Nintendo sold a lot of switches in the last year thanks to the unique ability of the console to play games on a TV and on the road, but also thanks to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the wild and Super Mario Odyssey . Although they came from franchises of more than 30 years, both games helped millions to fall in love with them over and over again.
In 2018, Nintendo is setting its sights in a direction that it had not targeted before: do-it yourself crowd. Nintendo Labo is a series of experiences for Switch that allow you (or your children) to build cardboard objects and play with them. Robots, fishing rods, pianos … there is a lot to build and try here. Unlike other Switch games, the fun is in the cardboard, so if you want one when they arrive on the shelves on April 20, consider making an advance order. Thanks to our friends at TechBargains, we have convenient pre-order links for both Labo packages that Nintendo is selling, and what you get for your money.
Variety toy kit from Nintendo Labo – $ 70
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From the looks of it, you should start with the Variety Kit. It has cardboard cutouts that allow you to build five different Toy-Cons, which is Nintendo's new word for cardboard toys that use the touch screen Switch or Joy-Con controllers. You can build two RC cars, a fishing rod, a house, a motorcycle and a piano.
To make them, you will get 28 sheets of cardboard with instructions and some other necessary components such as rope, rubber bands and eyelets. Each creation has a software that will accompany it, which is also included. Nintendo says that you can also create your own Toy-Cons.
Robot Kit Nintendo Labo – $ 80
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The robot kit includes only one, now more complex, Toy-Con cardboard. It seems that it will take a while to assemble it, and it has parts for a backpack, two foot switches, two hand actuators and a visor. The feet and handles are connected to the backpack with a rope, allowing you to use the mechanism as if you were a mechanical pilot and take control of a virtual robot in the included game. Prepare to hit and kick enemies and rocks like nobody.
To build it, you will get 19 sheets of cardboard, four sheets of cardboard, some eyelets and gray straps to hold the backpack on you.
More to come
Nintendo plans to offer replacement cardboard kits if something breaks (it's cardboard, after all), and is already showing a packet of stickers, stencils and tape. It also promises that players will be able to create new DIY Labo toys with cardboard and "invent new ways of playing" with the included software. To see some of this in action, watch Nintendo's First Look video.
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