One of the biggest announcements out of Nintendo earlier this year was about cardboard toys. They’re called Nintendo Labo. Nintendo Labo integrate with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers to produce interactive, hands-on cardboard toys. They’re available now at most major retail stores.
To help sell you on this unique concept, TV personality, engineer, and science advocate Bill Nye was given several of the Labo toys to build and experiment with. You can watch him try out the RC Car, Piano, and Fishing Pole in the video above.
“As with anything we do at Nintendo, our primary goal with Nintendo Labo is to make people smile,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. “Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, we hope the playful spirit of Nintendo Labo ignites imagination and creativity in people of all ages as they interact with Nintendo Switch in new ways.”
Nintendo Labo is initially available in two different box sets, called Toy-Cons. The first is a Variety Pack which includes the materials for a pair of RC Cars, a house, a 13-key piano, a fishing pole, and a motorbike. It retails for $69.99. The second is the Robot Kit ($79.99) and includes only a single toy: a strap-on backpack and visor that lets you physically emulate a digital giant robot as you smash buildings and transform.
A $9.99 Customization Set is also available, which includes colorful tape, stencils, and stickers to decorate your Toy-Con sets.
Included in each Nintendo Labo set is a software program called Toy-Con Garage which lets you program your Labo to perform all new functions. Users are encouraged to share their custom creations at the official Nintendo Labo website.
Nintendo Labo are available now, and only compatible with Nintendo Switch.