Nintendo Reveals Labo DIY Cardboard Accessories For the Switch

Joanna Estrada
January 18, 2018

There are two packs available, the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit. From a piano to a motorbike, a robot and more, each Toy-Con comes to life when combined with Nintendo Switch in different ways. The Switch will then act as a controller for the finished creation and add the gameplay elements as well. It something we haven't really seen augmented reality do yet, and it only makes sense coming from our toy-making, ahead-of-the-game friends at Nintendo. At launch, Nintendo will be offering a Variety kit with 5 potential projects and a standalone robot suit.

Image: Nintendo hopes to pitch Labo as an educational game.

Called the Nintendo Labo, the cardboard accessories are meant to contribute to what Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima called the "new ways of playing". A brand new move in videogame peripherals, Nintendo essentially wants players to assemble their own accessories, Google Cardboard style, and play a small variety of videogame experiences with them that can seem all too reminiscent of the kinds of gameplay we see in virtual reality (VR). Simply hit the ignition button, turn the right handle to engage the accelerator and watch your adventure unfold on the Nintendo Switch screen, as you race to new destinations.

A video released by the company shows some examples of the hybrid Labo buildings, including an actual working piano, a house, a backpack and a robot suit. Materials to construct two RC Cars are included. 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! 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. The sound knobs are detected and deciphered by stripes that are on the back so that the camera can tell the difference.

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