Nintendo is set to release its latest venture into the world of cardboard gaming next month with Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit. Included in the complete set is a Toy-Con Elephant design, which allows players to use a trunk to paint 3D objects and more besides.
It’s one of the more inventive additions coming to the Labo VR range, featuring an amazingly deep art package, but the idea has actually been shown off to the world before. Back in 2016, Max Piantoni shared a video on YouTube showcasing his team’s entry into the 2016 International Game Concept Challenge. Called Masterpiece Mammoth, their game has you embracing the role of a woolly mammoth through VR, using its trunk to suck paint from cans and spray it back out onto a canvas.
There are, of course, several key differences between the two ideas, and we doubt that Nintendo stole the idea for itself, but it’s interesting to see the similarities nonetheless. You can check out Masterpiece Mammoth below.
If you missed it, make sure to check out our hands-on report of Nintendo Labo VR to learn more. The first trailer for the kit was recently released, too.