If you’re still trying to figure out what on earth Nintendo Labo is all about, don’t worry, my mind is still melted over the whole thing. Basically, they’re cardboard crafts called Toy-Cons which are assembled IKEA-style and can be manipulated through the use of the Switch and Joy-Con controllers.
It’s a very creative concept, which has some folks wondering to what extent the Labo Toy-Cons will be used. According to Nintendo of America President Reggie-Fils Aime, it looks like there are possibilities for the Toy-Cons to be used beyond the Labo sets.
In a recent interview with TIME, Reggie mentioned that the Toy-Cons could be incorporated into other forms of gameplay, but the primary focus right now is Nintendo Labo:
“Can [the Toy-Cons] be incorporated into other forms of gameplay? Certainly. But right now we think if we effectively communicate the power of the idea with Nintendo Labo [and] really enable players to make their creations, personalize them, and enjoy the [inherent] gameplay experiences . . . We think that’s going to be a great way to start and then progress down the path.”
This seems to point to the Toy-Cons being used in more ‘traditional’ titles, like how there were various accessories for the Nintendo Wii used across different games. This could work, but I think the Toy-Cons should stay attached to the Labo brand. They are cardboard sets after all, so applying them to other areas could but a damper on the already limited durability. But who knows, Nintendo, or even third-party developers, could potentially find interesting new ways to make use of the Toy-Cons outside of Labo.