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This year’s annual Google I/O event took place in California last week, with merely a mention of virtual reality (VR). The birthplace of both Google Cardboard (2014) and the Google Daydream View (2016) head-mounted display (HMD) benefited from a heavy focus on augmented reality (AR), but VR was very definitely sidelined. In fact, only one mention of VR was made during the entire event: Tiltbrush.

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History has a way of repeating itself. I’m not talking about the Virtual Boy here, Nintendo’s oft mistreated gamble with inspired but ultimately flawed technology, but rather Google Cardboard. Today sees the worldwide rollout of Nintendo’s latest Labo set, the Nintendo Labo: VR Kit. It’s what we all expected would happen at some point – Nintendo diving back into virtual reality (VR) via the Nintendo Switch – but not exactly as we expected it.