Nintendo Labo Papercraft Toy-Con Kits Announced for Switch

Nintendo Labo Papercraft Toy-Con Kits Announced for Switch - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 19 January 2018 / 2,741 Views

Nintendo has announced Nintendo Labo for the Switch. It will be available starting April 20.

Nintendo Labo combines papercraft, toys and the Nintendo Switch. It comes in Toy-Con kits that is designed for "kids and kids-at-heart."

View the first look of Nintendo Labo below:

Here is an overview:

Nintendo Labo combines the magic of Nintendo Switch with the fun of DIY creations.

Start with a piece of cardboard…

Build a 13-key piano, a fishing pole, or even a motorbike. Add your Nintendo Switch console to power it up and hold a recital, catch a fish, or win a race.

With Nintendo Labo, building is just as much fun as playing. Have fun discovering how it all works—you might even invent new ways to play with each Toy-Con creation.

THAT’S Nintendo Labo. What will YOU create?

There are currently three kits being advertised:

Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit ($69.99) – April 20

Make, play, and discover with five different Toy-Con projects:

  • 2 RC Cars – 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.
  • 1 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!
  • 1 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.
  • 1 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.
  • 1 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!

Includes:

  • Nintendo Labo Variety Kit software
  • Cardboard sheet x 28 (includes extra sheet for customization)
  • Reflective sticker sheet x 3
  • Sponge sheet x 3
  • String (orange) x 1
  • String (blue) x 1
  • Eyelet set (gray) x 1
  • Eyelet set (blue) x 1
  • Rubber band (large) x 2 + spares
  • Rubber band (small) x 6 + spares

Toy-Con 02: Robot Kit ($79.99) – April 20

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.

Includes:

  • Nintendo Labo Robot Kit software
  • Cardboard sheet x 19
  • Cardstock sheets x 4
  • Reflective sticker sheet x 1
  • Orange string x 2
  • Blue string x 2
  • Gray canvas straps (large) x 1
  • Gray canvas straps (medium) x 1
  • Gray canvas straps (small) x 2
  • Eyelet set (gray) x 10
  • Eyelet set (orange) x 2

Customization Set ($9.99) – April 20

Customize your Nintendo Labo creations with this handy set of materials.

Includes:

  • Stencil sheets x 2
  • Sticker sheets x 2
  • Tape rolls x 2

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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13 Comments

curl-6 (on 17 January 2018)

If Nintendo play their cards right, this could be the next Skylanders/Wii Fit. It feels like a true blue ocean product, the potential is enormous


Rocketjay8 (on 17 January 2018)

You don't mean cardboards?


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xMetroid (on 17 January 2018)

It really will change the mind of some families thinking video games are killing creativity. This will make a compremise by playing and still using their imagination.


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Errorist76 (on 18 January 2018)

Plus it will bind whole families to a Nintendo product. Very clever if it works out.


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Ganoncrotch (on 17 January 2018)

These look weird... but fantastic at the same time, I think at this stage Nintendo has done more than enough for us to give them the benefit of the doubt and wait to see what they have in mind before quickly judging them.


SuperNintend0rk (on 17 January 2018)

I have zero interest in this but I gotta give props to Nintendo for taking a bunch of cardboard and somehow turning it into a $70 product haha


xMetroid (on 17 January 2018)

There is a lot of accessories and a game coming with it... 70$ is really not that much.


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SuperNintend0rk (on 18 January 2018)

It comes with stickers, string, and rubber bands! Sure it's innovative but it seems really overpriced. It'll probably still sell millions of units though lol


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Flilix (on 18 January 2018)

I think you're underestimating how expensive it is to makes games that use all this technology. You basically pay $60 for the game, and $10 for the cardboard.


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SuperNintend0rk (on 18 January 2018)

It really depends how deep the software ends up being. It could turn out to be the next Wii Sports... or the next Wii Play/Music/Party lol


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Shiken (on 18 January 2018)

After doing a bit of research, there is actually a lot of potential here. It appears that outside of the tech demos it comes with, you can create your own cardvoard cutouts and use the software tools to make your own creations. If they play their cards right, we coukd have a Minecraft caliber product in terms of creative potential. I HAD no interest in it, but then I remembered it was geared towards kids and families. This seems like a perfect father son project for my stepson and I, so we will see.


Stuart23 (on 18 January 2018)

Nintendo wasn't lying, this really is something for kids and kids at heart. If this was released when I was a child I would be going crazy for this.


Locknuts (on 18 January 2018)

This better be some seriously sturdy cardboard. My kids would destroy their creations in no time.


Ganoncrotch (on 18 January 2018)

I've seen a kid eat through plaster from a wall.... I don't think even Nintendo can make a product kid proof, think the idea of cardboard is that it's more replaceable than indestructible.


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Locknuts (on 19 January 2018)

That's one hungry kid!!


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XD84 (on 18 January 2018)

I did not expect this at all. I will not buy it, but it is creative.


AlfredoTurkey (on 18 January 2018)

The time it would take high school bullies to sniff out and completely destroy that kid in the cardboard robot suit would be less than a millisecond. He'd have no chance. lol


Errorist76 (on 18 January 2018)

I assume you know what you're talking about from experience.


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Ganoncrotch (on 18 January 2018)

he can deploy his vibrating cardboard nanobots to protect him... at just 80e a pair it's a cheap way to distract bullies!


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ebw (on 18 January 2018)

If I were a high school bully I would be more interested in the $300 game console than destroying the cardboard enclosure.


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AlfredoTurkey (on 18 January 2018)

Well, I attended public high school in the US and saw kids get torn to pieces for far less. Wearing the wrong glasses can get your ass kicked let alone dressing up as a cardboard robot haha.


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Alby_da_Wolf (on 17 April 2018)

The most expensive cardboard in the world, but it also looks like an awesome gaming idea. Just hope they'll sell replacement cardboard without games included for a not excessive price, cardboard is not durable and if the games included aren't short-lived, replacement could be needed. Anyway, after a while it won't be difficult to find on the net unofficial, but precise drawinsg for both hand and digital machine cutting. Ninty will totally hate them, but it won't be able to remove them from the net.


fedfed (on 18 January 2018)

Amazing and expensive and brilliant and unexpected and so Nintendo... out Amiibo In Labo!


VAMatt (on 19 January 2018)

This seems cool. But, you're not going to be able to use a cardboard piano, fishing rod, or anything else that has moving parts made of cardboard for very long. Kids will kill these things in one day, if they can ever even get them put together.


golfgt170 (on 18 January 2018)

Brilliant and fun, but with 80euro, i can get Bayonetta 1+2 limited edition...


Redguy (on 18 January 2018)

This is what 1-2 switch should have been from the start ^^