Nintendo's New Cardboard Video Game Proves The Company Hates its Customers

Phillip Butler
January 19, 2018

Called the Nintendo Labo, the Japanese video game maker announced two new accessory "kits" for the Switch, allowing players to build their own physical, cardboard add-ons to go along with corresponding games. The former will allow players to build an RC vehicle, fishing rod, house, motorbike, and piano, while the latter will see players construct a wearable robot suit. "Build an interactive robot suit with a visor, backpack, and straps for your hands and feet", the company describes, "which you can then wear to assume control of a giant in-game robot". None of these peripherals are mentioned on the Nintendo Labo website and they aren't listed as Toy-Cons that can be made with the Variety or Robot Kits, either. This means, unlike a conventional games controller, they can become a tool for other types of play.

Nintendo Labo has two facets: the games and the cardboard accessories. Pretty sure he won't sleep until he has a Switch and Robot Kit. Ltd.'s latest innovation, dubbed Nintendo Labo.

If you're local to New York City or San Francisco, Nintendo is hosting a three-hour Labo event for kids age six to 12.

NINTENDO has long promised new "experiences" and it has delivered on that since day one. The Nintendo Labo Robot Kit is a little bit pricier, though, coming in at $79.99. Toy-Cons vary widely. There's a type of small RC vehicle, a piano, a house, a fishing rod, a robot suit, and more. These are put together to make a fishing rod, or a house, or a motorbike, or a piano- Hell, there's a lot that the Labo can turn into! Each building kit comes with a cartridge with building instructions and the games.


Nintendo released a bunch of promotional images showing what construction will look like:source Nintendo So, yes, Labo is very much aimed at a younger audience. Unlike with the Switch, it seems unlikely Nintendo will struggle to keep up with demand as the base materials used in each kit are so widely available.

Absolutely fire, and for an additional $10 you can purchase customization kits as you saw in the video below allowing your kid to make their Labo creations even more unique.

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. Each differently shaped block is detected by the IR Motion Camera on the Right Joy-Con inserted on top of the House.

Did you ever have more fun playing with the box a toy came in than the toy itself?

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