Nintendo Enters into VR with Nintendo Labo VR Kits
Nintendo is expanding the company’s Nintendo Labo kits line, launching the “Nintendo Labo: VR Kit” on April 12th. The new kit combines the physical and digital gameplay of Nintendo Labo with basic VR technology to create a new experience for kids and families. The new launch marks the fourth kit in the Nintendo Labo series, which gives young players a chance to make DIY cardboard creations called Toy-Cons. The DIY kits can play a variety of games while working with the Nintendo Switch.
According to Nintendo‘s announcement, the Nintendo Labo: VR Kit offers six new Toy-Con creations to build. The kit includes the Toy-Con VR Goggles, which combine with the other creations to allow players to interact with the virtual world through imaginative real-world actions. Nintendo stated that the Nintendo Labo: VR Kit encourages passing around the Toy-Con creations among a group of people so everyone in the room can easily join in on the fun. To help encourage this social gameplay, players simply slip the Nintendo Switch console into the Toy-Con VR Goggles and hold it up to their eyes to explore numerous games and experiences – no head strap needed.
“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 Vice President 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.”
Nintendo Labo: VR Kit will launch in retail stores with two primary configurations, one that includes all Toy-Con creations and one that includes a smaller selection of projects to get started:
The Nintendo Labo: VR Kit will launch at a suggested retail price of $79.99 and will include the Nintendo Switch software and materials to build all six Toy-Con projects. Those projects include the Toy-Con VR Goggles; Toy-Con Blaster; Toy-Con Camera; Toy-Con Bird; Toy-Con Wind Pedal; and the Toy-Con Elephant. The kit also includes a Screen Holder and Safety Cap.
There’s also the Nintendo Labo: VR Kit Starter Set + Blaster, launching for $39.99. 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. Players that own the Starter Set can purchase optional expansion sets to expand their experience.
The kits have been a popular item at retailers, and several of the kits have been best-sellers on Amazon over the past year.