Published: Fri, March 08, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

Nintendo’s Latest Labo Kit Introduces Kids to Virtual Reality

Nintendo’s Latest Labo Kit Introduces Kids to Virtual Reality

The base kit will cost $79.99, coming with six cardboard kits to build: the VR goggles, a blaster, a camera, a screen holder, a bird, and, best of all, an elephant.

In the past few weeks, rumors have been circulating about the introduction of VR to the Nintendo Switch console. Including a pair of VR goggles, a blaster, camera, bird, wind pedal, and an elephant. Taking to Twitter, the Nintendo of America account revealed the new Nintendo Labo VR kit for the Nintendo Switch. 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 main Labo VR Kit includes six different VR Toy-Con projects to build, including the Toy-Con VR Goggles, which are required to use all the other creations.

In The US, the VR Kit is priced at $80, while the Starter Set + Blaster kit goes for $40. Both kits will include Labo software and games, an installation guide, and a garage mode for building your very own Labo.

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There's no video for the new kits just yet, but you can read the full USA press release below. Rather, the latest addition to its line of Labo cardboard accessories will be a VR kit that you can use to morph your Switch and Joy-Con controllers into a makeshift headset.

The Nintendo Labo VR kits are set to arrive on April 12th. The new Toy-Con VR Goggles can be combined with the other Toy-Con creations, and used for real-world actions.

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.

As you'd expect from a DIY cardboard set, Nintendo isn't trying to rewrite the virtual reality rulebook, but rather hopes to create "a simple and shareable virtual reality experience for kids and families". It's reminiscent of Google's Cardboard, which turns smartphones into VR goggles and was introduced nearly five years ago.

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