Published: Sat, March 09, 2019
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

Nintendo Labo VR Kit Announced; Launches Next Month

Nintendo Labo VR Kit Announced; Launches Next Month

Credit: NintendoIn a sudden and unexpected announcement last night (March 6), Nintendo announced a new Labo cardboard kit for the Nintendo Switch that turns it into a virtual reality headset.

Two additional expansion sets will also be available; Camera + Elephant, and Bird + Wind Pedal.

Nintendo Labo: VR Kit - Expansion Set 1**: Expansion Set 1 includes the Toy-Con Elephant and Toy-Con Camera. This "Starter Set + Blaster" bundle will be priced at $39.99, and it'll include the Screen Holder and Safety Cap, as well as building materials for the Toy-Con VR Goggles and the Toy-Con Blaster.

Let me pre-burst any bubbles and clarify that these kits are not meant to convert Switch into a fully featured VR system. "We wanted to design an experience that encourages both virtual and real-world interactions among players through passing around Toy-Con creations".

The main VR kit retails at $79.99 and includes six different VR Toy-Con creations to build. That said, current offerings for high-end VR headsets could cost hundreds of dollars, but Nintendo is attempting to buck that trend with the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit.


And, from April 12, Labo will also provide the gateway to VR for owners of the Switch.

Like Google Cardboard, which uses a compatible smartphone as its display, the Labo VR googles are strapless and must be held up to the face.

Nintendo then released the Vehicle Kit that allowed gamers to construct a Wheel to control trucks and cars - complete with working foot pedal - and an apparatus to control an airplane. The five games include "Super Mario Odyssey", "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe", "Super Mario Party", "Mario Tennis Aces", and "New Super Mario Bros".

"With the new Nintendo Labo VR Kit, there's more to Make, Play, and Discover together than ever before", the official website reads.

Though this isn't the first time Nintendo has dabbled with VR (looking at you, Virtual Boy), it will be the first time that Nintendo will be doing it with its Labo platform. Let us know in the comments.

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