Nintendo has announced an interesting product that will make the Nintendo Switch console more interesting. Well, not that it needed any, judging from the sales it has been getting thus far. Anywho, with the Nintendo Labo, it may pique non-adopters to pick a set. I know, I am suitably intrigued. So, why the heck is Nintendo Labo? Official words are, Nintendo Labo “combines the magic of Nintendo Switch with the fun of DIY creations.” What that means is, Nintendo wants you to use cardboard to put together gaming peripherals to expand your further the fun of the switch.
Yep. You heard that right. Cardboard. Starting with a piece of cardboard with the appropriate cut outs called Toy-Con, you can together a variety of gaming peripherals, including a 13-key piano, a fishing pole, a motorbike, a gaming steering wheel and more. Nintendo is hoping that you will have fun building these cardboard projects and learn how they work along the way. However, Nintendo Labo “Toy-Cons” are more than mere super cool cardboard based peripherals; they are robot too, allowing you to create robots that can be remotely controlled with Switch.
I am not going to lie. The maker elements really tickles my fancy. At launch, Nintendo Switch Toy-Cons will be available in to flavor: the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit, and they will cost $69.99 and $79.99 per kit when they become available starting April 20. I am especially drawn to the Robot Kit that allows user to make a cardboard robot suit, complete with visor, backpack and straps for hands and feet, that can interface with certain game as a robot itself. However, do not want to question the durability of cardboard for even mildly violent use.
In case you are wondering, the Variety Kit includes a pair of RC cars, a fishing rod, a house, a motorbike, and a piano. Each kit will comes with its own Nintendo Labo software to enable the magic to happen. Additionally, Nintendo will also offer a $9.99 “customization set” which will give you stuff like stencil sheets, sticker sticks, and tape rolls to personalize your Toy-Con.
Take a look at the product trailer to learn more.