Nintendo announced the release of a new kind of gaming experience for the Switch, which involves turning cardboard into interactive toys, “to inspire creative minds and playful hearts alike.”
Nintendo Labo focuses on DIY, with each kit turning the Switch into a new interactive creation (called Toy-Con): robot, piano, fishing rod, motorcycle and much more, with a mini game linked to each one of these creations, making use of the console and the Joy-Con controllers and encouraging kids to build and “invent new ways to play.”
The first Nintendo Labo kits will launch on April 27th. The Variety Kit will include the following Toy-Con: 2 RC cars, fishing rod, house, motorbike, piano and robot, and will set consumers back $69.99 (the UK price has yet to be confirmed). Meanwhile, the Robot Kit will allow players to build a cool robot suit and control a robot on-screen by moving in real life. It will cost $79.99.
A Customisation Set including stencils, stickers and coloured tape is also due on April 27th, to encourage kids to customise their creation. It will have a $9.99 price tag.
Nintendo of Europe’s president Satoru Shibata commented: “Our goal is to put smiles on the faces of everyone Nintendo touches. 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.”
Take a look at how Nintendo Labo kits work in the announcement video below: