So, you weren’t convinced by Nintendo Labo? The spectacle of John Carpenter trying to play the Halloween theme song on it might make you a believer.
Now, Nintendo has a reputation for being a little… well, creative is one way of putting it. With the likes of the motion-controlled Wii, the double-screened and touch-operated DS, and the Virtual Boy, they’ve proven that time and time again. When they’ve succeeded, they’ve really succeeded (Wii, DS), but when it’s gone wrong, they’ve crashed and burned horribly (the migraine-tastic Virtual Boy).
It generally goes one of those two ways. That’s the risk you run when you pull this sort of thing. Nintendo Labo, however, hasn’t quite been around long enough for us to decide one way or the other.
The whole thing just reeks of Nintendo. Many in the gaming industry sat nonplussed, as this peculiar new Switch-compatible cardboard toy range was revealed back in January. It’s been a hit with families, though, and everything’s much more customizable (and substantial) than it may seem at first.
People are making some truly impressive things with these kits (a solar-powered accordion was shown off at one design contest). One thing we hadn’t yet seen from Labo, however, was horror legend John Carpenter trying to play the Halloween theme on a Labo piano. If that’s what you’ve been waiting for (and that’s an oddly specific wish, right there), it’s your lucky day.
Halloween, as we know, is a holiday that a lot of video games like to celebrate. Super Mario Odyssey has released a Zombie Mario outfit, Overwatch’s Halloween Terror event has returned, and now there’s… this.
“I’m John Carpenter and this is the most important musical moment of my life,” the director and composer of 1978’s Halloween said, as IGN set him up with his Labo piano. He got off to a shonky start, as the thing jingled and jangled away of its own accord, but managed to produce a recognizable rendition of the song in the end.
His inept play sarcastically intercut with clips from the movie is just solid gold. As was Carpenter’s disgruntled review of Labo itself: “This thing sucks.”