In surprising news, Nintendo has today announced that two of its flagship games on the Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, will be receiving a VR experience, courtesy of the upcoming Nintendo Labo VR Kit.
Check out the announcement trailer below
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The Nintendo Labo: VR Kit has been described by Nintendo as a “unique first VR experience” aimed at bringing a “simple and shareable” virtual reality experience that children and families can enjoy. Labo VR will be available from Friday 12th April, with the full set featuring accessories costing $79.99, and the Starter Kit with VR goggles and blaster setting you back $39.99
Super Mario Odyssey will feature a “bite-sized” VR experience, with three new mini-missions that will see players collecting coins and musical notes to complete challenges. These new missions will see players revisiting the Cap, Seaside, and Luncheon Kingdoms. As you can see from the reveal trailer, these VR-specific mini-missions look a hell of a lot of fun.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, however, will feature a full VR experience, which is absolutely insane to think about! This VR option can be toggled on or off at any point during gameplay, similar to how the 3D slider works on the original 3DS.
It’s hard to imagine how playing Zelda in VR will be anything more than a gimmicky experience, mainly due to the the fact that the Switch only offers a 720p resolution. There’s also the fact that the Labo VR requires players to hold the system to their faces, which will feel a little strange for extended periods. That being said, Nintendo has a knack of just making this kind of technology work, so with that in mind don’t be surprised when playing both Zelda and Mario in VR turns out to be an amazing experience. We can’t wait!