Nintendo Labo are the build-it-yourself cardboard kits part game, part engineering, and pure Nintendo weirdness… but in a good way. Nintendo Labo was announced on January 17, and shows Nintendo is reaching back to its toy-making days and bringing them to the modern era by way of the Nintendo Switch. Somehow Nintendo has taken cardboard boxes and applied outside-of-the-box thinking.
There are two different Toy-Con Labo kits announced so far, – the Variety Kit and Robot Kit – and they’re numbered, suggesting Nintendo has designs to release more of these crazy papercraft creations in the future.
Below we’ve broken down exactly what’s in the two kits, how much they cost, where they’re available for preorder (for now), and everything else you might want to know before plunking down the cash for Nintendo Labo. We’ll keep this page up-to-date as we get details on any potential discounts, new Toy-Con kits, accessories, replacement cardboard kits, and more.
The Variety Kit has 5 different Toy-Con (get it?) projects to build: a pair of RC Cars that work through the Joy-Con’s HD Rumble function, a fishing rod, motorbike, house, and piano. Here’s everything included in the box, according to Nintendo:
- Cardboard sheet x 28
- 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 + spare
The Variety Kit also includes the software, so you get all these crazy projects and the interactive software to build and play with them. The Variety Kit is listed at $69.99.
A second Nintendo Labo kit, and one that’s much more involved gameplay-wise, is the Robot Kit. The Robot Kit lets you build what amounts to a crazy cardboard mech suit for yourself to wear while you guide an on-screen robot on city-smashing adventures.
The Robot Kit is more involved than the Variety Kit, and as such, costs a little bit more. But you get to put together a crazy, wearable controller that lets you act like a cardboard mech pilot. In addition to the Robot Kit software, you also get the following, according to Nintendo:
- 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
The Robot Kit comes out on the same day as the Variety Kit, April 20, and is listed at $79.99.
Both the Variety and Robot kits include the modular cardboard pieces to build the sets, as well as games to interact with your real-world creations. The games also serve as interactive instruction sheets, guiding you through the building process with animations and on-screen prompts.
As cool as these kits are, they do require you own a Nintendo Switch. The good news is Nintendo Switch is available pretty much everywhere now, starting at $299 for the base model. Optionally, you can make your Labo creations truly your own with the $10 Customization Kit, which you can get from Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, or directly from Nintendo, and includes stickers, decorative tape, and stencils.
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