Nintendo Labo home page removed at Nintendo website redirects to Toy-Con 04: VR Kit page

The common knowledge seems to be that Nintendo Labo has not been the hit Nintendo had hoped it would be. It’s a wonderful series of products designed to ignite the imagination of children, but it also requires potentially hours of setup and then making room in a living room or closet for large cardboard contraptions. (My own niece was excited to try Labo, but she made my brother set it up all by himself first.) Now, it seems Nintendo is quietly backing away from Labo altogether, except perhaps for the VR Kit: As Twitter user Akfamilyhome first noted, the labo.nintendo.com home page for North America has been removed and now just redirects to the Toy-Con 04: VR Kit page.

We did some digging with the Wayback Machine, and the original Nintendo Labo home page still existed back on Feb. 26, 2021, but it was gone by March 5, 2021, at which time the page redirected to the main Nintendo home page instead of the VR Kit. Meanwhile, pages for non-VR Labo products do still exist, though they are not as easy to find now: Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit, Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 02: Robot Kit, and Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03: Vehicle Kit.

Removing the Nintendo Labo home page and noncommittally redirecting to the VR Kit page is likely a sign that Nintendo is finished with the concept. This wouldn’t be so surprising, considering the last Toy-Con released in April 2019 in the first place. Still, it’s sad to see such a creative idea die on the vine like this.

John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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