Nintendo Unveils Papercraft Toy Nintendo Labo for Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Labo has been revealed, merging the Nintendo Switch with papercraft fun. Check out the trailer ahead of the April release date.

By Lou Contaldi

January 17, 2018

Merging papercraft fun with the flourishing Nintendo Switch, Nintendo has unveiled Nintendo Labo — a very Nintendo-like mix between video games and interactive toys. Coming to the UK in a little less than four months, the almost LEGO-like experience looks to explore a new realm of experiences for the portable platform.

Revealed moments ago via the trailer (below), Nintendo Labo is a kit-based experience for “kids and kids-at-heart.” While there aren’t a ton of details, it appears that players will utilize and build cardboard-based peripherals that will interact with a Nintendo Switch and included game software.

At the moment, there are three different build options being advertised: the variety kit, the robot kid, and a customization set.

The Variety Kit (Toy-Con 01) comes in at $69.99 — a price that includes software and all cardboard/foam parts — on April 20, 2019 in North America. The kit will allow you to build two RC Cars, a Fishing Rod, a House, a Motorbike, and a Piano that will all have a unique experience tied to them. This is the more general, kid-friendly version coming with an E rating.

Meanwhile, the Robot Kit (Toy-Con 2) comes in at $79.99 also on April 20, 2018. This kit is seemingly a mech-themed kit which has you playing as a fighting robot, creating both a jet-pack backpack and goggles.

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According to Nintendo, this will be the experience dedicated to the Robot Kit:

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.

Last but not least is the Customization Set, which is effectively just a sticker pack to enhance your creations. The Customization Set is (similarly) set to release on April 20, however at a retail price of $9.99

The move is definitely an interesting one, and one that is very likely opening the market in a way that neither Microsoft nor Sony can touch. Also, it feels distinctly Nintendo given their history with kid-friendlyness, physical toys, and the fact that they are (historically) a toy maker. You can check out the Nintendo Labo reveal trailer and image gallery below:

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Lou Contaldi

Lou Contaldi specializes in both reviews and the business behind gaming. He began writing about tech and video games while getting his Juris Doctor at Hofstra University School of Law. He is maybe the only gaming journo based in Nashville, TN.

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