Nintendo Does DIY With Labo for Switch

first_img This 4/20 a hot new product will be blazing onto store shelves for Nintendo Switch owners. The company just revealed Nintendo Labo, what appears to be a line of DIY kits that interact with Nintendo’s recent console/handheld hybrid. Like the initial Switch trailer the Nintendo Labo trailer tries to convey the concept solely through visuals. And our immediate takeaway suggests these are toy cardboard sets kids build that then become “smart” once the Switch tablet and Joy-Con controllers gets involved. It reminds us of Lego Mindstorms, movies that visualize kids’ simple imaginations with big-budget effects, or more casual games like Wii Sports from the Nintendo Wii.The Nintendo Labo trailer shows off everything from a working piano to a fishing rod game to a mech suit all made from trusty cardboard. Along with taking advantage of the Switch’s modular, portable nature, perhaps Labo is finally using the shape-sensing IR camera in the right Joy-Con no Switch game has really used since 1-2 Switch at launch. Curiously, the Nintendo Labo trailer didn’t seem to feature any beloved Nintendo characters like Mario and Pikachu, despite their popularity with kids. Kudos to Nintendo for letting children make up their own adventures free from #brand interference.See the Nintendo Labo trailer below and check it out for yourself when two different packs, the Toy-Con Variety Kit and Toy-Con Robot Kit, launch April 20th for the nice prices of $69.99 and $79.99, respectively.Keep reading to remember just how wrong we were with our initial predictions about what Nintendo Labo would be.2018 has only just started but already the future of Nintendo Switch is starting to come into focus. Just last week the game maker posted a surprise mini Direct video highlighting some upcoming games for the console/handled hybrid like Mario Tennis Aces, The World Ends With You, and Dark Souls. But those games for the most part fall within the “core gamer” demographic. If Nintendo wants its popular device to stay popular, it knows it has to reach beyond people who troll Reddit all day.That’s why we weren’t shocked to learn that Nintendo is preparing a Switch experience more geared for kids. However, we were shocked to learn the announcement was just around the corner. After another week of feverish speculation, Nintendo teased that this new Switch reveal is happening today.According to Nintendo’s social media channels, viewers should tune in online at 5 P.M. ET “to discover a new interactive experience for Nintendo Switch that’s specially crafted for kids and those who are kids-at-heart.” We’ll update this post later today with whatever the news is so be sure to check back in.For now, though, that doesn’t give us much to work with. Even Nintendo’s “hardcore” franchises often have elements that appeal to everyone. Despite his angry American eyebrows, Kirby will never stop being an adorable pink puffball. So we’re curious to learn what Nintendo considers a specifically “kid-friendly experience.”Will this even be a game? Recently Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has been talking about the need to provide “new ways to play” in order to maintain Switch momentum in its second year. This is probably what he’s talking about. Perhaps these new ways to play will take advantage of the Switch’s already modular nature? Joy-Con made of Nerf? A baby doll you slot the Switch tablet inside of? Some totally new wild peripheral?If I had to make a real guess I would say this is amiibo-related, perhaps the next evolution of the concept. Amiibo are already the last toys-to-life still standing and they work with Switch, even when they are cereal boxes. But we’ve never gotten a big sandbox games that works with every amiibo, like Disney Infinity or Lego Dimensions. Also, a Ubisoft employee seemed to hype the event, and Ubisoft is working on its own toys-to-life game, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, coming to Switch and other platforms this holiday.What I wouldn’t expect is anything about online services, Virtual Console, or Nintendo’s “hardcore” franchises like Metroid, Fire Emblem, and Smash Bros. Maybe, just maybe, this is teasing Animal Crossing. That’s a beloved casual franchise that just landed on mobile and Animal Crossing: New Leaf co-director Aya Kyogoku also teased the event. But super passionate Nintendo fans should temper their expectations.I welcome this news, though. The Switch has already proven itself as a great platform for both Nintendo’s AAA games like Mario and Zelda as well as mature third-party games, not to mention all the indie support. Some casual kids games won’t hurt anyone, just the opposite. It’s good for the industry to appeal beyond often times myopic and toxic core gamers. Sorry haters, but Wii Sports is awesome. We’ll find out what Nintendo has up its child sleeves later today.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on targetlast_img read more

BingeWatching FemaleLed Political Dramas Can Spark Civic Interest

first_img Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000’Metal Wolf Chaos XD’ Is the Hell That Is America A new study suggests binge-watching political dramas could get you hooked on politics—assuming the show features a female lead character.Quality television like The Good Wife, Scandal, and Madam Secretary have led to increased civic participation, according to Purdue University.“A lot of times, people think of entertainment television as being just that: purely entertainment,” Jennifer Hoewe, assistant professor in Purdue’s Brian Lamb School of Communication, said in a statement.“But there’s research, including this study, to show it can be more than that,” she continued. “We can get more out of entertainment media than just something fun and relaxing.”Hoewe and University of Alabama doctoral candidate Lindsey Sherrill surveyed 218 fans—70 percent of whom were women—recruited from Reddit, Twitter, and other online Scandal, The Good Wife, and Madam Secretary forums.Respondents were asked to rate how the shows affect them emotionally and how much they relate to the characters, among other criteria.Those who skewed higher on the one-to-seven scale also reported paying more attention to the government and being more involved in political activities—be it attending a public meeting, rally, or speech; circulating a petition for a candidate or issue; or contacting a public official or political party.“The more you watched, the more you felt engaged with the narrative, then the more you felt like those characters were relatable to you,” Hoewe said. “Once those pieces were in place, that led to political interest, efficacy, and downstream political participation, but only with the transportation and parasocial components in there.”While there is no shortage of bingeable political thrillers and comedies, study authors chose Madam Secretary, Scandal, and The Good Wife specifically for their accurate depictions of women in political leadership—an oft overlooked trait in primetime TV.“Media depictions of political leadership can illustrate to people generally, not just women, that there is opportunity for people of all genders and colors to participate in politics,” Hoewe said.“This study is showing that when we have lead female characters, we can feel like we’re part of the show, we enjoy the characters, and that can actually lead to positive political outcomes,” she added.The findings were published online in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.More on Geek.com:iPhone Owners Can Share Netflix Binges to Instagram StoriesWomen, People of Color Crushed It at 2018 Box OfficeNetflix Reveals 2018’s Most-Binged Movies and TV Shows Stay on targetlast_img read more