Nintendo’s Giving Away A Cardboard Styled Switch

Posted by at 1:20 pm on June 26, 2018

Nintendo has unveiled a Switch console whose Joy-Cons and dock look like they’re crafted from cardboard. But you can’t purchase this limited edition Switch–you have to win it as part of the Nintendo Labo Creators Contest that will run from July 19 to August 20.

The gaming icon has enticed consumers with various colors of its Joy-Con controllers ever since the Switch debuted. The base console arrived with gray and neon red-and-blue options; Arms, Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey were accompanied by yellow, purple-and-green and brick red offerings.

Now, Nintendo is temping gamers with a special cardboard Switch only available through a Nintendo Labo contest. Nintendo Labo is essentially a platform that allows you to build your own Switch peripherals from cardboard. It sells a Variety Kit that offers several of these unique peripherals (or Toy-Con), as well as a Robot Kit that lets you control an in-game robot. Nintendo doesn’t just want you to use its own cardboard add-ons, though, and instead hopes Nintendo Labo will inspire Switch owners to embrace their creativity. The Nintendo Labo Creators Contest is the company’s way of focusing those creative energies and rewarding the most innovative participants.

The┬áNintendo Labo Creators Contest┬áis open to residents of the U.S. and Canada–excluding Quebec–above the age of 13 who own a Switch and Nintendo Labo kit. Two grand prize winners will receive the limited edition Switch, a Nintendo Labo Creators Jacket and an award certificate. Eight runners-up will get the limited edition Joy-Con, Nintendo Labo Creators Jacket and an award certificate. Nintendo pegs the value of the prizes at around $3,640, which isn’t a bad haul for playing with cardboard.

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