Nintendo released a free patch for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch that adds Nintendo Labo as an interactive motion controller. Specifically the Toy-Con Motorbike from the Nintendo Labo: Variety Kit. The cardboard-controller can now be used to control your racer.
After downloading the patch, a Nintendo Labo icon appears directly on the main title screen to activate the Toy-Con controller. Turning the handlebars changes direction, while twisting the right handlebar accelerates. The Joy-Con buttons attached to the Labo pieces takes care of activating items, brakes, and drifting.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe supports up to four local players, each using their own Toy-Con Motorbike controllers. Each one would require a Joy-Con controller and the Motorbike set from the Nintendo Labo: Variety Kit.
Mario Kart 8 deluxe marks the first game to receive official Nintendo Labo support. More games and compatibility will be added to Nintendo Labo in the future.
In related Labo news, Nintendo has announced the two categories for the second Nintendo Labo Creators Contest. The categories are Best Toy-Con Musical Instrument and Best Gaming Experience using Toy-Con Garage.
The contest involves submitting a YouTube video of your creation. Winners receive a custom-painted Nintendo Switch and Labo Creators Jacket. The second Creators Contest runs from July 19 to August 20.
The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Labo support is available now on Switch.