Nintendo Labo Review: A Clever Building Kit for Crafty Kids

Nintendo Labo Review: A Clever Building Kit for Crafty Kids

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Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit

Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit

Drive a car, plane, and submarine with cardboard contraptions

One part craft kit, one part STEM toy, and one part video game, Labo and its brilliant instructions help you turn pieces of (not very durable) cardboard into interactive games.

Buying Options

$62* from Amazon
$20 from Target

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $70.

If your child likes building and playing video games, we think they will get the most enjoyment out of the Labo Vehicle Kit. Our test panelists and we think it’s the most fun to build and play of the three Labo kits we tested. It’s the first Labo kit that builds on itself, with five projects that challenge kids to build progressively more elaborate contraptions to steer a car, plane, and submarine through a vast virtual world on their screen. You can also use the steering wheel to play Mario Kart Deluxe 8, further increasing its playtime and overall value.

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Nintendo Labo Variety Kit

Nintendo Labo Variety Kit

Five projects to go with five Switch games

Build a working piano, fishing reel, and motorcycle that each have their own game with this more diverse kit.

Buying Options

$50* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $65.

Nintendo Labo Robot Kit

Nintendo Labo Robot Kit

One big building project

The Robot Kit is the most complicated Labo Kit, and good for a crafty kid who loves robots and video games.

Buying Options

$42* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $72.

The Labo Variety and Robot kits were not as popular with our 10-, 11-, and 13-year-old testers as the Vehicle Kit, but are enjoyable in their own ways. The Variety Kit includes five different projects that allow you to build a fishing rod, a playable piano, and other toys. The Robot Kit includes supplies for one large project, namely cardboard pieces to make a headset, backpack, and hand/feet attachments that allow you to control a giant robot on a screen. We think the Variety Kit provides more novelty because of the range of projects, but a robot-obsessed kid might prefer the Robot Kit.

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Our pick

Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit

Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit

Drive a car, plane, and submarine with cardboard contraptions

One part craft kit, one part STEM toy, and one part video game, Labo and its brilliant instructions help you turn pieces of (not very durable) cardboard into interactive games.

Buying Options

$62* from Amazon
$20 from Target

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $70.

Also great

Nintendo Labo Variety Kit

Nintendo Labo Variety Kit

Five projects to go with five Switch games

Build a working piano, fishing reel, and motorcycle that each have their own game with this more diverse kit.

Buying Options

$50* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $65.

Nintendo Labo Robot Kit

Nintendo Labo Robot Kit

One big building project

The Robot Kit is the most complicated Labo Kit, and good for a crafty kid who loves robots and video games.

Buying Options

$42* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $72.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter
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