Nintendo Labo Announced for Switch, a New DIY-Cardboard Creation Kit Series

Nintendo has announced Nintendo Labo, a new interactive build-and-play experience for the Nintendo Switch.

The entire line of creation kits will launch on April 20th in two “Toy-Con” kits. Featured above, you can view the announcement trailer for the new toy kits.

Here’s a rundown on the information:

What is Nintendo Labo?

Nintendo Labo combines the magic of Nintendo Switch with the fun of DIY creations.

Start with a piece of cardboard…

Build a 13-key piano… a fishing pole… even a motorbike. Add your Nintendo Switch console to power it up and…

Hold a recital, catch a fish, or win a race.

With Nintendo Labo, building is just as much fun as playing. Have fun discovering how it all works—you might even invent new ways to play with each Toy-Con creation.

THAT’S Nintendo Labo. What will YOU create?

Nintendo Labo Studio

Parents, do you…

  • Have one or more kids ages 6 to 12?
  • Live near San Francisco or New York City?
  • Want to attend a 3-hour Nintendo Labo Studio hands-on event?

If so, enter below for a chance to attend.
Space is very limited, so be sure to enter right away!


Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit – $69.99 – April 20

Make, play, and discover with five different Toy-Con projects:

  • 2 RC Cars – 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.
  • 1 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!
  • 1 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.
  • 1 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.
  • 1 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!

Included with this kit:

  • Nintendo Labo Variety Kit software
  • Cardboard sheet x 28 (includes extra sheet for customization)
  • Reflective sticker sheet x 3
  • Sponge sheet x 3
  • String (orange) x 1
  • String (blue) x 1
  • Eyelet set (gray) x 1
  • Eyelet set (blue) x 1
  • Rubber band (large) x 2 + spares
  • Rubber band (small) x 6 + spares

Tyo-Con 02: Robot Kit – $79.99 – April 20

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.

Included with this kit

  • Nintendo Labo Robot Kit software
  • Cardboard sheet x 19
  • Cardstock sheets x 4
  • Reflective sticker sheet x 1
  • Orange string x 2
  • Blue string x 2
  • Gray canvas straps (large) x 1
  • Gray canvas straps (medium) x 1
  • Gray canvas straps (small) x 2
  • Eyelet set (gray) x 10
  • Eyelet set (orange) x 2


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  1. Anon_Amous
    January 17, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    >inb4 $60 cardboard meme

    That aside, whether I get this depends entirely on how enticing the software is. It’s a clever idea though, very Nintendo in concept. They are toymakers first. All games are toys after all.

  2. Mr0303
    January 17, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Huh. So it’s a cardboard box. Alrighty then.

  3. InkViper
    January 17, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Well at least it’s cheap Nintendo Lado $69.99 – $79.99, oh wait, nevermind!

  4. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    January 17, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    The pricing is kind of ridiculous, but this is a pretty interesting idea. Not for me, but I would’ve had fun with this as a kid. It’s funny to see people getting mad over this, Nintendo said it was gonna be something for kids, and people went off expecting shit like online details, VC and Smash, not getting the hint. The price is the only thing I see that’s bad about this, honestly.

    Also it looks like they finally did something with Project Giant Robot.

  5. Lionhart16
    January 17, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    You know what? I ain’t even mad or disappointed.

    While I’m not planning on getting it myself, it does at least look entertaining. Hopefully they’ll make any of the replacement cardboard needed for this as cheap as possible, cuz that shit ain’t gonna last long without some adults around.

  6. Cheshire
    January 17, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    At first glance I thought the robot set was like those smartphone quasi-VR headsets.

    Don’t have a strong opinion here. It’s obviously for kids and I don’t have any of those.

  7. ProfessorFluffy
    January 17, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    I can see people being more creative with this than Nintendo intended.

    Example, you can use the joycons as vibrators with the RC car software controlling the vibrations.

  8. Joe Tavarez
    Joe Tavarez
    January 17, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Yo this looks great. We’ll probably get a bunch of people coming up and selling their own plastic versions like with Google Cardboard. There’s going to be opportunity for some folks here.

  9. Psichaos
    January 17, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Congratulations, now your shitty Gundam cosplay has a use.

  10. Anon_Amous
    January 17, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Youtube “culture”

  11. InkViper
    January 17, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    called it

  12. orbo
    January 17, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Well this is uhh… something.
    Obviously this is for kids so I’m not even gonna pretend like my opinion on it matters here, but I am concerned about how well these things are going to hold up because cardboard is not the most sturdy thing and kids are not known for being delicate with their toys.

  13. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    January 17, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    You’re clearly having a lot of fun with this announcement.

  14. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    January 17, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    I’m not mad at them for making these videos, I’m mad at people for actually watching it.

  15. InkViper
    January 17, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Well it’s either I have fun shit posting this into oblivion, or I cry as I jerk-off into a sock!

  16. Bitterbear
    January 17, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    This is trash just because it wasn’t Sony’s idea.

  17. NukeA6
    January 17, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Gotta give it to Nintendo. They always know how to make original ideas.

  18. Zombie_Barioth
    January 17, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Its not, but then they’re using corrugated cardboard for most of that stuff, which is what you’d find in shipping boxes, cat furniture, and the like. So as long as they aren’t trying to break it it should hold up decently.

    If not, well then they’re likely in a world of trouble.:P

  19. JohnnyCageFan2
    January 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    To get their very own C&D from Nintendo?

  20. InkViper
    January 17, 2018 at 7:03 pm


  21. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    January 17, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Polygon will love it!

  22. Anon_Amous
    January 17, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Ditto absolutely.

  23. Anon_Amous
    January 17, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    They realized the thing kids love most.

  24. Dr. Roswell. W
    Dr. Roswell. W
    January 17, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Truly, Nintendo is the master of their craft.

  25. JellyfishMonarch
    January 17, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    not my kinda thin *giant robot* … and now you have my attention.

  26. Bitterbear
    January 17, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    OR.. You could use the Joycons with a vibrator bwahahaha.

  27. Donwel
    January 17, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    I still can’t believe these are a thing.

  28. totenglocke
    January 17, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Corrugated cardboard isn’t very durable. Kids will destroy this shit in no time.

  29. CRES
    January 17, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    My impression of this: eh…. okay…?

    Seriously, I get what Nintendo is trying with this idea, but it seems like a rather hard sell for two reasons

    1) Cardboard: As others have no doubt stated, this idea in THEORY isn’t bad, but for this to work (especially for kids) you’d need something durable that can hold up to a lot of abuse… Cardboard isn’t one of those things. I mean, how many of your Cardboard tube Swords are still in working condition right now? Even the ones that have been adapted to their new roles are Cardboard tube Nunchaku aren’t doing so great. And that’s what I fear is going to happen, Monday morning of it will be amazing and exciting, but come Wednesday you’ll have broken Cardboard, missing parts, and your kids are off playing something else. Now if Nintendo would sell just the Cardboard sets as replacements that could alleviate a lot of this concern, but that goes into the second problem.

    2) Price: Now I’m no parent, but I find the $70-$80 price tag a little hard to swallow for something that amounts to one game and a bunch of recycled cardboard. Now I know the argument that most of that price tag is taken up with the game that is included, but how much would that game cost without the added materials? I mean, The “Variety Kit” sounds like Wii Sports and Wii Play level of depth, and the “Robot Kit” while fulfilling all of my childhood dreams of piloting a giant robot, seems more like a sandbox without an actual “Game” behind it. Seriously, these games sound like they should be in the range of $20-30 which leaves $50 being the price of the Cardboard.

    Honestly, I think this will just be one of those “neat ideas” that Nintendo comes up with, but disappears shortly afterwards, much like the Gameboy Camera, The E-Cards, and the Wii U.

  30. bimmyz
    January 17, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    thanks but i can make my own damn carboard imagine toy

  31. Ckarasu
    January 17, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    It comes with a game. Also, the designs will be free to use as stencils.

  32. Ckarasu
    January 17, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Comes with the game. Nintendo will also provide the designs for free so you can use them as stencils.

  33. Zombie_Barioth
    January 17, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    No, but its also not some paper-thin crap.

    Unless the kids are purposely trying to tear or smash it it’ll hold up fine.

    If they’re like that why would you buy something like this?

    Besides, if anybody put thought into kids breaking things, it’d be Nintendo.;)

  34. PenguinPlayer
    January 17, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    It’s a fucking cardboard console. Holy shit, it’s a fucking cardboard console. Well, technically a cardboard add-on to an existing console, but still, cardboard. I can’t believe I’m living in this timeline.

  35. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 17, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    I’m not going to do that shit.

  36. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 17, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Cardboard replacements are free.

  37. PChandler
    January 17, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    I was, am, and will always be raging at every ****** pic like that. Whenever I see ’em it makes wanna chimp out and punch my monitor, and every gutter trash Youtuber and all their followers/viewers. Every time I log-in on Youtube, I DO NOT wanna see the greasy, stinkin’ face of a loser, male or female attention whore who caters to other losers, lowest common denominators, all while trying to make some quick and easy cash, making glory-hole faces, wishing to be face-f***ed.

    I don’t give a **** about your stupid-ass reaction, your useless opinions and mental diarrhea about anything in life, leave me the **** alone whenever I visit Youtube. Stop copying other gutter trash like FBE and their non-original reaction series and come up with original content, or better yet… GET A REAL JOB!

  38. Mechonis
    January 17, 2018 at 10:00 pm


  39. SLoWMoTIoN?
    January 17, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    I’m kinda disturbed how many websites are hailing this as the best thing ever when Nintendo is selling them tech demos and cardboard. I don’t see these toys taking much abuse because they are fucking cardboard.

  40. Amethyst Eclipse
    Amethyst Eclipse
    January 17, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    it’s almost like their shills or something, insane thought to think that someone can be a mindless critical thought free shill over Nintendo I know.

  41. Amethyst Eclipse
    Amethyst Eclipse
    January 17, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Which really explains that price, some cheap app and cheap material. A better model would be a single Labo app which might justify a $50 range price but that’s too spooky and modern for Nintendo who hates Virtual Console and loves event micro consoles that are treated like the McRib

  42. Matz
    January 17, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    That new Fire Emblem game looks nice

  43. Matz
    January 17, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    So that’s one of the supposed exclusives that Bandai Namco is preparing for the Nintendo Switch

  44. PChandler
    January 17, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Shills, and guerrilla marketeers(knowingly or unknowingly).

  45. Malcolm_Ecks
    January 17, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    MH World will likely flop compared to what Capcom hopes to sell with it. The console MH games have always sold piss poorly. That PC delay was bad. Honestly kinda knocked a good chunk of anticipation down. I’d be surprised if it sold 3 mill between both consoles its on.

  46. Arenegeth
    January 17, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    If I was still a kid, I would go bonkers for this thing. It combines a lot of the things I liked as a kid.

    As an adult… Well for one thing $70 seems a bit expensive for starting with this, Cardboard is cheap as fuck and probably made out of recycled material, so a piece of software that’s not a full blown game, and retails more than an actual game is too damn much (never mind the $300 entry price of having a Switch in the first place).

    Of course I can already safely predict, that for popular designs at least, third parties, or maybe even Nintendo themselves will start selling parts made from plastic, aluminum, and more, you’d be able to even find wooden ones on Etsy I’m sure. So it will probably evolve from Cardboard eventually, and Nintendo is probably doing it to cut costs to begin with.

    But erm, at that price point, without the thing being out and tested yet, I really don’t see my self shilling out $70 so I can play with some cardboard, if there’s cheaper options down the line, or the software standalone for a lower price (around $40 at least) I may consider it for the novelty alone.

    But I’m sure is gonna be popular with the kiddies, I know it would be popular with me if I was still a kid.

  47. iswear12
    January 17, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    This is the biggest fucking joke I’ve seen in a long fucking time.

    There goes my hype for a handheld/smaller version of a switch, or a new handheld entirely. That was a thin hope anyways, but fuck, a *game* would’ve been nice.

    Instead its a fucking 80$ CARDBOARD BOX

  48. Bailarina Ninja masoquista
    Bailarina Ninja masoquista
    January 17, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    looks pretty cool for Kids!
    Might get this for my little brother.

  49. Bailarina Ninja masoquista
    Bailarina Ninja masoquista
    January 17, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    well, it IS a toy for kids not core gamers. We just got a the whole Direct the other day with a lot of third party games plus we’ll get more down the road.

    heck, this is DEFINETLY not for me, but the whole concept of building stuff, and having kids learn about how those inner workings of the contraptions work is really cool. (heck, If I was 15 years younger I’d go bonkers for that robot).

  50. Amethyst Eclipse
    Amethyst Eclipse
    January 17, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Even though they were unable to control the narrative of Wii U Nintendo employs the best guerrilla marketeers in the business, they effectively contain any diccusion of account system for purchases, virtual console and terrible defective design decisions like the OG 3DS bottom screen scratching the top screen and the Switch’s dock having a similar error. Because of this you’ll never see a open outcry like you do on PS/XB/PC, any attempts are met with precise dishonest attacks which get parroted by the fanboy legions.

  51. iswear12
    January 17, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Building stuff is fine and all. It still seems like a joke of an idea to me, Nintendo selling fucking cardboard. Maybe if the price tag weren’t so fucking ridiculous I’d look at as less of a joke and blatant ripoff. I only see the most desperate of fathers buying this shit, especially when you can create your own things with your own free and easily found materials instead of relying on Nintendo printouts and cardboard, which cost a literal fortune in terms of video games apparently. Its lowest price is literally more than a full-price new AAA game, which always costs millions to make.
    What the actual fuck Nintendo?

  52. totenglocke
    January 17, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    You don’t have much experience with kids, do you? They intentionally try to destroy everything they touch. Kids are without a doubt the single most destructive force in the known universe.

  53. Bailarina Ninja masoquista
    Bailarina Ninja masoquista
    January 18, 2018 at 12:06 am

    yeahh… the price is a bit much. Even with the game that it comes with (which we don’t know how replayable it is) I can agree with that.
    Unless the game included is a legit good game, in that case it’s like we’d pay the usual $60 for a new release plus 20 for god knows how many pieces, strings, and stickers this thing comes with.

  54. totenglocke
    January 18, 2018 at 12:19 am

    See, THIS is a Nintendo game that you can give a bad review without people getting upset.

  55. sanic
    January 18, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Should have partnered with lego

  56. Sean Sharpe
    Sean Sharpe
    January 18, 2018 at 1:41 am

    It’s a pretty cool concept for it’s target demographic; kids.

    I don’t have much interest in it, although I admit the robot one could be a cool novelty, but eight year old me would absolutely love this. Mixing the ability to make things, with video games? Two of my favorite things as a kid… And I could see me and my folks actually having fun assembling it together.

    Not to mention, even if it doesn’t end up all that cool, I applaud anything that any one does for new ways to play games since it’s the only way the industry will evolve.

  57. Shattno
    January 18, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Yeah, that price is fucked up

  58. Shattno
    January 18, 2018 at 2:23 am

    The price is absurd. They should have done what Google did with cardboard and sell it for like $10 or something

  59. Random Dude
    Random Dude
    January 18, 2018 at 2:34 am

    Thank goodness there’s an option to remove them from your suggestions.

  60. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    January 18, 2018 at 9:03 am

    in my neck of the woods it almost translates to a hundred dollars

  61. lucben999
    January 18, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Settle down, I’m sure you can pay in cardboard bills.

  62. Shattno
    January 18, 2018 at 11:35 am

    It’s going to be expensive over here too, they usually take the American price and switch the dollar sign to a euro sign, convert to SEK and then add a few percent for good measure.

  63. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 18, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    I expect it to sell less than Tri for Wii. 1.9 million units.

  64. Malcolm_Ecks
    January 18, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Its going to be another one of those PS4 games that sells better on PC that Chocolate ISIS Cream will sperg about, and one of those Japanese Xbox One games that flops because Xbox and Japan niche titles mostly flop.

  65. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    January 18, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    its not easy being a gamer in Canada, I usually play stuff three years after release once it drops down to a reasonable price. I just now started contemplating a PS4.

  66. Shattno
    January 18, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    I can relate to that, unless it’s something I really want I usually wait for prices to drop, I have way too many games in my backlog anyway.

  67. Bret Hart
    Bret Hart
    January 18, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Once again Nintendo will make controller attachments that would be perfect for their games and other third party companies, then they’ll just forget about it existing a year later. No point in getting hyped.

  68. RichardGristle
    January 18, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Hey, have you seen the price of moving boxes at Home Depot? $80 is a bargain!

  69. UnpluggedBeta
    January 18, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    That is one expensive rasberry pi

  70. UnpluggedBeta
    January 18, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    “How dare you like what I don’t like!” none the less, I share the sentiment despite myself :

  71. Zombie_Barioth
    January 19, 2018 at 1:14 am

    Actually I do, I have a big family, and a lot of younger cousins. Sounds like you have some bad experiences, but kids aren’t Denis the menace by nature, certainly nobody in my family was.

    Kids who are into crafty things like this are less likely to be rough with it, it just goes with the territory.

    But I also don’t know anybody who would buy a toy if they suspect their kids might break it, especially an expensive one like this. If they can’t handle a cardboard box what makes you think they would be trusted with an expensive piece of tech like the Switch?

  72. Anon630
    January 19, 2018 at 8:56 am

    The bitch of that is I can’t get my friends involved now if it actually turns out decent because they screwed the PC release pooch so hard. I swear, a game I get hype for is either ruined by incompetent devs, censorship, or social justice puritans before it’s even out of the concept stage these days. Thanks for the money saving strats I guess.

  73. Ricoh2A03
    January 20, 2018 at 3:41 am

    There is typically a 2+ year gap between iterations of Nintendo’s handhelds. I wouldn’t expect them to release a new version of the Switch a year later, when they can’t even keep the current version in stock for long.

    Labo has..nothing to do with that anyways. Its just a new “Edutainment” game series for helping kids learn about / build stuff stuff. No reason to get upset about it, its not effecting their amazing lineup, its just a fun side thing. We just had a mini Direct the other day with a ton of cool new stuff, and a full Direct is rumored to be happening soon

  74. SiliconNooB
    January 21, 2018 at 2:37 am

    What is nintendo going to do once gamers realise that they can cut out the middle man and just play with cardboard boxes for free?