Nintendo Labo Variety Kit Reviews

Nintendo Labo Variety Kit is ranked in the 76th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Will Greenwald
Top Critic
Apr 27, 2018

The Labo Variety Kit is a Nintendo Switch video game, a craft set, and a stepping stone to learning STEM, all wrapped up in an incredibly clever package that turns cardboard into toys and games.

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9 / 10
Apr 26, 2018

Once again, Nintendo manages to subvert expectations with something that seemed a little crazy at first. Labo proves that Nintendo doesn't need a mascot or franchise to carry it to success, just a bit of cardboard magic.

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8.5 / 10.0
May 19, 2018

Though not perfect, what the Nintendo Labo does and what it has the potential to do outshines its minor flaws as a product.

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Erik Kain
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
May 11, 2018

The Nintendo Labo Variety Kit is a great interactive model/science kit to put together with your kids. If you like building or tinkering with stuff, you'll like this. If that's not your thing, you might find it tedious. Not a ton of replay value, but the construction seems sturdy. Overall, a very unique new 'game' for the Nintendo Switch.

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8 / 10
Apr 30, 2018

If Nintendo can tweak the included games to make a more substantial set of electronic components, Labo will evolve into a near-perfect experience. The adult in me is totally here for that. The kid in me, however, just wants more fish to catch.

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80 / 100
Apr 27, 2018

Labo revives that feeling of "dang, that's nifty" by allowing you to build your own peripherals, showing you how they're programmed, and letting you tweak and customize just about every element.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 19, 2018

Nintendo's cardboard-construction-cum-video-game experiment makes for a pricey but extremely entertaining crafting project for kids

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Dave Aubrey
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2018

Traditional "hardcore" gamers won't get the most out of Labo unless they're willing to massively step outside of what is their gaming comfort zone, while creatives, musicians and children will find so, so much to do and enjoy. But regardless of your playstyle or preference, I can heartily recommend trying Nintendo Labo when you get the chance to put your hands on it. Playing it is fun, everything works, but the satisfaction of building your own peripherals is entirely unique.

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GameMAG
ACE
Top Critic
8 / 10
Jul 14, 2018

Nintendo Labo is a truly unique entertainment for children, which teaches to think, develops fine motor skills, brings delight and emotions from the joint creation, coloring and use of cardboard models, console and games.

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8 / 10
Apr 30, 2018

Nintendo Labo might seem like a gimmick - and it is, to a certain extent - but there's far more it than at first meets the eye. It's a collaborative concept as rewarding in its construction as it is in its final result (much like any LEGO build you've ever worked on), and one that utilises every facet of Switch's DNA in a way only Nintendo could pull off.

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GameSpew
Top Critic
80%
Apr 30, 2018

As the tech advances and Nintendo goes back to the lab, I think we will continue to see Labo grow. I am keen to see where this goes. Where Nintendo goes, everyone's eyes and ears follow. I will never doubt Nintendo in its pure, honest pursuit of making gaming a labour of love, passion, and enjoyment.

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Cubed3
Top Critic
8 / 10
May 2, 2018

The Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit is just what it says on the tin - one that serves up a variety of unique and interactive toys to build. Through a brilliant interface and robust card shapes, the kit offers hours of DIY building fun - with an interactive pay-off. The mini-games are somewhat short, leaning more towards concept pieces, but with the Labo Garage included, it creates limitless possibilities to explore and invoke a little mischief, too!

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8 / 10.0
May 18, 2018

A bold move for Nintendo with a lot of potential and hidden creativity, but mainly for kids.

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Nintendo News
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
May 7, 2018

What Nintendo Labo achieves is, at its core, exactly what Wii Sports achieved for the Wii in 2006. It encourages non-video gamers the chance to get involved with something their children love. It brings family to the fore, allows for natural teamwork to evolve and both nurtures and inspires creativity. And quite frankly, that’s hard to put a price on.

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May 20, 2018

It’s clever, it’s impressive and it’s undeniably Nintendo. If you have children and a Nintendo Switch – and your children love being creative – then it’s hard not to say it’s essential. However, despite its undeniable charm, it’s very niche, it’s expensive and not for everyone.

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IGN
Top Critic
7.6 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2018

The Nintendo Labo Variety Kit is a solid introduction to the world of Switch-powered cardboard craftables. It may get a bit tedious and repetitive during its laborious building and simplistic play sessions, but the creative freedom it allows once you dig a little deeper is truly something extraordinary.

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7.5 / 10.0
May 8, 2018

Whilst the creative process is cathartic and fun, the games on offer will appeal to the younger audience, or the families who show it off at parties.

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75 / 100
May 11, 2018

Building each project in the Nintendo LABO Variety Kit was, for the most part, really fun and satisfying.

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7.5 / 10.0
Apr 28, 2018

While the introductory RC Car is a quick 10-minute build, the other four (Motorbike, Piano, Fishing Rod, and House) are much more involved.

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7 / 10
May 1, 2018

Nintendo Labo is a great tool for learning and creation, but the games themselves lack lasting appeal.

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