The Nintendo Labo VR Kits just became a whole lot more attractive to the average Nintendo Switch owner, as it has been announced that Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be receiving updates in order to make compatible with the Labo VR Goggles.
Super Mario Odyssey is going to have limited VR support, as only a handful of missions will be added to the game that will be compatible with the VR Goggles. The new missions involve fixed camera angles that can only be altered slightly by the player's head movements.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the more exciting of the two games, as it is promising full VR support outside of the prerendered cutscenes. It will be possible to see Hyrule in a new way using the Labo VR Goggles, even though the game will still use the regular third-person perspective.
The question now is how well the VR iterations of Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will work. The Nintendo Switch isn't exactly a technological powerhouse and the games will have to run in handheld mode in order to work with the VR Goggles. The fact that you have to hold the VR Goggles up to your head means that the amount of time that you can use the mode will be limited since your arms will eventually get tired.
There are six Labo VR sets coming in the future that will each feature their own unique titles, but the announcement today is the first confirmation that Nintendo will be adding VR support to their existing titles. It's possible that we may see Labo VR support added to games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as it would likely be a perfect fit for a first-person VR experience. The fact that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is currently the best-selling game on the Nintendo Switch would also help to promote sales of the Labo VR sets.
The Labo VR sets will be available on April 12, 2019. The Labo VR compatibility updates for Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be available on April 25, 2019.