Nintendo Labo: Australian Price And Release Date

Interested in branching off into cardboard toys with Nintendo? Here's how much it'll cost.

In a release sent out to Australian media following the worldwide launch, Nintendo confirmed that the Nintendo Labo will be available in two different kits from launch. The first, called the Variety Kit, will be available from $99.95 and will have the tools to create a range of "Toy-Con" accessories:

Toy-Con RC Car: Insert the Left and Right Joy-Con into your newly built RC Car and control its movement using touch screen controls on the Nintendo Switch. The HD rumble feature in the Joy-Con controllers will cause vibrations that move the car in the direction you choose. Materials to construct two RC Cars are included.

Toy-Con Fishing Rod: Construct the Fishing Rod with an active, rotating reel that is attached by string to a cradle holding the Nintendo Switch console. Catch one of many exotic fish shown swimming on the Nintendo Switch screen by casting your Fishing Rod and unwinding the reel to lower the hook. Once you feel a vibration from the Joy-Con inserted in the reel, you must crank the reel quickly and tug the Fishing Rod upwards to try and complete the catch.

Toy-Con House: By inserting various assembled blocks into openings in the sides and bottom of the House, you can interact, feed and play games with a cute creature on the front-facing Nintendo Switch screen. Each differently shaped block is detected by the IR Motion Camera on the Right Joy-Con inserted on top of the House.

Toy-Con Motorbike: Insert each Joy-Con into an assembled set of handlebars to drive a motorbike on the Nintendo Switch screen. Pressing the ignition button starts the engine, twisting the right handle activates the throttle, and leaning your body or turning the handlebars left and right controls the motorbike.

Toy-Con Piano: After assembling a beautifully crafted 13-key piano and inserting the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con, you can create your own music by pressing different keys. You can even insert different assembled knobs to create new sound effects and tones.

The second kit, the Robot Kit, will cost $119.95. It'll allow users to "create a wearable robot suit" which can then be controlled via the left and right JoyCons into the backpack and visor. "Enjoy a variety of fun game-play experiences, including Robot mode, where you can destroy in-game buildings and UFOs," the release adds.

A customisation set will also be sold in Australia for $14.95, containing coloured tape, stickers and stencils. All kits will be available from April 20.


    *Scrolls down - sees price - chuckles quietly.

      You have more self-discipline than I do... I guffawed loudly :-D

        What is the laughter about?

          They're charging us $100+ to get rid of their spare warehouse boxes?

            $100 for a game with cardboard peripherals. Doesn't seem like too much of a premium over a standard game for me. It will probably be $75 street price.

            The price is for the game, not the cardboard. If you buy a Blu-ray you are paying for the movie, not the plastic case and disc.

              I think you'll find that the cost of producing the case and disc is indeed factored into the final cost of the product. It's a fairly standard approach to ensure you are maximizing your return.

              I remember a story a couple of years ago that mentioned it cost around $12 to print a PS3 or 4 (cant remember which it was) game disc. Doesn't really matter which, they're basically the same thing from a manufacturing point of view.

              I doubt production costs will have dropped all that much since then, it was well after any large production cost savings would have been realised.

              Not really sure why I mention it, knowing that cost doesn't overly change your point :)

              If its on a disk then 100% yes they are charging you for the plastic case and disc. You never get that for free. They are also 100% charging you for the cardboard, because you get it in the kit.

              They point is, why spend money manufacturing ACTUAL accessories, when you can just create some cardboard ones for a fraction of the cost, not assemble them (further saving money), put the same price tag on them, and market them as "being creative" so your end users will build them for you? And of course it's going to sell because they slapped Nintendo on it. If EA/Sony/Microsoft were doing this rubbish, everyone would be grabbing their pitchforks.

              The problem with accessories like this is the same across the board. Only a fraction of games released for the console will maybe use this stuff, and so after about 10 minutes everyone's bored of their cardboard controllers (if you can even call some of this stuff that), and we end up with a bunch of cardboard cutouts collecting dust. If that's the case here, then what exactly have you paid $100 for? It doesn't matter to Nintendo though, because they've just made a bundle of money!

              Lets be serious for a second, if you had to choose, would you buy this or Zelda BotW? I don't even like Zelda and I know which I'd buy.

                I'm not sure I follow the argument here, from the "accessories like this" bit. It's not like it's a Guitar Hero controller or a light gun that's going to sit around filling up a drawer or something when you're not playing a game that has to be specifically designed to use it. It's like the complete opposite almost - the game can have whatever "controller" they want for it, since it's in a way expendable, not having any circuitry or anything involved like a normal peripheral. There's no issue of investment, I don't think anyone would even be expecting the piano or the house or the camera or what have you to be compatible with any other game. And unlike dedicated peripherals or even the shitty actually-adds-nothing-to-the-game shells for Wii Sports or whatever, these just unfold flat when you're done with them and easily pack away.

                Also, even games that don't have fancy peripherals can get boring after 10 minutes, "what exactly have you paid $100 for then?" Hardly a problem specific to this.

                  Also, even games that don't have fancy peripherals can get boring after 10 minutes, "what exactly have you paid $100 for then?" Hardly a problem specific to this.

                  Not saying you're wrong. I totally agree most peripherals are a waste of time. Doesn't excuse this from being a complete rip-off that somehow gets a pass because it's stamped with Nintendo's logo.

    All kinds of nuts. Classic nintendo. I approve.

      It is very Nintendo. And only Nintendo would have the balls to do it.

    Good gravy, that ain't cheap.

      It does include the game though

        I didn't consider that, but I guess time will tell whether the whole package is worth that price. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of this and it looks really cool, but as it sits that price seems hard to swallow.

          Any other game is $60 to $100 and comes with nothing but the game.

            Maybe. But the overall quality of the game is going to be the decider for me on whether the package is worth that amount.

            Consider Wii Play (I think it was called?), which was basically a sub-par minigame collection that came bundled with a Wii remote at launch. It was $70, but it came with a Wii remote so that made it worth the price. What's coming with this game is string and cardboard, so you'd want to hope the game itself justifies the rest of the price tag.

              I think the game would be the decider for anyone really.

              Well, yeah. That's the general rule with games. Wait for reviews.

            lol not really. I guess if you're still paying the full retail price for AAA games then they cost that much. But yeah, that is....not an excellent way to purchase games.

            What Switch game have you paid $100 for? The most I've paid is $78 and that was for Zelda. Coz it's Zelda. Even if it's the greatest game in the world I'm not paying $22 for a cardboard accessory.

      Looks cheap. And that's the problem with slapping $100 on it (regardless of whether it 'includes' the game or not).

    You know who is going to love this? Jimmy Giggle. That dude is all about cardboard.

    For cardboard...

      Erm, no, not for cardboard, for the games that come with it, plus the cardboard.
      If you buy something on Steam its not "What? $80 for a string of numbers to type into my computer?", you are paying for the game...

        It's Nintendo branded cardboard, with accompanying $5 - 10 iPad games. It's one heck of a cool idea, you've got me there. But the patented Nintendo Premium Pricing is very much on display.

          I see it as you getting starter designs which you can then remake as you see fit with either new parts out make yourself or entirely new designs. It's got a specific audience in mind and they likely have 3D printers already.

      For cardboard that designers and engineers built to work with the Switch and made it so that people at home could build themselves. Cardboard coupled with elastic band, string and custom molded plastic used to create pulley systems to simulate fishing, steering a motorbike and being a robot. Not to mention the software which probably took some very creative and talented people hundreds, if not thousands of hours to create. But yeah...for cardboard.

        Excuse my tongue in cheek, but cardboard is an omni-platform device, I hear it's even compatible with mobile phones! If the games are good and not shovelware cash-grabs, then good on Nintendo for doing something a bit out-there.

        You can dress it up however you want. You can buy a professionally manufactured controller with a warranty etc for less than this. And for this you STILL need the joycons to use them. So you're effectively paying $100 for Nintendo brand craft projects...

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    Cardboard with 'games' for $100, except the 'games' look like they are more basic then even the most barebone mobile apps.

    TBH I can't see kids being too impressed with this stuff. The RC car is powered by the probably barely moves. Kids can just ask for an actual RC car instead. Same with the piano, you could buy a toy one that isnt made out of cardboard for lots cheaper.

      Yet Skylanders still sells, despite the games being rubbish.

        Yet Skylanders sells you professionally made figures that are collectable. Not cardboard templates you have to build.

    Interesting Nintendo how you can make anything out of cardboard using the power of the Nintendo Switch. I would love to get Nintendo Labo but I’m an adult. I think Nintendo you should give us something better for the Nintendo Switch because I’m a bit too old for Nintendo Labo but still Nintendo Labo is a great DIY game designed for kids and kids at heart who want to get creative.

    This really does look great and is going to tip me over to the get-a-Switch camp.

    For my kids, not for me... honest, for the kids.... not me...

    Sooooo....what's the appeal here exactly? Aside from the fact that everyone wants to buy some extra junk? I assume you end up with a cardboard piano, and a house, and a robot suit, and a fishing rod, and a steering wheel?

    How is this any less of a money grab than say paid DLC? "Oh hey, we have to somehow get rid of all these boxes we have lying around in the warehouse......." The fact that they're charging us $99 minimum for what sounds suspiciously like a bunch of cheap minigames is pretty ridiculous. The cardboard is simply housing for the controller too! Which you have to build......Clearly Nintendo can sell us literally anything these days...

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    Apparently you don't even need the cardboard kits as the designs are going to be free to download. All you need is the cartridge.

    Step 1: Insert Tab A into Slot 1
    Step 2: Insert Tab B into Slot 2
    Step 3: Rip off Tab C while trying to insert it into Slot 3
    Step 4: Spend 20 minutes sticking Tab C back onto Rip Site i
    Step 5: Immediately rip Tab C off again.

    Hours of fun.

      The designs looked pretty rugged actually. It's heavy duty cardboard, not thin paper.

        I'm certain they are, but my ability to break things like this is legend.

          Not to mention children who are in general, not careful with things. You can make cardboard as sturdy as you like, but a child will still find a way to break it...along with your switch console and joycons...

            I raise my kids to look after their things :)

    Cool idea, but the games themselves seem like they'll maybe be fun for an hour or two.

    You could say they look....paper thin....

    It feels overpriced. It's bold, and I can see it being expandable, but if they added some extra joy cons, that would make it worth it. As it is, it feels overpriced.

    The games look very underwhelming. Something that can be played and done in an hour.

    Shit yes. I'm going to play the hell out of that fishing game and every other fishing game released by third parties that utilises the tech. That's the exciting part I'm seeing here: the prospect of this simple thing being built upon to create some fantastic interactive indie experiences.

    I mean, my son would love this is he were around 2 or 3 years older I reckon. He loves constructing things, and games and all that so this is great for kids around that 6-8+ age bracket.

    The issue I have is I would NOT trust kids with my expensive Switch console, swinging it around in a cheap, cardboard shell. It's going to get destroyed.

    I'm hoping this will be more than just 1-2 Switch with cardboard peripherals, but not very confident.

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