After the wild success of the Nintendo Switch in 2017 and an epic lineup of games, the Japanese video game giant has pulled, well… they’ve pulled another “Nintendo” on us. They are the only company that keeps making moves nobody would expect or think of. The first look at Nintendo Labo on January 17th showed us a new way to interact with your Switch. On April 20th this year, Nintendo Labo will launch worldwide and will feature different packs of games and cardboard accessories that you must put together yourself.
As I matured as a gamer, I've seen a lot of changes in the last three decades of video games. But one of the most profound experience is still manifested in kids from the 90s - the local multiplayer or as we call it today: Couch-Coop.
Without a doubt, the biggest impact of the coop experience was made by Nintendo with their 4-player game Mario Kart. To this day, people have their N64 ready to go when friends come over and want to do something together. Albeit video games are still a stigma for many people, who would prefer the outside world.
The Nintendo Switch, Nintendo's next entry into the consumer market, is a kick-ass tablet with an innovative controller. While Sony and Microsoft are trying to trump each other in the hardware department, Nintendo keeps ignoring the gaming juggernauts. The new console will not have any high-end graphics power; it might not even reach the PS4, but it will bring an entirely new storm of ideas to the gaming market, just as the Wii did when it came around.