We were first introduced to the Nintendo Switch at Brick Live 2017 and it immediately went to the top of the kids Christmas list.
Thankfully Father Christmas got their letters and delivered it under the tree and immediately overtook the Xbox 360 and the Wii U as their favourite games console, thanks to its quirky games and ease of use.
We started out with Arms, Just Dance 2018, Mario Odyssey and have been gradually adding games to the collection over the last 6 months, with the latest being Nintendo Labo.
I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first – why on earth would you want a game that makes you build things out of cardboard boxes?
Because it’s FUN!!!
Inside the huge box are pieces of perforated cardboard that can be popped out, folded and assembled into a variety of accessories; everything from a small remote control car that drives around using vibration, a fishing rod that can be used to catch fish to motorbike handles and more.
The instructions for assembling the cardboard models are part of the game. Simply pop the game card into the Switch, and it takes you through the process of how to build whatever you are making in a series of simple steps, either on the Switch screen or on your TV.
At first, it does feel like the kids are just making a huge mess, but once you see the first model coming together, it all becomes clear.
Once Isaac had made his first project – the vibrating car, he was itching to move onto the next.
These games are not just fun, but encourage active learning, combining spatial awareness and creativity with lessons including coding, building and design.
Once you have made your cardboard creation, you can play games on the switch with it and one of our favourites has to be the fishing rod. Simply insert the switch into the cardboard holder and see how many fish you can catch with the fishing rod.
The fishing rod uses the finely sensing accelerometers in the Switch’s controllers to sense when you’re turning the virtual reel, with a genuinely incredible precision.
If you are worried about storing all these models, they can be dismantled so the kids can build them again and again, although I would probably make a note on them of which model they belong to.
The motorbike uses a smart collection of cardboard and elastic bands to create a throttle that you can actually twist to drive.
Once you have finished making all the kits provided, you can invent your own ways to play by reinventing some of the creations, once you know how it all works.
We still have the house and the piano to make here, but Isaac is already eyeing up the Robot kit to add to his collection.
If you want to steer the kids away from platform games and get them something that will inspire their creativity and get them actively learning, then Nintendo Labo is for you!
Disclaimer: We were sent Nintendo Labo for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own