Nintendo’s Labo has been listed in Time Magazine as one of the outlet’s top inventions of 2018.
The outlet has listed 50 “groundbreaking” inventions chosen across a variety of categories from architecture and accessibility to toys and transportation. Each was listed according to originality, creativity, influence, ambition and effectiveness.
The Nintendo Labo, a set of DIY cardboard controllers-slash-toys for the Switch, was listed for helping younger gamers “create their own fun”.
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“Usually with video games, all the fun happens on the players’ screens,” said Megan McCluskey in the Labo's entry. “Not so with Nintendo Labo, a set of kits allowing DIY-inclined gamers to construct their own cardboard controllers for the company’s grab-and-go Switch console.”
“While build-and-play toys that connect to electronics aren’t new, Labo is unique in the video-gaming world, where controllers are typically store-bought and rarely fun in their own right.”
Time also gave a space in its list to the Xbox Adaptive Controller, developed by Microsoft to help differently-abled players who may have trouble using more traditional gamepads.