Nintendo’s DIY cardboard Labo construction kits for the Switch were released last week, offering multitudes of projects to build and play with. But the beauty of the Labo is that you can turn cardboard and the Switch into anything. For example, the variety kit comes with a piano, but The Verge’s Dami Lee and Meg Toth decided to make their own cardboard guitar for a one-woman band.
Since the launch last Friday, many people have come up experimental and offbeat uses for the Labo, including a candy dispenser, several paper versions of Game & Watch LCD games, and repurposing the Switch as a simple clock. We’ve rounded up some of the niftiest, neatest ways Labo has been used this past week.
For a bout of nostalgia, Twitter user @BSpowerx has created a DIY paper version of the Game & Watch classic title Fire, complete with cardboard cutouts of the characters that are lit up and controlled by the Joy-Con controllers.
Here’s another Game & Watch Labo creation:
Games are a large part of Labo content creation. One Twitter user created a sound game that deposits candy when you press the Switch’s touchscreen at the correct time.
In this game, the Joy-Con controllers are attached to two makeshift cardboard drums to create a rhythm game:
Also, a game of tic-tac-toe:
Here’s a working clock:
Here is a Labo rendition of “All Star” because it had to happen.
Best of all, though, it’s a chance to customize your Joy-Con controllers — whether it's with googly eyes or turning it into a Vulpix.
Have you seen other cool uses? Or have you built your own cardboard creations?