On April 25, 2019, the Super Mario Odyssey VR update is arriving that will allow people to use the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con04: VR Kit with the game. However, it turns out you don’t need the VR goggles to enjoy the new experience being added to it. VR will be optional, just like it is with the VR-compatible Theater Mode being included in this update.
The news was announced via the Japanese Super Mario Odyssey Twitter account. It shows the screen leading into the VR mode. It notes that it can be played without the Nintendo Labo VR goggles, but also says people who do have it and enable VR can enjoy 360°views.
[VRであそぶ] こちらのモードは、VRゴーグルを使わずに遊ぶこともできます。でも、でも…是非、VRゴーグルを使って360°広がる『スーパーマリオ オデッセイ』をお楽しみください！ pic.twitter.com/rprPstDnLu
— スーパーマリオ オデッセイ (@mario_odysseyJP) April 15, 2019
In the Super Mario Odyssey VR experiences, players help Mario collect musical notes in the Cap, Luncheon, and Seaside Kingdoms. As they do, they get the ability to recruit various performers in each area for a band. When the whole band is brought together, players get to see a Metro Kingdom concert.
Super Mario Odyssey and Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit are available for the Nintendo Switch. The free Super Mario Odyssey VR update arrives on April 25, 2019.