Nintendo’s New Coding Interface Enables Future Programmers
Nintendo Labo's Toy-Con Garage makes programming simple and fun for kids (and kids at heart)
Any kid who grew up playing with Nintendo’s R.O.B. the Robot dreamed of having an actual robotic buddy that they could program and play with. What they got was a novelty toy that could spin gyros and stack blocks.
Now, with the upcoming release of Nintendo Labo‘s Toy-Con Garage, kids are finally getting what they’ve always dreamed of: a simple programming interface that allows kids (and kids at heart) to program simple machines constructed with cardboard and the Nintendo Switch.
Players can access the programming interface through a “secret” door in the Nintendo Labo menu. Once in, they can program simple actions like making the Toy-Cons vibrate or having the Switch screen light up by connecting boxes for simple if-then commands.
It may sound simple, but each action is customizable, allowing for complex combinations when you consider that the Switch controllers each have nine different buttons and motion controls. For example, this video shows how gamers can program a remote control tank with working rocket launcher.
For decades, Nintendo has been creating new generations of gamers. But with the Toy-Con Garage, it looks like they’re now aiming to create a new generation of programmers.
Nintendo Labo will be released on April 20, 2018.
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