Nintendo Labo - Robot Kit preorders open on Amazon

With the Robot Kit, you can build an interactive robot suit with a visor, backpack and straps for your hands and feet, which you can then wear to assume control of a giant in-game robot.

Grab yours here

Zero Gunner 2 releasing on Switch in NA/EU next week

Zero Gunner 2 just saw release on Switch in Japan, and now we know the wait won't be long for the game in both North America and Europe. You'll be able to get in on the shoot'em-up action come next week.

Thanks to ContraNetwork for the heads up!

Amazon lists Adventure Time: Pirates of The Enchiridion as launching on April 24th, 2018

While we don't have an official word on the launch date for Adventure Time: Pirates of The Enchiridion, Amazon has updated their listing with new info. According to them, the game is set to launch on April 24th, 2018. Once the dev or pub comes through with a confirmation, we'll be sure to share that info with you.

Darkest Dungeon patch in the works, will include new icon

Part of the Darkest Dungeon dev team has confirmed that a patch is in the works for the Switch version, even though the game hasn't released yet. One of the things to be included in that patch is an updated icon. No word on when the patch will release, or what else will be included.

Switch sells 600k in Germany

Earlier today, we saw the top 20 games in Germany for 2017. That list included 3 Switch titles, and now we know why. The Switch has managed to move 600k units in Germany so far. Looks like there's a good amount of Nintendo fans hanging out in Germany!

Thanks to Timulion for the heads up!

Nintendo sees Nintendo Labo as a way to "broaden the audience for Switch"

Before we knew what Nintendo Labo was, the company said that they'd be showing something that was for kids and kids at heart. Now we know that project to be Nintendo Labo. Nintendo is clearly aiming at youngsters with this project, but they see room for all sorts of expansion in the market. Here's what Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime had to say on Nintendo Labo.

“Labo is unlike anything we’ve done before. We see this as helping in our quest to broaden the audience for Nintendo Switch. I do think there is an opportunity for this to go quite broad from an age-perspective.”

Nintendo discusses potential for other Switch games to use Nintendo Labo kits, potential for third party use

Nintendo has revealed their initial plans for Nintendo Labo, and we nkow what kits will be there on launch day. Could there be more in the works beyond those kits? Might we see Labo kits tied into other Switch games from Nintendo? Here's what Reggie Fils-Aime had to say.

“Can [the Toy-Cons] be incorporated into other forms of gameplay? Certainly. But right now we think if we effectively communicate the power of the idea with Nintendo Labo [and] really enable players to make their creations, personalize them, and enjoy the [inherent] gameplay experiences . . . We think that’s going to be a great way to start and then progress down the path.”

Reggie was also asked about the potential for third parties to have access to Labo kits for their own games.

“While there’s nothing to announce today, certainly if we’re successful with Labo, it can create future opportunities.”

Nintendo Labo - details on Toy-Con creations, IR camera usage, replacement parts, and more

- the bug-like RC car option takes about 15 minutes to create
- you put the Joy-Con inside the cars and pull up the controls on the Switch’s screen
- Joy-Con vibrations will make the cars scurry about the floor
- the telescopic fishing rod has a working reel, attached to a base with elastic bands and string for realistic tension
- the piano has springy keys
- the motorbike has handles and a pedal
- the piano takes about two hours to build
- the infrared camera on the Joy-Con controller can see reflective strips of tape on the back of the keys
- these tell the game software to play the right note
- cardboard dials and switches modify the tone and add effects to the sound
- everything you create in Nintendo Labo is called a Toy-Con
- view a cross-section of each model that illustrates what the Joy-Con can see and how it works on the Switch screen
- the most complex creation is the cardboard mech suit
- Nintendo plans to offer replacement cardboard kits and templates for players who break theirs

- users have the option to fast forward through certain steps in the tutorial to speed up the process
- videos are filled with flourishes that make them amusing to watch
- there's a zipper-like noise when the tutorial reminds players to fold the cardboard along the defined creases.
- in the fishing game, players must deploy their line and then quickly yank it up and crank the handle to reel in fish
- there is a small vibration to indicate that a fish is biting
- one of the adjustable pegs on the piano turns all the notes into different cat meows

“Our goal is to put smiles on the faces of everyone Nintendo touches. Nintendo Labo invites anyone with a creative mind and a playful heart to make, play and discover in new ways with Nintendo Switch. I personally hope to see many people enjoying making kits with their family members, with big smiles on their faces.” - Nintendo of Europe president, Satoru Shibata

Nintendo EU website removes Wii U menu button and replaces with Nintendo Labo

The end of an era, my friends. Nintendo's European website used to have a Wii U icon on the sidebar to let you sift through Wii U games and other goodies. While that option is still available, it's tucked away behind another menu. The icon has been removed and replaced with an option for Nintendo Labo. Nintendo is really going all-in on this!

Nintendo Labo - Variety Kit and Robot Kit breakdown

Variety Kit - $70

Cardboard sheet x 28 (includes extra sheet for customization)
Reflective sticker sheet x 3
Sponge sheet x 3
String (orange) x 1
String (blue) x 1
Eyelet set (gray) x 1
Eyelet set (blue) x 1
Rubber band (large) x 2 + spares
Rubber band (small) x 6 + spares

Robot Kit - $80

Cardboard sheet x 19
Cardstock sheets x 4
Reflective sticker sheet x 1
Orange string x 2
Blue string x 2
Gray canvas straps (large) x 1
Gray canvas straps (medium) x 1
Gray canvas straps (small) x 2
Eyelet set (gray) x 10
Eyelet set (orange) x 2