Nintendo bring together Mario Kart and Labo to give you another way to play!

Nintendo have released an update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe that adds support for the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit motorbike creation! The free update is available now and allows you to pop your Switch into the cardboard motorbike handlebars.


Players can now play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in TV mode using the Toy-Con Motorbike, or insert the Nintendo Switch console directly into the Motorbike’s dashboard to play it on-the-go. Whether using Toy-Con Motorbike or any of the other supported controllers, additional driving options such as Smart Steering and auto-accelerate are available to help newcomers get back on track. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the first game outside of Nintendo Labo software to receive Toy-Con support, and more titles will be compatible with Nintendo Labo in the future.

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, familiar characters from the Super Mario series compete in races set around the world of the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond. Start your engines, put the pedal to the metal, and get ready for the kind of thrilling racing action that only Mario Kart can provide.


Meanwhile, the search for Europe’s greatest Nintendo Labo creations and customisations has begun with the launch of the Nintendo Labo Creators Contest for Europe. Whether you’re a master inventor or a creative spirit, anyone can take part and have a chance to win some amazing prizes, including a special Nintendo Switch system. For this contest, entrants can submit their creations in three different categories:

  • Creations: Got an idea for your own original Toy-Con creation? Grab some cardboard sheets, dive into Toy-Con Garage and see where your creativity takes you – the sky’s the limit.
  • Customisations: Break out the pens, paints, stickers, stencils and anything you can find, and show us your one-of-a-kind customised Toy-Con designs.
  • Kids: In this category, children up to the age of 12 can submit an original Toy-Con creation or customisation. You can even get some help from a parent or guardian.

Submissions will start on the Nintendo Labo website on 19th July and close on 7th September, but entrants can start preparing right now. The overall winners in each of the three categories will receive a very special prize: a special Nintendo Switch system designed to look like cardboard. Finalists will receive a Joy-Con Pair customised with the same design. More details can be found on the Nintendo Labo website, while the Nintendo Labo YouTube channel is home to some favourite creations from the community.

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