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Virtual Reality Comes to Nintendo Labo

A cheaper chance to try VR with your Nintendo Switch.

Mar 11, 2019

By: Max Cannon

Last year's Nintendo Labo brought a new form of "edu-tainment" to the Nintendo Switch with a creative and original means of mixing arts-and-crafts with video gaming. The next update to Labo is just around the corner and is going to bring virtual reality features to the Nintendo Switch. However, if you're a much more traditional gamer then you'll be happy to see some new classics are going to be available on the Switch as well. 

Nintendo Labo's Toy-Con VR Goggles.Nintendo Labo's Toy-Con VR Goggles.Courtesy of Nintendo

Nintendo's Take on VR

Those of you fortunate enough to have a powerful PC or a PlayStation 4 may be familiar with more traditional takes on VR, whether by using an Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or PlayStation VR, but Nintendo always likes to do things on their own terms. The Nintendo Labo: VR Kit will turn your Nintendo Switch into a VR-device by combining your system with Labo's cardboard creations. At the moment, the team over at Nintendo hasn't had any video to show off the actual software in this package. So we're only left with these interesting pictures of what exactly we'll be putting together. Things are... confusing, to say the least. Take a look for yourself and see if you can piece together what is actually happening.

The Toy-Con Bird.The Toy-Con Bird.Courtesy of Nintendo

The Toy-Con Blaster.The Toy-Con Blaster.Courtesy of Nintendo

The Toy-Con Camera.The Toy-Con Camera.Courtesy of Nintendo

The Toy-Con Elephant.The Toy-Con Elephant.Courtesy of Nintendo

The Toy-Con Wind Pedal.The Toy-Con Wind Pedal.Courtesy of Nintendo

For those that aren't in the loop on Labo, let's catch you up. Last year, Nintendo released a collection of construction kits that work alongside your Nintendo Switch. These packages come with tons of cardboard to assemble creations like steering wheels, personal pianos, and more. These physical toys you've built will work alongside special software on your Switch to let you control your creations both in-game and in real life. Check out the video below for a look at Labo in action.

First Look at Nintendo Labo

What Comes in the Box?

The VR package comes in two separate flavors. Here's some information straight from Nintendo on what you'll get in each bundle:

"Nintendo Labo: VR Kit: Available at a suggested retail price of $99.99, the complete Nintendo Labo: VR Kit includes the Nintendo Switch software and materials to build all six Toy-Con projects – the Toy-Con VR Goggles, Toy-Con Blaster, Toy-Con Camera, Toy-Con Bird, Toy-Con Wind Pedal and Toy-Con Elephant – as well as a Screen Holder and Safety Cap. It’s a good option for kids and families who want to dive in to the full experience.

Nintendo Labo: VR Kit – Starter Set + Blaster: Available at a suggested retail price of only $49.99, the Starter Set includes the Nintendo Switch software, plus all the components to build the Toy-Con VR Goggles and Toy-Con Blaster, as well as the Screen Holder and Safety Cap. The Starter Set is a great entry point into the world of Nintendo Labo VR."

Nintendo Labo: VR Kit will hit store shelves on April 12th as a perfect opportunity for any Switch users to try out VR for themselves. 

Share Your Thoughts!

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