Nintendo has been the console publisher that's lasted the longest in the gaming industry. They were the ones who helped revitalize the gaming market in the United States after the video game crash of 1983. And throughout their decades of life, they've been one of the few who have truly dared to be different in regards to their creations. This has been evident in designs like the Virtual Boy, the Nintendo Wii, the Wii U, and the most recent console, the Nintendo Switch. But then, they also made the Nintendo Labo, which has been an entirely new thing for the video game world.
For those who don't remember, the Nintendo Labo is a set of cardboard pieces that can be constructed in such a way to make unique gaming experiences or musical experiences for the Switch. Popular designs in the initial set include a robot pack, a motorcycle steering device, a fishing road, a piano, and more. For some of the hardcore gamers out there, the Nintendo Labo seemed a little bit "too Nintendo", but to some of the younger audiences, this was a great crafting experience. And while the Labo hasn't set the world on fire in terms of sales, it's far from a flop. Japan especially has been enjoying the Labo, and Nintendo seems dedicated to creating new ways to use it.
Case and point, in a new update, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe became the first game to not be included with the Nintendo Labo pack to receive Labo support, and apparently, it won't be the last:
“Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the first game outside of Nintendo Labo software to receive Toy-Con support, and more titles will be compatible with Nintendo Labo in the future," Nintendo said in a statement about the update.
This is something that could be another big boost to the sales of Switch, its games, and naturally, the Labo. For this combination of factors could lead to people wanting to try a new experience of playing the game. Doing so with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is not only a logical move but one based on the success of the game. At present, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the second best-selling game on the Switch, behind only Super Mario Odyssey. And given that the Labo already had a racing game on it via its motorcycle construct, it likely was easier for Nintendo to tailor the game to the Toy-Con control scheme.
Nintendo has also started another contest for users of the Labo to build the next great Labo experience. The contest is broken down into two categories: “Best Gaming Experience using Toy-Con Garage” and “Best Toy-Con Musical Instrument.” Users will be able to use the Garage and various cardboard cutouts to try and make something truly special. The winners will win a Nintendo Switch that is designed to look like a Nintendo Labo cutout. They'll also receive special Labo jackets and a certificate signed by the Nintendo Labo Team.
Between these two announcements, Nintendo is proving they are dedicated to their newest creation.