VR is a feature in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that allows players to spectate and play single-player matches using the Nintendo Labo VR Goggles. VR functionality was introduced as part of the 3.1.0 update.
The VR icon is located in the upper-righthand corner of the Games & More section, which depicts the Labo headset with "VR" underneath. While initially a blue-gray color, it turns into diagonal cyan, yellow and magenta stripes. A Help option is availble by pressing the Y button, which will take the player to a series of instructions on how to use the VR mode.
Upon selecting the icon, a warning label will appear. It states that an adult should read it before proceeding. The VR goggles should only be used when seated, the player must be mindful of their surroundings at all times, and frequent breaks should be taken to avoid eye strain, fatigue and motion sickness. The mode should also be restricted for players age six and under. After clicking the OK button, the game instruction to insert the switch into the headset. The screen then switches to two smaller screens, with with a fish eye lens effect. After making sure the goggles work and pressing the OK button, the goggles must be held still, preferably on a flat surface for calibration. When the process is complete and the OK button is pressed, the setup is finished and the camera now follows the head movements of the player. If the goggles are put down or become uncalibrated for any reason, a special screen that says to reset the direction appears. It goes away by either returning to the original positon or pressing the right control stick.
The first screen is a special rules page, where you can customize the time limit, CPU level, stage selection, launch rate, score display, and show damage. Only offline timed matches (can be set from 1:00 to 10:00) can be played in this mode. Items and Final Smashes are disabled. After making the rules, the stage selection screen is next. The next screen is character selection, where the player decides who plays as what fighter. with CPUs can be played in this mode. However, the player can join the battle themselves by changing the first CPU to Player 1.
During a match where the player is fighting, they can access camera controls in the pause menu. They can zoom in with the ZL button and zoom out with the ZR button. The in game effects disappear after zooming in enough. The player can pan around the stage with the left control stick, reset the camera by pressing the right control stick, and hide the display by clicking both the X button and down on the d-pad. The ability to rotate the camera with the right analog stick is removed and the function is now only tied to the switch gyroscope, and the movement of the player's head by extention. All other camera controls and features are disabled. If the player is spectating, the features are always available and the camera controls option in the pause menu is removed. The Move List and Connect Controller options in the pause menu are also removed in this mode.
After a while, a notice that mentions how the player should take a break will pop up. To exit VR mode, either go all the way back through the menus or hit the Home button, then remove the switch from the headset and hit the close button.
A limited number of stages are available in VR mode. These stages are:
"*" indicates that the stage can be viewed in 360.