Nintendo to launch DIY cardboard toys for the Switch

Nintendo to launch DIY cardboard toys for the Switch

Nintendo to launch DIY cardboard toys for the Switch

Last night, the company announced Nintendo Labo, a new range of cardboard-based "build and play" experiences created to inspire creativity.

Labo is a set of do-it-yourself cardboard accessories to make a child's Switch controller into a fishing rod, a piano, robot suit and more.

When the keys are played musical notes can be heard from the console.

For those who were completely enamored by the robot suit and game, as you may have guessed, you'll want to go for the Robot Kit.

If you are a Nintendo fan you will need to wait until April 20th to get your hands on Nintendo's new DIY kit for the Nintendo Switch. Well, Nintendo Labo is exactly like that, but the accessories are made of cardboard, and it includes all sorts of different physical interfaces, not just a steering wheel. Once built, the toys act as accessories you can use to enhance your gaming experience. The Robot Kit will retail for $79.99.

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.

If you thought Minecraft was the best thing for kids on the Switch, get ready for Nintendo to (once again) blow your mind. Once you've built them, though, you can bring them to life with your Nintendo Switch. This will include 2 RC cars, a fishing rod, a house, a motorbike and a piano.

To see what it looks like, check out the introductory video for Nintendo Labo below.

The Robot Kit comes with enough parts to create a wearable Toy-Con Robot costume and several mini-games.

Remember how you could touch the screen of the Nintendo DS and make it do more, complete with a stylus? Not the most clarifying statement, but it is commendable to see the company position the imaginative add-on to the wildly successful Nintendo Switch as a family-oriented, collective experience. A special customization set, sold separately, will give kids a chance to decorate their creations via coloured tape, stencils, and stickers. The Switch's detachable Joy Con controllers are then inserted, with their sensors detecting movement such as turning a corner to manipulate games on the screen.

The most stunning one of the bunch has to be the Toy-Con Piano, though, which has 13 working keys that are recognized by the IR Motion Camera in the right Joy-Con. The Toy-Con Motorbike features an ignition button to start the engine and a throttle can be activated by twisting the right handle.

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