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Nintendo brings Labo support to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with more games to come

Nintendo is merging its craftable cardboard Labo accessories with its existing titles by updating_ Mario Kart 8 Deluxe_ with support for the Toy-Con Motorbike from the Labo Variety Kit.

Alissa McAloon, Publisher

June 26, 2018

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Nintendo is updating Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch to include support for the Toy-Con Motorbike controller that comes packed in the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit. 

The controller itself requires some assembly, however. The Toy-Con Motorbike is notably one of the many craftable cardboard creations included in Nintendo’s Labo line earlier this year. While each of the Labo kits come with their own playable Switch game, the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe update marks the first time support for a Labo Toy-Con has been included in a separate, non-Labo game.

Following the update, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe players will be able to mount their Joy-Con controllers into the Labo Motobike setup and use their cardboard creation to steer in-game. A short video showing Labo support in action can be found right above this post.

While Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the first game to pick up Labo support, Nintendo notes that it won’t be the last. The company is looking to bring Nintendo Labo compatibility to more games in the future, though it hasn’t detailed which titles it is looking at quite yet.

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Alissa McAloon

Publisher, GameDeveloper.com

As the Publisher of Game Developer, Alissa McAloon brings a decade of experience in the video game industry and media. When not working in the world of B2B game journalism, Alissa enjoys spending her time in the worlds of immersive sandbox games or dabbling in the occasional TTRPG.

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