Nintendo Releases First Zelda: Breath of the Wild VR Screenshots

by Jamie Feltham • April 16th, 2019

We’ve been toying around with Nintendo Labo VR for a weekend now and it’s a fun piece of kit. But we’d be lying if we didn’t say we were more excited to jump into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild VR with the headset. To whet our appetites, Nintendo’s just released some new images of the game running in VR.

Two new screenshots of the game surfaced on the Nintendo blog this week. They don’t tell us much other than how the UI looks, but they’re accompanied by words from technical director Takuhiro Dohta.

Dohta says that the Breath of the Wild team decided to add VR support to the game after seeing a demonstration of Labo VR. They had originally discussed different ways of implementing VR before deciding on letting people play the full game with the goggles.

Perhaps the most important point in the blog, though, is concerned with when you should try VR. “We recommend taking a look through the VR Goggles when there’s something interesting to see,” Dohta writes, “like a location with a great view, a favourite character, or a favourite piece of equipment.”

While you can play the entire game in VR, then, it sounds like it might be best used intermittently. That seems like a good idea given that Labo VR has to be held to the user’s face with no head strap.

VR support will arrive as a free update to Breath of the Wild on April 26th. Super Mario Odyssey is also getting a free VR mode with three bonus mini-missions. Hopefully Nintendo has more VR magic in the works too.

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