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Nintendo Labo for Switch: what is it and everything you should know

What’s the new way of playing with Nintendo Switch? The company has answered us this question today, it is their upcoming DIY toys’ kit- Nintendo Labo. Which is described as a  “new line of interactive build-and-play experiences that combine DIY creations with the magic of Nintendo Switch,” according to Nintendo.

The labo is developed to extend the age audience for the Switch, especaily for kids or who are still kids in heart. Nintendo Labo, the bevvy of cardboard appendages can turn your Switch into a piano, a fishing rod, a doll’s house and so much more. It’s featured wiith “Make, Play, Discover”. The Labo line is two things: a lot of new games, and a lot of cardboard toys. You build the toy, attach the controllers and console, and use it as a new accessory.

What is Nintendo Labo?

Here is the explanation from Wiki.

Nintendo Labo is a gaming and construction toy platform and developed by Nintendo to be used with the Nintendo Switch gaming system, which will be released in April 2018. The platform uses kits that include cardboard cut-outs and other materials that are to be assembled in combination with the Nintendo Switch console display and Joy-Con controllers to create “Toy-Cons” that can interact with game software and vice versa. Nintendo designed them as a way to teach principles of engineering and physics.

For short, the Nintendo Labo, a new line of DIY toys that attach to either the Switch itself or a Joy-Con controller to let you play completely new kinds of games. It is a line of do-it-yourself kits for Switch. It uses cardboard pieces (25 branded sheets are included in each set) to create different, custom-made accessories for the console, from RC cars to robots.

What’s the toy-con?

The Toy-Con, according to Nintendo, are the different projects that players can make with the Labo line. The Toy-Con projects are pre-determined and included in different kits.

Nintendo Switch LABO

How is it working and is it easy to DIY?

The Nintendo Labo comes in the form of a kit that includes a Nintendo Switch cartridge and a series of cardboard sheets, along with a handful of other building accessories like string and plastic connectors. After you pop the cartridge into the Switch, a series of on-screen instructions on the tablet take you through the steps for building each of the different accessories, which Nintendo is calling Toy-Con (a play on the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers). It’s a setup that is particularly well-suited to parents playing with their children; one person can handle the instructions, while the other builds.

It works in conjunction with an app that walks players through assembling a Toy-Con. The app also includes games specifically designed for the Toy-Cons, as well as interactive graphics explaining how these cardboard-crafted accessories function. As such, the accompanying app is divided into three appropriately named sections: Make, Play, and Discover.

The process of making these accessories varies quite a bit in terms of how complicated they are to put together, some maybe very easy and others perhaps cost you a longer time, but each involves folding various bits of cardboard into shapes and fitting them together.

What kinds of DIY we can do now?

There will be 2 kits initially available for Labo, , one is the Variety Kit, which includes five Toy-Con projects to create (two RC cars; one fishing rod; one house; one motorbike; and one piano). The other is the Robot Kit, which comes with an entire robot suit for players to make.

Each kit comes with one specific game that is compatible with the associated Toy-Con creations.

Toy-Con RC Car: Insert the Left and Right Joy-Con into your newly built RC Car and control its movement using touch screen 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 and 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 and crank the reel quickly to try and complete the catch!

Toy-Con House: By inserting various assembled blocks into openings in the sides and bottom of the House, you can interact with, play games with and 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.

Toy-Con Motorbike: 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. Leaning your body or turning the handlebars left and right controls the motorbike.

Toy-Con Piano: After assembling a beautifully crafted 13-key piano and inserting the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con, you can experiment with your own musical creations by pressing different keys. You can even insert different assembled knobs to create new sound effects and tones!

Can we replace our Toy-Con templates?

Yes, Nintendo are supporting selling replacement Toy-Con kits, including templates and cardboard pieces, according to The Guardian. But owners should also be able to tape the pieces back together as they need to.

Can we customize the Toy-Con?

Yes! Even though the actual cardboard design patterns themselves are pre-made, Nintendo will sell a customization set that includes two stencil sheets, two rolls of tape and two sticker sheets, so that players can make their Toy-Con truly their own.

When will the Nintendo Labo line release?

According to Nintendo, two Labo Kits will be launched on April 20, 2018 in North America, Australia, and Japan and on April 27, 2018 in Europe

How much to buy a Nintendo Labo kit and where to order now?

The Variety Kit will cost $69.99 at launch. The Robot Kit will cost $79.99. Those looking to add some creativity to their cardboard toys can purchase a $9.99 “Customization Set” that adds stencils, stickers and colored tape to help your personalize your newly made accessories, though you can also presumably use any markers or stickers you already own to spice things up.

If you head on over to Amazon, both of the kits have been made available for pre-order, so head on over if you want to ensure you get Labo on day one.

What do Variety kit and Robot kit include?

Variety Kit Contains kits for five individual Toy-Cons:

  • A remote-controlled car, where the vibrations from the Joy-Con serve to provide momentum and steering to the car. The game software allows the player to control the car like a normal remote-controlled vehicle.
  • A fishing rod where the Joy-Con sit in the reel and the handle of the rod. The game receives motion input from the Joy-Con to simulate a fishing game.
  • A toy piano with a full octave of keys; the console sits atop this to serve as a music stand.
  • A motorbike with Joy-Con inserted into the handlebars on either side of the Console for steering.
  • A house containing a slot to insert different components that can interact with the game software on the Console’s display.

Robot Kit Includes parts to make a mecha suit that includes a visor which holds the Switch and a backpack that holds the Joy-Con. This allows the player to rampage through a virtual world (presented on the Console’s screen).

An accessory set containing stencils, stickers, and tape is available separately.

Why we should by Nintendo Labo for Kids with Switch?

Check its taglines, it is mianly desinged for a child who has a Switch like Nintendo says.

  • Make: Build Toy-Con creations with step-by-step instructions.
  • Play: Add your Nintendo Switch console and have fun with the included software.
  • Discover: Explore how the mechanics work as you build and play with your Toy-Con creation.

The process of making the Toy-Con itself is not only a lot of fun, but also surprisingly rewarding, considering how solid and full-featured the cardboard creations ultimately are. It’s satisfying in the way that putting together a big Lego set is. When you couple that with Nintendo’s knack for creating playful, exciting experiences, it seems like a winning combination.

Right now the focus is on kids, and creating a social experience that can also be enjoyed with friends and family. That’s one of the reasons the Toy-Con are made of cardboard; it’s not only easy to manipulate, but something kids can customize with markers and paint afterwards.

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