Nintendo Labo has just launched in North America and Japan, and will be hitting the UK market in just a few more days. The new release is quite a milestone for Nintendo, as it has introduced the world to constructible cardboard toys that can be brought to life thanks to innovative interaction with Switch hardware. Many folks have been intrigued by Labo ever since its initial reveal back in January, and it looks like there’s one market in particular that has especially taken an interest: UK schools.
According to a report from GamesIndustry, Nintendo UK has been approached by “several schools” in the region about getting Nintendo Labo into classrooms. As someone who took up commercial art and computer science in high school, I would have personally loved having Labo around when I was a student. I don’t see why a lot of students would disagree with that sentiment either since Labo is not only interesting, but also very interactive. Definitely beats taking notes out of a textbook for hours!
Although having Labo in classrooms is a neat idea, GamesIndustry’s report does make an important point:
“Nintendo will need to look at discounts for educational institutions, and have teacher support and training set-up.”
That’s definitely a lot easier said than done. But, it does look like Nintendo UK has an idea of how to go about doing this. A few weeks ago, a short video was posted on the official Nintendo UK YouTube channel which contained interviews of elementary school teachers and some of their pupils sharing their thoughts about Nintendo Labo after trying it out at a preview event. The reaction was all round positive, so the company already knows for sure that Labo would likely prove very successful in classrooms: