Here’s something I never expected I would have to say: “You can use Nintendo Labo with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.” Or to be more specific with it, the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Motorbike can now be used as a controller and you can see a video of it in action, right here:
As something that come completely out of nowhere, we actually think it’s great such a thing has happened. Yes, DLC would have been better, but we did actually say in our Labo review of the variety kit, that the motorbike game felt a bit like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, only not as good, so to see Labo make the leap to something like Mario Kart, it makes us wonder what series could be next? It doesn’t play to badly either. Still, until Labo pops up in another game, here are the patch notes for the MK8D update, which added Labo support and just so happens to be out now and is a requirement for those who wish to continue playing online:
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Version 1.5.0: [Released 06/25/18]
- Now supports the use of the Toy-Con Motorbike from Nintendo LABO Toy-Con 01 VARIETY KIT.
- You can now set whether or not to use the Toy-Con Motorbike from the Toy-Con settings in the top menu.
- At the screen right before the game begins, please set the Joy-Con inside the Toy-Con Motorbike.
- When using the Toy-Con Motorbike, the camera will look over the character’s shoulder, increasing immersion.
- Press the downward directional button to play with normal view again.
- Addressed an issue where, after setting up a tournament, the “Search by code” feature would stop functioning.
- Addressed an issue that made it impossible for a player to proceed after colliding with a Star Thwomp.
- The latest update data is needed to play matches online.
- Once you have downloaded the latest update data, you will no longer be able to play “Local Wireless” and “LAN Play” matches with other players who have not downloaded this data.