Nintendo is bringing Zelda and Mario into virtual reality

| April 5, 2019

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Labo VR kit may just be a little cardboard experiment, but Nintendo is taking a chance on throwing its most beloved titles into the headset. Today, the company announced they will be adding support to play two of the Switch’s flagship titles.Though “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” seems to just be gaining VR viewer support, “Super Mario Odyssey” is actually getting some new content alongside the updates, which adds a trio of new mini-games. Both games are getting this update for free later this month, on April 25.

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