Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to Also Support the Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit

The Toy-Con accessories in the Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit will be usable in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which already supports previous Toy-Con.

on August 24, 2018 12:57 PM

Surprise, surprise: the upcoming Nintendo Labo kit that comes with a steering wheel will be compatible with Nintendo’s immensely popular racing game, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Owners of the new kit will be able to use the Car, Pedal, and Key Toy-Con to control their kart.

This is a natural next step for the cardboard peripherals, with the Toy-Con Motorbike accessory from the Variety Pack also being supported in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe through a patch. Players will surely find using a replica steering wheel more intuitive than say, pretending your tiny Joy-Con controller is one.

The Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit will also allow players to simulate piloting an airplane or operating a submarine—but all should probably expect Mario Kart to just stick with the steering wheel, despite land and sea portions being included in the game’s race tracks.

Even more than a year than its release, which itself is years after its original Wii U release, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still enjoying plenty of support, with the additions of Toy-Con support and new content inspired by games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is available to play on Nintendo Switch, with the Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit releasing on September 14.

Chris is a writer based in the Philadelphia area with their eyes set on New York City. They are currently writing for film website Flixist, podcasting for Marvel News Desk, and was an editorial intern for Paste Magazine's gaming section. They graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a creative writing major.