After teasing a “new play” experience for the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo has revealed Nintendo Labo. These are sets of DIY cardboard kits dubbed as Toy-Con that you can use with your Nintendo Switch. To explain how it works, a video on Nintendo’s YouTube channel showed a 13-key piano constructed out of cardboard powered by the Nintendo Switch to let you hold a piano recital. Essentially each Toy-Con is made of cardboard and string, brought to life by augmented reality capabilities of the Nintendo Switch screen and Joy-Con.
The learning isn’t restricted to mastering your Toy-Con. Nintendo claims that you will be able to “explore how the mechanics work as you build and play with your Toy-Con creation.” Also, the company stresses that you won’t need scissors or glue to make your Toy-Con, claiming that everything you need is included in the box.
Nintendo Labo release date
According to Nintendo’s website and YouTube channel, you can expect Nintendo Labo Toy-Con kits to hit the stores in US on April 20, 2018 and in Europe on April 27, 2018.
Nintendo Labo price
At launch, there will be two kits available. Toy-Con 01 Variety Kit allows you to construct the aforementioned piano, two RC cars, a fishing rod, motorbike, and a house. Toy-Con 01 Variety Kit price is $70 (around Rs. 4,700). The second kit, called the Toy-Con 02 Robot Kit will let you make a robot suit. The Toy-Con 02 Robot Kit price is $80 (around Rs. 5,100). Both come with the necessary software to brings these creations to life.
Will Nintendo Labo Toy-Con kits come to India?
Like most things Nintendo, Nintendo Labo in India will be restricted to grey and parallel imports much like the Nintendo Switch and every console before it. Nintendo does not have an India presence or has plans to make its products available here officially just yet.