Last month, we reported on rumors that Nintendo was planning to enter the virtual reality market in 2019. Emily Rogers reported that Nintendo was preparing VR features for “a small, select number of traditional first-party software titles,” and GoNintendo reported later that day that Nintendo Labo would be the first. Today that proved true.
Nintendo has just announced that their fourth Labo kit is focused on virtual reality. Nintendo is calling the VR Kit “a unique first VR experience kids and families can build themselves.”
There will be a base VR Kit consisting of goggles (which wrap around your Nintendo Switch portable console) and a “blaster” accessory, as well as two expansion kits. The first includes a toy-con elephant and a camera, and the second includes a toy-con bird and wind petal. There will also be a full Nintendo Labo VR Kit which includes all of the products mentioned here.
The Nintendo Labo VR Kit launches on April 12th. The price tags for the base kit, the expansions, and the complete bundle are not yet listed.
Update: Japan’s Labo VR Kit announcement came with price tags. The complete bundle costs ¥8,618 (approximately $77) while the Starter Set is ¥4,298 (approximately $38). This information comes from Japanese Nintendo. These prices may not be an exact conversion of prices in North America and Europe, but they give us a pretty good idea of what we can expect.
Update 2: Nintendo has now confirmed that the Starter Set will cost $39.99. The expansions will be $19.99 each, and the complete bundle will be $79.99.