Earlier today, Nintendo took a page from Hollywood and announced an announcement. All we knew was that they were going to show something new for Nintendo Switch at 5:00 pm Eastern Time that was for kids and kids-at-heart. When that time rolled around, we were introduced to a DIY kit called Nintendo Labo.
Check out the first-look video below to see what happens when two of kids’ favorite pastimes come together — Nintendo and cardboard boxes!
Nintendo is clearly thinking outside the box with this one (last pun, I promise). Instead of adding a ton of extra plastic accessories for Switch, they’ve decided to go the DIY route, which puts a bit more creativity in the hands of its users. The ending results will be called Toy-Con, a play off the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers.
You can make Toy-Con that look like 13-key pianos, motorcycle handlebars, fishing rods, and more. That is as long as you buy one of the kits. The variety kit contains all the pieces for five different projects and will retail for $69.99 in the US. The robot kit will run $79.99. If you want to customize your Toy-Con even further, you can buy a $9.99 customization kit. All will be available on April 20, 2018.
While there is included software that pairs easily with Nintendo Labo,, we are not yet sure if the Toy-Con can be used with existing games. Stay tuned to NintendoFuse and our Twitter and Facebook Page, as we will share more info as soon as we hear about it.
If you would like to check them out before anyone else, sign up for a Nintendo Labo Studio. They’ll be in New York on February 2 and 3, and they’ll be in San Francisco from March 2 through 4, 2018. Just head to the following link to sign up!
If you want to hear more from us on Nintendo Labo, tune into our YouTube channel tonight, where we will post a discussion video all about the announcement and our thoughts concerning Nintendo Labo.
Update: A previous version of this article stated we were unsure if there was software included with the Nintendo Labo kits. We corrected that once we found out it is included.
Steve is the Senior Editor of NintendoFuse and co-host of the NintendoFuse Podcast. He’s been a Nintendo gamer since age 6 and has been on staff with NintendoFuse since 2008.