Nintendo Labo has got lots of stuff crammed into its box. According to the game, the majority of the Toy-Con take more than 90 minutes to finish and the piano could take upwards of two-and-half hours. That being said, the basics of Labo could be picked up easily in a few minutes.
Labo is the most Nintendo thing that Nintendo has done since, the Switch. It is an idea that most probably only Nintendo would come up with, and most definitely Nintendo only would actually make and release. Labo appears with the “game,” a bunch cardboard sheet with toy-con parts punched into them, some rubber bands and some other doodads which help the players make their creations. There are five of those creations: Motorbike, RC Car, Fishing Rod, Piano, and House. The basics of making these are pretty much obvious. The player pops out the cardboard, fold, inserts the Joy-Con – and at times the Switch itself – and he is off to the races (quite literally if the player has built the Motorbike).
Labo is basically for children aged six and up, and it is pretty obvious. There is not anything overly complicated, but there are definitely some precise folds that need a lighter touch. The construction itself is pretty much sturdy, but it still is cardboard. The cardboard is thinner, but also stronger than it appears. It is definitely strong enough to last a while, even with the kids, which was actually a repeated concern when Labo was announced.
What is transparent is actually the amount of attention to detail and care that Nintendo has put into this product. Each and every aspect appears to be thought through to the nth degree, from what it has been experienced so far. For an instance, the design of the handlebars of the motorbike lets the bottom section to open up, which makes inserting the Joy-Con a piece of cake, even if the player has got big fingers. It is actually the little things such as this which make the construction aspect of Labo stand out, not to mention the fact that so far everything just works.
People must have generally put together plenty of things that need parts going into the other parts, and there is nothing more annoying than when something that is supposed to fit in does not. This just does not seem to happen with Labo. Each and every fold and tab fits like it should, and it really is satisfying to get through a complicated folding series to have one’s Toy-Con turn out exactly the way it should.
It is even really easy to follow the instructions. After putting the cartridge in there is a brief tutorial that walks the players through making a holder for their Joy-Con, and then they are all set to go. The players could jump into any project, build, and then play with their new invention. The instructions are provided in a video-fashion format, turning the Switch into a tablet with the directions on it. The players could fast forward it to pick the pace up. They could rotate to get the right angle, rewind to watch a motion just right, and there even is optional background music.