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Nintendo’s Labo announcement yesterday came as a surprise to everyone, but the fact that its kits were made of cardboard was one of the funnier and unexpected parts for me.
So, armed with nothing but a box, some tape, and an expensive gaming console, I set out to make my own cardboard Labo RC Car. I didn’t just want to make one, I wanted to make one that works. You can see my semi-successful creation in action in the video above.
I went through the announcement trailer (which you can watch below) and pulled out any images of the official RC car, and then tried to replicate it from those. To get it to vibrate I used the “Find Controller” option in the Switch menu, which lets you vibrate specific Joy-Con if you’ve lost them or can’t tell which is which.
While it came out looking okay, the vibration isn’t strong enough to really get it moving. My Labo car mostly just spun in slow circles but I consider any movement some kind of win. I made the first version out of a thicker cardboard, and basically all it could do then was fall over.
I think the Labo is a very cool concept, even if I am definitely not the target market. I wouldn’t recommend freehanding your own Labo creations as a permanent option for anyone else, but for a toy all about encouraging creativity, it’s definitely a fun challenge!
We’ll have to wait until Labo releases in April to use the real deal, but maybe my homemade car will move better with the official RC Car app powering it.
Tom Marks is an Associate Editor focusing on PC gaming and cardboard creations at IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.