Nintendo has just shown off a really cool and inexpensive way to create a ton of new products using nothing more than cardboard and rubber bands. The new product that they’ve been teasing all day was officially unveiled as Nintendo Labo, a series of cardboard punch-out toys that interact with the Nintendo Switch. As you can see from the video at the bottom, each piece is sent on a flat cardboard surface that you punch out of the design and fold together. Depending on where the main display unit is and where the joy-cons go, you have an array of playful options that include making music on a piano to making a remote-controlled bug.
There’s so much to take away from this video, as it basically looks like Nintendo’s way of getting the most out of very little, which is a cool concept that you really can’t do with any other console. Just looking at this at first glance is amazing and makes us really want to try them out now. Keep in mind that these are aimed at kids, so more than likely, whatever games come with it will probably be a combination of simplistic easy-to-build stuff and educational material, as opposed to being the next Mario Kart. The release date for these items is set for April 20th, 2018. Right now the product’s official page has two items listed: a Variety Kit at $70 and a Robot Kit for $80. Below are some of the details from each kit that Nintendo sent out in a press release. We’ll keep you updated as more info comes out on future products.
Variety Kit ($69.99)
- Toy-Con RC Car: Insert the Left and Right Joy-Con into your newly built RC Car and control its movement using touchscreen 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!
Robot Kit ($79.99)
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.