Nintendo unveiled a limited edition Nintendo Switch cardboard edition, but the special version of the hybrid console will not be available in video game retailers.
Nintendo is going all-in on the cardboard theme, following the success of Nintendo Labo. The cardboard accessories were recently made compatible with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch, allowing gamers to play the racing game with the Toy-Con Motorbike.
Nintendo Switch, Cardboard Edition
Nintendo unveiled a version of the Nintendo Switch that looks like its dock and Joy-Cons are made out of cardboard, with the Nintendo Labo branding prominently displayed on the dock and at the back of the hybrid console.
Of course, the special Nintendo Switch is not really made out of cardboard, but the design really makes it stand out. Unfortunately, gamers will not be able to purchase the Nintendo Switch cardboard edition, as they will have to win it instead.
Unsurprisingly, the contest that is offering the Nintendo Switch with a unique design involves the Nintendo Labo cardboard accessories. Titled the Nintendo Labo Creators Contest, the competition is made up of two categories, namely Best Toy-Con Musical Instrument and Best Gaming Experience using Toy-Con Garage.
The contest, which will require participants to upload YouTube videos demonstrating their projects, will run until Aug. 20, 10:59 a.m. PT. Nintendo will award the grand prize winner for each category with the Nintendo Labo-themed Nintendo Switch, a Nintendo Labo Creators jacket, and a framed certificate signed by Nintendo Labo developers. Four runner-up winners for each category will receive cardboard-designed Joy-Cons and the Nintendo Labo Creators jacket.
The Success Of Nintendo Labo
Nintendo Labo received mixed reactions upon its announcement. While the accessories will enable unique interactive experiences with the Nintendo Switch, the price tags of $70 for the Variety Kit and $80 for the Robot Kit were viewed as too expensive for pieces of cardboard.
Nintendo Labo reviews upon release, however, mostly praised the cardboard accessories for the innovation and creativity that they fostered among Nintendo Switch owners. The cost was overshadowed by the powerful software that came with each Nintendo Labo bundle.
Nintendo later released Nintendo Labo replacement parts that can either be purchased by gamers or printed on their own through free templates. This ensured that gamers will not have to pay the full cost of the Nintendo Labo bundles when a few parts break or go missing. In addition, this helped Nintendo Labo creators who needed extra pieces for their projects.