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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 Labo Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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.

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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