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Reggie Fils-Aime Talks Nintendo Labo Third-Party Support

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Reggie Fils-Aime Talks Nintendo Labo Third-Party Support

Will third parties be allowed to release their own cardboard Switch games?

Yesterday, Nintendo announced Nintendo Labo, a series Switch games relying on cardboard peripherals to enhance the experience. The company announced three different first-party Labo products for the April 20 launch, but what about third-party support?

That’s the question Time asked Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, who would only vaguely commit to future possibilities. “While there’s nothing to announce today, certainly if we’re successful with Labo, it can create future opportunities,” he said.

Still, Fils-Aime made clear that Labo won’t necessarily be limited to the April launch’s Variety Kit, Robot Kit, and Customization Kit launching. Even on this front, however, Fils-Aime would not even confirm whether or not the console holder itself planned to release more Labo products.

“Can [the Toy-Cons] be incorporated into other forms of gameplay? Certainly,” he said. “But right now we think if we effectively communicate the power of the idea with Nintendo Labo [and] really enable players to make their creations, personalize them, and enjoy the [inherent] gameplay experiences… We think that’s going to be a great way to start and then progress down the path.”

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Nick has been a gamer since the 8-bit days and has been reporting on the games industry since 2011. Don't interrupt him while he's questing through an RPG or desperately clinging to hope against all reason that his Philly sports teams will win something.

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