Nintendo selling spare Labo parts, knowing they’re destined for destruction

Perhaps knowing that its cardboard-based Labo kits won’t survive too many exuberant play sessions, Nintendo has started to sell replacement parts.

The intriguing and playful DIY kits, which work in tandem with the Switch console, are out in the United States today and hit the UK on April 27.

Thankfully, aware that kids can’t really be relied upon to safeguard cardboard and rubber bands, the company is flogging spares for every kit.

The bits and bobs are priced from $1.99 each, meaning Labo buyers won’t need to replace an entire kit when a part meets its inevitable doom.

For example, you can buy a sticker sheet for $2, while $15 gets you a bundle of spare body parts for the Robot Kit (which costs $80 to buy outright).

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There’s also replacement parts available for the ‘fishing rod’ and ‘piano’ which can be built as part of the Variety Kit.

The spare parts are available from Nintendo’s official store (via IGN) in the United States and we assume Brits will have access to when the Labo kits go on sale.

If you were thinking of simply buying the spare parts, remember the full kits come with the software loaded onto a Switch cartridge too.

In our first look at the Labo kits, our gaming editor Brett Phipps was full of praise. However, he expressed concern over the durability of the cardboard for long term use. Those fears have been largely assuaged by today’s news.

In his hands-on preview Phipps wrote: “Nintendo Labo is simply magic. After getting a chance to build, play and discover how exactly the developer has turned flatpacks into funpacks, I’ve been completely won over once again.”

He continued: “Nintendo has done so much within this kit to fuel a child’s creativity that it’s astounding. The Garage suite is the absolute crown jewel in this collection, and will no doubt be the seed which grows the next generation of game devs.”

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