Nintendo has announced the 4th Nintendo Labo kit since the first two were released in April of last year followed by the Vehicle Kit (Kit #3) in the Fall. This time they’ve added an interesting wrinkle: VR technology.

The Nintendo Labo: VR Kit will launch on April 12th with the physical and digital gameplay you expect from Labo combined with “basic VR technology” that will allow users to create a simple, family-friendly virtual reality experience. This fourth kit in the series provides gamers everything they need to make cardboard creations called Toy-Con and play a variety of games with their creations.

Nintendo Labo: VR Kit offers six new Toy-Con creations to build, including the Toy-Con VR Goggles, which combine with the other creations to allow players to interact with the virtual world through imaginative real-world actions. Fend off an alien invasion with the Toy-Con Blaster, visit a colorful in-game ocean and snap photos of the sea life with the Toy-Con Camera and so much more.

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. To help encourage this social gameplay, players simply slip the Nintendo Switch console into the Toy-Con VR Goggles and hold it up to their eyes to explore numerous games and experiences – no head strap needed.

I have to wonder if the “no head strap needed” was less about sharing the experience and more about not having a way to attach the somewhat heavy Switch to your head via cardboard. Either way, it’s clear the kits and games included in Nintendo Labo: VR Kit are more about quick bursts of gameplays than for prolonged VR experiences. And considering the target age, that’s as it should be.

Nintendo Labo: VR Kit will be available in stores on April 12th in two configurations:

Nintendo Labo: VR Kit ($79.99) includes:

  • Nintendo Switch software
  • Toy-Con VR Goggles
  • Toy-Con Blaster kit
  • Toy-Con Camera
  • Toy-Con Bird
  • Toy-Con Wind Pedal
  • Toy-Con Elephant
  • Screen Holder and Safety Cap.

Nintendo Labo: VR Kit – Starter Set + Blaster ($39.99) includes

  • Nintendo Switch software
  • Toy-Con VR Goggles
  • Toy-Con Blaster kit
  • Screen Holder and Safety Cap

Players who begin with just the Starter Set can purchase optional expansion sets to complete the experience, but those will be available only through Nintendo online.

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