Nintendo Labo price, release date, trailers and latest news

Nintendo Labo is a new gameplay experience from Nintendo. An interactive play and discover concept that sees players craft cardboard accessories to act as peripherals for new Nintendo Switch titles. These nifty creations are suitable for players aged six and up. It’s a truly novel concept we’re very eager to see.

Trusted Reviews has pulled together everything you need to know about Nintendo Labo including release date, price, best deals, the games you’ll be playing and more! We’ll be updating this page as more information pops up, as well as providing our hands-on impressions once we get to check out the play kits, so stay tuned.

Pre-order Nintendo Labo: Variety Kit from Amazon UK

Pre-order the Nintendo Labo: Robot Kit from Amazon UK

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Nintendo Labo – What is it?

Nintendo Labo will launch in a variety of different kits that will take advantage of the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers. For example, one can be placed in a cardboard piano replica and used to detect when players are pushing the keys.

Actions will be reflected on the screen whether you’re playing instruments, riding a motorcycle or crushing cities as a giant robot.

“Our goal is to put smiles on the faces of everyone Nintendo touches,” said Satoru Shibata, Nintendo of Europe’s President. “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.”

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The cardboard cut-out creations in Nintendo Labo kits are known as ‘Toy-Con.’ Nintendo confirmed in a recent press release that you’re encouraged to use your own colouring pens and pencils to give each of them its own personality.

It’s worth keeping in mind that a Nintendo Switch console is required for use with Labo.

Nintendo Labo Price

The retail price currently sits at $69.99 in North America. 

Nintendo has now announced UK pricing with the basic kit coming in at £59.99. The Robot Kit is a bit more expensive sitting at £69.99. If you want the customisation kit it’ll run you £8.99.

Nintendo Labo release date

Labo will be available in two varieties on April 27, 2018 in Europe and April 20 in North America.

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Nintendo Labo Best Deals – Where is cheapest?

As Nintendo Labo isn’t out yet, prices on pre-orders are pretty uniform across retailers, but you can save a few quid if you shop around.

For the Variety Kit, Base is offering the cheapest price at £53.85. You can pre-order it here. It’s also offering the Robot Kit for £63.85, which you can pre-order here. GameSeek is also offering the Robot Kit for a cheeky £63.84, which you can nab here. The Variety Pack is also a penny cheaper, if you really fancy finding the best bargain it’s £53.84.

Nintendo Labo kits – What comes with them?

You can find the full contents of each individual kit below:

Variety Kit

With the Variety Kit, you can create many different Toy-Con, including Toy-Con RC Car, Toy-Con Fishing Rod, Toy-Con House, Toy-Con Motorbike and Toy-Con Piano.

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. 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 crank the reel quickly and tug the Fishing Rod upwards to try and complete the catch.

Pre-order Nintendo Labo: Variety Kit from Amazon UK

Pre-order the Nintendo Labo: Robot Kit from Amazon UK

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Toy-Con House: By inserting various assembled blocks into openings in the sides and bottom of the House, you can interact, feed and play games with 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, twisting the right handle activates the throttle, and 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 create your own music by pressing different keys. You can even insert different assembled knobs to create new sound effects and tones.

Robot Kit –

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, where you can destroy in-game buildings and UFOs.

In addition to the aforementioned kits, Nintendo has also announced a special ‘Customization Kit’ that will include stencils, stickers and coloured tape for use when decorating your Joy-Con. This will launch on April 27 alongside the kits themselves.

Pre-order Nintendo Labo: Variety Kit from Amazon UK

Pre-order the Nintendo Labo: Robot Kit from Amazon UK

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Nintendo Labo trailer – how does it look? 

Nintendo has released a duo of new trailers showcasing gameplay and rough demonstrations on how each Labo kit will work. We’ve compiled all of the clips below:

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