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Nintendo Labo's VR Kit is compatible with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. Is this what Nintendo Labo needs to become a smash hit?

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aurora unit
Fri Apr 05 19 04:02am
Rating: 5

Whether people are going to be disappointed depends on the expectations they have. If they expect a €80 set to deliver the same experience as a €270 kit then of course they're going to be annoyed - false expectations invariably lead to disappointments. But frankly, there's no helping that kind of people.
One should always remember that this isn't a full-blown VR experience (nor is it marketed as such) but a playful introduction into the concept and possibilities, and the extra support for Zelda and Mario are a bonus, not the main selling point.

Loved the new intro, RMC!
Even though the games are 3rd person, you're still getting an immersive perspective, just not from the main character. If only I waited to play BotW on Switch...

That intro was created by the wonderful Poopaloop! Don't ask me how, but I randomly realized that that little diddy from SML2 had the perfect amount of notes in it to spell out GoNintendo. I shared that knowledge with Poopaloop, and the rest is history!

Zelda and Mario can help it sell a lot for sure. But I believe there will be a lot of disappointment when the Labo VR doesn’t deliver on the expectations.

aurora unit
Fri Apr 05 19 04:02am
Rating: 5

Whether people are going to be disappointed depends on the expectations they have. If they expect a €80 set to deliver the same experience as a €270 kit then of course they're going to be annoyed - false expectations invariably lead to disappointments. But frankly, there's no helping that kind of people.
One should always remember that this isn't a full-blown VR experience (nor is it marketed as such) but a playful introduction into the concept and possibilities, and the extra support for Zelda and Mario are a bonus, not the main selling point.

I just don't have faith in people keeping their expectations in check.

Expecting people to hold the VR device up to their face for games like Zelda is a bit much. They really need to sell a head harness or something.

They might be banking on the DIY-nature of Labo, and thus for people to design their own headsets.

sladestrife
Fri Apr 05 19 03:38am
Rating: 1

I know I plan on building my own harness! I am actually buying the full kit and a starter kit as well...that way I can have it both ways because it looks like alot of the games are made with holding it up in mind.

What I am hopeful is that 3rd parties will jump on board...skyrim with labo support and the janky motion controls would make me so incredibly happy. I have skyrim VR on my PC but I wouldent mind a toned down experience that I can kinda take wherever like that!

Or Mario kart! Labo support in first person with a head harness and the labo wheel or motorcycle! or even the pilot wings game that just came out...that's actually a VR title on PC...give that some labo love with the headset or even the labo vehicle stick!

I'm sure a third party out there is all like 🤑 at the idea of designing their own shell and harness and selling it. If Nintendo won't, others will. I, personally, am still not keen on the idea of owning and storing a cardboard product. Especially since they are easily damaged and decay over time if not looked after properly. I will have to wait and see what people say about it.

I believe that these VR experiences have been designed specifically so you're not sitting there with a headset on for long stretches of time - It's why all the builds in the VR kit have you holding it up to your face.

It goes like this: the amount of time you can stand to hold the kit up to your face before it starts to annoy you (which seems like it won't be that long) is probably the amount of time you should have a screen up to your face anyways... And considering this is supposed to be like a fun intro to VR, with children likely partaking, it's wise of Nintendo to be considerate of that and design experiences where kids can't sit with a headset on their face for hours on end.

If Mario and Zelda can't sell Labo, nothing will. I've seen some increased interest for it, but I'm not sure how much that'll equate to in the end.

It's not going to be the best way of playing Zelda, but as a bit of a novelty, sure.

I want Labo to die and Nintendo get back to fully concentrating on making proper games. Yes this year's schedule looks great later on, but people seem to be forgetting the droughts last year up until around the holiday season. In the time from April to September, instead we got 3 Labo kits.

This is a desperate and rather cynical ploy by Nintendo, to associate Labo, a relative flop, to 2 of Nintendo's biggest successes. And you know, it'll probably sell because of these 2 names alone.

I'll reserve final judgment on this VR kit until we see exactly what it does, if it works properly and has meaningful deep gameplay. But as it stands, I want Nintendo to move on. And the price of these Labo kits in general are absurd, but Nintendo charge a hefty premium for their products.

onepunchman
Fri Apr 05 19 07:53am
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What will be interesting to see is if they stop at these two games or offer this VR experience in any of their other current and future games. I think Animal Crossing would be a good choice especially if they add a first person POV. Anyways, like you, I'll hold off judgment till we get our mitts on it and try it out.

Can't imagine Zelda being an actual VR experience, but if I get to venture in Botw's Hyrule in 3D I am so getting this just for that alone. This reminds me a bit more of the VB than an actual VR "device" which the Switch can't handle anyway. But it's a first step and the Labo Garage might spawn some great creative little tech demos, but the successor to the Switch will probably and hopefilly get the real VR deal. Nintendo knows that VR is here to stay and will only get bigger when the tech gets cheaper.

i think Luigi Mansion 3 and a sequel of Pokémon Snap will be a great fit for Labo VR

Boy-oh-boy, all I want to do is put my Switch console into a cardboard Virtual Boy and play Virtual Console Virtual Boy games till my eyes bleed... virtually

The VR kits were intriguing at first, but I wasn't going to purchase it unless it was at a deep discount. But since the reveal of Zelda especially I pre-ordered the cheaper kit with just the headset and the blaster.

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