Nintendo Created a Cardboard-Style Switch You Can't Buy

Nichole VegaJun 27, 2018

Alongside the new update, Nintendo also released a new video highlighting Labo compatibility with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in action, including using the cardboard Toy-Con Motorbike accessory to steer your character's kart in-game, which is found in the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit.

The Nintendo Labo Creators Contest starts on July 19 and runs through August 20. Nintendo is happy to announce the categories for the second Nintendo Labo Creators Contest*: "Best Gaming Experience using Toy-Con Garage" and "Best Toy-Con Musical Instrument". You use the Labo the same way you'd use an arcade controller - twist the throttle, lean the handle to turn. That same victor will also receive a Nintendo Labo Creators jacket and a framed award certificate signed by Nintendo Labo developers. The Labo console pulls out all the stops, with the main body of the Switch, the Joy-Con, and the dock all sporting a snazzy cardboard aesthetic.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is now Nintendo Labo compatible, meaning you can control any of the in-game vehicles using a handlebar style controller made out of cardboard. The contest will run through July 19. Eight runners-up will get the limited edition Joy-Con, Nintendo Labo Creators Jacket and an award certificate.

If you want the coolest special-edition Nintendo Switch system yet, you'll need to get creative.

The Nintendo Labo Creators Contest is open to residents of the US and Canada-excluding Quebec-above the age of 13 who own a Switch and Nintendo Labo kit. Nintendo notes that after downloading the patch (which should prompt when you try to start it up), "Simply select the Nintendo Labo icon on the game's title screen to access a menu where you can select Toy-Con as the control type".

Labo support is available to everyone as a free upgrade to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe today. If you don't already have Nintendo's officially licensed pile of cardboard, then my colleague Callum might have a solution for you.

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