Nintendo Labo, the do-it-yourself cardboard kits for the Nintendo Switch, isn’t due out until April 20, but that hasn’t stopped one talented animator from creating an amazing concept for a new character in Super Smash Bros.
Since Nintendo hasn’t said much at all about the new Super Smash Bros. for Switch, fans have started to fill in the blanks. Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to introduce you to LaboMan.
He’s the creation of Javed L. Sterritt, a YouTuber out of Australia. People seem to be pretty keen on the little guy.
LaboMan, as envisioned by Sterritt, is a speedy little critter and attacks by slinging a Joy-Con at his adversaries. For an ultimate attack, Sterritt has him turn into the Labo piano in order to smash his enemies flat. Since Nintendo’s Labo system allows for a lot of creative leeway — users can make cardboard creations like robot suits, motorbikes and fishing rods — a theoretical LaboMan would have a wide variety of fighting moves at his disposal.
Our little cardboard friend was first seen in the Labo announcement trailer in January. The character was shown as part of a tease of the Labo’s Toy-Con Garage, a simple programming interface that will let players make their own custom Labo toys.
The timing of Sterritt’s idea is right, considering that the Nintendo Switch version of Super Smash Bros. was just announced a few weeks ago. It’s scheduled to be released later this year and, according to Nintendo, will include, “recognizable faces like Mario, Link and the Inklings from the Splatoon series.”
And hopefully LaboMan.