Nintendo has revealed a unique new accessory line for Switch: Nintendo Labo, a cardboard-based line of kits that allow console owners to create and play with a variety of handmade accessories.
The Nintendo Labo is a “new line of interactive build-and-play experiences that combine DIY creations with the magic of Nintendo Switch,” according to Nintendo. The kit allows players to insert the console and its Joy-Cons into designated pieces of cardboard to make robots, fishing rods, and 13-key pianos, motorcycles to name a few options.
The kits are designed to be used alongside your Switch and the Joy-Con controllers. For example, if you make the motorcycle, you’ll be able to place the Switch screen in the center of the cardboard handlebars and then slide the Joy-Cons into the handlebar grips. You’ll then be able to play a racing game from the driver’s point-of-view.
There are two kits launching in April. The first is the $69.99 Variety Kit, which comes with the materials to make five different Toy Con toys, including 2 RC cars, a fishing pole, a house, a motorbike, and a piano. The kit includes the cardboard sheets, stickers, string, eyelets, sponge sheets, and rubber bands.
The second kit, the $79.99 Robo Kit, is a small human sized cardboard backpack with a headset and devices that attach to your hands and feet. Presumably, this will allow kids to move like a Transformer while battling it out in a special game. It comes with cardboard sheets, cardstock sheets, stickers, string, canvas straps, and eyelets.
Nintendo Switch sales have been exceptionally strong since the console launched in March 2017. Nintendo said in December that it had already sold more than 10 million units of the Switch. Clearly Nintendo intends this to be a discovery tool for youngsters to learn and play, repurposing the Switch to augment a dynamic constructive experience.