What Does The Target Audience of Nintendo Labo Think Of It?
I have a good friend named Josh who purchased Nintendo Labo to make Labo projects together with his six-year-old daughter, Zoe. Since they are part of the target audience for this product, I thought it would be interesting to ask them about their experiences with it to share it with all of you. First, I discussed this with Josh then asked Zoe her opinions of it afterwards. Also, I have included the MP3 audio recording of the interview for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!
You can check out the Switchwatch team’s first impressions of Nintendo Labo here.
Zoe was sad that this wouldn’t be an interview for Youtube, so let’s be extra supportive of her!
Brian: Tell us about your game history. How long have you been playing games, and what kind of games do you like?
Josh: Okay, well… I have played all sorts of games from the traditional Nintendo platformers to first-person shooters to RPGs. You name it, I’ve played it. I’ve been playing games almost my entire childhood and adult life, so that spans probably a good 25 years or so of gaming experience.
What was the other part of the question?
Brian: What kind of games do you like?
Josh: What kind of games do I like? Oh, just depends on the day. Sometimes I like a quick fix sort of entertainment with like Rocket League. Sometimes I enjoy longer more elaborate experiences like Borderlands, or Skyrim, or Legend of Zelda. So, it really just depends on my mood at the time.
Brian: What were your first impressions of the Nintendo Labo when you saw the Nintendo Direct?
“The concept seemed fun, entertaining and something that would be right up my kid’s alley.”
Josh: Well, I was a little skeptical at first. Charging a significant sum for what is essentially cardboard, so I was concerned about that. But, the concept seemed fun, entertaining and something that would be right up my kid’s alley, so I was willing to give it a go. I went ahead and preordered them a couple days later, and I was anxiously awaiting them to see what they were all about.
Brian: K, so that more or less answered my next question which was what made you decide to purchase it?
Josh: Mainly the kids, ‘cause they love building stuff. They love Legos; they love building their own wooden train sets; they love drawing and creating their own inventions and their own art. So, mainly that and to cater to that side of their personalities.
Brian: And, which packs did you buy?
Josh: I bought the variety kit. I bought the robot kit and also the customization kit which is basically just a bunch of stickers and different tapes to kind of customize the prior two kits.
Brian: What is your favorite aspect of Nintendo Labo?
“I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the construction.”
Josh: I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the construction. It’s thin. The instructions are very intuitive, and it’s in video format. It’s an interactive video to where you can kind of look at a diagram, and if you aren’t sure quite how to put something together based on the angle that’s originally shown, you can flip the image around and see what’s going on with the whole kit.
So, I really like the instruction part of it. It breaks it down into steps. Some of them are quite elaborate to where you have to spend multiple hours constructing them so it’s nice that they break it into stages to where if you need to have a stopping point, you can.
Brian: What is your least favorite aspect of it?
Josh: My least favorite aspect, um… Some of them are… Well… I don’t know if I have a least favorite aspect. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the whole thing. The quality of the cardboard is really good and really durable for what it is. Probably just the length of time that some of the projects take, but that is just the nature of the beast, so I don’t know that I can knock it too hard for that…
Brian: Would you say that the Nintendo Labo has been worth the monetary investment?
“I was kind of expecting a few 10 or 15 minute projects and then they’d run their course.”
Josh: Absolutely! I was kind of expecting a few 10 or 15 minute projects and then they’d run their course. But, there’s different things that you can do with each project, and there’s like an invention portion or a discover portion where you learn about the science behind what’s happening.
And you can create your own inventions, too. There’s like a garage… I might be phrasing that wrong. We might look that up (laughs) here in a little bit. I wanna say it is the Inventor’s Garage that’s in there to where you can create your own parameters to invent your own thing. (He was close. It is called the Toy-Con Garage.) Nintendo’s actually got a contest going on to where you can submit your own inventions.
Brian: Oh, wow, that’s pretty cool!
Josh: Yep, so I think we’re probably going to be doing that. I haven’t talked to Zoe about it yet, but I think she’d like doing that.
Brian: (Looks at Zoe) Now you need to start getting some ideas!
Zoe: Ideas for what?
Brian: For trying to make your own Nintendo Labo inventions!
Josh: Yep! We’ll have to make our own cardboard cut outs and everything and tell it what to do… Tell the system what to do when we have certain inputs.
Brian: That sounds pretty cool!
Brian: Now, onto one of the most important questions: What kind of an effect has Nintendo Labo had on your family life? Has it had a positive one?
“It has allowed my daughter and I to spend quality time together.”
Josh: Yes! It has! It has allowed my daughter and I to spend quality time together. She wakes up early in the morning so that we can spend more time creating more Nintendo Labo creations. So, yeah! She has been really excited about it. It’s nice to bond with her on something. And, um, yeah! It has been great! It’s like building and designing and creating art together with your kid.
Brian: That’s amazing.
Brian: Okay, now one last question. Who would you recommend Nintendo Labo to?
Josh: Pretty much anyone who enjoys things like tinker toys, construction sets, erector sets or Legos. Whether you’re young or old, it’s a great family product as most Nintendo things are. But, this one’s very unique. If you want to spend a lot of time building something with your kid and getting down to the nitty gritty science of everything. It’s a great product for something like that; people like that.
Brian: Alright, well, awesome. Thanks, man! I really appreciate it!
Josh: Yeah, no problem!
A Six-Year-Old’s Perspective On Nintendo Labo
Brian: Alright Zoe, so! What is your…
Zoe: Wait! How easy are they? (the questions)
Brian: They’re really easy. K? So, Zoe, what is your favorite Nintendo Labo toy?
Zoe: Uuuuummmm, the piano!
Brian: The piano?!
Zoe: And the house!
Brian: Okay! Have you made them yet?
Zoe: No! The piano is the hardest.
Brian: I see.
Zoe: And the house is the next one that we are making!
Brian: Oh! Okay. Are you excited to make it?
Brian: When will you make it?
Zoe: I don’t know.
Josh: This week sometime probably, right?
Zoe: Probably this week.
Brian: Okay! So, Zoe, is it fun to build Nintendo Labo toys with your dad?
Zoe: Yeah! I usually read the instructions, and he usually builds them.
Josh: She likes being in… She likes being the supervisor. No, you help build it, too! You help bend the pieces and put them together.
Brian: Okay, so you are like a foreman who helps a lot, right? (Zoe nods her head) You stay involved. That’s good!
Brian: Are you scared sometimes to break your Nintendo Labo toys?
Brian: Oh yeah? Do you have to stay very careful with them?
“Yeah… ‘Cause they’re cardboard!”
Zoe: Yeah… ‘Cause they’re cardboard!
Brian: Riiight! So! Is your little brother (age 3) allowed to play with your Nintendo Labo toys?
Zoe: He’s too young!
Brian: Oooohhh! What would he do if he got to play with them?
Zoe: He would break it or bend the pieces.
Brian: Ahh! And who does he like to act as? Does he like to be the Hulk?
Zoe: No, he likes to be the Batman.
(Brian and Josh laughs)
Brian: Ohh, that sounds pretty scary for Nintendo Labo, doesn’t it?
(Zoe nods emphatically)
Brian: Okay, Zoe, thank you very much! That was all I had to ask. Okay?
Brian: Alright, thank you!
A special thanks to Josh and Zoe for taking time out of their day to have this interview for our website. You two did a great job!