Nintendo are nothing if not mysterious. You wake up one day and bam, you have Tetris 99. Did you expect it? Nope. Do you want it? More than I want my children thats for sure. In a complicated mix of unsurprising surprise Nintendo have went and done it again with the announcement of – Nintendo Labo: VR Kit.
In a press release from the ‘Big N’ themselves they have stated that their VR will combine ‘innovative physival and digital gameplay with basic VR technology’. The idea being that friends and family can share a simple VR experience. Being a Labo product, one would also expect it to be priced somewhat reasonably compared to its competitors.
So what are you getting when you drop your hard earned cash on Nintendo’s premium cardboard product? They had this to say:
Nintendo Labo: VR Kit offers six new Toy-Con creations to build, including the Toy-Con VR Goggles, which combine with the other creations, encouraging players to use natural movements and gestures to interact with the gaming world and elevating the Nintendo Labo gameplay experience. Fend off an alien invasion with the Toy-Con Blaster, visit a colourful in-game ocean and snap photos of the sea life with the Toy-Con Camera, and so much more.
Labo will drop with 2 kits. You can go and buy the full blown experience nabbing you all the cardboard peripherals you could ever want. Alternatively you can pick up the starter set which can be upgraded through expansion packs if you like what you see.
As with all other games in the Labo line, it also comes bundled with ‘Garage Mode’. This is a kid friendly programming tool that allows players to alter and create new experiences.
Needless to say this was quite the shock announcement. Sure the rumour mill has been spinning, but here we are with hard facts. Nintendo are going to drop more details in the future – hopefully expanding on what ‘basic VR technology’ actually is. Until then, I am quietly optimistic. Nintendo Labo – VR launches April 12th.
Source – Nintendo PR