This week is NAMM week, when the world’s premiere gear makers all come together in Anaheim to unveil their newest gadgets. We’ve seen some stellar new shiz from the likes of Korg, BOSS and Arturia, but what we didn’t expect was an entry from Nintendo.
The games company has unveiled Labo, a series of DIY cardboard kits compatible with their latest console, the Switch. Amongst a fishing rod and an exo-suit which lets you smash down buildings as a giant robot in virtual reality, is a humble little piano.
Introducing Nintendo Labo, a series of DIY, modular constructions shipped as the Switch’s first major add-on.
“With each Nintendo Labo kit, kids can transform modular sheets of cardboard – specially designed to interact with the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con controllers — into creations called Toy-Con,” said the company.
“As you build, you will have fun discovering how the technology works, and might even invent new ways to play with each Toy-Con!”
The miniature piano works via a Toy-Con controller slotted into the side, which is able to detect which keys are being pressed with its infrared camera. The information is then relayed onto the screen.
The piano kit also includes a set of knobs, presumably used to control various sound variables. No further details are available as of yet.
Check out the announcement video below:
Nintendo Labo launches on April 20, with two kits initially available. The $69.99 Variety Kit includes parts to make the piano, RC car, fishing rod, house and motorbike, while the Robot Kit costs $79.99.