a STEM toy.

It's not clear why Nintendo did not announce that you can code with Labo. The visual programming feature might not be available in the initial release in April. I'm pretty convinced that creating custom code will be coming to Labo, there is still a discussion around it as not everyone is convinced on Reddit. See the cardboard man sequence in the Labo announcement video below at 1:30.

Amazon is offering the $79.99 Nintendo Labo Robot Kit and the $69.99 Nintendo Labo Variety Kit for pre-order on amazon.com. The Labo Robot Kit contains a cardboard robot suit consisting of a cardboard backpack, wrist bands, ankle bands and a headset. With the suit, you can control a giant robot in a new game that comes with the Labo kit.

The Nintendo Labo Variety Kit lets you build 5 different projects, but the robot kit only includes the suit. The Variety kit is ideal for younger kids. The Robo suit is also appealing to grown-ups. Here is how to pre-order the Nintendo Labo kits.

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