It seems as if everyone and their aunt's cat is currently busying themselves attempting to find out how to make VR feasible and monetizable, let alone fun.
So it comes as a huge surprise that the notoriously hard-headed grandfather of games, Nintendo, is looking into leaping upon the potentially short-lived fad themselves.
The Kyoto based company let slip the stunning information at a fairly dire quarterly earnings announcement, where president Tatsumi Kimishima attempted to put a brave face on the fact that Nintendo's third quarter revenues and profits are down when compared to Feb. 2015, and Wii U and 3DS sales have also dropped.
What makes the news so infinitely surprising is it was only last Summer when Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime pretty much quashed the idea of Nintendo ever retreading the watery vectors of virtual reality gaming.
In an interview with Polygon, Fils-Aime said:
"What we believe is that, in order for this technology to move forward, you need to make it fun and you need to make it social.
I haven't walked the floor, so I can't say in terms of what's on the floor today, but at least based on what I've seen to date, it's not fun, and it's not social. It's just tech."
If You Can't Beat Them...
But now, 20 years after their failed but worthy attempt at VR with Virtual Boy, the nauseating, monochrome, headache inducing clustercuss of a console, Nintendo is beginning to tread old waters again. And if there's anyone who could make this tech innovative, it's ol' Ninty.
With a veritable treasure trove of insane IPs to choose from, imagining a world with Nintendo's super famous mascots entering the realm of virtual reality is pretty damn exciting if you ask me, and has naturally led my mind to ponder which Nintendo franchises would work effortlessly with VR.
Come with me now and see what you think:
This is a no-brainer really. The trilogy that proved Samus Aran to be one of the FPS heroes we deserve, it would be a disservice not to bring her adventures to VR.
Mario Kart VR
Imagine tearing through the Mushroom Kingdom, Luigi to your left offering you his chilling death stare. Then you drive through a box and physically throw a banana at him, forcing him to skid off the track. Priceless.
Star Fox VR
If Eve: Valkyrie and Elite: Dangerous offer immersive spacefaring sims, well Nintendo's flagship spacebound shoot-em-up should get its chance in the sun too. Imagine piloting an Arwing in VR. I'd do a few barrel rolls of joy, I tell you.
Because it's simply the logical step.
And that's just a few ideas I had, I now open the floor to you, plucky reader.