A recent update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has made the game compatible with the Nintendo Labo.
The free software update allows players to control their favorite Mario Kart racers with the Labo motorbike handlebars Toy-Con. This setup uses both motion controls and the handlebars’ acceleration mechanic to create what might be the most immersive Mario Kart experience yet.
Connecting Labo to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sounds easy enough. After updating the game, a Labo icon will pop up on the title screen. This will let you select the motorbike handlebars as your control scheme, and from there you should be good to go.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe might be the first title to support Labo functionality, but it won’t be the last. Nintendo revealed in a press release announcing the update that “more titles will be compatible with Nintendo Labo in the future.” Maybe The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will finally get a fishing minigame after all. Likewise, being able to play Splatoon 2 or Arms while wearing the full Labo robot getup would be a trip.
Labo rolled out in April and gained mainstream popularity after Jimmy Fallon and Ariana Grande performed an entire song only using Toy-Con instruments. However, it’s looking like Nintendo is trying to create a wider appeal for Labo by introducing new ways to play its first-party titles, and we can’t say that we’re not intrigued.
Meanwhile, a new mobile Mario Kart game, Mario Kart Tour, is scheduled to launch sometime by the end of this fiscal year.