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Free update adds Labo support to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Nintendo continues to do brilliant things with cardboard – this time, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

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Nintendo continues to do brilliant things with cardboard – this time, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Breath of the Wild is wonderful, and Super Mario Odyssey is outstanding, but the best game on Nintendo Switch might just be a port of a 2014 Wii U game: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

There’s very little you could really do to improve Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in our eyes. It’s the go-to multiplayer game for Team Thumbsticks, both online and in the real world. But Nintendo, to their credit, are still trying their best to eke even more out of a four year old racer.

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The latest update is, on the face of it, fairly trivial. But on the other hand, it signals not just Nintendo’s commitment to support an older title like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but to continue to find creative and interesting things to do with its latest toy, the Nintendo Labo.

Yes, they’ve officially added the Nintendo Labo motorbike kit as a supported controller to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It looks brilliant, too.

Our only real complaint is that the game’s big local multiplayer appeal – the ability to use a single Joy-Con per player – means you’re going to need a lot of controllers and a lot of identical Labo kits for our regular multiplayer jamborees. Still, we’re splitting hairs, really.


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