Nintendo has announced a new way for “kids and kids at heart” to play with their Nintendo Switch. In a two minute trailer posted to their Youtube channel today they showed off Nintendo Labo. This is a new set of accessories that you use with the Switch and the Joy-Con for various ways to play new games.
The game will be available for purchase on April 20th. Initially it will come with two different sets to play with, each containing different types of toys, robots, or machines made out of cardboard that you build and insert the Switch system or the Joy-Con into in order to interact with the games.
The first set, called The Variety Set, will retail for $69.99 and will include five different accessories plus the Nintendo Labo software. It includes:
- 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!
The second kit is called the Robot Kit. It will retail for $79.99 and includes a wearable robot suit plus the software.
- 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.
Also available when this new game launches on April 20th is an accessory kit that will include a set of stencils and stickers that you can use to decorate your different play sets. It will retail for $9.99.
All of these looks to use the HD Rumble and the IR sensors in interesting ways to control these creations. I can see younger players spending a lot of time with these. Parents, I can bet, are going to be worried most about how easy these sets are to put together and how easy it will be to replace when they inevitable get destroyed. There has been no word yet on when these kits will be available without the software.
We’ll keep you update as more information becomes available.