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Nintendo is looking at virtual reality gaming – seriously


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Nintendo has a reputation for doing its own thing, but has VR proved too tempting a bandwagon?

Today’s Nintendo earnings briefing revealed the company’s latest interest – virtual reality.

The Japanese gaming giant is “looking” at the VR sector, although details have yet to be released.

Industry analyst Dr. Serkan Toto first reported the news on Twitter:

It’s a frustrating revelation, since Nintendo hasn’t explained how VR might be integrated within its ecosystem.

Current sales of the Wii U and 3DS aren’t exactly extraordinary, and the upcoming Nintendo NX is still shrouded in mystery.

As such, virtual reality gaming could be a sensible venture for the firm, especially considering the sector is growing increasingly competitive.

Nintendo rival Sony has already invested heavily in the PlayStation VR headset, while Microsoft is taking an alternative route with the augmented-reality HoloLens goggles.

PlayStation VRSony's PlayStation VR

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And don’t forget Valve, who – through a partnership with HTC – is nearing the consumer launch of its hugely anticipated Vive VR headset.

Unfortunately, there’s no telling whether Nintendo will actually commit to a VR venture so early on.

Which Nintendo game would you most like to play in VR? Let us know in the comments.


February 2, 2016, 1:48 pm

Metroid in VR. It has to happen. (And I mean on a new Ninty console not using a dolphin emulator and some hacks).

Yeah I hope Nintendo do take VR seriously, if they don't they may end up being left behind (again).

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