Nintendo Labo is an upcoming line of interactive make, play and discover experiences that has the player crafting a variety of cardboard accessories to be used with Nintendo Switch. These DIY creations can be used directly with applications on the Switch that encourage people of all ages to get involved like never before. It’s a truly novel concept we’re excited to see.
Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about Nintendo Labo including the release date, price, games and more!
What is Nintendo Labo?
Labo are accessories that will launch in a variety of different kits that will take advantage of the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers. For example, one can be placed in a cardboard piano replica and used to detect when players are pushing the keys.
Actions will be reflected on the screen whether you’re playing instruments, riding a motorcycle or crushing cities as a giant robot.
“Our goal is to put smiles on the faces of everyone Nintendo touches,” said Satoru Shibata, Nintendo of Europe’s President. “Nintendo Labo invites anyone with a creative mind and a playful heart to make, play and discover in new ways with Nintendo Switch. I personally hope to see many people enjoying making kits with their family members, with big smiles on their faces.”
The cardboard cut-out creations in Nintendo Labo kits are known as ‘Toy-Con.’ Nintendo confirmed in a recent press release that you’re encouraged to use your own colouring pens and pencils to give each of them its own personality.
It’s worth keeping in mind that a Nintendo Switch console is required for use with Labo.
Nintendo Labo Price – how much will it cost?
The retail price currently sits at $69.99, with UK and EU pricing unconfirmed at the time of writing.
Nintendo Labo release date
Labo will be available in two varieties on April 27, 2018 in Europe and April 20 in North America.
Nintendo Labo kits – what will be in them?
You can find the full contents of each individual kit below:
With the Variety Kit, you can create many different Toy-Con, including Toy-Con RC Car, Toy-Con Fishing Rod, Toy-Con House, Toy-Con Motorbike and Toy-Con Piano.
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. 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 crank the reel quickly and tug the Fishing Rod upwards 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, feed and play games with 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, twisting the right handle activates the throttle, and 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 create your own music 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, where you can destroy in-game buildings and UFOs.
In addition to the aforementioned kits, Nintendo has also announced a special ‘Customization Kit’ that will include stencils, stickers and coloured tape for use when decorating your Joy-Con. This will launch on April 27 alongside the kits themselves.
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