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Nintendo announces a Labo VR Kit for Switch

Nintendo announces a Labo VR Kit for Switch

Expansion Set 2 will include Toy-Con Bird and Toy-Con Pedal.

A brand-new Nintendo Labo kit has been announced by Nintendo, bringing VR experiences to the Nintendo Switch; say "hello" to Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit! Priced at $80, Nintendo's VR kit includes an alien shooting title and an ocean swimming simulation.

To use the Toy-Con VR Goggles, insert the Switch console and hold it up to your eyes to explore "numerous games and experiences", without a head strap.

The VR Kit is created to be passed around and shared among a group of people, Nintendo said. These goggles will combine with other creations (possibly from past kits) to let players experience a basic form of VR at a low cost. Both the Labo: VR Kit Starter Set + Blaster and the fully equipped Labo: VR Kit will be available online and in stores on April 12. "We wanted to design an experience that encourages both virtual and real-world interactions among players through passing around Toy-Con creations". The two expansion sets do not include the VR Goggles or VR Kit software.

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Nintendo Labo: VR Kit - Expansion Set 1: Available at a suggested retail price of $19.99, Expansion Set 1 includes the Toy-Con Elephant and Toy-Con Camera.

The kit of very fancy cardboard (as well as the Labo software) will be available April 12. The project marks Nintendo's first foray into the world of virtual reality since the release of the much-maligned Virtual Boy in 1995.

The Toy-Con Garage feature will be making a return in the VR kit, which could lead to some seriously awesome creations. It's a good option for kids and families who want to dive in to the full experience.

Now, of course, since this is a Labo-based set, it does just mean that Nintendo is developing software specifically around the cardboard kit; you're not suddenly going to playing Mario Kart 8 or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild if you pick up the cardboard kit.