Journalist Answers Questions on Nintendo Labo in AMA Preview


Interested in learning more about Nintendo’s latest project, Nintendo Labo? Well, one journalist is opening up about his hands-on time with the product after Nintendo invited him and three other North American journalists to a pre-announcement briefing session. And decided opened up about some of his experiences in a Reddit AMA.

Over at r/nintendo, Toronto Sun journalist Steve Tilley chatted about his hands-on time with three different Toy-Cons: the RC Car, Fishing Rod, and Piano. And while Tilley doesn’t have any particular “secret information or profound insights” to share, he walked away with plenty of insights into how Nintendo Labo works.

“The first two kits will include the cardboard and a Game Card with the software,” Tilley explained in one answer. “Reggie said they look forward to the maker community tinkering with Labo, but I didn’t get the impression they’ll be making overtures or providing software/support to make it easier.”

According to Tilley, his hands-on time with the piano was pretty exciting. Nintendo decided to assemble the piano for him ahead of time, and he felt that the piano was “SUPER responsive” while being played.

“It plays like a freakin’ piano,” Tilley explained on Reddit. “I immediately wanted to tear the thing apart to see how it worked. It just seemed like magic.”

Of course, Tilley did walk away with a few questions. He felt the Switch’s games (or “experiences”) tied to the Toy-Cons were “fun, but a bit thin” on content. Instead, Tilley prefers expansive Labo games with more depth to them. He’s also concerned if young kids will be able to destroy Nintendo Labo models with ease. After all, even though the kits’ cardboard is built to withstand basic use, kids bring chaos wherever they go.

“The kits are durable, but whether or not they’re kid-durable remains to be seen,” Tilley said. “It’s not like Nintendo isn’t expecting kids to play with these things, but it’s also easy to underestimate the destructive potential of younglings, right?”

That said, for players that prefer playing Nintendo Labo products over assembling them, don’t worry. Tilley said it’s relatively easy to create the Nintendo Labo products. And it’s enjoyable to build them, too.

“Building the stuff was a lot of fun, surprisingly,” Tilley said during the AMA. “The assembly instructions are almost like recipes—punch out these pieces, fold along these lines, insert these tabs, etc. It’s crystal clear.”

Head on over to Tilley’s AMA to hear more about using Nintendo Labo. The DIY kit launches on April 20 and starts at $69.99 for the Variety Kit.