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Nintendo Labo: Variety Kit

All the Nintendo Labo Toy-Cons demoed in 5 exclusive videos

We go to town on Nintendo's cardboard creations.

Nintendo Labo releases tomorrow in America (April 20) and in a week's time (April 27) in Europe, and we've been playing with Nintendo's unique interactive cardboard concept for a while now.

With the five videos below you can check out how it is like to assembly some of these Toy-Cons, and also have a look at what the included software offers after the building process (we've left the creative, programmable Garage mode for later).

Toy-Con Piano, an amazing "cardboard Korg"

Beyond its boring, traditional look, this is perhaps the most impressive Toy-Con of the Variety Kit. The engineering feat amazes, with varied and deep possibilities, and the keys themselves offer a convincing touch. But then it also turns into a basic but fully playable synthesizer, allowing you to compose, modify and even create frequency waves with a paper sheet.

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Toy-Con RC Car, fashionable look with night vision

This is the only creation that uses the Joy-Con IR camera as it is its eyes. But those eyes can see in the dark, while you control its rumble-based movement with your Switch screen remote controller. And behold our fashionable design...

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Toy-Con Robot, domo arigato, Mr. Transformer

Requiring 6 to 8 hours of assembly, the Robot Toy-Con (sold as a separate kit) is the most ambitious, complex and fun to play so far, as it is the closest Labo comes to a traditional video game. The feedback is satisfying and its physical mechanism makes for a well above-average accuracy when it comes to motion controls.

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My House, in the middle of the... cardboard

We spent more than a full hour building our own House Toy-Con, and then we found out several ways to interact with the cute creature living within, as we plugged our cardboard handles into either of its walls (but, alas, we didn't realise we could plug them into the floor as well).

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Fishing Rod and Motorbike, all about the feedback

The crack with these two Toy-Cons is how well is the feedback of the real-world items are recreated, including rotating parts, fine rumbling and credible resistance to movements.

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Nintendo Labo: Variety KitScore

Nintendo Labo: Variety Kit

REVIEW. Written by Peter Alexander Holthe

"Despite its shortcomings, we recommend that anyone even slightly interested in the concept check it out, especially those looking for something to play with their young ones."



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