Nintendo's Labo kits let Switch owners build their own cardboard peripherals

18 January, 2018, 18:31 | Author: Darnell Taylor
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Their latest brainchild is a series of DIY accessories for the Switch called Nintendo Labo. Now, the company is looking to extend out into new ways of playing and making the Switch easier and more fun to play.

The first two Nintendo Labo packs -a variety pack and a robot pack- are released on 27 April 2018 in the UK. The "variety kit" will include five different games and Toy-Con, including the RC auto, fishing rod, and piano for $69.99. Each object is formed from folding up the included cardboard sheets and putting the different parts together then sitting the Switch in these creations to bring them to life. A motorbike. A one-octave playable piano. The Robot Kit contains one game, and an entire suit made of cardboard and string. When worn, you become a robot on the Switch, which moves like you do. The kits come with all the supplies to create and customize the Toy-Cons and include access to the software for the Switch as well. There'll also be a $10 Customization Kit available that includes stencils, stickers, and colored tape. At the same time, parents are going to jump at the chance to give their kids something educational to build and play with in-between sessions of Super Mario Odyssey. Unlike with the Switch, it seems unlikely Nintendo will struggle to keep up with demand as the base materials used in each kit are so widely available.

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But Nintendo clearly has no intention of stopping at robots and RC cars. Nope, you unfortunately can't go and make cardboard toys if you are a mere adult who likes the look of Labo: you've got to have one of those children-type humans that Nintendo's aiming at. With the fishing for rod, for example, users will "fish" into the device and reel digital creatures in with a Joy-Con rod. Pressing the ignition button starts the engine, while twisting the right handle activates the throttle.

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