Nintendo has made some interesting choices when it comes to their consoles, and for the most part, they’ve been a success. From motion controls with the Wii to having a true portable console like the Switch. The company has recently announced a DIY set of tools made of cardboard for the Switch, called Labo.
The Nintendo Labo Kits has technology and tools to make the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers into Toy-Con controllers. So anything from a motorcycle, a robot to even a piano can be made using a the Labo kit.
Once you create your Toy-Con, you can customize it to your heart’s content with stickers, markers or paint to give each that personal touch.
Nintendo Labo will release on April 20th and be available in two kits, the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit.
The Variety Kit comes with the following:
- 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 and 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!
The Robot Kit will come with the following:
- 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.
Nintendo hasn’t announced Canadian pricing yet for the Labo kits but the US pricing is as follows, $70 USD for the Variety Kit and $80 USD for the Robot Kit. There will also be a special Customization Set that has stencils, stickers, coloured tape at launch for $10 USD.