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New free VR minigame 'shooting game' released on Nintendo Switch News Channel in Japan

A virtually unpredictable announcement!

'Shooting Game' is the latest VR title for the Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit! Nintendo has made the mini-game available for free for Japanese readers of the Switch News Channel. This is the 9th VR mini-game Nintendo has released for free, however not all of them are available in every region. Make sure to check it out if you own a Labo VR kit!

Nintendo releases 'Balloon Fight' Nintendo Labo VR Kit mini-game via Switch news channel

Ready to burst some balloons?

Nintendo is back with another free Nintendo Labo VR mini-game, and this time they've been inspired by one of their own classics. You can now enjoy a bit of VR Balloon Fight, with this version being a two-player battle adaptation. All you have to do is visit the Nintendo Labo VR Kit news section on your Switch, and the article discussing Balloon Fight will provide you a link to access the game.

Nintendo grabs trademarks for Keita Koukeisha, Super Kirby Clash, SNES, and the Toy-Con Motorbike

Trademark clean-up

Nintendo has grabbed another series of trademarks for use with all sorts of stuff. Check out the recent trademark filings below.

Kieta Koukeisha

- trademark for Japan
- related to video game programs, downloadable video game programs, downloadable smartphone programs, and more
- this is tied to Famicom Tantei Club Kieta Koukeisha

Super Kirby Clash

- trademarks for Super Kirby Hunters and SUPER KIRBY CLASH in Japan
- related to video game programs, downloadable video game programs, downloadable smartphone programs, and more

SNES

- related to video game programs, downloadable video game programs, electrical adapter, game equipment, video game consoles, game console controllers, and more

Toy-Con Motorbike

- patent "provides a game system, a game program, a game device, a game processing method, and cardboard"

Nintendo secures a patent for a non-cardboard VR headset for Switch

A sturdier option

While few and far between, there are some third party games that utilize VR on Switch. Spice and Wolf VR is a recent example. Would you like a solution to enjoy VR on Switch without having to go with the Nintendo Labo cardboard option? It seems Nintendo is considering something to take care of that.

While not confirmed for release, Nintendo has indeed filed a patent for a VR headset for Switch. This looks like it'll do exactly the same things as the Nintendo Labo VR headset, but this one is made out of plastic instead of cardboard. It'll certainly be a bit more sturdy, and might make for a better experience overall.

Whether Nintendo actually releases this device remains to be seen. The patent itself popping up would make you think Nintendo might have some other VR ideas in the works!

Nintendo Labo VR Kit the best-selling VR-required title in the U.S. for 2019

Well that's encouraging

NPD's Mat Piscatella has shared some interesting information on the VR front here in the United States. According to his data, the Nintendo Labo VR Kit is the best-selling VR-required experience of 2019 so far. While that's great news for Nintendo, we have more data to put things into perspective. Even with the Labo VR Kit sitting at #1, its sales still do not crack the list of top 100 best-selling games overall.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Nintendo releases another Japanese feature on Nintendo Labo's VR Kit

Nintendo has already released a Nintendo Labo VR Kit feature in Japan, and now they've published a follow-up video. Check out the segment above.

Nintendo Labo booth appearing at Maker Faire Tokyo 2019

Make or break

Nintendo is once again bringing Nintendo Labo to Maker Faire Tokyo 2019 with a special booth. The booth will let show-goers check out various Toy-Con from the VR Kit and Robot Kit. Maker Faire Tokyo 2019 at Tokyo Big Sight takes place on Aug. 3rd and 4th, 2019.

Nintendo shares more pics and footage from their 'Nintendo Labo Hackathon' at the Tech Kids School in Japan

Looks like a great event!

The other week, we shared a few pics from Nintendo's special Nintendo Labo Hackathon event at the Tech Kids School in Japan. The event taught kids about Nintendo Labo, and let them work with their parents to create experiences in the Toy-Con garage. Today we get multiple videos and pics from the event, including a look at some of the Toy-Con Garage experiences the kids made. Check out all the content here.

Check out pics from Nintendo and Yahoo!'s Nintendo Labo VR Kit 'Hack Kids' classes

Hack those kids!

Awhile back, we talked about a special Nintendo Labo event at KidZania Koshien that was in collaboration with Yahoo! Japan.
The two partnered to present parents/kids with special classes to learn about Nintendo Labo's VR Kit. The first such event is now a wrap, and you can check out the gallery of pics here.

Nintendo predicts Splatoon 2's final Splatfest winner via a Nintendo Labo battle

RC car battle!


Why settle the latest Splatfest in Splatoon 2 when you can do it with Nintendo Labo? Nintendo put together a unique real-world version of Order Vs. Chaos with Nintendo Labo's RC Cars. They put the two head to head, and you can see which side comes out victorious in the tweet above.

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