Super Smash Bros. Ultimate just got Virtual Reality support

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Virtual Reality Labo VR Kit

It wasn’t that long ago that Nintendo was staunchly opposed to virtual reality. Just three years ago, Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto said that VR doesn’t fit Nintendo’s style. However, Nintendo has shown a willingness to change their minds in recent years. They have no plans for an expensive, high tech headset, but they recently brought VR to Nintendo Switch through Labo. At first, the Labo VR Kit only supported a handful of small games and mini-games made specifically for the device. But since launch, Nintendo has added VR functionality to Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. Now Nintendo’s bringing VR support to another heavy hitter: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Earlier today we reported on a data mine hinting at a virtual reality update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In almost no time at all, that information has been confirmed! Nintendo just released the Version 3.1 update for Smash, and it includes VR support. You can check out the announcement trailer below.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gets Virtual Reality

Unsurprisingly, this is not a first-person VR mode. Like Zelda and Odyssey, Smash will retain its third-person perspective. The virtual reality update mode will give players a view with a better sense of depth. They can use that new view to look around at the beautiful, detailed stages and backgrounds. The Labo VR Kit supports “dozens” of stages, and you can even battle, but there are some restrictions.  You can’t battle other players over local wireless or online. You can, however, battle against CPUs as player one. Alternatively, why not sit back and watch CPUs battle it out as a spectator?

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Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.