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Best Nintendo Switch VR Games

Zornitsa Vuteva 2 months ago 0 89

The Nintendo Switch console has been gaining a ton of popularity due to its ease of use, versatility, and rich game library filled with both first- and third-party titles. Games like Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing, and Super Mario have been among the most played on the infamous console. And as technology has been progressing, Nintendo has been very open to integrating new approaches to enhancing the gaming experience. Thanks to the Labo VR Kit, many of the Switch games can be played in VR, too. This has enabled users of the console to experiment with this new feature and also make use of their already existing VR equipment.

How did we select the top VR Games for Nintendo Switch?

Since not all Nintendo games are VR-supported, we started by reviewing all that is through the Labo VR Kit. This narrowed down the number of titles that were already highly rated by users. After that, we took into consideration the following criteria:

  • Reviews and reputation – gamer reception was paramount when selecting the top titles, as it helped us figure out which of the games are likable for the general gamer base.
  • VR experience – it is highly valued if the VR mode enables the players to emerge themselves inside the game and explore as though they were in reality.
  • Game genre – we made sure there are different genres highlighted in this selection – from puzzle-solving to RPG games.

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Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey is a 3D action-adventure platformer game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. It was released on October 27, 2017. In the game, players control Mario as he travels through various ‘Kingdoms’ on the hat-shaped ship Odyssey to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser, who plans to forcibly marry her.

The game features sandbox-style 3D gameplay, allowing players to explore and collect Power Moons to power up the Odyssey airship. Super Mario Odyssey has been well-received and is considered one of the greatest video games ever made, having sold 26 million copies as of 2021. The game also offers a two-player co-op mode, where the second player controls Mario’s new ally, Cappy.

Super Mario Odyssey offers a VR mode that can be accessed with the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit. To use VR mode, players must have the game updated to version 1.3 or later. When playing in VR, the camera is fixed to a central point, and players control Mario to collect items and navigate the levels. The VR mode can also be enjoyed without the Labo VR Goggles using the console’s gyroscope, although this will not provide the same level of immersion.

You can get the game from Nintendo Store for $59.99.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. is a crossover platform fighting game series published by Nintendo. The series is known for its unique gameplay. In the game, the objective is to increase damage counters and knock opponents off the stage instead of depleting life bars. It features characters from various Nintendo franchises like Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon. Additionally, third-party franchises such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Street Fighter are also included. Critics have praised the game for its multiplayer features and a variety of multiplayer options.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, released in 2018, is the fifth installment in the series. It boasts more than 100 stages, with returning stages receiving updates. Every stage in the game features Battlefield and Final Destination versions. The roster includes over 74 fighters, including DLC characters. Moreover, the game introduces new music with more than 800 tracks.

The VR mode, introduced in 2019, allows players to spectate and play single-player matches. It offers a unique perspective where players can peer around levels and see areas that might otherwise be out of view when playing in traditional 2D or 3D modes.

The game costs $59.99 on Nintendo Store.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is a puzzle video game developed and published by Nintendo. It stars Captain Toad, a character from the Mario franchise, who must navigate through various courses to collect treasure while avoiding obstacles and enemies. The game features over 70 levels, including new courses based on Super Mario Odyssey and a two-player mode where one player controls Captain Toad while the other assists by tossing turnips at enemies.

The game is child-friendly and can help improve problem-solving abilities. This game received VR support with the version 1.3.0 update. The VR implementation includes a limited number of stages, with the entire experience taking approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is available for purchase on the Nintendo Store, where it costs $39.99. But for $45.98 you can get the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Special Episode Bundle.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U. It is set at the end of the Zelda timeline, with players controlling an amnesiac Link as he explores the open world of Hyrule to save Princess Zelda and prevent Calamity Ganon from destroying the kingdom.

Breath of the Wild features a nonlinear gameplay structure, allowing players to explore the vast world of Hyrule at their own pace. The game encourages experimentation and offers a physics-based sandbox environment, with elements such as detailed chemistry and physics engines. Players can solve puzzles, complete quests, and engage in combat while managing their inventory and using various tools and abilities.

The VR mode for Breath of the Wild is not a true VR experience, as it does not offer free-roaming camera control. Instead, players are limited to a fixed camera or a limited motion-controlled option for scanning the world, which often causes nausea.

The game costs $59.99 on Nintendo Store, where you can also purchase the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass Bundle for $79.98.

Spice and Wolf VR 2

‘Spice & Wolf VR2’ is a VR animation sequel to the original ‘Spice and Wolf VR’ experience, based on the ‘Spice and Wolf: Spring Log’ light novel volume. The game features a 30-minute story and an interactive mode that allows players to watch part of the anime alongside its characters in the style of Japanese paper street theater. The game was released for PC and later for the Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch version includes a game mode that lets players watch the first episode of the anime with the characters. The original ‘Spice and Wolf VR’ did not require VR to play, but the sequel is designed for VR headsets. The voice acting is praised for being excellent, and the character animations are expressive and colorful, making it an enjoyable experience to watch.

You can find Spice and Wolf VR 2 on both Nintendo Store and SteamVR, which costs $24.99 and has a 9/10 rating.

The Knight of Queen

‘The Knight of Queen’ is a role-playing game (RPG) for the Nintendo Switch, offering a nostalgic experience reminiscent of 1990s RPGs. It comes with the added feature of being fully playable in virtual reality (VR). The game is set in a medieval world and features a one-on-one turn-based command input battle system. Players take on the role of a knight serving a queen on a quest to explore the world, defeat the Devil King, and restore peace by battling various monsters. Along the way, players collect information and items to aid them in their adventure.

The game is quite funny and silly at times, which makes it great for winding down, and the VR mode enhances the level of reminiscence awakened by the old-school design of the game.

You can get the game for only $4.99 on Nintendo Store.

Deemo Reborn

Deemo Reborn is a reimagined version of the popular mobile music game DEEMO, now available on various platforms such as Steam, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. This new version offers a completely immersive 3D experience on Steam. The story follows a girl who falls from the sky and meets Deemo, a character who plays the piano in a treehouse world. The game combines exploration, puzzle-solving, and rhythm-based piano gameplay. Players assist the girl in finding her way back home by solving riddles, discovering sheet music, and nurturing the mysterious tree through piano performances.

Deemo is highly regarded as an excellent rhythm game, especially for those who appreciate a blend of music and storytelling. It boasts charming art style, a well-crafted narrative, and a wide range of songs to experiment with.

Neonwall

Neonwall is a puzzle and arcade game available on various platforms such as Nintendo Switch, Steam, and others. In the game, players navigate through a neon world, solving puzzles, overcoming obstacles, and requiring focus, concentration, and timing to progress through challenging levels. The game involves controlling a ball and requires skill and precision to advance. It is described as an experience that demands focus and concentration. After Neonwall was released on the Nintendo Switch in 2018, it became a third third-party game to support Labo VR. The game has received positive reviews for its perpetual motion gameplay and challenging puzzles.

Neonwall costs only $9.99 on the Nintendo Store.

How to turn VR mode on Nintendo Switch?

  • Launch the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit from the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu.
  • When prompted, choose the VR Set that you’re using.
  • When asked if you want to restrict VR mode, select ‘Use VR Mode’ or ‘Restrict VR Mode.’
  • To adjust VR settings, from the Main Menu, select the icon of VR Goggles in the lower-right-hand corner.
  • Adjust the VR Mode settings as desired:

– Select ‘Enable’ to use VR Mode or ‘Restrict’ to disable it.

– Select ‘On’ to switch to VR Mode when using the Goggles or ‘Off’ to disable this feature.

– Use the slider to adjust the screen brightness when using VR Mode.

It’s important to note that Nintendo Labo is not compatible with the Nintendo Switch Lite. If you want to play a VR game that is not specifically designed for the Nintendo Switch, such as ‘Help Wanted,’ you will need to buy the VR version from Steam VR, the Oculus store, or the PS VR store, depending on your headset.

Conclusion

Those who have already played the traditional versions of the mentioned games could easily see the difference VR makes when playing. And although there are many flaws regarding the VR modes of certain titles, which should be worked on, there are promising projections for Nintendo Switch’s integration of VR. Until then, owners of the console should definitely give VR a try and experience some of their already favorite games in a more immersive way.

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Meet Zornitsa, our Content Manager, specializing in all things VR headsets and innovative VR use cases. With a passion for exploring the latest in virtual reality technology, Zornitsa is your trusted source for expert insights and informative content that will elevate your VR experience.

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