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Nintendo Announces Nintendo Labo, DIY Kits For Switch

Nintendo is empowering players to put together their own creations with some cardboard and a dream.

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After much speculation about what Nintendo could possibly be announcing today, the company has surprised everyone once more with the announcement of Nintendo Labo, a set of DIY kits that can be used in conjunction with the Nintendo Switch to create some truly awesome things.

The sets are due out on April 20, and you can pick up two different Toy-Con packages that day: the Variety Kit for $69.99, and the Toy-Con Robot Kit for $79.99. There’s also a Customization Set priced at $9.99 that comes with two stencil sheets, two sticker sheets, and two tape rolls to help make your creations pop.

The Toy-Con collection in the Variety Kit lets you make two RC cars, one fishing rod, one piano, one house, and one motorbike, with all the components you need to put all five projects together. The Robot kit lets you make your own robot, controllable via backpack and a headset that looks suspiciously like a VR headset, which could be part of the reason Nintendo has stated that the company isn’t interested in pursuing VR going forward.

This is quite the interesting move for Nintendo, but hardly a surprising one, given the company's propensity to bring families together with gaming experiences everyone can get into. These kits and their various applications look simplistic enough to invite creators of all skill levels into the fold, so if you're looking for an activity the whole family can enjoy, this certainly looks like one that should work for you. Check out the debut trailer below to see some of the Labo creations in action. 

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    January 17, 2018 2:13 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Nintendo Announces Nintendo Labo, DIY Kits For Switch

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      January 17, 2018 2:14 PM

      It's cool. If you break something just order some pizza and use the box to fix lol

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        January 17, 2018 2:18 PM

        Yeah, actually that could work if you have the measurements and the right tools. Assuming of course you just break the cardboard and not the other equipment.

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        January 17, 2018 3:14 PM

        The kit comes with multiple sets for customization, so this shouldn't be a problem.

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      January 17, 2018 2:24 PM

      Nintendo announces LABOtomy , a diy kit for young kids who have had one

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      January 17, 2018 2:59 PM

      Voice chat finally! https://twitter.com/KazHiraiCEO/status/953759270474002433

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      January 17, 2018 3:16 PM

      Interesting....

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      January 17, 2018 3:16 PM

      I love this. This will be some great time together with my kids doing different customizations, and then the games look to be pretty kid friendly. I'm sure they'll love the piano and house toys. Wish it was a touch cheaper, but since it's a physical release you're having to get over the hump of the Switch tax on the cart itself to get the cardboard sheets. But, at least you get several of them. That means each of my girls can design their own.

      From the main kit:
      Cardboard sheet x 28 (includes extra sheet for customization)

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      January 17, 2018 3:20 PM

      This is as insane as it is brilliant as it is confusing as it is delightful.

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      January 17, 2018 3:42 PM

      Wait so... does it come with a machine that perforates the cardboard sheets for you? Or do you have to buy different sheets all the time?

      I'm so confused.

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        January 17, 2018 4:06 PM

        It covered with sheets that are already perforated you just need to pop them out and fold them.

        Once you have the software you could in theory just build the stuff out of regular cardboard.

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          January 17, 2018 4:58 PM

          Oh okay. So there's no actual "customization" going on just a variety of options to make pre-fabricated cardboard toys.

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            January 17, 2018 5:11 PM

            The customization is when your kids paint it and put stickers on it.

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        January 17, 2018 5:27 PM

        It actually seems like a lot for 70 bucks.


        •28 Cardboard Sheets (Kits have multiples for backups/designing)(one extra sheet for customization?).
        •3 Reflective Sheets (for design).
        •3 Sponge Sheets (Foam paper?).
        •Various colours of String.
        •Various Eyelets (metal circle to put string through. (thanks /u/Spectre_II).
        •Many Elastic bands with spares.


        -There's 5 "Kits" overall in the starter pack

        •The Piano.
        •The Car (Vibrating Vehicle for now).
        •The Fishing Rod.
        •The House.
        •The Motorbike.

        Each Kit has more than 1 Game! For example, the bike and Piano both have 2 different games shown for them

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          January 17, 2018 5:43 PM

          You're ignoring the fact that it also comes with software

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            January 17, 2018 5:43 PM

            Sorry forgetting, not ignoring

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            January 17, 2018 8:56 PM

            Each Kit has more than 1 Game! For example, the bike and Piano both have 2 different games shown for them
            Is that not him mentioning software?

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          January 17, 2018 10:52 PM

          It looks like standard corrugated cardboard in the videos tho. 28 sheets sounds like a lot of cardboard. The box that it all comes j would have to be pretty big, I think, to accommodate that many sheets of thick cardboard.

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      January 17, 2018 3:44 PM

      coooool

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      January 17, 2018 4:04 PM

      Good way to make the "hardware" (or is it "cardware"??) cheap. Interesting.

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      January 17, 2018 5:25 PM

      God, Nintendo will be literally printing money with this. 5c per sheet, sell for $5 - $50

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        January 17, 2018 7:21 PM

        The only thing that will cost anything are the cartridges, and those will certainly be on the little 2GB ones

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      January 17, 2018 5:32 PM

      My 6 year old and I are going to have a blast with this stuff.

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      January 17, 2018 5:44 PM

      Bummer it sounds like you have to use cartridges.

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      January 17, 2018 6:43 PM

      Nintendo you just keep doing you.

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      January 17, 2018 6:45 PM

      Yeah, there is no chance that I don't buy this.

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      January 17, 2018 6:46 PM

      It looks like Labia

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      January 17, 2018 7:00 PM

      well the wii fit board sold 22 million units...I could see this making a ton. there really isnt much stuff targated directly at kids outside of like lego games and skylanders. so environmentally friendly too

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        January 17, 2018 10:38 PM

        I'm really hoping there's more support and longevity for this than the fit board.

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      January 17, 2018 9:01 PM

      Gerstmann nailing it: https://twitter.com/jeffgerstmann/status/953750755525062656

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      January 17, 2018 10:49 PM

      Watch that video, and pretend that printer at the beginning is spitting out money instead of cardboard. Because that's basically what it's doing.