Nintendo Labo - Cardboard toys for Switch

Posted January 19, 2018

The company continues to think of ways to differentiate themselves from the rest of the competition; they recently announced Nintendo Labo, a line of accessories for the Switch that are made of cardboard.

With Nintendo's Labo, you'll be using cardboard to make connected accessories for the Nintendo Switch, essentially working with a Do It Yourself mentality to make extra bits and pieces for the Nintendo's latest portable console. 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. Oh, yeah, that's how Nintendo calls the cardboard peripherals: Toy-Cons.

So, what exactly is Nintendo Labo? The Robot Kit will retail for $79.99.

With the Robot Kit, players can build an interactive robot suit with a visor, backpack and straps for hands and feet, which players can wear to assume control of a giant in-game robot.

Last night when I got home, I sat in my office and was watching and researching the Nintendo Labo teaser.

Nintendo Labo is looking to be like an interesting and innovative new take on augmented reality: one where you're given a tangible, physical object whose functionality is enhanced by what's on the screen.

"[The Labo piano is] one of the most complex and time-consuming builds, but it is quite the thing", writes The Telegraph's Tom Hoggins. You have to see what Nintendo is coming out with soon! In case you want to get extra creative, they'll be selling extra packs with stickers, stencils, tape and the like for 10 bucks when the kits launch. With that out of the way, let's dive into why I think it's ideal for Switch VR. Each toy will have a corresponding mini-game on the Switch that will bring the toy to life. You can create a piano, a fishing rod, a bike and even a robot suit. The move is also a nod to the Wii a decade ago, which broadened the audience for Nintendo's products by getting kids and grandparents alike to swing controllers and play virtual tennis and bowling. Each differently shaped block is detected by the IR Motion Camera on the Right Joy-Con inserted on top of the House. Pressing the ignition button starts the engine, while twisting the right handle activates the throttle. Once connected to the Joy-Cons, you can interact with your creations to control the game. To properly understand what this is all about, it's probably best if you watch the video above.

Labo really highlights the Switch's unique capabilities and showcases Nintendo's constant endeavor to play a different game entirely than other gaming companies.