Nintendo Labo support added to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Nintendo Labo support added to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The Nintendo Labo Variety Kit, a collection of cardboard sheets and software that can be used to turn into various different items, was released back on April 20th. In that time, though, the software has only been able to interact with itself without much interaction with other Switch games.

Today that changes.

Nintendo has increased the value of the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit by patching Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with support for the motorcycle handlebars Toy-Con. It’s a pretty simple implementation, you can play with the Switch in the handlebars or just using the joy-cons saddled into the handlebars while the Switch is docked. This means that you can turn your existing Nintendo Labo construction into an arcade style controller and play Mario Kart by twisting the throttle, turning the handlebars and leaning into turns.

The trailer shows how you can use it to play multiplayer with however anyone else wants to play, whether it’s the Pro Controller, a single joy-con, or double joy-con.

This is an efficient way to get people talking about both the Nintendo Labo and Mario Kart 8 again, and maybe some fans who own one but not the other may complete the collection. This also creates a discussion as to what’s next for the Labo? Will more Switch games see Labo updates like this?

If you don’t want to buy the entire Variety Pack, Nintendo also sells just the motorcycle equipment from its own website.

The software update is available now. Keep your eyes on Mammoth Gamers for further updates on all things Nintendo Switch, Labo, and Mario Kart 8.


Danny Santos is a journalist at Mammoth Gamers. He enjoys games, comics, and tons of coffee. Last seen: Entering the underground Smash Ultimate Fight Club with a Gamecube controller.