One of the criticisms we've seen time and time again surrounding the Nintendo Labo construction toys is that you could easily just recreate it yourself for mere pennies and a spare half an hour. Well, we thought it would be interesting to see if we really could do as so many claim they can, so we set aside a morning to recreate Nintendo's design, and we actually came up with something that looks pretty close to the original Rc car/bug/thing.
We took some liberties with the design due to our limited tools and because we didn't have a full understanding of the design's intricacies, but even so we were fairly pleased with how accurately we managed to reproduce what Nintendo designed. Unfortunately we were limited to only being able to vibrate the Joy-Con in the controller menu that allows you to vibrate a controller in order to find it should you have misplaced it on a hard surface.
We had to use two Switch consoles for this though as this menu only allows you to control one controller at a time, and we weren't going to get very far without simultaneous vibration. And wowsers trousers, as the video and gif above show, it actually works! True we had to put it on a very uniform and sloped surface to get it to move, but even so, we were marginally chuffed.
It doesn't move anywhere near as freely or smoothly as the official product however, and this can partly be put down to the limited control over the controllers' vibration, but also simply due to our own knockoff design. What this has shown us more than anything is just how well-designed Nintendo Labo actually is, and that 'just making your own' is not going to prove a viable option. Having said that it will be interesting to see how well it works with the actual game this cardboard cutout is made for once it's released.
Has this affected your view of Nintendo Labo at all? Let us know down there in the comments.