- And You Thought It Would Fail: A good amount of people weren't amused at the Labo's announcement, calling it a cash grab, giving it the infamous "$70 Cardboard" label as mentioned below, and denoting it as dead-on-arrival. What many people didn't expect were the amount of players would go on to have a blast with the game at launch, experimenting with all the things they could make with the game's unique programming code and the cardboard DIY kits. The integration of Labo with other games such as Mario Kart 8 and the continuation of the series with additional kits confirm that Labo did exactly as well as Nintendo hoped.
- Fandom-Enraging Misconception: Call the Labo "$70 Cardboard" at your peril. There's so many people sick of people straw-manning the concept to where saying that will get you burned at the stake. The software is $60 (like other major Switch titles), plus $10 cardboard, which makes it a 70 dollar bundle.
- Friendly Fandoms: Pacific Rim fans are ecstatic over the Robot Kit.
- Funny Moments: John Carpenter attempts to play the theme to Halloween on a Labo piano...the key word being "attempts".John Carpenter: Frankly.....this thing sucks.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- This video promoting the original concept for Project Giant Robot, which shows Reggie fighting a man dressed up in a cheap cardboard robot costume. It looks eerily prophetic since the game's retooling into the "Robot" kit.
- This mockumentary about the Wii U claims that one of Nintendo's rejected ideas for the Wii's successor consisted of "an empty [cardboard] box full of your imagination."
- The fact that the Toy-con vehicle kit is supported in Mario Kart 8— they're literally reinventing the Wii Wheel.
- Memetic Mutation:
- Not only the entire concept of playing with cardboard, but the man shaped toy-con, nicknamed Labo Man, in particular is heading in this direction, to the point where many people legitimately want him to be a playable character in the next Super Smash Bros..
- "STOP HAVING FUN! IT'S JUST A STUPID BOOOOOX!" and almost any line from the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Idiot Box"Explanation .
- Taping knives to the RC labo cars. Explanation
- That this game came out on 4/20 for $69 did not go unnoticed by fans.
- Switch Heart Attack has no weaknesses Explanation
- The VR update has resulted in a series of candid and ribald jokes about using the VR functionality to enjoy fanservice, in particular a certain scene from Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- In the House minigame, putting the creature to sleep when the lights are off will cause the room to suddenly become a living nightmare. Dark music fills the room, the old-fashioned bust hung on the wall wakes up with beat-red eyes staring into your soul with a Slasher Smile, a spider emerges from the ceiling, two shadowy figures (a blob and a snake) sprout from the desk and a poster on the wall respectively, and to top it off, a king from the playing card rugs on the floor emerges and scares the poor creature awake with a shock.
- In the VR Kit, one of the example games is Big Old Book. It takes place in a dark room with nothing but a locked book, a key that opens it, and a ball that opens the book once it is unlocked. Once unlocked, the only words in it are "look behind you". Turn around, and a bear with a crown zooms in, making a "yay" sound effect and vibrating the Joy-Cons. Turn back around for a bonus!
- Older Than They Think:
- Nintendo had some history with DIY papercraft toys in their pre-NES days, as seen by the Picture Cutter and the Paper Model series.
- Even going into the SNES era there was still some papercraft culture going strong. There was once a paper model kit for the Star Fox Arwing fighter, and after that you see some of this reflected in the design choices for the Paper Mario series.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Robot Kit has an elaborate Toy-Con that is difficult to build, but once it's built, it can be used to control a Humongous Mecha in such a way that is unique and incredibly fun. The robot itself has several moves, including punching, stomping, falling drill kicks, laser beams, transforming into a wheeled tank, and growing giant. Unfortunately, the only games you are allowed to use this elaborate machine with are a selection of tutorial missions and a score attack mode that involves destroying a toy city with no real threat to you. Many fans are hoping for a proper game that makes use of the Robot.
- Win the Crowd: A number of people were rather skeptical when the VR Kit was announced simply because it wasn't a regular VR experience, not helped by Nintendo's previous attempt with the Virtual Boy. Then the overview trailer released, and many were won over by the intruging minigames included and the announcement of a new feature in Toy Con Garage that lets you make full-blown virtual experiences.
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