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Nintendo Switch gets virtual reality support in new Labo kit

Nintendo Switch gets virtual reality support in new Labo kit

So far the Labo toys have been a rewarding - if time consuming - investment, and it will be interesting to see if the trend continues next month.

Nintendo is making its first foray into console virtual reality with a new Labo accessory kit for the Switch.

The second kit, the Robot, allowed players to wear cardboard robot parts and then see their movements translated onto an avatar on the Switch screen.

The Toy-Con 04 VR Kit will launch in the U.S. on 12 April through Nintendo, though there's now no word on when the set will come to other territories. The two expansion packs; the Toy-Con Elephant and Toy-Con Camera and Toy-Con Wind Pedal and Toy-Con Bird, will be available for purchase exclusively online.

"We wanted to design an experience that encourages both virtual and real-world interactions among players through passing around Toy-Con creations", said newly-appointed Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser.

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Nintendo's last venture into early virtual reality didn't end well: The Virtual Boy was a clunky single-colour device which needed to be used on a table stand - plans to have a strap which turned it into a true headset having been ditched over concerns that users would injure themselves if they were free-roaming. Both sets also include a safety cap and screen holder, for people who prefer to play the minigames in traditional 2D.

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". Nintendo Labo: VR Kit will launch with two primary configurations - the Nintendo Labo: VR Kit and the Nintendo Labo: VR Kit - Starter Set + Blaster - while owners of the Starter Set looking to expand their Labo VR experience can purchase two optional expansion sets.

Twp expansion sets have also been announced.

"With the new Nintendo Labo VR Kit, there's more to Make, Play, and Discover together than ever before", the official website reads.