As if just playing with your Nintendo Switch wasn't enough, you'll soon be able to build cardboard accessories to go along with your Joy-Con controllers. They're called ... wait for it ... Toy Cons.
Kids (and adults) will soon be able to invest in Switch compatible cardboard kits to make things like a piano, fishing pole, and motorcycle. The kits are designed to be used alongside your Switch and the Joy-Con controllers. For example, if you make the motorcycle, you'll be able to place the Switch screen in the center of the cardboard handlebars and then slide the Joy-Cons into the handlebar grips. You'll then be able to play a racing game from the driver's point-of-view.
There are two kits launching in April. The first is the $69.99 Variety Kit, which comes with the materials to make five different Toy Con toys, including 2 RC cars, a fishing pole, a house, a motorbike, and a piano. The kit includes the cardboard sheets, stickers, string, eyelets, sponge sheets, and rubber bands.
The second kit, the $79.99 Robo Kit, is a small human sized cardboard backpack with a headset and devices that attach to your hands and feet. Presumably, this will allow kids to move like a Transformer while battling it out in a special game. It comes with cardboard sheets, cardstock sheets, stickers, string, canvas straps, and eyelets.
Here's the official information from Nintendo:
Variety Kit ($69.99MSRP*)
Robot Kit ($79.99MSRP*)
Both kits will be available in the U.S. starting April 27.
If you have kids between 6 and 12 years old and live near New York City, NY or San Francisco, CA you can register for a chance to attend a hands-on demonstration of the Toy-Con kits, which take place February 2 - 3 in New York and March 2 - 4 in California. There is very limited space for this three-hour demo, so Nintendo is asking parents to sign their kids up now.
The Toy-Con Kits are part of Nintendo's new Labo line. The company is marketing these cardboard toys as do-it-yourself customizable creations. In addition to the kits, which you can decorate any way you like, you'll also be able to get an official Customization Set, which includes stencil sheets with letters and numbers, sticker sheets, which have things like eyes and fun illustrations, and two rolls of Washi tape. The Customization Set costs $9.99 and will also launch on April 27.
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