Add VR Support To These Nintendo Switch Games

first_img Nintendo has finally, fully ripped off the VR bandage. After high-end headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have primed consumers for VR they can own in theory, Nintendo is now offering a VR headset you can actually afford. Later this week you can turn your Nintendo Switch into a VR headset using the crafty cardboard of Nintendo Labo.Initially, we thought Nintendo’s VR experiments would just be contained to Labo’s tiny educational minigames. But we just learned you’ll also be able to use the headset with Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, two of the biggest Nintendo games around. So now that real VR for real Nintendo games is now a real thing, here are some other Nintendo we’d like to see get the virtual reality upgrade.Luigi’s Mansion 3The original Luigi’s Mansion on GameCube actually supports stereoscopic 3D. But Nintendo ended up scrapping this feature in the hardware itself so there’s no way to see it. Still, from the very beginning Nintendo saw this spooky second-banana series as a way to explore immersive and atmospheric new graphics technology. Sounds like a great fit for VR.Pokemon SnapOf all the numerous Pokemon spin-offs, Pokemon Snap is by far the one most people want to see make a comeback. You don’t always want to make the monsters fight. Sometimes you just want to take pictures of them chilling. Nintendo Labo VR Kit lets players make a little cardboard camera. Using that camera to take pictures of Pokemon would be beyond cute. Definitely cuter than a new Fatal Frame.Metroid PrimeMetroid Prime 4 isn’t coming any time soon. Its entire development got basically rebooted a few months ago. But in the meantime we’re expecting Nintendo to re-release the entire original Metroid Prime Trilogy on Switch. An HD remaster of those classics would be appealing enough on its own, but VR support would add new wonder to exploring those old alien spaces.Virtual Boy GamesBefore Labo VR Kit, Nintendo first tried out the VR gimmick with the Virtual Boy back in the 1990s. It was a huge headset you propped up on a stand to play slightly more advanced Game Boy games in a red and black color scheme. It was horrible tech that actively hurt your eyes and as a result remains Nintendo’s biggest failure. And yet some of the games on the platform are worth playing, like Virtual Boy Wario Land, so what better time than now to rescue them?Captain ToadAside from first-person games, VR also shines in games where you omnisciently observe and interact with intricate little puzzle box dioramas. And there’s no better way than that to describe Nintendo’s Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. This Wii U game turned Switch (and 3DS) already got some DLC recently. So some new VR levels isn’t out of the question.3DS GamesWith rumors of a new smaller Switch coming soon, it seems obvious the console/handheld hybrid has now replaced both halves of Nintendo’s hardware markets. The Switch is so radically different from the 3DS that just popping the same cartridges into the device for backward compatibility would never work. However, VR remakes of select 3DS games could preserve the 3D effect. And it’s not like their resolution was ever that high anyway.Mario KartWe originally wanted to say here that F-Zero should get VR support, and that would still be cool considering how long it’s been since that series last appeared. But let’s be real. Mario Kart is a way bigger deal. Millions of Switch owners already own Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a game that also already supports other Labo accessories. Adding VR support would be a no-brainer. And the reduced intensity of the game would probably be easier to stomach in VR compared to F-Zero.Punch-Out!!Punch-Out!! is a simple boxing game about fighting absolutely larger than life characters like Bald Bull, King Hippo, and Mike Tyson. A VR version of Punch-Out!!, whether it’s the Wii remake or a nifty 3D interpretation of the 8-bit NES original, would make us feel like Rocky, barely dodging blows and hitting back twice as hard. Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img

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