Nintendo Labo kits are available to pre-order


That was what my daughter said immediately after she watched - jaw agape - the three-minute ad introducing Nintendo Co. And it's probably exactly the kind of reaction the Japanese game giant was going for from 12-year-olds across the planet.

Here's how it works: "With each Nintendo Labo kit, kids can transform modular sheets of cardboard - specially created to interact with the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con controllers - into creations called Toy-Con". Unlike with the Switch, it seems unlikely Nintendo will struggle to keep up with demand as the base materials used in each kit are so widely available.

What do you think of the Nintendo Labo? For example: you will be able to construct a piano, fit the Joy-Cons and tablet into cardboard slots, and actually play the piano as if it was real. As seen in the trailer, there are two "Toy-Cons": the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit.

There's an assortment of different cardboard kits known as "Toy-Cons" which will be available beginning in April including a Toy-Con RC Car, Toy-Con House, Piano and even a wearable Robot suit ranging in price from $69.99 to $79.99. The other includes stickers and colored tape for added customization (currently United Kingdom only), which at £8.99 sees Nintendo going to YouTube influencer-like lengths to squeeze cash from parents.

The second package is called Robot Kit and, as the name implies, includes everything necessary to assemble a robot suit.

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Coming out of the blue (and surprisingly missing a perfectly timed announce window at CES 2018), Nintendo's cardboard Labo idea will be coming to Australia in several packs, but won't be here for a few months. The entire point of the Labo sets is that they make use of players' imaginations. Each toy will have a corresponding mini-game on the Switch that will bring the toy to life.

"I applaud Nintendo's ingenuity, but I'm not handing my US$300 Switch and an US$80 cardboard box over to my kids", Matt Silverman tweeted. The company revealed yesterday a whole new experience fore the hybrid console called Nintendo Labo. What secrets do they hold?

We won't have to wait too long to see how this bold new venture works out for Nintendo. They go on sale April 20.

Whether the Nintendo Labo will be a big hit or a hard to sell addition is tough to say.