Things You Need To Know About Nintendo Labo

Things You Need To Know About Nintendo Labo

Nintendo has just shown off the trailer for their latest Cardboard based Nintendo Labo, and Nintendo has just released a press release detailing more about their latest DIY game. So here is a list of things you will want to know about Nintendo Labo!

  • Toy-Con Kits comes in Two Flavours: Variety Kit and Robot Kit
    The Variety Kit will contain the Toy-Con RC car, Toy-Con Fishing Rod, Toy-Con House, Toy-Con Motorbike, Toy-Con Piano and go for a suggested retail price of $69.99
    The Robot Kit will come with the Toy-Con Robot, which is a wearable robot suit and go for a suggested retail price of $79.99
  • (Update: It is No Longer Given Free) You can get Nintendo Labo game on Switch Without Buying the Toy-Con Kits
    According to IGN France (via Reddit), the game will be also available separately from the Toy-Con Kits. Nintendo will also provide the design schematics for free if you choose to use your own cardboard

IGN France specifies that it will be possible to buy the game cartridges separately and Nintendo will also provide the design pattern for free.

The purchase of the kit is not mandatory.

  • Game and Toy-Con Kits are not the only things Nintendo is Selling
    Nintendo is also selling a special Customization Set that includes fun stencils, stickers and coloured tap for a suggested price of $9.99.

  • How does the Piano work without hammers and strings?
    Nintendo Magic. Just Kidding. The 13-key piano uses the Right Joy-Con’s IR Motion camera to detect which keys are pressed and thus allows the Switch to play the correct note for your musical debut. Best thing, you can make the Switch sing in meows with the piano.


  • How does the Insectoid RC Car work without wheels?
    Nintendo Magic. The RC Car uses the Joy-Con’s HD rumble feature to vibrate its way towards the direction you are controlling it.


  • Why Nintendo made Nintendo Labo
    As President of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime explained:

“Nintendo Labo continues our longstanding mission of making people smile by surprising them with new experiences,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “It is an exciting evolution of the Nintendo Switch platform – one designed to inspire curiosity, creativity and imagination in people of all ages.”


  • What’s the future of Nintendo Labo, is it in third parties?
    In an interview with Time, Reggie sees the potential of Toy-cons being incorporated into other forms of gameplay, and wish to progress down the path. Nintendo also welcome third-party partners to produce Labo-kits.

“Can [the Toy-Cons] be incorporated into other forms of gameplay? Certainly,” Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime told TIME. “But right now we think if we effectively communicate the power of the idea with Nintendo Labo [and] really enable players to make their creations, personalize them, and enjoy the [inherent] gameplay experiences . . . We think that’s going to be a great way to start and then progress down the path.”

When asked whether or not Nintendo plans to allow third-party partners to create Labo kits, Fils-Aime had a similar viewpoint. “While there’s nothing to announce today, certainly if we’re successful with Labo, it can create future opportunities,” he said.

  • Can you try out Nintendo Labo?
    Of course you can! German fans can get a try out at Hamburg (Dates and info here). While Stateside fans can get their hand on in New York or San Francisco (Dates and info here). British fans can also head on to South Kensington, London for the workshop (Dates and info here).
    All hands-on workshop requires an online registration. Do check out your local Nintendo webpage to see if they have a workshop near you

  • When will Labo go on sale?
    Nintendo Labo will release on 20 April 2018. In fact, the Amazon pre-order for the Robot Kit is already up here.

If you have not seen the wondrous magic of Nintendo Labo, you should definitely check the trailer out below. For more information, you can also take a look at Nintendo’s Press Release below as well.

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Introducing Nintendo Labo, a new line of interactive build-and-play experiences designed to inspire kids and those who are kids-at-heart. Building on the 129-year history of Nintendo, which is rooted in innovative entertainment and game-play experiences, Nintendo Labo continues the company’s mission of putting smiles on people’s faces.

Together with the Nintendo Switch system (sold separately), the Nintendo Labo kits provide the tools and technology to MAKE fun DIY creations, PLAY games with your creations and DISCOVER how the magic of Nintendo Switch technology shapes ideas into reality.

With each Nintendo Labo kit, kids can transform modular sheets of cardboard – specially designed to interact with the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con controllers – into creations called Toy-Con. From a piano to a motorbike, a robot and more, each Toy-Con comes to life when combined with Nintendo Switch in different ways. As you build, you will have fun discovering how the technology works, and might even invent new ways to play with each Toy-Con!

For example, you can build a functioning 13-key piano that brings your musical creations to life once the Nintendo Switch console and Right Joy-Con controller are inserted. As you play, the IR Motion Camera in the Right Joy-Con detects which keys are pressed and translates them into unique notes that are heard through the console. You can even take control of your very own motorbike by constructing a functioning set of handlebars, with a Joy-Con inserted in each side and the Nintendo Switch console cradled in the middle. Simply hit the ignition button, turn the right handle to engage the accelerator and watch your adventure unfold on the Nintendo Switch screen, as you race to new destinations.

“Nintendo Labo continues our longstanding mission of making people smile by surprising them with new experiences,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “It is an exciting evolution of the Nintendo Switch platform – one designed to inspire curiosity, creativity and imagination in people of all ages.”

With Nintendo Labo, building is just as much fun as playing. Every Toy-Con creation presents exciting challenges and varying degrees of complexity, making each one a unique experience. Building Toy-Con is especially fun with family and friends, as you collaborate and share each other’s Nintendo Labo experiences. Once built, you can customize your Toy-Con creations with your own markers, stickers and paint to give them a personal touch – the only limit is your imagination!

Nintendo Labo launches on April 20 with two kits: the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit. With the Variety Kit, you can create many different Toy-Con, including two Toy-Con RC Cars, a Toy-Con Fishing Rod, a Toy-Con House, a Toy-Con Motorbike and a Toy-Con Piano. With the Robot Kit, you can build an interactive robot suit with a visor, backpack and straps for your hands and feet, which you can then wear to assume control of a giant in-game robot. Both kits include everything you need to assemble your Toy-Con creations, including the building materials and relevant Nintendo Switch software. The Variety Kit will be available at a suggested retail price of $69.99, and the Robot Kit will be available at a suggested retail price of $79.99. A special Customization Set that includes fun stencils, stickers and colored tape will also be available to purchase on April 20 at a suggested retail price of $9.99.

Each Nintendo Labo kit packs plenty of value, with a range of ways to make, play and discover in each kit:

Variety Kit ($69.99MSRP*)

  • 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 console. 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 tug the Fishing Rod upward and crank the reel quickly 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 with, play games with and feed 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, while twisting the right handle activates the throttle. 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 experiment with your own musical creations by pressing different keys. You can even insert different assembled knobs to create new sound effects and tones!

Robot Kit ($79.99MSRP*)

  • Toy-Con Robot: Create a wearable Robot suit, and 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. Enjoy a variety of fun game-play experiences, including Robot mode, in which you can destroy in-game buildings and UFOs.

For more information about Nintendo Labo, visit You can view a special introductory video about Nintendo Labo here.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit

*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Actual price may vary.