Be Board Rather Than Bored with the Release of Nintendo Labo

Bill Nye and others show off their creations, plus a contest.

As promised back in January, Nintendo of Canada has released the new Nintendo Labo sets to retail. And this time, we have prices!

For $89.99 (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price), the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit contains all the materials necessary to construct the following Toy-Con projects (per the press release):

  • RC Car: The RC Car is powered by vibrations in the Joy-Con controllers and can follow a path of reflective tape by using the IR Motion Camera in the right Joy-Con controller – it even works in the dark! Materials to build two RC Cars are included, so two players can race or battle each other!****
  • Fishing Rod: Build a working rod and reel, and then go fishing on the screen of your Nintendo Switch console to catch a variety of exotic fish. You can also enter Aquarium mode – accessed via Toy-Con Piano – to view all the fish you’ve caught or even design your own colourful fish.
  • House: Insert different blocks into your newly constructed House to interact with the adorable creature inside. Combining multiple blocks can unlock special features and mini-games, including an exhilarating mine cart ride!
  • Motorbike: Rev the throttle of your Motorbike by twisting the right handle, just like the real thing! You can even create and race on tracks you design.
  • Piano: Compose and record music using different octaves, reverb and sound effects – even cat noises!

Meanwhile, the $99.99 (MSRP) Nintendo Labo Robot Kit allows you to channel your inner Tony Stark on a whole new level by charging you with building a robotic suit, not from a box of scraps, but by building it from the box itself.

The robot suit — which you’ll actually be able to wear — includes a backpack and visor, allowing you to take control of the Megazord-sized (or Jaeger, or whatever giant mech you prefer) robot on your television screen. After customizing your big bad box bot in the Hangar and creating sound effects with your Toy-Con Robot in the Robo Studio, you’ll be able to enter Robot Mode and start smashing buildings to rubble and swatting UFOs out of the sky.

What’s more, a second Nintendo Labo Robot Kit and pair of Joy-Con controllers, you and a friend can take each other on in a battle of robo-dominance with a single Nintendo Switch system.

Finally, the $12.99 (MSRP) Customization Kit will allow you to further make these creations your own by providing colorful tape, stencils, and Nintendo-themed stickers to bling things out to your heart’s desire.

“As with anything we do at Nintendo, our primary goal with Nintendo Labo is to make people smile,” said Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Doug Bowser. “Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, we hope the playful spirit of Nintendo Labo ignites imagination and creativity in people of all ages as they interact with Nintendo Switch in new ways.”

Coinciding with the launch of Nintendo Labo is a new contest for kids across Canada and the United States ages 13 years and up:

Winners will receive a Nintendo Labo prize package, which includes a Nintendo Labo kit, special jacket, and a signed framed certificate. You can learn more about the contest by clicking here.

Finally, the one and only Bill Nye (the Science Guy) recently took Nintendo Labo for a spin by creating his own custom-decorated RC Car:

You can see more from Nye, as well as other creations from social media influencers and Nintendo employees alike, by visiting the user-generated content (UGC) hub over the next few weeks.

For more information about Nintendo Labo, be sure to visit the official website.

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