Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting the Nintendo UK offices to find out if Nintendo Labo was a smart move by the company - much like the Switch itself - or a total misstep, like the Wii U. Turns out, Nintendo have managed to create an offering that'll have you smiling, whether you're 8 or 80. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Rather than treating you to a minute-by-minute rundown of what I did with my time at Nintendo - a lot of fishing, a brief cardio workout via a Robot suit, and the realisation that I'm probably the least creative person on the planet - I think it might be good to address a few of the perceived issues of Nintendo Labo, along with a brief summary of why you should be getting in on the action.

£60-70 for some cardboard!?

Nintendo LaboFirst of all, this isn't your run-of-the-mill, flimsy cardboard. It's tough. Sure, you could tear it if you really wanted to, and it wouldn't be difficult, but it's not cheap stuff.

However, if Nintendo was just selling cardboard and a few templates, the price points for the Variety Kit (RC car, fishing rod, motorbike handle, a weird little house, and a mini piano) and the Robot Kit would seem massively out of whack. Hell, even with Nintendo's big picture idea of "discovery" - which puts the emphasis on users fixing issues themselves, or leaning on the community for help - it still feels expensive. No, the real winner is the Toy-Con Garage, which allows users to tweak some input and outputs to create their own games.

An example shown to us was the ability to drive the RC car with a fishing rod, with tweaks being made on the fly to make it more/less difficult to control. One tweak meant that you had to reel the rod really fast just to get minimal movement out of the car, another meant that you had to reel it at a specific speed. It's straightforward enough to appeal to kids and tech dweebs alike, but detailed enough to provide a challenge.

You combine all of those elements together, plus the mini-games that each out-of-the-box template provides (or in the case of the Robot Kit, the software to destroy a small town) and the build time (up to 3 hours for the piano), and it suddenly doesn't seem so expensive, does it?

I'm 32, Labo is clearly not aimed at me

Nintendo LaboFirst of all, I'm 33. I'm so old I forgot my actual age. Secondly, if you're in my age range or older, and you have a Switch, I can guarantee that at least 70% of the games you own would be considered 'kids games' to the casual observer. But as you know, the beauty of Nintendo is the way they manage to appeal to all ages, regardless of the packaging. It's this recipe that made Pixar such a great success, and why Labo isn't just a kids toy.

It took me all of 2 minutes playing with a weird blob creature before a huge smile emerged on my face. The same thing happened when I figured out you could make cat sounds with the piano. Same again when I went into first-person mode on the Robot game by flipping the visor down on my headset. It just kept happening.

What about longevity!?

Nintendo LaboCommunity. Community. Community. Outside of the points raised above - specifically the Toy-Con Garage - the community is what's ultimately going to decide how successful Nintendo Labo is going to be and what direction it takes. The more people share their creations - whether it's from a design perspective (who created the best-looking RC Car), or from a 'I just made this ridiculous thing' perspective - the more likely it is that the Labo will succeed, and more likely that Nintendo will continue to keep ploughing money into it. I know that seems obvious and could be applied to almost anything, but it feels especially important in this instance.

Is it worth the money?

Nintendo Labo100% yes. Even if the community aspect never takes off and the Labo gets retired in a years time, there's enough going on in these kits to provide hours and hours and hours of entertainment. The bigger question at this point - unless you're rich - is which pack should you go for? While the Robot Kit provides the biggest build, as well as access to the Toy-Con Garage like you do with the Variety Kit, I feel as though the Variety Kit provides the best entry point to the weird and wonderful world Nintendo have created. Either way, you're in for a wild time.

Nintendo Labo is out on April 20th in the US, and on April 27th in the UK. The Variety Kit costs £59.99/$69.99, with the Robot Kit coming in at £69.99/$79.99.