Back when the Nintendo Wii was at the height of popularity, it was accompanied by a variety of accessories from tennis rackets to wheels. It gave the Wii controllers a little more shape, and provided more of an immersive gaming experience. Following the launch of the Nintendo Switch in 2017, Nintendo has announced Nintendo Labo – cardboard-based accessories for the Nintendo Switch.
Here, you’ll find out everything you need to know about Nintendo Labo including the UK release date, pricing and everything that Nintendo Labo can do.
Nintendo Labo release date news
So, when will Nintendo’s cardboard creations be available to buy in the UK? The good news is that we don’t have too long to wait – although those in London have an opportunity to get a sneak peek much sooner.
As confirmed by Nintendo, the Nintendo Variety and Robot Labo kits will be made available to buy in the UK on 27 April 2018, a week later than in the US (20 April 2018). It’s worth noting that there are Toy-Cons featured in Nintendo’s reveal trailer (seen above) that aren’t available in these packs, so it’s safe to say that there will be more coming to market soon.
There’s also an opportunity to go hands-on with the kit at Nintendo’s Labo Workshop between 14-17 February if you live in London, though the event is limited and those interested have to apply for tickets before 1 February 2018 from the Nintendo website. It's worth noting, however, that you must be accompanying a child to the event.
How much does Nintendo Labo cost in the UK?
The most important question is to do with price – how much will Nintendo Labo cost in the UK? It is made from cheap cardboard as opposed to plastic, after all. Following the announcement of the accessory packs, Nintendo announced that the Variety Kit will set users back £59.99, while the Robot Kit is £10 more at £69.99.
Those interested can also pick up an £8.99 customisation set with stickers, tape and stencils to customise your cardboard kits.
What can I do with Nintendo Labo?
The big question is what can you do with Nintendo Labo? As showcased in the reveal trailer seen at the top of this article, Nintendo Labo offers a range of cardboard accessories to enhance your Switch gaming experience.
In a nutshell, Nintendo is set to sell two Switch games with their own DIY construction kits – one with a variety of accessories, or Toy-Cons as Nintendo calls them, and one that is specifically about robots.
You simply pop the cartridge into your Nintendo Switch and follow the Lego-esque step-by-step instructions on-screen to build your cardboard accessories. All the accessories are flat-packed to begin with, and can take anywhere from 5 minutes to two hours to install – especially when it comes to the more complex accessories like the telescopic fishing rod or the wearable exoskeleton.
While it sounds pretty cool on the surface, it’s how Nintendo is achieving this level of connectivity using cardboard that is most impressive.
Have you, like us, wondered how the Nintendo Switch can play notes from a cardboard piano? Rather than somehow utilising the Joy-Con’s HD Rumble, it uses the right Joy-Con’s IR camera to read the internal workings of the keyboard and translate those notes to the console.
The Joy-Cons really are at the centre of Toy-Cons, and can be used in new and inventive ways. Want to build a cardboard robot? Pop it out of the flat-packed cardboard, tape a Joy-Con to the rear and watch as the controller’s vibration motor makes it move.
And, being cardboard, it should be fairly easy to customise, repair and replace your Toy-Cons if/when they get damaged. Nintendo has confirmed that it’ll send out replacement parts, but you could just as easily glue/stick it back together with sellotape. It really is an interesting, environmentally friendly way to introduce gamers to a whole host of new accessories.