GAME PREVIEW: Nintendo Labo

OWL reader Nate attended the launch for the new maker-style kit for the Nintendo Switch
nate labo robot It's liftoff for RoboNate at the Nintendo Labo launch event. The brand new kit combines maker-style building with fun games. (Kendra Brown)


The maker revolution is a truly exciting thing. Designing and building our own devices tests our knowledge, challenges us, and it can even provide solutions to real-world problems. While Nintendo Labo—the latest game for the Nintendo Switch system—isn't quite on the same level as this, we think it could be a cool gateway into the maker world for many of you.

The kit comes with a collection of cardboard panels, cords, and other pieces that you can assemble into all kinds of awesome gadgets. A fishing rod, a toy piano, a robot jet pack, an RC bug, and lots more. All of these devices are then linked to the Switch's screen and controls to create a series of interactive games. So build the gadget, then play the game. Cool!

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Nate at the Labo event.

Nintendo Labo comes out on Friday, April 20. Nintendo recently held a launch event, and OWL reader Nate was eager to go and check it out for us. What did he think? Take it away, Nate!

Nate's Nintendo Labo Experience

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Trying to the build the RC "car"...

Trying out Nintendo Labo was an interesting experience. Making a cardboard RC car and fishing rod that could come to life with the Switch is pretty cool. The RC car was easier to make, but I didn’t quite finish the fishing rod. It took so long just to do all the folding. I was like ahhhhhh!!!!! I liked the robot game the best. Kids who love to build would love Nintendo Labo.

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Success!

Thanks, Nate! Want to know more about how Nintendo Labo works? Check out this preview video here. We've got to be honest ... it looks awfully fun and interesting, too!


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  1. I would like to build a car. I would like to build a fishing rod. I want to play piano. I want a fishing rod. I want a ceiling fan in the house. I want the jet pack, but I wish it was real. I want to push all the buttons!!

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