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Nintendo Labo

With media outlets going hands-on with Nintendo Labo today, a bunch of new details and photos have emerged. Engadget in particular has a lengthy report on the game, including details about construction of the various projects and included mini-games/apps. You can find a summary of information below, along with some photos from IGN.

Earlier today, Nintendo held a new media event for Nintendo Labo. Kotaku was present, and has reported on some new details.

With a “Toy-Con Garage” feature, it will be possible to implement rudimentary programming and customization. Further details on this are below.

If you only watched the first couple of seconds of this week’s Nintendo Labo trailer, you might get the impression that Nintendo is trying to do something with VR. It could remind you of something like Google Cardboard. But as the trailer progresses, you’ll quickly realize that Nintendo is going for something that’s rather different.

Nintendo Labo also isn’t intended to be an answer to VR. That’s according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, who spoke with Toronto Sun about the new initiative.

Update 5 (1/19): Nintendo Labo up for pre-order on Amazon Germany.


Update 4: Nintendo Labo is now up on Amazon UK.


Update 3: Bumped to the top. Pre-orders are now open on Best Buy


Update 2 (1/18): The Variety Kit is now up on Amazon.


Update: Bumped to the top. Pre-orders for the Robot Kit and Variety Kit are up on GameStop.


Original (1/17): Amazon has started accepting pre-orders for Nintendo Labo. Currently, you can reserve the Robot Kit here. We’ll let you know when the other products go live.

The USK acts as the official classification board for Germany. We’ve spoke about them on the site plenty of times before, but they’re essentially the same as the ESRB in the U.S.

It seems that Nintendo gave the USK early access to Labo, but things nearly went very wrong. A tweet sent out earlier today states that the USK’s cleaning staff almost disposed of the product after thinking it was waste paper. We assume that everything worked out in the end, but that’s a pretty interesting story.

Thanks to Paul for the tip.

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As is the case in New York City and San Francisco, Nintendo UK will be hosting a few hands-on events for Nintendo Labo next month. It will be on display between February 14 and February 17 in South Kensington, London.

You can register your interest here. Keep in mind that you’ll need to do so by February 1.

Update (1/18): Unfortunately, IGN France’s information was correct, and the site has now posted a retraction. Contrary to its first report, you will not be able to receive the cardboard patterns for free.


Original (1/17): IGN France appears to have a bit of additional information about Nintendo Labo. According to the site’s report, “the kits will not be mandatory – although the cartridge is needed – since Nintendo plans to offer the cardboard design pattern for free for aspiring builders”.

Nintendo Labo will be starting out with the Variety Kit and Robot Kit on April 20. A Customization Set will also be sold that includes fun stencils, stickers, and colored tape.

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TIME was recently able to speak with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime about Nintendo Labo. The first topic discussed is the potential to expand on the idea and the use of the Toy-Cons, of which Reggie had this to share:

“Can [the Toy-Cons] be incorporated into other forms of gameplay? Certainly. 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.”

The Guardian has shared some additional details about Nintendo Labo after going hands-on with it during a recent press event. Here’s a recap of the information the publication provides:

– Follow Lego-like instructions on the Switch screen
– Punch out the cardboard pieces and assemble them into contraptions of varying complexity
– Project in which you assemble a simple little bug-like radio-controlled car takes about 15 minutes
– Pull up the controls on the Switch’s screen, and the vibrations send it juddering across a flat surface with surprising speed
– Telescopic fishing rod with a working reel are attached to a base with elastic bands and string for realistic tension
– Each contraption is made out of cardboard and string
– Piano takes about 2 hours to build
– The infrared camera on the Joy-Con controller can see reflective strips of tape on the back of the keys, which come into view when a key is pressed, telling the game software to play the right note
– Cardboard dials and switches modify the tone and add effects to the sound
– The principles behind each construction are explained by cartoon characters
– Switch screen shows a cross-section of each model that illustrates what the Joy-Con camera can see and how it works
– Robot set translates your punches and kicks into building-levelling virtual smashes
– Nintendo plans to offer replacement cardboard kits and templates for players who break theirs
– You can stick the cardboard Toy-Cons back together with glue or tape, reinforce them, or decorate them with pens, washi tape or googly eyes, without affecting their functionality

“Our goal is to put smiles on the faces of everyone Nintendo touches. Nintendo Labo invites anyone with a creative mind and a playful heart to make, play and discover in new ways with Nintendo Switch. I personally hope to see many people enjoying making kits with their family members, with big smiles on their faces.” – Nintendo of Europe president Satoru Shibata

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Nintendo has posted an official announcement for its new Switch project Nintendo Labo. We’ve attached in full below.