Nintendo’s Latest Labo Kit Introduces Kids to Virtual Reality

Purchasers of the starter pack can buy the other kits for $19.99/$24.99 (Elephant+Camera, Wind Pedal+Toy Bird).

The six separate VR Toy-Con projects include the VR Goggles, Blaster, Camera, Elephant, Bird, and Wind Pedal.

From literally nowhere, Nintendo has announced that a new Labo kit will be coming to the Switch. This 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 and is said to be a "great entry point into the world of Nintendo Labo VR". While the VR Kit will be available in stores next month, the two expansions will be available online only.

The Nintendo Switch already felt like the best part of a VR experience thanks to the wizardry of the Joy-Con controllers in some games, but now it's going full VR. The VR Kit will retail for $79.99.

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. Along with that, users can turn off the VR functionality and use the screen holder and cap in 2D mode. The project marks Nintendo's first foray into the world of virtual reality since the release of the much-maligned Virtual Boy in 1995.

The VR Kits for Nintendo Switch will be available on 12 April and cost $79.99 and $39.99 respectively (we're still waiting for United Kingdom prices).

The VR kit will be available in North America on April 12. One includes all Toy-Con creations and the other is a smaller, introductory kit. It's a good option for kids and families who want to dive in to the full experience.

Don't, however, plan to start playing Nintendo's existing blockbusters like Super Mario Odyssey or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in VR now. Those looking to get their feet wet can begin with the Starter Set, which includes the VR Goggles as well as a Blaster, for $39.99.

  • Latoya Cobb