Nintendo Labo Variety Kit
The Variety Kit is the best introduction to Nintendo’s Labo; it packs in several Toy-Cons and a gentle learning curve. You’ll have a blast building and playing -- though you’ll probably get tired of some games quickly. And durability is still an issue. It’s still cardboard, after all.
- Lots of different Toy-Con experiences
- Building can be rewarding on its own
- Garage lets you create your own fun
- Still unclear how long Toy-Cons will last
- Some games aren’t very deep
Labo Variety Kit
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- 84AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsTom's Guide90Joyful, Brilliant and Totally BonkersNintendo Labo is a fun, masterfully inventive building kit that shows just how much the Switch is capable of.TechCrunch80Nintendo Labo reviewLabo is the most bizarre, creative and uniquely Nintendo product since the Switch itself. It’s not for every kid — that much is certain. And the $70 fee will make it cost prohibitive for many parents. But those who take to it will do so like ducks to water — and hopefully won’t get that cardboard wet in the process.Wired90REVIEW: NINTENDO LABOOther games are more fun to tinker around with. And the Variety Kit does have a Garage section, which lets you make your own Toy-Cons. If you or your kid loves to play open-ended games like Minecraft or create inspired Lego creations without instructions, the Variety Kit is a great way to go.Polygon90Nintendo Labo reviewNintendo isn’t competing with anyone else with Labo, and it’s the sort of thing that is only possible due to the design of the Switch hardware itself. Delight is a challenging emotion to inspire in games, consumer electronics and toys — and Labo is some unholy combination of the three. And yet, Labo is full of delight. It’s cardboard, sure, but it’s stuffed with the best sort of intangible stuff.Kotaku90Nintendo Labo: The Kotaku ReviewOne of the great fallacies of children’s entertainment is that kids need things to be simple. Kids love diving deeply into complicated things, accumulating knowledge that is out of reach of the adults around them. Nintendo has always understood this, but Labo is a unique expression of this understanding, something that extends beyond the virtual world. More of a madcap engineering kit than a game, it feeds and rewards creativity and curiosity. As an adult, you’re along for the ride, but if you’ve got imaginative children in your life, seeing how they respond to this marvelous toy factory will be a great joy.IGN70NINTENDO LABO VARIETY KIT REVIEWFor creative kids, the magic of the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit is in assembling these cardboard accessories.TechRadar80Nintendo Labo reviewNintendo Labo is a genuinely innovative release from Nintendo and a great example of how games can be fun and educational. We can absolutely see it providing hours of fun for kids and parents alike.The Verge90AN INCREDIBLE LEARNING TOOL THAT'S A BLAST TO PLAYOnce you build the kits and play through the games, there’s not much else to do. A simple arcade fishing game is fun to play every so often, but it’s not the kind of experience you can lose yourself in for long. But figuring out ways to make and record your own music, or new uses for the various Toy-Con is much more engaging, and Labo gives you a surprisingly robust toolset to do just that. ... Labo is an experience where creating and building are just as much fun as playing. It eases you into this world: at the beginning, you’re simply folding cardboard. But just a few hours later, you’re trying to figure out how to turn a box into an interactive drum kit.Digital Trends80Nintendo Labo reviewNintendo Labo is an awesome new way to help kids think and play creatively.Stuff80Nintendo Labo reviewIt demands patience, but Labo is a seriously impressive new development in family-friendly gaming.