Nintendo Switch + Labo = 💖
Nintendo is full of surprises and has Introduced Nintendo Labo, a new line of interactive build-and-play experiences designed to inspire kids and those who are kids-at-heart. Together with the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Labo kits provide the tools to make fun DIY creations, play games with your creations and use them to control and enhance your Nintendo Switch experience. Each of the Nintendo Labo kits provides kids the chance to adjust sheets of cardboard specially designed to interact with the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con controllers into creations called Toy-Con.
“Nintendo Labo continues our longstanding mission of making people smile by surprising them with new experiences,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “It is an exciting evolution of the Nintendo Switch platform – one designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and imagination in people of all ages.”
Nintendo Labo launches on 20 April in North America, while it officially launches in South Africa & Europe on 27 April with two kits: the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit. With the Variety Kit, you can create many different Toy-Con, including two Toy-Con RC Cars, a Toy-Con Fishing Rod, a Toy-Con House, a Toy-Con Motorbike and a Toy-Con Piano. With the Robot Kit, you can build an interactive robot suit with a visor, backpack, and straps for your hands and feet, which you can then wear to assume control of a giant in-game robot. Both kits include everything you need to assemble your Toy-Con creations, including the building materials and relevant Nintendo Switch software.
Variety Kit ($69.99)
Toy-Con RC Car
Insert the Left & Right Joy-Con into your newly built RC Car & control its movement using touchscreen 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.
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. Catch one of many exotic fish shown swimming on the Nintendo Switch screen by casting your Fishing Rod & 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 & crank the reel quickly to try and complete the catch!
By inserting various assembled blocks into openings in the sides & bottom of the House, you can interact with, play games with & 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.
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.
After assembling a 13-key piano & inserting the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con, you can experiment with your own musical creations by pressing different keys.
Robot Kit ($79.99)
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.