Nintendo did it. There’s a cardboard VR headset and accessories for Nintendo Switch coming in April with a new official Nintendo Labo kit.
According to Nintendo:
With the new Nintendo Labo VR Kit, there’s more to Make, Play, and Discover together than ever before. Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit is a unique first VR experience kids and families can build themselves!
The Starter Set + Blaster kit provides an action-packed introduction to the experience. You can then add to the fun with the Expansion Sets. Or, if you want an even broader experience right away, you can purchase the full Nintendo Labo VR Kit, which features six VR Toy-Con projects in one package.
The new kit continues Nintendo’s earlier line of Labo cardboard-based toys with a VR headset, blaster and other toys that can be built around the Switch console. It won’t be a high quality experience, but it still might be an enormous amount of fun for kids and parents to explore basic VR concepts together.
The kit is coming April 12 according to the Labo website. The basic starter set should be around $40 with expansions available separately. The full kit carries a suggested retail price of around $80.
Cardboard-based VR headsets have a long history. Google and its partners sent millions of Cardboard holders out into the world but the the idea is older than that. It isn’t a high-quality experience but it is a very accessible one. We’re extremely curious to see how this one from Nintendo works in real-world settings.