An exciting part of the recent Nintendo Labo news, which has seen the introduction of a brand new contest to win a cardboard-themed Nintendo Switch console, was the introduction of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Toy-Con implementation. In case you missed it, Nintendo Labo's Toy-Con Motorbike can now be used to race around your favourite Mushroom Kingdom circuits - and it looks fantastic!
Luckily, getting your Toy-Con Motorbike up and running with the software is pretty straightforward. Firstly, make sure your copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is updated to the latest version (this can be done by pressing '-' or '+' while hovering over the game on your system, and selecting 'Software Update' followed by 'Via the Internet'). Next time you load up the game, you should see a Nintendo Labo Toy-Con option at the bottom of the main menu and it should look a little something like this:
By selecting this option, you can play the game in TV mode using the Motorbike handlebars, or just insert your Switch directly into the Motorbike’s dashboard to play it on-the-go. Additional driving options such as Smart Steering and auto-accelerate are still available when using the Motorbike as a controller, and this handy screen below shows you all the controls you'll need to know.
While Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the first external game to receive Nintendo Labo support, Nintendo has mentioned that "more titles will be compatible with Nintendo Labo in the future." Hopefully we'll hear more about this soon, but could we see implementation in other major titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey?
What would you like to see from Nintendo Labo in the future? Let us know your crazy cardboard desires, and whether you'll be trying out this new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe mode in the comments below.
I kind of wish that the update could have added a button for the new camera angle for non toy-con racing, but oh well. I had a quick laugh trying to play without the cardboard, which to be honest, if you can find anything that can hold the joy-cons together like the toy-con, it will probably still work fine, but just having the joy-cons is obviously not a good control scheme.
I wanna try it once i got LABO Toy Con 01.
That is pretty cool and surprising given the time of release.
Now all I can think about is the Robo kit being used for Arms. It would be an interesting challenge pulling that off.
MotoGP game should be good too...
I was very excited when I saw this news yesterday, my kids just started building Labo yesterday - the RC car - and were discussing whether to build the fishing kit or motorcycle today. So it was perfect timing.
Then I remembered we don't own MK8D since we own MK8 which works just fine and they really didn't add enough to warrant double dipping.
@rjejr Fishing is surprisingly fun! I've plopped the thing down while watching the news and had a nice time.
@ultraraichu Ah man, that’s what I was gonna say (the ARMS x Robot Kit thing)! 😂 I mentioned it on a different site last night and fell in love with the idea.
For some reason, the toycon motorbike didn't work when I built it. Even though I'm sure that it's built 100% correct, the actual software was all screwed up. All the racers just stay still at the starting line even though I can see them (and myself) moving on the minimap. So weird and such a shame. But hopefully MK8D makes it finally worth something. Lol
Ok but why would I want to do that?
@HobbitGamer My kids were arguing over which to build next, motorcycle or fishing pole. They basically went with fishing b/c it's next in the game. My one son isn't happy but he is looking forward to designing his own fish. Mostly he wants to design his own tracks, he did a lot of that in Mod Nation Racers. And whatever else he can do in the Garage, we really only bought the game so the kids can mess around int he garage, they aren't big on cardboard. I want to check out the house myself, there was some roller coaster ride inside that looked cute.
@rjejr What?? There's a roller coaster? I know that you can put the fish you've caught in the piano or house and see an aquarium.
I used the garage to annoy my huge cat. he likes to lay on phone, switch, ds. So I made a huge touch spot on the screen that would make a slow, low pitch cat meow. Turns out he didn't care, but i frightened the tiny dog. Then I made a Mother's Day message and set the tablet (sans joycons) next to my mother's coffee maker.
I'm sure they'll enjoy garage mode, it's simple but very intuitive!! I may even have a Labo night now after my daily Aces whooping
@HobbitGamer Well not exactly a rollercoaster, I misspoke, it's really a minecart level. I normally hate minecart levels in any game though so I block that concept from my brain.
Minecart is at 3:20.
Edit: Sorry, don't know why it won't embed, here's the link.
Don't use capitals on "YouTube" in the command line.
@rjejr We don't talk about minecarts. EVER.
And that vid is neat! I had no clue some of that existed. The house was the last thing I built, then Hyrule Warriors happened. Sooo.
Meh, I don't like when they shoehorn stuff like this into an existing game. It dates the game in a really obvious way, and that's not usually a good thing. Labo is a neat idea, but it's too early to tell if it's a genuine success.
5 years from now people will still be playing MK8, and when they see Mario with his Toy-Con, they may well think, "Oh God, I remember that Labo flop..."
It instantly dates the game and associates it with a passing gimmick, which takes away from the more timeless appeal that these games have.
@Prizm Why would someone who hates fun visit a Nintendo site?
@Anti-Matter , It seems you do not need to buy the whole TOY CON 1 package. The Software for this is in Mario Kart so you could suffice with only buying the cardboard spare parts from Nintendo.
LABO Toy Con 01 is included on my shopping list.
I want to play that game also.
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