Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit

Following in the footsteps of Nintendo’s DIY STEM-oriented Labo Variety Kit and Robot Kit, Nintendo just released their third Labo Kit for the Switch — the Toy-Con 03 Vehicle Kit! And as the name suggests, this new Labo focuses on vehicles, including three cardboard projects and games that turn your Switch Joy-Cons into cool plane, car, and submarine controllers.

Even better, just like with the Variety Kit’s motorbike controller, you can use the Labo Vehicle Kit’s steering wheel, pedal, and key to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which looks like awesome fun. So while Nintendo’s Labo Vehicle Kit is not intended to compete with more realistic racing games with force feedback steering wheel, shifter, and pedal setups (it’s still the cartoon Mario world we’re talking about!), this new Labo controller will definitely enhance your Mario Kart playing time and enjoyment. We’re betting the only problem will come down to who gets to drive with Labo Kit versus who’s stuck using the standard controller. Hmm, maybe you’ll need more than one of the new Labo kits?!

MarioKart 8 Deluxe With Labo Kit

Nintendo’s innovative Labo kits were designed to inspire and teach basic programming, engineering, and physics fundamentals. Not only can you play the included Labo games, and build the cardboard controllers, but you can also customize Labo’s software interaction in various ways. And because Labo is so simple, it feels magical in the way it works. So what’s the magic behind Labo, and how do the Nintendo designers get those cardboard contraptions to work? The secret is in the Joy-Con’s gyro motion-sensor, HD Rumble, and most prominently, the infrared heat-sensing motion camera which reads reflective IR stickers. To learn more about the inner workings of the Labo platform, check out The Verge’s hands on video, and get your own Nintendo Labo kit here!