The real winner is cardboard
Thanks to version 1.4 update
Educating with cardboard
"Frankly, this thing sucks"
Spread the joy
Nintendo Japan has shared some video ideas illustrating how Labo users can celebrate the festive season. There's one for the Variety Kit that shows how it can be transformed into an entire Christmas scene or you can even become Santa Claus with the Robot Kit
Fortnite takes top spot
Nintendo Labo and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! have made it into the top trending YouTube gaming video list for 2018. After a strong year of Switch marketing, the trailer for the latest Pokémon games placed fifth and the first look at Labo was right behind in the sixth spot. Out of the ten videos...
The real winner is cardboard
Nintendo Labo was well-received initially but has struggled to maintain sales momentum as the year has progressed. Despite its inability to generate mass appeal, Nintendo has been able to roll out educational programs and also create
Thanks to version 1.4 update
The promised Nintendo Labo Piano Toy-Con update for Switch rhythm action title Deemo has officially landed, with ten songs now available to play. The Piano Toy-Con support comes as part of Deemo's Version 1.4, complete with a new list of songs called the Toy-Con Collection. These songs have been specially adapted to...
Educating with cardboard
Since it was released, there's been much discussion about the potential educational purposes of Nintendo Labo. In June, Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aimé explained how Nintendo intended to run entry-level coding programs over the summer for kids and would move into the educational market in fall. The...
"Frankly, this thing sucks"
John Carpenter's contribution to horror cinema simply cannot be understated; via titles like Halloween, The Thing and They Live, he has helped to shape the kind of fright-heavy flicks we know and love - and that's not to mention his many excellent films outside of the genre, such as Escape from New York, Big Trouble in...
Nintendo's advertising in the US has decreased in the month of September. Having spent an estimated amount of $6.2 million in August, it's since dropped to roughly $4.45 million. According to GamesBeat and its partner iSpot.tv (a real-time television ad measurement company), Nintendo has gone to third place. Its ten ad spots in September...
Don't be fooled
Nintendo Labo is, undeniably, an incredibly creative concept. Getting hold of all this creativity, though - along with the software and bundles of cardboard included - naturally isn't cheap, and some people are now falling victim to numerous fake products being sold by seemingly reputable companies. A number of fake boxes have been...
You'll need to be a master builder for sure
The first two Nintendo Labo kits offered two very different takes on what was – and still is – a groundbreaking concept. The Variety Kit allowed you to create a whole host of gadgets each backed by their own interactive experiences, while the Robot Kit had a sharper focus and arguably presented a more...
Nintendo Labo's cardboard inventions may well be a great way for people of all ages to get hands-on and let their creativity fly, but it would be understandable for parents to have their concerns about splashing the cash on a strange, new concept. Luckily, Nintendo is on hand to let families try out the fun for free in a series of...
Driving in style
Nintendo has shared a short new video to announce that the upcoming Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit will be supported in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. As you can see, the Vehicle Kit's wheel and pedal can both be used to carry out your usual Mario Kart antics on screen, working nicely alongside the Toy-Con Motorbike which has been compatible
The cardboard kits packed in with Nintendo Labo are far from indestructible. Shortly after the release of the Toy-Con: Variety Kit and the Toy-Con: Robot Kit, Nintendo launched a replacement parts
You may remember that Nintendo recently shared details surrounding its Nintendo Labo Creators Contest, asking players to come up with the greatest inventions they could muster to earn some fantastic prizes. Well, the North American winners have now been revealed and we're seriously impressed. The contest was split into three...
Nintendo UK has launched a brand new series on the Nintendo Labo UK YouTube channel that will provide fans with weekly content on everyone's favourite cardboard and gaming mash-up. The new hosts of the channel will be there each week, delving deeper into each of the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con, sharing ideas, hints and tips, and...
Creativity at its finest
Players have found yet another interesting way to play and build with Nintendo Labo, this time creating their own game of laser tag. Miyuki and Ran, two incredibly creative Japanese players, have designed and created various props and Labo settings to create a fully-working game. The pair used Labo's Toy-Con...
Teaching vital maths and science skills
A UK primary school teacher has proven that learning really can be fun, taking Nintendo Labo into the classroom to teach students skills in maths, science, and design. Chris McGivern, a Year 6 teacher at Crawley-based Southgate Primary School, has been using the interactive cardboard toys to build new lesson...
Coming soon to prime time TV?
Just last week Nintendo revealed a new Nintendo Labo Garage blueprint inspired by 1-2-Switch's milking game, allowing players to download it for themselves and give it a go. To give you an idea of what it's all about, two of Nintendo's major players have been battling it out to see who will reign supreme. In the red...
An exciting part of the recent Nintendo Labo news, which has seen the introduction of a brand new contest to win a cardboard-themed Nintendo Switch console, was the introduction of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Toy-Con implementation. In case you missed it, Nintendo Labo's Toy-Con
Also, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe now supports Labo
A few months ago, Nintendo launched its line of fascinating new carboard accessories known as Labo, which allow players to use their Joy-Con and Switch in fascinating and inventive new ways. Though there haven’t been any more packs announced since launch, it always seemed like the kind of initiative that...
What an aMOOsing turn of events...
Nintendo Switch launch game 1-2-Switch, at least on the surface, looked like it was going to be what Wii Sports was to the Wii, or Nintendo Land was to Wii U for the new console, showing off the system's fancy new tech and providing a good load of fun in the process. As it turned out, the game lacked the essential...
"It’s a game that’s going to sell for a very long time"
Nintendo Labo didn't quite get off to the flying start that Nintendo may have been hoping for; despite receiving an overwhelmingly positive reaction from fans and media on the whole, the two bundles - the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit - quickly plummeted out of t
A top class effort
The hype surrounding Nintendo Labo seems to have deflated almost as quickly as it arrived, but that doesn't mean that people aren't still being wonderfully creative with Nintendo's latest wonder. The video above, shared on YouTube by geniway, shows us just how powerful the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Piano can be in capable hands.
Update: Watch the full performance here
Update: Here's the full performance: Original Story: We've all seen how amazing Labo's piano is, but the sheer brilliance of this setup is going to get a wider audience thanks to NBC's The Tonight Show. Pop superstar Ariana Grande has recorded a segment along with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots...
Nintendo is clearly in for the long haul when it comes to Labo. The first pack – dubbed the 'Variety Kit' – is all about exploring the possibilities of Labo via a range of different 'Toy-Con' builds; it's an effective demonstration of just how versatile this system is, even if the resultant flood of cardboard contraptions...
Controlling a wheelchair... with cardboard?
Nintendo Labo has been with us for a little over a week now, but we're already seeing some incredible creations - including Game & Watch clones and other clever devices. However, this latest example could be the best one yet. A Japanese user has hooked Labo up to a wheelchair, allowing the user to...
A toybox like no other
Editor's Note: We've reviewed the Toy-Con 01 - Variety Kit and Toy-Con 02 - Robot Kit separately. You can read our official verdict on the Robot Kit in the coming days. As unusual and ‘out there’ as its concept appears, Nintendo Labo is perhaps the most Nintendo thing Nintendo has ever created. From the safe and rewarding...
Not quite like Japan, then...
Last week we reported on the news that Nintendo Labo had outsold God of War in Japan by almost 2-to-1, but sadly (and rather predictably) that hasn't been repeated in the UK. Just as the Japanese will go absolutely crazy about anything Nintendo-related, the UK remains a Sony stronghold and unsurprisingly, Kratos'...
Sadly, it's not a commercial product (yet)
In the age of social media, when one company releases a successful product you can bet your bottom dollar that other "brands" will leap on the bandwagon to soak up some of that success, and that's precisely what has happened with Labo. Nintendo launched its unique construction set just over a week ago, and...
Cardboard is king
The weekly Media Create sales figures for Japan are out, and the big news is that the Labo Variety Kit outsold PS4 exclusive God of War by almost two-to-one. The main Labo kit sold 90,410 copies, while God of War sold 46,091 units in the same time frame. The Robot Labo Kit shifted 28,629 units. Sorry, Kratos...
Is there anything this thing CAN'T do?
Labo arrived on store shelves last week (in the US and Japan, at least) and it we already know it's a hit with cats. However, it's some of the incredible things that people are doing with this product that really impresses
Crazy attention to detail
Nintendo Labo is, as many likely expected, taking the internet by storm; we've already seen Nintendo's new cardboard wonder receiving some unwanted attention from adorable, curious cats, and a bunch of clever creations from players all around the world
Labo launched last week in Japan and North America, meaning that loads of cardboard pianos, fishing rods and robots are now out in the wild. It also means that household pets are coming to terms with a Labo-filled future, and it has come to our attention (thanks, Kotaku) that cats just can't seem to get enough of the latest Nintend
It's just pure creation
Since its January reveal, the question on many people's lips has been can Nintendo Labo's cardboard construction kit survive the novelty factor and wear 'n' tear of younger audiences to genuinely engage creative minds beyond customisation? If early indications are to be believed, the answer is, emphatically, yes, as Japanese...
Staggered release dates, be damned
Labo launched last week in North America, and you may well have noticed plenty of coverage going up on a wide range of sites since then. The consensus is pretty clear: Labo is a neat toy that has plenty of potential. So then, you may be wondering to yourselves, where's the all-important Nintendo Life review?...
Bored of cardboard? Not even close
Whatever you think of Nintendo’s latest and wackiest creation, Labo has been pretty indicative of the company's aggressive marketing in the weeks since its brief yet impactful reveal in January. With a combination of Nintendo’s fitting mantra of ‘thinking outside the box’, utilising the console's many new...
PDFs also available
Labo launches today in North America, and it's heartening to know that once kits are in the hands of players all over the nation (Europe has to wait until next week, sadly), we don't need to worry about broken parts - because Nintendo has kindly put a load of replacement items on its North American web store. With prices ranging...
UPDATE: Yes indeed, as everyone and their dog guessed, this is our April Fool's for this year. We hope you got a bit of a giggle out of it! ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Nintendo has somewhat divided many of its fans with its new Labo line of toys/peripherals, with many claiming it's a great way to get kids interested in coding and just as many...
Part two of the Toy-Con Garage series
Nintendo's running a series of videos on YouTube which looks at the ways you'll be able to create cool toys using Labo, which arrives next month. This week, it's the turn of the RC Tank. This demonstration shows how you can start with a very basic concept - such as the Joy-Con's IR camera "seeing" some...
With the catchy name of "Arcade Bracket"
Nintendo was kinda asking for it, really. When you make a product out of cardboard, it's insultingly easy for unscrupulous companies to jump on the bandwagon and copy the idea - after all, cardboard is pretty easy to mass-produce. Say hello to "Arcade Bracket", which is basically a cardboard stand for the...
Programming with cardboard
Nintendo is kicking off a new series of videos devoted to showcasing Nintendo Labo's Toy-Con Garage mode, which allows you to create your very own Toy-Con using a basic programming tool. The first video - shown above - talks about how you can use 'nodes' to create inputs and outputs. For example, on the most basic level...
What's in the box?
We were lucky enough to go hands-on with Labo ahead of its official announcement some time ago and after that initial swell of hype has faded, we've almost put it to the back of our minds. However, Nintendo doesn't want you to forget about this cardboard marvel and has released a
Nintendo Labo might be just the start
We hope you like peripherals, because it seems like Nintendo has plenty more up its considerable sleeve. Check out this interesting line from Takashi Mochizuki's Wall Street Journal report on Nintendo's latest good fortunes: People familiar with the development plans said new peripheral hardware devices...
An elusive but profitable market could be won over, says Yuri Litvinenko
For any company whose products happen to be popular among children, the education market has always been one of the most lucrative to target – but it's one which poses a stern challenge, too. A manufacturer has to offer something that appeals to kids and teachers alike, being...
"C'mon why isn't Smash on the switch"
Nintendo Labo is a bit special, as you'll know if you read our hands-on piece from last week. With humble cardboard Nintendo could potentially create a whole new "DIY gaming" gaming sub-genre, and we personally can't wait to get our hands on these lovely kits (again) to create more Toy-Con goodness.
“A box... that says Nintendo on it, they probably would"
Love him, or hate him, Wedbush Securities research analyst Michael Pachter sometimes makes some quite interesting predictions when it comes to Nintendo, and this blast from the past really makes us chuckle. Back in 2012 on a episode of Bonus Round, everyone's...
Ahead of the game, sort of
Nintendo Labo may have taken the gaming world by complete surprise, but one Japanese player was exploring the joys of cardboard construction as early as October last year. Twitter user masaki_samurai posted the following video of his child playing with a specially-constructed gun in Splatoon 2. OK, so it's not...
"No one would have believed us before the announcement"
Nintendo Labo is certainly a left-field product; gaming hardware is normally associated with plastic but Nintendo's new initiative is all about cardboard. This development so confused the cleaning staff at the German Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (or USK as it is often...
Paper for cardboard
Nintendo UK has confirmed the pricing or Labo in the United Kingdom. A landing page for both the Variety Pack and Robot Pack have gone live on Nintendo UK's Online Store, with the former costing £59.99 and the latter £69.99. The customisation kit is £8.99. We already know that in North America, th
Go hands on
Nintendo UK has released information relating to a series of Labo workshops it will be holding next month. From February 14th to 17th, the company will be holding events where you can go hands-on with the new product in South Kensington, London. The deadline for registering your interest is February 1st. If you’re a parent/guardian...
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