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Nintendo Labo Piano

The last thing you can build with the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit is a piano!  And it really works, too.  But not like a regular piano.  It’s also the most complicated thing you build, but also the most impressive.  So let’s tickle the corrugated ivories and check out this cardboard instrument!

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Shantae: 1/2 Genie Hero Ultimate Edition (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

The Shantae game series has always been one of my favorites, ever since the original on Game Boy Color (which I still have).  The newest game in the series, ½ Genie Hero, came out last year, and now you can get the Ultimate Edition which includes all the previous DLC plus some new surprises.  It’s available for all the current home consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Fox n Forests (PS4, Switch, PC)

If you miss the good ol’ days of 16-bit mascot platformers, then I’ve got good news for you.  Fox n Forests is designed to emulate the style of those kinds of games!  You play as Rick the Fox, who must pair up with Patty the Partridge to reclaim magic bark from a talking tree to restore the seasons in a forest.  In this 2-D platformer, your fox can run, jump, use a dagger and arrows to attack, and cast magic to change the seasons (what it is with video game foxes who can do that?).  Anyway, the game is available to download on PS4, Switch, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Nintendo Labo Motorcycle Handlebars

VROOM! VROOM!  The next Nintendo Labo creation is a set of motorcycle handlebars.  Once you build them, you can play motorcycle racing and stunt games.  Let’s take them for a test drive.

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Nintendo Labo: House

The Labo House is an exercise in showing off how the IR Camera on the right Switch JoyCon works.  You make a house and put the right JoyCon in the chimney, so the camera is basically in a dark room.  Then you can insert little tools you make into the windows of the house, and they have reflective stickers on them that signal the camera to do different things.  Place the Switch screen in the side of the house to view the action.

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Tiny Bubbles (iOS, Android, PC)

Tiny Bubbles isn’t your ordinary match colors bubble popping puzzle game.  The bubbles in these puzzles are more foamy, soapy suds and can be any shape.  Simply tap a bubble to change its color, and when you have four of the same color bubble touching, they’ll pop and disappear.  But we’re only getting started!  Tiny Bubbles is available to download on iOS, Android, and PC, but reviewed on iPad here.

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Nintendo Labo Fishing Rod

The next thing we’ll look at that you can build in the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit is the Fishing Rod.  It works very well and you can even play a little fishing game with it.  No bait and tackle needed!  So is it a keeper or will you throw it back?  Let’s find out!

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Dragonfire (Boardgame)

The popularity of role playing games has inspired many a designer to capture the multi part story and character progression of a RPG within a boardgame. Dragonfire picks up the theme and story of the current edition of Dungeons and Dragons, a places it into a cooperative, legacy-style deckbuilding card game. Does it work? Unsurprisingly, the game has a bit of a learning curve, but is my favorite game in the genre (legacy co-op card game) so far.

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Nintendo Labo RC Car

The first thing you are recommended to build in the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit is the RC Car, as it is the quickest to put together.  Although it doesn’t look like a car at all, but makes me think more of those Hexbug Nano toys that are so popular now.  Anyway let’s take a closer look at what this baby can do!

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Intro to Nintendo Labo!

Nintendo has crafted something very weird…yet creative.  They’ve put together games where you fold and build objects using cardboard, then fit in your Nintendo Switch controllers and screen to play games with.  It’s called Nintendo Labo, and it fits right in with what GamerDad.com is all about, so for the next couple of weeks, we’re going to feature Nintendo Labo extensively here.  We’ll start with an introduction to the whole thing.

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