Nintendo’s latest Nintendo Labo set turns the Nintendo Switch into a virtual reality headset.
Dubbed the Nintendo Labo VR Kit, this latest set of cardboard accessories let players use their Switch screen and Joy-Cons to build immersive VR experiences. While the basic build is a set of VR goggles, similar to something like Google Cardboard, the full VR Kit expands the line into a VR Camera, Wind Pedal, Elephant, Bird, and Blaster. Build the Blaster, for example, and you’ll peer into the Blaster’s scope as your camera, making it an accessory and a viewing device in one.
There are a few different ways to buy the accessories. The full VR Kit comes with every accessory mentioned above for $80. For more selective users, though, it’s possible to buy just the Starter Set + Blaster (Goggles and Blaster) for $40, and add on the Camera + Elephant (Expansion Set 1) and Bird + Wind Pedal (Expansion Set 2) later, at $20 per expansion. All of the kits will be available starting April 12th.
“This new kit builds on the core tenets of Nintendo Labo – Make, Play and Discover – to introduce virtual reality in a way that’s fun and approachable for both kids and kids at heart,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s senior VP of sales and marketing. “We wanted to design an experience that encourages both virtual and real-world interactions among players through passing around Toy-Con creations.”
Like the past Labo kits, the VR Kit will come with a variety of minigames to play that take advantage of the system’s VR capabilities. These minigames haven’t been revealed yet, but Nintendo did state that they’ll be playable in 2D and without a VR set-up as well.
“Users can easily turn off the VR feature and use the included Screen Holder instead of the Toy-Con VR Goggles to enjoy any of the included games and experiences in 2D,” a notice on Nintendo’s site reads.
Amusingly, this VR Kit is one rare example of fan speculation and leaks being correct. Way back in 2016, fans predicted that Nintendo could be working on a VR device, thanks to the design of some patents. It seems that those rumors were correct. We’ll be able to see how well Nintendo’s try at VR works out when the VR Kit releases on April 12th.