Nintendo Labo has been revealed to the world, which is “a new line of interactive build-and-play experiences designed to inspire creative minds.”
With the promise that they were to announce “a new interactive experience for Nintendo Switch,” Nintendo Labo looks to “combine the magic of Nintendo Switch with the fun of DIY creations.”
Make. Play. Discover. Starting with a piece of cardboard, players can create a 13-key piano, fishing pole, or even a motorbike, that, when added to a Nintendo Switch, can see them hold a recital, catch a fish, or win a race.
It’s hoped that everyone can discover that “building is just as much fun as playing,” with players building Toy-Con creations with step-by-step instructions.
Toy-Con 1: Variety Kit
With the Variety Kit ($69.99) you can create many different Toy-Con, including the Toy-Con RC Car, Toy-Con Fishing Rod, Toy-Con House, Toy-Con Motorbike, and Toy-Con Piano.
Nintendo has explained the experiences that you can have with each of these, as below:
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. 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 crank the reel quickly and tug the Fishing Rod upwards 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, feed and play games with 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, twisting the right handle activates the throttle, and 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 create your own music by pressing different keys. You can even insert different assembled knobs to create new sound effects and tones.
Toy-Con 2: Robot Kit
Whereas the Robot Kit ($79.99) will let you create a wearable robot suit from cardboard sheets, reflective stickers, string, and canvas straps.
This will see players “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.” Then there are multiple gameplay experiences that you can enjoy, such as Robot mode – where you can destroy in-game buildings and UFOs.
Nintendo Labo Studio (US) / Nintendo Labo Workshop Tour (UK)
Nintendo of America will hold three-hour Nintendo Labo Studio hands-on events in San Francisco (2nd – 3rd February 2018) and New York City (2nd – 4th March 2018), for parents with children aged between 6 – 12 years old.
Nintendo UK will hold Nintendo Labo Workshop events in South Kensington, London next month, between Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th February 2018. These will be attended by “kids, parents, media and influencers together to make, play and discover with Nintendo Labo.”
Nintendo Labo will release for Nintendo Switch in North America on April 20th, and in Europe on April 27th.