Nintendo Labo: global contest announced, with special “cardboard” Nintendo Switch to win

Nintendo Labo Nintendo Switch

Today, Nintendo announced a global contest for Nintendo Labo… or rather, a series of contests for fans living in Europe, North America, Australia / New Zealand, and Japan. There’s one for each region, and they all have something in common: they allow participants to win a special “cardboard” Nintendo Switch console (which is obviously not made of cardboard).

Here’s what the console looks like:

North America (July 19th to August 20th)

Here’s the various prizes:

  • Grand winner prizes (1 winner per category):
    • “cardboard” Nintendo Switch console
    • Nintendo Labo Creators jacket
    • Framed award certificate signed by Nintendo Labo developers
  • Runner-up prizes (4 winners per category):
    • A collectible pair of Joy-Con controllers
    • Nintendo Labo Creators jacket

And here’s the categories you can enter:

  • Best Toy-Con Musical Instrument
  • Best Gaming Experience using Toy-Con Garage

Notes: you can actually enter each category multiple times, but you have to stick to one unique creation per submission. You can also resubmit your entry if you enter the previous contest!

You can find more details about the contest over at the official website!

Europe (July 19th to September 7th

Here’s the various prizes you can win:

  • Winners: a special Nintendo Switch system + a special prize (to be announced)
  • Finalists: a special Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Pair + a special prize (to be announced)
  • Semi-finalists: a special prize (to be announced)

Here’s the various categories you can enter:

  • Creations: Got an idea for your own original Toy-Con creation? Grab some cardboard sheets, dive into Toy-Con Garage and see where your creativity takes you – the sky’s the limit!
  • Customisations: Break out the pens, paints, stickers, stencils and anything you can find, and show us your one-of-a-kind customised Toy-Con designs!
  • Kids: In this category, children up to the age of 12 can submit an original Toy-Con creation or customisation. You can even get some help from a parent or guardian.

Unlike the North American contest, there’s finalists for each country (selected by a panel of judges), and then a panel of special guests will pick up one European overall winner in each category.

You can find more details about the contest over at the official website!

Australia / New Zealand (July 19th to September 7th)

Here’s the prizes you can win:

  • The overall winner in each category will receive a very special prize: a special Nintendo Switch system designed to look like cardboard.
  • Finalists will receive a Joy-Con Pair customised with the same design.

Here’s the two categories you can enter:

  • Kids: In this category, children aged 11 and under can submit an original Toy-Con creation or customisation. You can even get some help from a parent or guardian.
  • Teens / Adults: For kids at heart, aspiring Toy-Con creators and decorators aged 12 and over can submit their creations in this category.

You can find more details about the contest over at the official website!

Japan (July 19th to August 26th)

  • Gold Medal (3 winners per category): “cardboard” Nintendo Switch console
  • Silver Medal (10 winners per category): “cardboard” Joy-Cons
  • Special prize (100 winners per category): Nintendo Labo masking tape

Here’s the two categories you can enter:

  • Elementary school kids
  • General

You can find more details about the contest over at the official website!


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