‘Super Smash Bros’ Gets Limited Support for Switch VR Labo Goggles


Nintendo today announced that the latest update to Super Smash Bros Ultimate has added a special mode which allows the game to be played with the Switch VR Labo Goggles.

Nintendo launched the Switch Labo VR Kit back in April—part of the company’s ‘Labo’ product line which offers built-it-yourself cardboard accessories for Switch. The Labo VR Kit includes a heap of interesting accessories and specially made VR content, but we were quite surprised when the company also added VR modes to Super Mario Odyssey and Zelda Breath of the Wild.

Nintendo has surprised us once again, today announcing that an update to Super Smash Bros Ultimate has added a VR mode to the game.

The game’s VR support is limited to a specific single player mode found in the ‘games and More menu. The mode allows players to watch AI characters battle it out from a close vantage point where they can look around at the battles and levels as they unfold. “Dozens” of the game’s levels are supported, though some aren’t (likely because some stages would be too large to be seen from a single vantage point). Players can also join the battle against the AI, though it looks like it may be limited to 1v1—local and online multiplayer isn’t supported in VR. All of the matches in the VR mode appear to be timed to just a few minutes, likely because Nintendo wants people to take breaks to avoid nausea.

With the addition of Super Smash Bros to Mario Odyssey and Zelda Breath of the Wild, Switch’s top three games (according to Metacritic) now have some form of VR support.

Nintendo's Switch VR Labo Kit Includes a Genius Makeshift 6DOF Controller

And while the VR modes in these games aren’t something players are likely to come back to over and over, it seems like Nintendo could be gauging interest for a more serious VR offering, possibly figuring out if a future Nintendo console should be more oriented toward VR (with things like a smaller, higher resolution screen and more advanced tracking capabilities).

So far, consumers appear to be responding well to the Labo VR Kit. On Amazon, the full Labo VR kit is rated nearly as well (4.5 out of 5) as Oculus Quest (4.6 out of 5), which is right on par with the Switch itself (4.5 out of 5).

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  • Darshan

    In Super Smash brothers … Mario moves just too fast to follow or track movement…i don’t see much reason why to play this too fast game in VR..where player end up scratching head what the crap just happened or dizzy after following super fast moving and jumping in omni direction mario …and what other stuff kept happening around..Not so sure if this is good game for VR. Nintendo please release proper HMD..releasing strong IPs on Labo VR? Why? its too much crud headset.

    • You are indeed wrong, no game needs to be slowed down for VR. Those who cant keep up need to find a slower game for VR.

      There is not a lot of folks who cannot keep up compared to those who can like I.

      It’ll take some time to get use to Mario’s movements. Zooming out would help. Gotta train yo mind. i dont mean you, I mean others who have better perception than you, which should be a lot :3

      • Darshan

        Still Labo VR leaves much to desire…even visuals of switch after magnification. I doubt there will be any control for Zooming out.. Best of luck puking after half hour omni directional mayhem

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  • I wonder how the experience is good. My friends say that Zelda is terrible and Mario is so-so. IMHO it has no sense adding VR modes to games that then result terrible. It hurts the perception of LABO.

    • Darshan

      Labo is being used as VR PUBLIC INTEREST GAUGE …. but its incarnation is just too crud. Better Nintendo had offered light weight wired helmet with decent screen + IMU and hdmi cable.

    • impurekind

      I think it will be just as so-so. But at least Nintendo is dipping its toes into VR, and hopefully it means the future of proper VR will include Nintendo too.

  • Here is a good impressions video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxfBGPHKiQ0

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