Today is April 20, which means it’s officially Nintendo Labo launch day! The constructible cardboard toy-sets were first revealed back in January, an announcement which caught quite a number of folks off guard. One detail in particular that surprised a number of people was the price-point. Currently, the cheapest Nintendo Labo kit is $70; definitely not the most inexpensive product. This has led some’s interest to wane since they’re not willing to pay that amount. Some good news came out of IGN France shortly after the initial Labo reveal when it reported that Nintendo would be offering Labo patterns to print for free for folks who want to use their own cardboard. This report was later redacted due to clarification, saying that the prints would not be offered for free. But, it looks like the first report was right after all.
You actually can download Nintendo Labo patterns right now for free. This isn’t from some random person who’s uploaded them to the Internet, either—these patterns come courtesy of Nintendo of Japan’s official website. This doesn’t seem to be a mistake, nor is there any disclaimer on the site saying these downloads will only be available for a limited time. So, go ahead and start printing and see how it turns out!
I’ve personally never printed on cardboard before, so I don’t know what the process entails. But with these patterns now available, it’s only a matter of time before written and video tutorials pop up explaining exactly how to make use of them.