Zelda: BotW and Mario Odyssey get the VR treatment with Nintendo Labo
When Nintendo announced that they were making a VR set for their Labo cardboard construction kit, there was one question on everyone’s mind: will this allow us to play Nintendo titles in VR?
Nintendo has finally answered that question, and it’s a resounding “yes.” This makes Nintendo’s VR platform the cheapest VR platform on the market that will allow you to play AAA games, sitting at an incredibly comfortable $40 price tag.
But just what will we be able to play with the Labo VR headset?
So far, Nintendo has confirmed two of its most popular Switch titles for VR compatibility: Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Breath of the Wild is getting the complete treatment here, as it should, since it was the killer app that sold the Switch to most people. You will be able to play through the entire game using the VR kit, experiencing everything that Hyrule has to offer… except for pre-rendered cutscenes. Those you will still watch from the outside looking in. You will also be able to switch between standard and VR mode on the fly.
Super Mario Odyssey, on the other hand, won’t be getting fully converted (and probably for good reason. Could you imagine doing the backflips and long jumps Mario does in VR? I’m getting motion sickness just thinking about it.)
Instead it’s going to get a few specific VR missions which will nab you a few extra moons. You will get three mini-missions which will primarily focus on object collection, specifically coins and musical notes. Get them all and you win!
How does Labo VR work?
All of this sounds well and good, but there are a few questions that need to be answered. For one, the Labo VR kit doesn’t appear to have a headstrap of any kind. Are we going to have to put it on a stand and stick our face in it, like the oft maligned Virtual Boy? Not only that ,but most VR kit setups require the JoyCons for motion sensing. So are we going to need to buy extra JoyCons just to control AAA games? Are we going to have to play while simultaneously holding the headset against our face!?
Either way, we won’t have to wait long to find out. The Labo VR Kit launches on April 12th, and the free VR update for Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey will drop on April 25.