Nintendo is looking to extend the way we play together with our kids, and today unveiled a new product made exclusively for use with the Nintendo Switch: Nintendo Labo. In true DIY fashion, the idea behind the concept is simple: grab a piece of cardboard, power up your imagination, transform your Joy-Cons into “Toy-Cons”, and sprinkle in the power of the Switch to discover new ways of playing games. The slogan says it all, “What will YOU create?”
The Nintendo Labo kits will launch on April 20, with two configurations of the product, one being the Variety Kit, which comes with a retail price of $69.99; the other being the Robot Kit, having a slightly-higher MSRP of $79.99. Both kits include their respective Nintendo Labo software (Toy-Kon 01 or Toy-Con 02), and all materials need for instant-play. Nintendo encourages further customization with paint, markers, and stickers as well, along with their Customization Set, coming with a price tag of $9.99.
The Variety Kit features the following:
- Cardboard sheet x 19
- Cardstock sheets x 4
- Reflective sticker sheet x 1
- Orange string x 2
- Blue string x 2
- Gray canvas straps (large) x 1
- Gray canvas straps (medium) x 1
- Gray canvas straps (small) x 2
- Eyelet set (gray) x 10
- Eyelet set (orange) x 2
On the flip side, the Robot Kit will include:
- Cardboard sheet x 28 (includes extra sheet for customization)
- Reflective sticker sheet x 3
- Sponge sheet x 3
- String (orange) x 1
- String (blue) x 1
- Eyelet set (gray) x 1
- Eyelet set (blue) x 1
- Rubber band (large) x 2 + spares
- Rubber band (small) x 6 + spares
The Customization Set gives you goodies to add some flair to your creations:
The Variety Kit is aimed towards creating and playing new ideas, featuring an RC Car, Fishing Rod, House, Motorbike, or Piano, while the Robot Kit gives you the power to learn about mechanics and how they work within your own robot, along with shooting down UFOs.
Lastly, if you’d like to be one of the first to try out the new product, you can enter to be a part of the Nintendo Labo Studio, which will allow parents with children ages 6-12 to attend a hands-on event. Registration space is limited, and open until January 21. You must live in the New York City or San Fransisco areas to qualify, however.
If you missed the initial announcement, check out the trailer below for a closer look at what to expect from the new hard-and-software. Are you excited about the prospect of DIY-style gaming? Let us know in the comments below. Nintendo is digging into its 129-year-old toy roots, and we’re eager to see where they go from here.
Caleb has been a gamer and Nintendo fan since picking up Pokémon Red for his Game Boy back in 1998, at the wee age of 4. He’s an avid Pokémon TCG collector, and is currently enjoying Breath of the Wild on Switch, along with PUBG on Xbox. He’s a fan of the outdoors when not writing, while also being an avid runner and world traveler. Give him a shout if you’re a fan of Arsenal FC.
Plays: Switch, 3DS, Xbox One, Pokémon TCG, and Various Board Games.