Nintendo Introduces the Labo Cardboard Kits for Switch

Doris Richards
January 19, 2018

Nintendo pioneered virtual reality games long before anyone else attempted to do it.

When the shiny Sony PSP was on the horizon, Nintendo put its faith in touch control instead of powerful portable hardware, and emerged victorious with the Nintendo DS. There will even be a multiplayer mode, though it's unlikely that any such mode will be competitive. Called Nintendo Labo, the first wave of the buildable "Toy-Con" range from a small remote control auto to a wearable robot jet-pack.

The word of the day is "cardboard", as with two minutes and fifty-two seconds of tantalising looks at a half-physical, half-software setup for the Nintendo Switch, nothing will ever be the same again.

The Variety Kit comes with all of the more minor experiences you saw in the trailer.

If you're local to New York City or San Francisco, Nintendo is hosting a three-hour Labo event for kids age six to 12.


So how does Labo work? No problem. If you want to take it with you on the train or on the plane, then it's even better. In total, it was an extremely successful holiday season for the Big N, with console and game sales both performing incredibly well.

When the keys are played, musical notes are heard from the console. It's this element that takes this concept to the next level. Materials to construct two RC Cars are included. That includes a cardboard steering wheel and gas pedal, as well as a camera and gun-like controller. This information is relayed back to the Switch screen, which mirrors the keys being played.

I went through the announcement trailer (which you can watch below) and pulled out any images of the official RC vehicle, and then tried to replicate it from those.

One has to wonder when Nintendo came up with the idea for "Labo". "You can assume that there will be a wider array".

Nintendo Labo UK price and release date Price No UK prices are confirmed yet, but the Variety Kit will retail for $69.99 in the United States and the Robot Kit will cost $79.99. Containing stencils, stickers, and decorative tape, the Customisation Set has an MSRP of $14.95 AUD. Oh, yeah, that's how Nintendo calls the cardboard peripherals: Toy-Cons. For those times when the Toy-Con is beyond fix, we expect Nintendo to offer some kind of re-order service, with a small fee, but that hasn't been confirmed officially. For Nintendo, Labo is sort of full circle: when the company was founded in 1889, it produced handmade hanafuda playing cards.

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