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Nintendo Weekly Roundup: Virtual Reality, Round 2


Nintendo Labo VR gets released

Last month, Nintendo announced Labo VR. A take on the virtual reality phenomenon, Nintendo intended to combine its Labo product line for Switch with its current über successful console for a fresh VR experience. Many hardly expected this, as the tech giant had explored VR over a couple decades ago to much controversy. However, Nintendo clearly had some desire to be privy to the VR scene.

This week, after a month’s wait, Nintendo Labo VR has released. The full VR kit comes with several peripherals to build out of cardboard for the Switch, including an elephant, a bird, a blaster, a camera, a foot pedal, as well as the goggles and a few smaller peripherals. The full set will cost $79.99 USD while a starter containing the goggles and blaster will run at $39.99 USD. The other peripherals will be sold separately.

It’s hard to tell, right now, if the Labo VR is going to perform well in the market. It’s efficiently-priced compared to alternatives on other platforms, including that of VR on the PlayStation 4, which ranges from about $200 to $300. In any case, it’s always great to see Nintendo try their hand at different technologies.

Nintendo Switch Online adds three new NES games

With an ever-expanding library of 8-bit classics, Nintendo Switch Online is becoming an increasingly desirable service. Having recently launched the likes of Kid Icarus for the service, Nintendo is releasing three new titles today, including Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Star Soldier, and Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream.

The first title in the lineup is very identical to the first entry in the Super Mario Bros. franchise, if far more difficult. Up until 2007, it had not yet been released in the North American market. Considered simultaneously a sequel to and extension of the first title, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels is sure to make even the most skilled of Mario fans shiver in fear.

Originally released on NES in 1986, Star Soldier is a sci-fi shoot-’em-up video game in which the player controls a ship as they blast away at incoming enemies. Sharing elements with other games in its genre, it’s a fun action game to play when one doesn’t have much time to do so.

Punch-Out!! is one of Nintendo’s more obscure franchises. While it’s gotten a bit of limelight in recent years as per the presence of Little Mac in two Super Smash Bros. titles and 2009’s Punch-Out!! entry on the Wii, there has yet to be word on continued development of other series sequels. The original that can be played through Nintendo Switch Online is a challenge worth your time, even if you don’t get to fight Iron Mike.

Stage Builder may be coming to ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’

One of the more integral features of the past couple Super Smash Bros. iterations has been the stage builder feature. As the name suggests, the player constructs arenas from various objects in any given setting to be suitable for any scale of battle. As it stands, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate stands as an odd one out without the feature, but a new advertisement suggests it will have the feature soon enough.

In the beginning of this “Nintendo Switch My Way” advertisement, in which multiple children play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, you can barely make out the term “Stage Builder” at the bottom right corner of the TV screen. This occurs about two seconds into the video, and while the words are slightly blurred, they are confirmation of what data miners had discovered earlier this year, according to Green Man Gaming Newsroom.

Stage Builder was quite easily one of the more engaging additions to the Smash Bros. series and is Nintendo’s closest thing to a “Forge” mode. In any case, we have yet to see how Nintendo adds to the popular mode and what else might be in store for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, considered one of the best Nintendo Switch games thus far..

Star Wars Pinball comes to Nintendo SwitchStar Wars Pinball collection coming to Switch in September

One series that has been remained active for quite some time by now is the Star Wars Pinball series. As such, Zen Studios’ 19 Star Wars-themed tables will be heading to the Nintendo Switch in September.

Polygon reports that Star Wars Pinball will get both a digital release on the eShop as well as a physical release, which is a first for Zen Studios. collection is set to include every table, which are as follows:

  • Adaptations of the feature films A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, Rogue One, and Solo.
  • Tables based on the brand’s television shows, The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.
  • Tables based on characters including Darth Vader, Han Solo, Boba Fett, Droids, and Calrissian Chronicles.
  • Star Wars: Battle of Mimban and Star Wars: Ahch-To Island. 
  • Star Wars: Masters of the Force, Starfighter Assault, and Might of the First Order.

The Switch iteration will include the ability to play vertically in handheld mode, as well as a console-exclusive career mode which is made with “short on-the-go gameplay sessions in mind.” The game includes a soundtrack which will be available in jukebox mode, according to Polygon, and a special collection mode designed to boost scores.

The collection will release on September 13, 2019.

This Week’s Releases

While Nintendo Labo VR may have been the only big first-party release of the last week, there were still some notable titles to come out. For example, on April 9, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy was released for Nintendo Switch at $29.99 USD. The Phoenix Wright games are beloved in their own right (no pun intended) for their quirky brand of humor and unique style of gameplay. As some of the best Nintendo DS games around, there’s not much reason to miss out on this collection.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice releases today, April 11, on Nintendo Switch for $39.99 USD. Developed by Ninja Theory, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice tells the sad tale of a “broken Celtic warrior” who “embarks on a haunting vision quest into Viking Hell to fight for the soul of her dead lover.” Originally released in 2017, Hellblade was widely praised for its narrative finesse and visuals.

Just in time for the final season’s release, Reigns: Game of Thrones was released for the Switch at $3.99 USD. The game is a simulator of sorts revolving around characters from the actual series as you decide the fates of those within Westeros. The perfect way to prepare for Season 8, and priced fairly cheaply, Game of Thrones fans may be remiss without this game in their Switch library.

As always, you can view these and more on the Nintendo Game Store.

 

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