2018 10 02 Vr

The Nintendo Switch is about to get an unofficial VR headset that will allow users to at least pretend that they're immersed in another world - in reality, it will simply be like having the Switch's screen really close to your face. While we won't know exactly how good/bad this headset will be until we get a crack at it, the whole situation has got us thinking about which current Switch games might work best as 'proper' VR games, should Nintendo decide to jump on the bandwagon officially in the future.

So for fun - and to give Nintendo and its software partners something to think about - we've come up with a list of what we consider to be the best candidates for VR on Nintendo Switch. We've opted mostly for horror, first-person, and motion-based games, as we feel like these experiences work best in Virtual Reality.

ARMS (Switch)

ARMS (Switch)ARMS (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 16th Jun 2017 (USA) / 16th Jun 2017 (UK/EU)

ARMS is a great candidate for a VR mode, as it already supports motion controls and would work right now in VR. A first-person camera mode would considerably improve it though, but that can't be overly tough to implement, right?

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DOOM (Switch)

DOOM (Switch)DOOM (Switch)
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks / Developer: Panic Button
Release Date: 10th Nov 2017 (USA) / 10th Nov 2017 (UK/EU)

DOOM is arguably the best candidate on this list, as there's already a VR version working on other platforms. Also, given that motion controls already work on DOOM, you could play the game as it is quite comfortably in VR already.

Gone Home (Switch eShop)

Gone Home (Switch eShop)Gone Home (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive / Developer: Annapurna Interactive
Release Date: 6th Sep 2018 (USA) / 6th Sep 2018 (UK/EU)

Give us the option to control our character's head movements with the motion tracker in a VR headset, and allow motion controls when interacting with stuff, and Gone Home becomes an incredibly interesting proposition for VR. Those who haven't played it might find the horror elements particularly troublesome in this mode, too.

Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes (Switch eShop)

Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes (Switch eShop)Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Steel Crate Games / Developer: Steel Crate Games
Release Date: 16th Aug 2018 (USA) / 16th Aug 2018 (UK/EU)

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes already looks like a VR game, and actually supports VR on pretty much every other platform it's available on. So it wouldn't really take anything at all to get this game VR ready from day one.

Layers of Fear: Legacy (Switch eShop)

Layers of Fear: Legacy (Switch eShop)Layers of Fear: Legacy (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Bloober Team / Developer: Bloober Team
Release Date: 21st Feb 2018 (USA) / 21st Feb 2018 (UK/EU)

The extra immersion offered by VR is particularly perfect for horror games as it makes the scares a whole lot, errr, scarier. Layers of Fear is first-person too, and features psychological scares, which are the best kind of horror to mess with someone in VR.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 28th Apr 2017 (USA) / 28th Apr 2017 (UK/EU)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe could work out of the box in VR, thanks to the inclusion of motion controls. However, we'd love a first-person mode that would add that little bit more immersion when we choose to use the steering wheel Joy-Con attachment. This might sound like a flight of fancy, but a VR instalment already exists.

Mario Tennis Aces (Switch)

Mario Tennis Aces (Switch)Mario Tennis Aces (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Camelot
Release Date: 22nd Jun 2018 (USA) / 22nd Jun 2018 (UK/EU)

Mario Tennis Aces is a similar story to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It's ready for VR right now, but would benefit enormously from a first-person mode to make it truly special.

NORTH (Switch eShop)

NORTH (Switch eShop)NORTH (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Sometimes You / Developer: Sometimes You
Release Date: 6th Mar 2018 (USA) / 6th Mar 2018 (UK/EU)

NORTH is another solid choice as VR would offer it that extra level of immersion. It's already an interesting exploration puzzler set in an intriguing environment and VR would just bump it up a notch.

Outlast: Bundle of Terror (Switch eShop)

Outlast: Bundle of Terror (Switch eShop)Outlast: Bundle of Terror (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Red Barrels / Developer: Red Barrels
Release Date: 27th Feb 2018 (USA) / 27th Feb 2018 (UK/EU)

Outlast is brilliant as it is, but we can't help but feel like VR would make it a far more terrifying experience. Can you imagine witnessing all of those horrific events but being completely unable to turn your head away at any moment? Yeah – Outlast VR please!

Perception (Switch eShop)

Perception (Switch eShop)Perception (Switch eShop)
Publisher: The Deep End Games / Developer: The Deep End Games
Release Date: 31st Oct 2017 (USA) / 31st Oct 2017 (UK/EU)

Perception's another excellent candidate, and VR would seriously give this one a boost. It's sort of a horror game about being blind, so if you remove the rest of our view from the equation it becomes a lot more interesting.

Splatoon 2 (Switch)

Splatoon 2 (Switch)Splatoon 2 (Switch)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo Software Technology
Release Date: 21st Jul 2017 (USA) / 21st Jul 2017 (UK/EU)

Who doesn't want Splatoon 2 in VR? Okay, we might be in the minority here, but a version of Splatoon in which we can turn our heads to aim rather than rely on motion controls does sound like a dream come true. A first-person version wouldn't go amiss, either.

Surgeon Simulator CPR (Switch eShop)

Surgeon Simulator CPR (Switch eShop)Surgeon Simulator CPR (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Bossa Studios / Developer: Bossa Studios
Release Date: 13th Sep 2018 (USA) / 13th Sep 2018 (UK/EU)

You probably guessed this would make the cut when you started reading this article, but how perfect would Surgeon Simulator be in VR? You'd feel almost exactly like a real doctor as you performed haphazard surgeries with motion controls. Neat!

Thumper (Switch eShop)

Thumper (Switch eShop)Thumper (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Drool / Developer: Drool
Release Date: 18th May 2017 (USA) / 18th May 2017 (UK/EU)

Thumper is already a VR game, so it's pretty much good to go already. Careful though – this unique game is as addictive as it is difficult.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Switch)

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Switch)Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Switch)
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks / Developer: MachineGames
Release Date: 29th Jun 2018 (USA) / 29th Jun 2018 (UK/EU)

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus would make for a great VR game for the same reason DOOM would. It's a first-person shooter and supports gyro controls right out of the gate.

Which game from our list do you most want to see in VR? Do you reckon we missed any? Let us know in the comments section below.