Nintendo Labo now available for pre-order at some United States retailers

Nintendo Labo “build-and-play” kits revealed for Nintendo Switch

Nintendo's Labo kits let Switch owners build their own cardboard peripherals

For anyone who can not wait to punch out the perforated designs and turn the hybrid console into a. erm. piano, or something, the first two kits in the range are now available to pre-order at various USA retail sites, ahead of their April 2018 release. At launch, Nintendo will be offering a Variety kit with 5 potential projects and a standalone robot suit.

Described by the Japanese video game innovators as a range of "interactive build-and-play experiences" Nintendo Labo is the first major add-on to the Switch console, whose modular design allows it to be played on the TV or used as a handheld. Instructions on how to create the accessories, which Nintendo has named Toy-Cons, appear on the Switch's screen.

Toy-Con Motorbike: Insert each Joy-Con into an assembled set of handlebars to drive a motorbike on the Nintendo Switch screen. 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.

Image: Nintendo hopes to pitch Labo as an educational game.

In one of its characteristically eccentric and audacious moves, gaming giant Nintendo has announced a range of cardboard toys that interact with its popular Nintendo Switch console.

Once you've built them, all you have to do is add the Nintendo Switch's various components and you've got yourself a brand-new creation.

One is the Variety Kit which comes with the piano, fishing rod and a few other creations. According to The Verge, the Joy-Con's infra-red camera can see the keys and detect which ones are being pressed. Each object is formed from folding up the included cardboard sheets and putting the different parts together then sitting the Switch in these creations to bring them to life. Pressing the ignition button starts the engine, while twisting the right handle activates the throttle. Enjoy a variety of fun game-play experiences, including Robot mode, in which you can destroy in-game buildings and UFOs.

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