Australian pricing and release date revealed for Nintendo Labo

Brodie Fogg 18 January 2018 NEWS


Switch up your game with some DIY cardboard craft.

Overnight, Nintendo revealed something very Nintendo after an announcement yesterday teased a new interactive experience for the young and young at heart. Nintendo Labo is the latest product from the entertainment stalwart, a series of papercraft-like kits that are designed to interact with the Nintendo Switch using QR codes and the Nintendo Switch's IR camera.

Now, we have an Australian release date and Australian pricing for both the Labo Variety Kit and the Robot Kit. Both kits will launch 20 Apri 2017 in Australia, with the Variety Kit selling at a recommended $99.95 and the Robot Kit selling at a recommended $119.95. There's also a cute customisation kit with Nintendo-themed stickers selling for $14.95.

Each Nintendo Labo kit includes the blueprints for a modular cardboard toy that is built around the Nintendo Switch and Joy-Cons.

The Variety Kit includes:

  • Toy-Con RC car: An HD-rumble-powered RC car that's controlled using the Switch's touchscreen.
  • Toy-Con Fishing Rod: A fishing rod with a rotating wheel that's used to catch on-screen fish.
  • Toy-Con House: A cardboard constructed house that houses a little creature (on the Nintendo Switch display) that can be fed and played with using cardboard blocks that are inserted into the house.
  • Toy-Con Motorbike: Uses the Joy-cons as handlebars to drive a motorbike on the Switch screen.
  • Toy-Con Piano: A fully-assembled 13-key piano that uses the Joy-Cons IR camera to detect key presses.

The more pricey Robot Kit includes a blueprint for a wearable robot suit. The user wears a backpack that attaches four Joy-Cons to the user's arms and legs using retractable strings. The game itself sees the player controlling a towering robot using the movements of their body to take down UFOs and the like.

For more information on the Nintendo Switch, check out our complete guide. Looking for something to play this weekend? Check out our complete guide to Nintendo Switch games.

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