So you’re thinking of getting a Nintendo Labo (or maybe you already have it). Which project do you want to build first? The Variety Kit is probably your best bet for getting the biggest bang for your buck; it comes with five projects. The box doesn’t tell you the approximate building time for each project, so we’ve listed them from shortest to longest along with a short description of what each one can do. Whether you want to make something quick or spend your afternoon with more than one project, the Variety Kit has multiple options. See which one is right for you. Happy building!
RC Car: 20 minutes
- 10 minutes per car
- 20 minutes total
The RC Cars are a terrific introduction to Nintendo Labo. Each car — there are two in the set — takes about 10 minutes to make, if that. The rumble of the Joy-Cons move the cars forward, and you can also enable two-player mode to race them. You can also create a track with magnetic tape that the cars can follow; they utilize an infrared camera to “see” objects in their path and avoid them, even in a dark room.
Fishing rod: 1.5 to 2.5 hours
While the Fishing Rod looks complicated, it’s the second shortest project to put together. When the Rod vibrates, you can hook fish on the screen and pull them in. You can also create fish-shaped cards and use them with the Toy-Con piano to add to your aquarium.
Motorbike: 1.5 to 2.5 hours
The Motorbike uses both Joy-Cons, one inside each of the handlebars. Twist the right handle to accelerate, pull both handles to pop a wheelie and do some sick drifts. If you’re making the Mini-Bike, you can use one of the Joy-Cons to draw a path in the air to design your own course. There’s even a Toy-Con scanner that adds an object’s shape your terrain so you can get creative with tracks.
House: 2 to 3 hours
It isn’t just your house, it’s our house. There’s a strange pet living in there. It can change color based on the treats you feed it. Play mini-games to earn more of these interesting treats. But the House isn’t just another version of a Tamagotchi. The various other blocks are also interactive. Press, spin and turn them to see what happens. And if your friend built their own House as well, you can connect it to yours!
Piano: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
The Piano takes the longest to make, but it’s such a delight when finished. You can play songs, create your own and even record them. There’s a lever on the side that adjusts octaves, and inserting different knobs will change the type of sounds you can make.
The Nintendo Labo Variety Kit retails at $69.99 and is available April 20.