No, this isn’t a 4/20 joke: Nintendo is releasing a bunch of build-it-yourself cardboard kits for the Switch and they’ll be out on April 20 in North America, Australia, and New Zealand, and April 27 in Europe.
Dubbed Nintendo Labo, these kits allow players to build creations that can be connected to the Switch and interact with specific software. Labo kits will include modular cardboard sheets “specifically designed to interact with the Nintendo Switch” that can be crafted into various creations Nintendo is calling (wait for it) Toy-Con.
“For example, you can make a functioning 13-key piano that brings your musical arrangements to life once the Nintendo Switch console and Right Joy-Con controller are inserted,” Nintendo explains in the announcement. “As you play, the IR Motion Camera in the Right Joy-Con detects which keys are pressed and plays each note through the console’s built-in speakers. Budding musicians can also experiment with their own musical creations.”
“Or, you can 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,” the announcement adds. “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.”
Two Nintendo Labo kits will be offered to start. The Variety Kit will be available for $69.99 USD and includes Variety Kit software as well as materials to build two RC cars, a fishing rod, a house, a motorbike, and a piano that can be built out of cardboard and attached to the Switch.
The second is the Robot Kit, which will cost a bit more at $79.99. It offers the Robot Kit software as well as materials to build a robot suit.
There will also be a customization kit sold separately for $9.99 that includes two stencil sheets, two sticker sheets, and two decorative tape rolls.
Nintendo hopes that Labo will “inspire kids and those who are kids-at-heart.” The kits certainly look like they could become some of the hottest toys of 2018, but our only worry is how durable these cardboard creations will be … and how many parents are going to end up destroying them after they become frustrated in their attempts to assemble cardboard pianos and robots for their kids.