Nintendo launches cardboard accessories for Switch console

Kelley Robertson
January 21, 2018

Nintendo has introduced Nintendo Labo, a line of DIY cardboard devices to interact with the Nintendo Switch console.

According to a Financial Times report, the value of Nintendo in the financial market increased 2.4% after the presentation of Labo, which translates into a significant amount of $1.4 billion.

The centrepiece is the $80 (£70) robot kit (dubbed Toy-Con 2), glimpsed in the Nintendo Labo announcement vid, that'll transform you into a rampaging battle-bot, complete with materials to make a cardboard backpack and headset (which holds the Joy-Con controllers) and some makeshift bolts. Ironically, these are the same things that were said about the Nintendo Switch when it was announced.

Announced today (January 18), the Labo set contains 25 sheets of cardboard that players can turn, IKEA-style, into playable objects - such as a miniature keyboard, a fishing rod, a motorbike's handles and pedal, a small house, and a auto - by following instructions on their Switch screen.

"Few companies today can elicit the same amount of childlike wonder as Nintendo", wrote Engadget senior editor Devindra Hardawar, who added that he felt the same way when the Nintendo Switch was initially revealed.


Labo will engage will take kids away from "virtual reality" and into, well, reality.When is Nintendo Switch Labo released in the UK? They'll release on April 20, and there are two bundles to consider, as well as some decorations to personalize your cardboard peripherals.

You can even colour in or decorate the card, if you'd like (anything will do it, but Nintendo has also confirmed that a special Customisation Set that includes stencils, stickers, and washi tape will also be available to purchase at launch for £9).

Will Nintendo Labo Succeed Or Fail? The Labo is a DIY peripheral of sorts, where the user is given pre-cut cardboard pieces and the instructions to assemble these pieces a range of different neat toys.

Forbes' Dave Thier then reminds us all that the Nintendo Switch may have easily failed as well, as Nintendo continues to push for uniqueness to differentiate itself from Sony and Microsoft.

In any case, Nintendo Labo already appears to be a hit, at least among investors.

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