The cardboard-centric gaming product known as Nintendo Labo finally managed to make its way into the hands of late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, and as expected the results were nothing short of spectacularly entertaining.
The segment originally aired on an episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but the three minute segment eventually made its way onto The Tonight Show’s YouTube channel.
Now at the start of the video — during the first 15 seconds or so — we see The Roots and Jimmy tuning the cardboard instruments on the Switch. While Ariana is on vocals, Jimmy is playing the guitar and using the piano studio. Questlove is actually using the robot kit, Black Thought is on the electric guitar fishing rod, Kamal Gray is using the Labo piano along with James Poyser, and Captain Kirk and Mark Kelley are on guitar. Also, Stro is using the Toy-Con garage drum machine.
Now, each of these instruments and devices can be utilized in real life with the right tools and a lot of patience. Everything you’re hearing is actually capable with the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con suite, which many people in the YouTube comment section found to be absolutely mind blowing.
The song that’s being played is “No Tears Left To Cry,” and if you pay attention you’ll note that all the guitars are actually made out of a Nintendo Switch tablet and the left Joy-Con. There’s a limit on the kind of chords that can be played, but they’re using the Switch’s touchscreen capabilities to strum and play while the left Joy-Con is used to change the sound of the notes.
Some of the people in the comment section called it fake, saying there weren’t enough buttons and mechanisms to create the kind of sounds that The Roots were able to play as background music for Ariana’s vocals. However, others in the comment section had to point out that the Nintendo Labo software kit actually comes with open-source programming utilities so that you can design your own Labo software. Yes, it’s true… Nintendo has actually embraced the future for once.
With the software design kit, it’s possible to create effects, sequences, modulation, equilization, and even your own custom sounds. As you can see in the video above, you can set certain sequences on loop, which is what they do with some of the drumbeats.
It’s a highly inventive video that’s trending right now across YouTube, and with good reason. It shows a ton of potential for the Nintendo Labo and lots of possibilities that you can pull off with a handful of Switch units and a little bit of creativity.
Some people noted that the instruments don’t sound as high quality as their real-life counterparts, but that’s sort of the tradeoff you’ll get with $60 software on $10 cardboard using a $300 hybrid gaming tablet.