Nintendo already had our attention after announcing it would be releasing Nintendo Labo sets that could convert your Switch into VR devices. But today, Nintendo has announced that two of the best games on the Switch, Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, will become VR-compatible.
Nintendo announced its entry into the VR market with Nintendo Labo Toy-Con VR. Like the Nintendo Labo sets from before, these cardboard DIY kits can turns your Switch screen into a VR device similar to how Google Cardboard turns your smartphone into a VR device.
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Nintendo was expected to ship software unique to each of the VR toy-cons. But in a surprise announcement, Nintendo announced that both Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild will be getting two free, VR updates to make them compatible with the Toy-Con VR Goggles.
Super Mario Odyssey will be getting "bite-sized bonus experience in simple, family friendly VR," Nintendo announced. These will be in the form of three new, VR mini-missions. As for Breath of the Wild, it sounds like the whole game will be playable in VR after the update, as Nintendo says the whole of Hyrule awaits in VR.
Both VR updates will be available on April 25, a week and a half after the Nintendo Labo VR kits launch on April 12. It looks like players only need to purchase the VR Starter Set which includes the cardboard VR goggles and blaster. This retails for $39.99, but you can get a collection of every Labo VR kit for $79.99.