Nintendo’s take on VR and the Maker movement drops today. Nintendo Labo combines VR, cardboard and a Nintendo Switch into a variety of DIY devices from the gimmicky to the divine. The Nintendo Labo Toy Con 01 Variety Kit offers Nintendo Switch owners the following new toys and capabilities: Two Toy-Con RC Cars, a Toy-Con Fishing Rod, a Toy-Con House, Toy-Con Motorbike, and a Toy-Con Piano. It remains to be seen how well these cardboard creations hold up or just how playable they are.
The flagship of this new cardstock play mode is definitely the Nintendo Labo Toy Con 02 Robot Kit. The combination of VR and wearable control surfaces transforms the player INTO a giant robo. While definitely holding the most promise, it remains to be seen how many players want to strap $300+ worth of Nintendo gear to their bodies with cardboard while they go stomping around the living room. More accurately, it remains to be seen how many parents will allow it, no matter how fun it looks.