Nintendo Labo Announced; An Odd Game With Cardboard Accessories

Nintendo have announced a bizarre new project called Nintendo Labo, a collection of min-games controlled by cardboard accessories that the player builds themselves.

There aren’t many details about the Nintendo Labo at the moment, but debut trailer above gives an idea of what is to be expected. Players will take part in a range of activities such as playing piano, racing a bike, fishing and controlling a giant robot! This is done by creating accessories out of cardboard such as a piano, a fishing pole, a camera and so on and inserting the Joy-Cons to make them a controller, of sorts which Nintendo have named ‘toy-cons’.

So far 2 separate bundles have been announced; the robot kit which will retail at $80 USD (around £57)and the Variety kit which costs $70 (around £50). The kits are due to be released on April 20th in the US and Australia and a week later in Europe on the 27th. As well as the core kit, a separate customization set will be released for $10 which will include stickers, stencils and coloured tape to allow custom designed toy-cons.


Below, you’ll find the different things that can be built with each of the two announced packs, with the descriptions provided by Nintendo.

Variety Kit:

  • Toy-Con RC Car: Insert the Left and Right Joy-Con into your newly built RC Car and control its movement using touch screen controls on the Nintendo Switch console. The HD Rumble feature in the Joy-Con controllers will cause vibrations that move the car in the direction you choose. Materials to construct two RC Cars are included.
  • Toy-Con Fishing Rod: Construct the Fishing Rod with an active, rotating reel that is attached by string to a cradle holding the Nintendo Switch console. Catch one of many exotic fish shown swimming on the Nintendo Switch screen by casting your Fishing Rod and unwinding the reel to lower the hook. Once you feel a vibration from the Joy-Con inserted in the reel, you must tug the Fishing Rod upward and crank the reel quickly to try to complete the catch!
  • Toy-Con House: By inserting various assembled blocks into openings in the sides and bottom of the House, you can interact with, play games with and feed a cute creature on the front-facing Nintendo Switch screen. Each differently shaped block is detected by the IR Motion Camera on the Right Joy-Con inserted on top of the House.
  • Toy-Con Motorbike: Insert each Joy-Con into an assembled set of handlebars to drive a motorbike on the Nintendo Switch screen. Pressing the ignition button starts the engine, while twisting the right handle activates the throttle. Leaning your body or turning the handlebars left and right controls the motorbike.
  • Toy-Con Piano: After assembling a beautifully crafted 13-key piano and inserting the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con, you can experiment with your own musical creations by pressing different keys. You can even insert different assembled knobs to create new sound effects and tones!

Robot Kit:

  • Toy-Con Robot: Create a wearable Robot suit, and insert the Left and Right Joy-Con into the designated slots on the backpack and visor to assume control of the robot, which is shown on the TV when the Nintendo Switch console is docked. Enjoy a variety of fun game-play experiences, including Robot mode, in which you can destroy in-game buildings and UFOs.

More details about Nintendo Labo can be found on the official website.

Opinions seem to be very mixed with this one, some are saying its ingenious and other’s saying it’s a lot of money for a piece of cardboard! What do you think? Let us know in the comments section or drop us a Tweet!

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