Despite anecdotal evidence that Nintendo’s cardboard-filled Labo series hasn’t yet sold gangbusters, the Japanese game maker is apparently going full-speed ahead with the weird series.
Nintendo took a late-Thursday opportunity to unveil the Labo Vehicle Kit, coming this September to Nintendo Switch. The $69.99 product will include three separate build-your-own steering chassis: the Toy-Con Car, Toy-Con Plane, and Toy-Con Submarine. (Toy-Con is Nintendo’s term for toys that combine folded cardboard pieces and Switch Joy-Con controllers.)
From the look of today’s reveal video, all three vehicles will be used to fly around a brand-new virtual island—meaning, not Wuhu Island, which was introduced in Pilotwings Resort and Wii Sports Resort. Players will be able to swap between the vehicles on the fly by switching a cardboard-and-controller “key” from one steering device to the next, while a second player will be able to join in by grabbing an additional cardboard aiming device to man a toy turret on whatever vehicle is in action.
The teaser video includes hints of kart racing, target practice, and other mini-games scattered around the island—which may help the product feel more like a fully fledged game, as opposed to the scattered elements of the Variety Kit and the slim-and-simple arcade mode of the Robot Kit. We’re hopeful the end result will feel like the true Pilotwings successor we’ve been wanting for years (though, admittedly, Pilotwings Resort on 3DS tided us over to some extent).
Listing image by Nintendo