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Nintendo Labo lets you use your Switch to bring cardboard toys to life

Nintendo Labo

Nintendo on Wednesday introduced a new line of interactive DIY cardboard creations that come to life with the power of the Switch. Dubbed Nintendo Labo, the initiative features packaged kits filled with modular sheets of cardboard that Switch owners can build into objects such as pianos, fishing rods and motorcycles. Once the construction is finished, the Switch and the Joy-Con controllers can interact with the creations (which are called Toy-Cons).

Each kit interacts with the console in a unique way. For example, the console slides into the top of the 13-key piano while the right Joy-Con slots into a pocket on the side. From there, the IR Motion Camera in the controller can detect which keys you press and will immediately translate them into notes which you'll hear from the Switch.

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Nintendo Labo lets you use your Switch to bring cardboard toys to life originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 at 17:39:46 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Nintendo’s Labo playset slaps the Switch into build-your-own cardboard toys

Enlarge / Labo looks like a trip, Nintendo. (credit: Nintendo)

Nintendo has announced a new build-your-own-accessories line for the Switch console, dubbed Nintendo Labo. It will arrive on April 20 in the United States and Japan and April 27 in Europe.

Labo's two playsets, the $69.99 Variety Kit and the $79.99 Robot Kit, will come with marked cardboard sheets that must be punched and folded by players, along with connecting string, reflective stickers (for controller-sensing purposes), and other accessories. The foldable parts resemble everything from pianos to fishing rods, along with a full-body robot outfit. They accept both the Switch console and its Joy-Con controllers in various slots.

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Nintendo to reveal a ‘new interactive experience’ for the Switch today

Nintendo Switch: Interactive experience

As successful as the Nintendo Switch has been in the ten months since it launched, the console is still lacking in terms of features and functionality. It doesn't have a web browser, it can't play Netflix and with 32GB of storage, it fills up too easily. When or if Nintendo will address any of these issues remains to be seen, but on Wednesday, a teaser for "a new interactive experience" popped up on the company's Japanese Twitter account and UK website.

"Tune in to discover a new interactive experience for Nintendo Switch that's specifically crafted for kids and those who are kids at heart," reads the teaser on the UK landing page. The reveal will be made at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET today.

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Nintendo to reveal a ‘new interactive experience’ for the Switch today originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 at 10:13:39 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Hackers seem close to publicly unlocking the Nintendo Switch

Enlarge / At the 34C3 conference, hacker Derrek shows the soldered FPGA setup that helped him find the decryption key necessary to unlock the system's binaries. (credit: Chaos Computer Club / YouTube)

When it comes to video game consoles, it's only a matter of time before even the most locked-down system gets unlocked by hackers for homebrew coding (and, potentially, piracy). The goal for most console makers is to hold off that day for as long as possible, to maintain their total control over the console's software ecosystem as long as they can.

For Nintendo and the nearly year-old Switch, that control seems in imminent danger of slipping away.

Hackers have been finding partial vulnerabilities in early versions of the Switch firmware throughout 2017. Their discoveries include a Webkit flaw that allowed for basic "user level" access to some portions of the underlying system and a service-level initialization flaw that gave hackers slightly more control over the Switch OS. But the potential for running arbitrary homebrew code on the Switch really started looking promising late last month, with a talk at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress (34C3) in Leipzig Germany. In that talk, hackers Plutoo, Derrek, and Naehrwert outlined an intricate method for gaining kernel-level access and nearly full control of the Switch hardware.

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Nintendo Switch emulator already in the works from team behind 3DS emulator

Nintendo Switch emulator

Long before Nintendo started packaging classic games on miniature versions of its old consoles, the easiest way to play those games was with an emulator. Despite their questionable legality, emulators for virtually every console ever made have been released on PC, Android and even other video game consoles over the years.

As you might expect, it often takes years after a console launches for an emulator to be developed, but this weekend, the team behind the Citra emulator for the 3DS announced that a Switch emulator is already in the works.

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Nintendo Switch emulator already in the works from team behind 3DS emulator originally appeared on BGR.com on Mon, 15 Jan 2018 at 23:01:36 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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