Nintendo Labo Videos Show Off What Switch Gamers Can Do With Cardboard

A series of new Nintendo Labo videos have turned up that highlight what exactly gamers will be able to do once they build their cardboard creations. The catch here is that while Nintendo has put the videos up in English on its main Labo page, Nintendo of America hasn't yet put up YouTube embeds. Both Nintendo Japan and Nintendo France have YouTube versions up that you can watch embedded here; the video is the same though it's just not in English. English versions of the videos can be watched at the bottom of the Labo page.


These videos show off exactly how you will build the cardboard concoctions. Parents thinking about buying Labo for kids will be glad to hear that the interactive instruction manuals that play on the Switch appear to be very detailed. You get instructions and video for each component showing how they are bent, connected and then installed into the larger assemblies.

The videos also give us a glimpse at what sort of video game antics the players can get into once they finish the build process (which appears to be half the fun). The robot kit looks very cool with a giant bot that can smash its way through various settings allowing players to turn into a tank, fly, and stomp around Rampage video game style and crush buildings.

That robot Kit appears to be sized for kids, but some adults might be able to get into the suit and play. The head worn visor is held on with an elastic strap and has a Joy-Con controller stuck in the side of it. The backpack has straps to hold it in the body. It appears that the cord connecting the components is elastic of some sort.

Players will extend arms to punch and stomp their feet (walk in place) to move the robot around. Tilting the body left and right makes the bot turn. Squatting down turns it into tank mode. To fly, the player just spreads their arms. Lowering the visor enters first person mode allowing you to see what you are targeting. As the game progresses, players learn new moves and fight through different levels.

The robot kit has tools that look like giant cardboard bolts that allow players to customize their onscreen bot in the hanger. Placing the Switch inside the robot backpack lets you make sounds as you move around the room in the real world. There is a versus mode for use when two players have Toy-Con Robot suits.

The Toy-Con Variety Kit shows all the things you can get up to with that assortment. The game software allows interaction with motorcycle racing, fishing, and a piano rhythm game. The RC car may be the coolest and lets you access a hidden function of the Joy-Con. That RC car uses both Joy-Cons on each side and the vibrating action turns the bug-like RC car left or right.

Players can also open a menu and see what frequency the Joy-Cons are vibrating at and see what the hidden camera inside the Joy-Cons is seeing. Two players can have RC car battles. All of the toys look very fun for gamers of all ages, so you can check out the Japanese language versions of the videos here or hit up the Labo site and watch the English versions. Nintendo announced the Labo kits last month.