Nintendo announced its return to virtual reality (VR) earlier this month by unveiling the Labo VR Kit for its hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch. At the time only brief details were released showcasing the various cardboard components and what the cost would be. Now, Nintendo has released a new trailer going in-depth with some of the actual software that’ll be available for launch next month.
Thanks to the six different parts of the Nintendo Labo: VR Kit (VR Goggles, Toy-Con Blaster, Toy-Con Elephant, Toy-Con Camera, Toy-Con Wind Pedal and Toy-Con Bird) Nintendo has created quite the mix of videogames to compliment each particular peripheral.
So for the big Toy-Con Blaster, there’s a videogame called Blaster where you have to battle an alien invasion with giant bosses to contend with. Or Kablasta, where players can challenge a friend to competitive hippo feeding by flinging different types of fruit. While the Toy-Con Camera offers a much more relaxed set of titles like Ocean Camera and House Camera, where players can take underwater snaps or interact with the strange house creature respectively.
As weird as it looks, the Toy-Con Elephant offers a much more creative approach, using Doodle users can create 3D artwork using various in-game tools and styles, in a similar vein to Google Tilt Brush. Or for puzzle fans there’s Marble Run, with physics puzzles to complete by using various objects to guide marbles through rings.
And then there’s the Toy-Con Wind Pedal and Toy-Con Bird contraptions. Use the Toy-Con Wind Pedal to play Hop Dodge as a jumping frog, or combine it with Toy-Con Bird to play Bird Dash. Race through checkpoints in the sky with the Wind Pedal delivering an extra boost of speed. Or just use Toy-Con Bird by itself to soar on the back of a bird, in Bird.
That’s not all Nintendo has in store, there’s also the VR Plaza filled with 64 bite-sized videogames and experiences, a lot of which only use the VR Goggles part of the system. And for the budding videogame developers out there, Toy-Con Garage VR is a new tool that allows players to create their own VR content.
The Nintendo Labo: VR Kit will be available from 12 April, with the full kit retailing for $79.99 USD / £69.99 GBP. If you’re eager to jump into Nintendo’s VR world you can pre-order the kit now, here for US customers, and here for UK customers. For any further updates, keep reading VRFocus.