German ratings board mistakes Nintendo Labo for trash

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Jan 19, 2018, 1:50 PM EST

Following the official announcement of the new Nintendo Labo kits earlier this week, the USK (Germany's software ratings board) revealed that their cleaning staff almost threw theirs out in the garbage prior to testing. It would be tough to fault them, as the new kits consist almost entirely of cardboard that gamers can then use to build peripherals to incorporate with the Nintendo Switch for real-world action. 

The USK tweeted the following:

In English, the tweet reads, "FINALLY, we can tell the anecdote, as the latest Nintendo hardware was almost once disposed of by the cleaning staff as waste paper (history would not have believed us before anyway)." 

It seems that having built the kits - but prior to testing - the cleaning staff figured the peripherals were ordinary trash and were set to remove them. The mistake was recognized before the inevitable could occur. 

The Labo is touted by Nintendo as a "new way to play", encouraging fans to "make, play, discover." Purchasers will be able to follow the directions included to complete several different projects out of the kits. One set includes a set of motorcycle handlebars that can house the Switch and will respond to motion, another builds a 13-key piano whose keys are recognized by the Switch's motion camera and will play specfic notes. The real contender for coolest and most-sought-after will probably fall to the Robot Kit which will turn your 6-year-old into a giant mech. The kits will also include the software mini-games that take it all to the next level. 

Response to Nintendo's release announcement has been mixed, mainly focused on the price point for a kit containing mostly cardboard. But many are applauding the mix of gaming and real-world, tactile creation as a succesful comingling of the games kids want and the building blocks of the previous generation, and Nintendo stock is on the rise. 

Just take this a pre-warning that your parents - the cleaning staff of most households - might accidentally toss your $70 kit in the bin. 

(via Rolling Stone)

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