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‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Now Supports VR Through Nintendo Labo

‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Now Supports VR Through Nintendo Labo

Nintendo's critically acclaimed fighter Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now ready to be played - and yes, we hesitate to say "enjoyed" - in virtual reality. A new update has made the late-2018-released game compatible with the Nintendo Switch's Labo: VR kit.

The update comes hot on the heels of dataminers discovering hidden code within the game files, just yesterday. This prompted speculation that Nintendo's brawler would soon adopt similar VR features as seen in Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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Sadly, these games never really utilised their new Labo-enabled VR modes that well. Super Mario Odyssey welcomed three separate levels that were OK, but not brilliant. And Breath of The Wild, well, you could just look around a tad more from behind Link. No first-person, no real change.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild / Credit: Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild / Credit: Nintendo

And like these two previous Labo VR-compatible titles, Smash Ultimate's new feature isn't that groundbreaking. It can't even be used online - just in limited, timed, and offline battles.

And no, you can't take up a first-person perspective again, or anything along those lines. I'm not saying that this is what Smash VR should have - all those flips would be quite stomach-turning - but I'd liked to have seen something a little bit different, this time around.

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But you can get a little closer to "dozens of maps", or sit back and watch brawls like you're a real spectator. Which I suppose is a nice (if small) change, if you've become bored after collecting every character and are now looking for a slightly different Smash experience.

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Nintendo Labo VR kit / Credit: Nintendo
Nintendo Labo VR kit / Credit: Nintendo

So if you've already bought the Labo kit, it's worth giving a go. All you need to do to get started is download Version 3.1.0, activate VR mode so your Switch screen splits into two (one for each eye), and slide your console into the Toy-Con VR Goggles that came with the VR Kit.

If you fancy seeing what Smash Ultimate is like in VR and haven't already purchased the Labo: VR kit, however, there are currently two options available on Amazon, coming direct from Nintendo.

First is the Labo Toy-con 04: VR Kit Starter Set + Blaster, priced at £34.99. And then there's the full VR kit, which is almost double the price at £68.25. Or, you know, you could go a little higher and snag the PSVR, but there'll be no Smash on that, of course (there is the rather good Blood & Truth, though). Or go even higher, if you want a true VR experience, and cross into Oculus Rift and HTC Vive territories.

What do you think? Would you like to test Smash in first-person? Let us know - we're on Twitter and Facebook, and we're now live on Snapchat Discover, too.

Featured Image Credit: Nintendo

Topics: video games, switch, zelda, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario, Nintendo, gamingbible

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.