Nintendo’s cardboard VR kit a huge success
The game takes two BAFTA awards
Tsubasa Sakaguchi is the project director of Nintendo’s Labo series. He is also the main reason that Nintendo can brag about having two BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards for a video game. Sakaguchi is the mind behind a combination of video games and cardboard that received two BAFTA awards in two separate categories during the award ceremonies last week. The game won in the family and game innovation categories.
Sakaguchi says of the awards, “It was a very great honour to receive two awards. And especially to receive awards in completely different categories. That made me very happy … We always wanted to make a widely accepted game, but at the same time something new, something which has never been seen. It’s a symbolic achievement for Labo.”
Coming up next for Labo is a virtual reality (VR) kit that helps gamers construct cardboard VR viewers that can be used to play a number of games. That kit is expected to be available as of today.
Sakaguchi adds, “At the end of last year, sales of the Labo kits reached 1.4m. We think that this product isn’t something that you play with for a while and then forget about. We expect we will welcome many more players in the coming years.”
The gaming expert and his team are behind all the Labo cardboard components, affectionately called Toy-Cons. He says, “The first prototype of this Toy-Con elephant was made by me, as a DIY project. I came up with the idea of using the [Switch’s] infrared cameras to track reflective tape on something, so you can move that thing about and paint in 3D.”
Labo seems like a retro take on a newer technology, but it seems to be working.