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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: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  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 3, 2018
    80
    The Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit is just what it says on the tin - one that serves up a variety of unique and interactive toys to build. Through a brilliant interface and robust card shapes, the kit offers hours of DIY building fun - with an interactive pay-off. The mini-games are somewhat short, leaning more towards concept pieces, but with the Labo Garage included, it creates limitless possibilities to explore and invoke a little mischief, too!
  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. May 21, 2018
    80
    It's clever, it's impressive and it's undeniably Nintendo. If you have children and a Nintendo Switch - and your children love being creative - then it's hard not to say it's essential. However, despite its undeniable charm, it's very niche, it's expensive and not for everyone.
  5. 75
    The Labo Variety Kit contains five different builds, each with their own intricacies and eccentricities. While the introductory RC Car is a quick 10-minute build, the other four (Motorbike, Piano, Fishing Rod, and House) are much more involved.
  6. May 11, 2018
    75
    The Nintendo LABO Variety Kit has some fun and satisfying aspects to it, but it lacks any real longevity. And now I’m faced with the ultimate dilemma – where the heck will I store all these cardboard projects now?
  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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  1. Positive: 22 out of 34
  2. Negative: 10 out of 34
  1. Apr 23, 2018
    10
    E como sempre a Nintendo surpreendendo com uma ideia totalmente inovadora e criativa , principalmente em uma época em que as pessoas preferemE como sempre a Nintendo surpreendendo com uma ideia totalmente inovadora e criativa , principalmente em uma época em que as pessoas preferem mais jogos do que a imaginação. Isso não vai ser apenas um produto de diversão, vai ser algo que vai estimular a criatividade e o poder de inventar coisas novas, em algo simples, que é o papelão. Além de outras... futuramente. Expand
  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 31, 2018
    9
    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.
  5. Apr 26, 2018
    8
    I actually don't have any kids, but I got the variety kit anyway because I was interested. Mostly in the piano and the garage, but interested,I actually don't have any kids, but I got the variety kit anyway because I was interested. Mostly in the piano and the garage, but interested, and I got much more than I expected from the software itself. I expected the cardboard creations themselves to be well designed, and they absolutely were, as well as very fun to build. If you are into "building" things such as Legos or other crafty things such as this then you will probably enjoy putting them together as much as I did, which thankfully will take a fairly hefty amount of time to finish, about 7 to 10 hours of just building the different kits depending on your speed of building. The thing I was actually a little surprised about was the depth and abilities of the software, specifically the piano software and the garage. There are SO many things you can do with just these two parts of the software that it absolutely justifies the purchase. If you are creative enough to come up with something to make or do with them you can spend hours and hours just goofing around figuring out the software. That isn't to say that the software is without limits, but it did genuinely surprise me at how deep it went and how much you could do. The other bits of software that came in the package were nice, and generally generated enough interest to give them an hour or two of time, with the RC car being the least interesting to me personally, but each one of these toycon can be used as inputs and sometimes outputs for the garage which gives them some utility outside their own software. Really the only reason it doesn't get a 9 is that I didn't really want or need the RC cars or the house. I'm sure these would be a lot better for younger players who can't quite play the piano well or don't get the basics of coding, but for me as an adult I wish I could have bought just two or three of them without having to shell out the whole $70, because while I DO think it's worth the price, that doesn't mean I want to pay for the parts I'm not going to use as much. Expand
  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. Apr 30, 2018
    0
    I can't fathom the fact that nintendo got away with selling this for more than a triple A game.

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