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  • Summary: The Variety Kit includes five different projects to Make, Play, and Discover: two Toy-Con RC Cars, a Toy-Con Fishing Rod, a Toy-Con House, a Toy-Con Motorbike, and a Toy-Con Piano. Bring each Toy-Con creation to life with the power of the Nintendo Switch console and Joy-Con controllers.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Apr 20, 2018
    90
    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.
  2. May 20, 2018
    85
    Though not perfect, what the Nintendo Labo does and what it has the potential to do outshines its minor flaws as a product.
  3. Even if no one in your family gets into the Toy-Con Garage, the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Variety Kit should still provide plenty of fun. My family was amazed while making these ingenious, multifaceted models and delighted as we watched them come to life with a little digital magic.
  4. Apr 27, 2018
    80
    Nintendo Labo is an awesome new way to help kids think and play creatively.
  5. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 13, 2018
    80
    Nintendo went against the stream with cardboard and scored. If you have children, do not hesitate. You cannot find anything better for Switch. [Issue#286]
  6. May 14, 2018
    75
    Nintendo went ahead and cemented itself as not only the oddball of the gaming industry but as the king of left field. The Labo has some great ideas stored inside of it and the experience itself of building the Toy-Cons was quite enjoyable – albeit a bit shallow in terms of some of the games.
  7. May 18, 2018
    65
    I love the inventiveness of Nintendo Labo and can see the potential in broader projects down the line.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 37
  2. Negative: 12 out of 37
  1. Apr 22, 2018
    10
    This is very creative and fun.Great for kids and you can do cool stuff with it.
  2. Apr 23, 2018
    10
    Nintendo labs has to be one of the most fun games I've ever played and gives a new idea to accessories and toys. I love to see what NintendoNintendo labs has to be one of the most fun games I've ever played and gives a new idea to accessories and toys. I love to see what Nintendo labo series is in store Expand
  3. Apr 20, 2018
    10
    Another great idea from Nintendo! Just when you thought you had seen everything in gaming, Nintendo surprises regularly! A fantastic giftAnother great idea from Nintendo! Just when you thought you had seen everything in gaming, Nintendo surprises regularly! A fantastic gift for kids! My son and daughter both love the piano! 10/10 Expand
  4. May 3, 2018
    9
    So far we’ve built the RC Car and Motorcycle. The instructions are handled very well: you have full control of the pace. You use theSo far we’ve built the RC Car and Motorcycle. The instructions are handled very well: you have full control of the pace. You use the touchscreen to go forward or back, and you can zoom in and rotate the pieces on the screen to see what they’re telling you to do. The cardboard is sturdy but the forms pop off the sheet pretty smoothly so you don’t accidentally bend anything. (The bigger ends won’t really give but there are some smaller tabs that may bend if you’re not super careful.) Everything engaged my son and he seems to enjoy the building almost as much as the games. He’s looking forward to getting to the fishing rod and the piano. Overall, I’m impressed with it. Expand
  5. May 31, 2018
    7
    The Toy-Cons are very fun to build, which is the main appeal. The games use amazing tech from the Joy-Cons and are fun for a while. A good buy for me.
  6. Apr 29, 2018
    1
    This might as well be called 1-2-3 switch II...or something because that's what it is: another compilation of minigames (at least the 01This might as well be called 1-2-3 switch II...or something because that's what it is: another compilation of minigames (at least the 01 version) that won't last more than 10 minutes with the enormous price of 70 bucks. At least 1-2-3 switch was 50, so what's the difference? The cardboard box of course, the most ridiculous and retarded idea I saw in my entire life...and I'll explain why.

    The issue I have it's not the games themselves - I think they're trash but that's beside the point - but the fact that you're using cardboard boxes for making your tools which is beyond stupid for one simple reason: it wears out faster than a plastic tool.
    You see, there is a reason why tools and accessories were made of plastic and were expensive: they were built to last and that's why they cost a lot especially if you buy the original ones. Buy a cheap knock off of a guitar hero guitar and you'll see it breaking in a few hours/days, buy a chinese knock off of a steering wheel and it'll stop functioning: I currently use a 10 buck headphone and it breaks rather quickly but that's the quality for a 10 euro headphone versus a 60 euro pro-graming one.

    This is no different: sure it's cheaper and fun to create them the first time but after that, the fun factor vanishes and it loses all the sense of discovery. You know why people enjoy building lego buildings? Because it also allows freedom of creation and you can make anything if you got the right pieces. Nintendo Labo doesn't.

    And even if you take care of them they WILL wear out eventually: again, this is why game accessories are made of PLASTIC and not CARDBOARD: it's like buying a switch pro controller for 10 bucks but it's made of cardboard and you have to build it yourself. It's cheaper but **** it will break very soon, it's uncomfortable and makes you wonder why you even bothered.

    With that long rant about the stupid cardboard box accessories, what about the games inside? Eh, they're mediocre as usual when Nintendo needs to cash grab and why I said this looks like 1-2-3 switch, in fact, I dare say only one is a real game with some actual depth (motorbike) while the others are just applications and software that aren't anything spectacular.

    The RC "car" (looks like a bug to me) is a really stupid remote control "application" with really not much into it and gets boring within seconds- feels like a smartphone stuff than Nintendo switch.

    The fishing game is again nothing spectacular but I can at least call it a game, which is something. It works and it's okay, but has nothing else really going for it...so yeah it sucks.

    The Tamagotchi game is...just an expensive Tamagotchi game with some features that you need to physically put instead of having them happen on screen. It's ok but not exactly worthy of 70 euros.

    Motorbike is probably the best of the bunch, mostly because IT IS an actual game with some actual nice features in it and it makes a good use of the cardboard tools. I think this could've been a great game if it was given more development time.

    The piano is just that, a piano application with good amounts of customization but if you don't care about it it won't last very long. It's detailed but again It's not what I'd call a game!

    In other words, of 5 games included in this variety kit, only one is really worth a damn and the game demands 70 euro for them.
    Do I really have to say that this isn't worth it? I guess I will: this is DEFINITELY not worth the 70 euro price. At the very least it should be 40 or MAYBE 50, but 70? You really might spend that money on better games really, this is just a waste of space - and I mean it: where will you put all of the accessories when you're done?!

    For a kid, maybe this will be fun and I'm sure they'll have some fun out it and I'm also sure this "game" was made for them...which begs the question why it's 70 bucks.

    At any rate, I'm giving it a 1 because while it sucks, has no real value and the cardboard accessories will break in no time - I mean kids don't break things at all! - it does work and the idea behind IS good. Too bad Nintendo is just too greedy and cares little to nothing about quality when they need a cash grab.

    Just go back and bring your cheap accessories with you...
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  7. Sep 11, 2018
    0
    This game is not worth 100$! It is not that exciting in any shape or form. Do not buy it!

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