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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    For anyone with a sense of imagination

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    HoboBrigade
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    The Nintendo Labo series got a lot of heat when it was announced. "Only Nintendo could market cardboard and charge a premium." I'm glad that I'm not this jaded. For your money you get 5 cardboard accessories that you get to build from precision cut cardboard panels, minigames to accompany each accessory, and the ability to "program" new devices that you might create on your own. Nintendo really did their research and, while challenging at times, putting together the models couldn't be more intuitive. The minigames range from meh to strangely addictive, but the real gem here is the Toy-Con Garage, which intuitively lets you create new functionality and you're only limited by your imagination. Will everyone enjoy Labo? Probably not. But if you enjoyed building models, Legos, or K'nex as a kid, this will bring you back to your childhood and give you a sense of wonderment you probably haven't experienced in a while. If you have kids that are into building sets, this could be a great bonding experience building these with them or even helping them design new Toy-Cons in the garage. I've got to hand it to Nintendo, they really know how to bring you back to your childhood and they knocked it out of the park with this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun project that can inspire creativity

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    Dane62
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    It is a pretty misleading to describe this as a video game. If you get this with the expectation of a quick build process and mostly playing well polished games you will be disappointed. However, Labo is a great STEAM (Science Tech Engineering Arts Math) activity for kids and people who want a nostalgic experience. I equate creating the Toy Cons to a really positive experience assembling Ikea furniture. The interactive instructions built into the software makes it a lot more fun and easier than other construction projects. Once you’re done you have something that is more personal than a toy you purchased. Also, the fun doesn’t stop after construction. Each toy con comes with interactive software that lets you play with the Toy Con. Some of the software is better and more engaging than others. It is possible to get really deep into the interactivity with a light programming system called toy con garage. The biggest disappointment with the Labo is that these projects seem naturally suited for working with others, however the instructions in the software are very linear so there is no easy way to break up the work so multiple people can work at the same time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fancy cardboard

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    Doc12345
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    I had mixed feelings about the labo concept and still do after my purchase. I justified purchasing as thinking I'm paying for the software along with the cardboard. The idea of building something out of thick paper and bringing it to life with your switch is certainly creative that could only be executed by Nintendo. I opened it up on a rainy Sunday and started the project with the kids. The instructions are super easy to follow but very time consuming. After awhile the kids got distracted and I ended up continuing on my own. After a couple of hours I felt I was done but the kids came back for encouragement and we finished it quickly. Once the project was completed it was cool to have it interact with the switch. I guess if you enjoy Lego projects you might enjoy this. I'm not a big fan of putting things together so would pass on this purchase if I could go back. Again I can totally see how someone else might enjoy this product and ultimately the finished projects were cool.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This one is a good starter than the robot one

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    Ghettokon
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    I pre-order this package because of many things: 1. As a VR AR developer, I am frustrated with the poor controller design by HTC, Oculus, Daydream, and Gear VR. LABO is a breakthrough and an inspiration for specialty controllers. 2. Grow up with Anime and Japanese toys. Cardboard is a very important component in this experience. From the monthly children learning magazine's folding cardboard toys to the famous anime characters and robots made of cardboard, LABO is the next big thing to extend this cultural significance. However, I don't think Americans would appreciate cardboard as much as Japanese do other than packing materials. 3. Putting this together by yourself is long and painful. It is like experiencing one of those love of first sight romance with a quick burn out. The robot box is so many works. We only played for about 30 mins, I had not touched it for the past 3 weeks. I recommend starting with the other box set first.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun alternative use for the Switch

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    AGuicho
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    I’ve been interested since Nintendo first announced it. I don’t know why i waited to buy this, it’s a really cool concept and fun if you like building things like legos. I never thought I would be playing a piano with my switch but Nintendo made it work and the software even explains how each toy-con works and it’s very interesting. You learn things about the switch like the use of the IR camera on the right joy-con and how the HD rumble differs from other gamepads. Overall it’s fun both building the toy-con and using them but I wouldn’t recommend kids building it on their own because the cardboard can be messed up if not careful. Luckily, Nintendo sells replacement toy-con sheets on their website if a piece happens to be destroyed beyond repair.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun for kids...and adults!

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    Matt
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    I’m having a great time with my wife putting these cardboard creations together. It’s fun taking turns with folding the cardboard cutouts while the other controls the Switch’s on-screen instructions, which are very intuitive. We put some music on and knock these things out. Then it’s fun messing around and experimenting with the capabilities of the Switch’s joy cons and how they interact with the cardboard objects and the surrounding environment. May not be for everyone, but if you like taking the time to build the stuff and mess with what really are toys, this is for you. Some of the projects may be a little too much for small kids, as you have to be careful not to damage the semi-delicate cardboard. But with adult supervision, they should be good!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun for a while

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    Fett42
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    The Labo variety kit is fun to build all of the projects. It usually takes around 45 minutes to an hour to build a project. So it gives you something to stay busy for a while. The projects have great instructions to follow on your Switch. Sadly, the games don't provide nearly as much entertainment time. Most of them you might not want to play anymore after the first time. The reason for this is each game doesn't provide much content. The piano and fishing game provide the most content and will probably be the only games you play more than once. The cardboard creations take up a lot of room when it comes to storing them. Despite the storage issues and replayability, I gave the Labo kit 4 stars because the initial build is a great experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great introduction to papercraft

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    Robert
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    Like the box says, this offers a variety of activities that is fun for all ages. The way the game walks you through building each cardboard creation is clear and concise with the end result always being quite the surprise of how functional some cardboard and rubber bands can really be. The only problem is that each of the activities tend to be engaging for only so long, some of them more than others. The real fun truly does come from building the Toy-Cons themselves, but they do offer a fair bit to encourage and demonstrate how to build your own. This game is great for families while also showing off just how powerful the technology behind the Switch is.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must have for your kids

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    Bran5678
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    What a neat idea by Nintendo, I highly recommend this product. It is very interactive and gets kids to build, create and learn. My 18 year old spent over an hour working with his 11 y/o sister building the fishing activity. Anything that can bring those two together for that long is pure magic in my eyes! It really speaks to how interesting the whole product is and its broad appeal. younger kids will certainly need some help building a couple of the projects. Beyond that, the activities you help create are a bunch of fun and work really well. I haven't been this impressed with Nintendo since the original Wii came out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Now what do I do with these things?

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    Kevin
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    I really enjoyed building these contraptions and the technology that makes them all work is fascinating. But they're not all that much fun to play with once you're done. I played with each thing maybe once or twice. And the one that had the most potential, the piano, was let down by it's rather cumbersome and limited interface when it came to making music. I felt the same way about the Toy-Con Garage mode, which was the main reason I wanted to try this thing out. I thought it would be neat to make my own Toy-Con, but the software doesn't let you do as much as you'd expect.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ingenious

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    Euka
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    This Nintendo Labo kit might seem pricey at $70 "just for cardboard." However, the designs of the kits are quite complex, and feels quite sturdy when put together. The cardboard kits were designed well for ease of putting together, but do note that it does take quite a bit of time to assemble one of the kits - they vary in complexity and can take from 1 to 3 hours per kit. The software also gives you games to use it with, but the software also teaches you how the different sensors work in the games, as well as a general understanding of how the sensors work - so it's educational if you're interested in that kind of stuff as well. I thought it was all very interesting :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Product!

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    SubparGamer
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    Video games and building kits like Lego K,nex were my favorite toys as a kid. Nintendo LABO is a great combination of both. The cardboard is surprisingly sturdy all things considered and the builds were a lot of fun. The games themselves are a little light on content but I'd assume that's because the focus is on creation. The ability to make your own creations is awesome and provides limitless possibilities. I can't wait for the next LABO kit! My only complaint is how slow the instructions play even when sped up. Also, the music during the instruction screens get old fast as you will likely listen to it for about 8-10 hours if you build everything.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Most cardboard fun I've had since I was 5!

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    Yanny
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    I am really happy with this purchase, it's even more fun than I hyped it up to be. It's like origami and video games combined, and I've always loved both. It's simple but so captivating, and it's all the more rewarding to play with something you put together yourself. Plus, they make great party games for everyone weather you are used to playing games or not. My grandfather never liked games for as long as I can remember because he always thought they were too complicated, but he happily took to these games and spent an hour fishing on TV while his 4 yr old great grandson was giving him tips. This is a definite must buy for any switch owner!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun to Build, Enjoyable to Play

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    James
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    Nintendo Labo is an interesting concept: Part craft project, part video game. For the most part, it works. Building the "toy-cons" is fun and ingenious. They work exceptionally well and the payoff is great. However the included mini-games are a bit short lived. Garage mode allows you to experiment, but ultimately the functionality leaves a little to be desired. I recommend the Labo vehicle kit if you're interested in Labo, as it provides a more substantial gaming experience. However the variety kit isn't a bad purchase if the builds tickle your fancy a bit more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's ok

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    gamer253
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    The box says 6+. My daughter is 14 and a hard time with some of the folds/instructions. Once you get past the constructing, the games are not great enough to hold a child's attention for very long. The whole thing is more of a demo of what can be possible instead of a full fledged science game that they'll keep coming back to. If it was not so expensive I still would give a full stamp of approval just for the experience of building and playing with what you built. It just could've been so much more.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent experience, ingenious engineering

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    Jimmy
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    This set is a very fulfilling experience. Don't be deterred by the cardboard. The quality is very high. The aha moments are fascinating and the designs are tolerant of minor mistakes. The software explains to you all of the different concepts used in an easy to understand manner and lets you peek under the hood of the joy cons. The later builds get challenging and require patience. Pretty iffy replay value though, unless you take advantage of the IFTTT logic interface for custom builds. Then there is all sorts of potential. Finished builds take up a lot of space.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for Makers

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    Jardex
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    Let me clear upfront about this. This is NOT a $70 game. This is a $70 kit. While the games themselves are pretty good, they alone don't justify the price. The real fun comes from building the kits, then figuring out how they work. To add on to this. The included software has Discovery lessons that teach you about each aspect of the models. Beyond this, there's a garage mode that gives you free reign to program your own models. All in all, if you're the type that likes building and creating, then you'll probably enjoy this. Just don't expect the games to be full of depth by themselves.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Its not "just cardboard"!

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    JuanGrande386
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    Built the fishing pole, bug, and house....this is actually pretty cool. I cant wait to finish the racing bike thing and piano! You dont just get cardboard! You get software that teaches you how to make the items plus games to play with the items you built! Its target audience is kids who like crafts and video games. Im 33 and Ive had fun putting these together and seeing how "just cardboard" can do such things. You can also make your own games with the included software.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great experience with the kids and grown ups

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    Steve
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    I was hesitant to buy this at first due to the fact that its cardboard but I decided to give the variety pack a chance because it looked like it would allow the kids to try a little bit of everything out instead of focusing on a particular theme like the other kits. The fishing was the most interesting out of all the kits in this variety pack and I can definitely see myself purchasing the other sets seeing how enjoyable putting together the kits were. Would definitely recommend if you can get these kits on the right deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Awesome

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    LintLicker24
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    I like the concept of tricking kids into being creative, got this as a gift for my girlfriend's little brother who is usually on some form of screen but he could not be more excited for 6 hours putting together the first few kits. And to my surprise he showed the fishing rod to me and the quality of the cardboard is kind of ridiculous the thing was actually had some heft to it. I am excited to see the piano one in action and for him to give me the low down on how the sensors work! Overall I think I was more excited about it than him but worth the price!

    I would recommend this to a friend