Nintendo has announced that it has added Labo functionality to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The Nintendo Switch game can now be played with the Motorbike Toy-Con which is available as part of the Nintendo Labo Variety Pack.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the first game outside of Nintendo Labo software to receive Toy-Con support, and now boasts its very own Toy-Con control scheme. The new Labo integration is part of a free update that is available now for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to check your rearview mirror when using the Toy-Con Motorbike, presumably due to the fewer number of inputs when compared to a controller.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe can be played in TV or handheld mode while using the Toy-Con Motorbike controller, with the Nintendo Switch system slotting into a dedicated grip while un-docked. You can see the new controller in action in the video below.
Since Nintendo Labo launched back in April, many have been wondering whether Nintendo would implement it into some of their first-party titles. Its use here gives some hope to this, and shows that Nintendo is willing to offer new ways to play certain Nintendo Switch Titles. We’ll have to wait and see whether we ever get the Labo Donkey Konga Drums of our dreams, but in the meantime, you can check out our Mario Kart 8 Guide for the best characters, karts, and techniques to use in the game.