The marketing for the Nintendo Switch has been all about promoting the various different ways that you can play the games on the console.
An update has been released for one of the best-selling games on the system that will add another control method that fans have been expecting. This update is for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and it will allow the players to use the Joy-Cons with the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Motorbike peripheral.
When you install the new update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you can select the Labo as a control method. This refers to using the Joy-Cons with the Toy-Con Motorbike, which means that they are being held sideways and you are using gyroscopic controls to shift the direction of your vehicle.
You can use the Nintendo Labo control method in both the handheld and docked mode, as the Motorbike has space for the Switch to be locked into. This has the side-effect of turning the screen whenever you have to take a sharp corner, which will make it more difficult to keep track of everything going on in the game.
The Nintendo Labo method of control is technically trickier to use than a regular joypad (or the handheld method) due to the fact that there is more distance between your fingers and the buttons. This issue will likely only present itself in the more competitive and difficult of modes, and you won't notice much of a problem if you are just playing at home with your friends. If you ever take part in a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament, then you might wanna stick with a regular controller.
The Mario Kart series first embraced motion controls during the Wii era, with Mario Kart Wii being bundled with a plastic wheel controller that you placed the Wiimote inside. The motion control method was actually quite popular among the players and wasn't considered a step-down from just a regular joypad.
Mario Kart Wii is the best-selling Mario Kart game, the second best-selling Wii title (after Wii Sports, which was a pack-in title), and is currently the best-selling racing game of all time. This means that there are a lot of plastic wheels out there in the world gathering dust.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit are both available now.