Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit Wrap-Up

This week at GamerDad we’ve looked at the three main things you can build with the Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit.  So now I’ll wrap things up with links to all three articles so you can view them more conveniently, as well as some conclusions on the set as a whole.

Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit: Car

For the car you need to both build a cardboard gas pedal and steering wheel to put the JoyCons in.  Then you can drive the car around in some race and battle modes, and also on the Island in Adventure Mode.  The car is the only vehicle that can tow large objects, too.

Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit: Submarine

When you want to go underwater on the island in Adventure Mode, just switch to the submarine controls you can build.  I don’t think I can describe the controller very well, but you use it to rotate two propellers, one on each side of the sub, and use the gas pedal to make them spin so you move.  It’s kind of like tank controls, but in 3-D space.  It’s a little tricky to get used to, but you probably won’t use the sub as much as the other vehicles.

Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit: Airplane

The last thing you build is a cardboard flight stick for the airplane.  It’s a lot of fun to fly around the island in Adventure Mode, but the disadvantage is the plane runs out of fuel very quickly.  In this article I also talked about some other small things you can build, like a cardboard spray paint can for coloring and customizing your vehicles in the game!

And that’s all for the Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit!  This is definitely the most complicated of the sets to build, so if you are new to Labo, you may want to start with one of the other sets, which I’ve provided links to below as well.  But the good thing is the Vehicle Kit also has the most game content of all the sets. Overall I’ve been very impressed with Labo this year, and I imagine it’ll get high marks when I do my Game of the Year 2018 awards blog sometime in January.

Nintendo Labo Wrap-Up

Earlier this year Nintendo released the first two Labo sets, a Variety Kit and a Robot Kit.  This wrap-up combines all the articles I wrote on the Variety Kit, where you could build things like a fishing pole, motorcycle handlebars, and a piano, and play games with them.

Nintendo Labo Robot Kit

The Robot Kit was released at the same time as the Variety Kit, but I didn’t write about it until a couple of months later because it took so long to build and E3 got in the way, too.  You just build a backpack and visor with other items to make something you can wear and can control a giant robot onscreen as it punches buildings and such.

Kid Factor:

As the Labo kits are educational, they’re very good for kids.  But not ALL kids.  It’s best for older kids as the things you build can be pretty complicated, and while the cardboard you use is of very high quality, it can break.  You can order replacement sheets of cardboard on Nintendo’s web site, but even so, I would still say this is best for older kids who love to build things and enjoy seeing how they work.  Reading skill is also involved, and kids would need to be mature enough to take care of their toys.  The Labo kits may seem pricey at $50 to $80 bucks, but I really think they’re well worth it.

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