My reaction as I watched the reveal of Nintendo’s latest (literal) out-of-the-box idea, Nintendo Labo, was as follows:
“What the f…?”
I suspect I’m not alone in that, particularly among parents, and it’s probably exactly what Nintendo was hoping for. And while I haven’t yet physically tried Labo, on paper (pardon the pun) it’s an incredible idea that doesn’t just go a long way towards answering the question of, “After an amazing 2017, what will Nintendo do for an encore in 2018?” It also potentially adds a Wii-like level of mass-market appeal to a Nintendo Switch console that has already won over core gamers. In short, it is the best of both worlds for the Redmond-based giant, who, for better or for worse, never fails to surprise us.