Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

Mario Kart 7 and its infamous course skip are now 10 years old

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We are in the game era of rich patches, and games are typically updated frequently from day one. One of Nintendo’s selling points is its focus on the details and quality of the games it ships. In most cases, the company releases titles that are almost out-of-the-box and don’t “wait for some updates to fix the problem.” That record is far from perfect, but compared to the vast majority of developers, the first-party release of version 1.0 from Nintendo will be a relatively smooth experience.

Not yet Mario Kart 7 As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are quite humorous in the game and remembered certain parts of the heritage that are important in the future.It’s in Nintendo, sometimes you just Better to Update the game.

Pause and let’s first recall a little about Mario Kart 7. First, in the first entry in the Name — series, I introduced the numbers that I saw a bit. random At that time, it certainly established a brand shift.

Second, it helped to “save” the 3DS. Portable will withstand the March 2011 launch, and by the fall / fall of that year, Nintendo executives will have a significant reduction in system costs, and early adopters, or “ambassadors,” will have 20 A free retro game was offered. Apologies (10 NES titles that will later appear on the 3DS virtual console, and 10 GBA games that have never been officially available on the system by other means). Given that Nintendo was a huge success in the DS and Wii eras, and compared to the interests of today’s monsters in the single-platform switch era, it was all very dramatic.

See, a good time!
See, a good time! (Image: Nintendo)

in the meantime Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate The game that easily contributed to the revival of 3DS in Japan in the latter half of 2011 and participated in the drastic price cut in Europe and the United States Super Mario 3D Land Suddenly, neither of them was a handheld that was perceived to be too expensive and lacking a killer app. And a steady resurgence towards respect, one of Nintendo’s most enviable software libraries, was underway.

It was also helpful that Mario Kart 7 was pretty good. Probably not the “best in the series” level, but definitely fun both locally and online.It had some really great tracks (some of which were resurrected at) Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe), Music Park / Melody Motorway, Neo Bowser City / Cooper City, Wario Shipyard / Wario Galleon, Rock Rock Mountain / Alpine Pass, Rainbow Road equivalent to MK8, etc. is not). And yes, for some reason, perhaps as a result of some localization turf war, many trucks were named differently depending on whether you were in the EU or NA.

It was in many of the first days that the Nintendo Network (the predecessor of Nintendo Account / Switch Online) then stepped in, kicking the Big N and screaming into the 21st century.

It also advanced the series in a fun way. Assembling the vehicle with three parts made its debut, as well as the glider that helped signal some clever course design. Online play Mario Kart Wii We’ve added a community to allow you to form a private lobby with your friends and forum buddies. It had nice little StreetPass and SpotPass features (we still miss them), and keep in mind that it was the first MK game available for download from the eShop. 3DS is the first Nintendo system available for digital retail games.

It was in many of the first days that the Nintendo Network (the predecessor of Nintendo Account / Switch Online) then stepped in, kicking the Big N and screaming into the 21st century. Of course, the pain was increasing, but it was also very exciting. I remember the e-shop going down on Christmas 2011 as avid new 3DS owners and Mario fans attacked and crashed the network (which was big news!). An intriguing era.

Mario Kart 7 also established another new trend as some glitches / cheats were so bad that Nintendo applied a patch to fix them in online play. This was the first time I could remember that Nintendo actually published a major update for the game. We know this makes us feel old …

Like many games, the MK7 had a lot of glitches and crazy skips that speed runners and enthusiasts could find, but one particular skip issue is that it’s too easy and completely trackable. Was to break. Humorously, there were two things like this. Among them are the harder ones of the Wuhu loop and the much more famous brother Wuhu.Both of these trucks were on Wuhu Island Wii Sports Resort, And in fact it’s a really fascinating and fun course. Obviously, the layout of the track led to a strange oversight in the test and a small “crisis” in online play.

Maka Wuhu’s glitch was very easy to trigger by just driving into the water at a semi-accurate point. At that point, Lakitu picked you up and dropped further along the course. About 20 seconds later. When this starts to happen, you will see some players disappear into the water and their points skip first on the radar. The internet is what it is, the words spread fast, and anyone with enough enthusiasm to read about these things could quickly learn the trick. Suddenly this course changed. Everyone Jump into the water and skip first.It wasn’t yet fair I think it was a race when everyone did it, but it was certainly ridiculous and contrary to the spirit of the game.

It was normalized to where it was NS It’s a way to complete the truck, and Nintendo even said it had no plans to fix it a month after its launch. Suddenly, about six months after the game was released, and some time after the discovery of Glitch, Nintendo published a patch in May 2012. This stopped skipping in online play (and equivalent to the less common Wuhu Loop). But, interestingly for a moment, not everyone received the note.

Your humble writer remembers seeing people jumping into the water a few weeks after the update. I was definitely confused when Latiku put them back in the right place. I once sacrificed a race to see the spectacle.Some determined racers swam and returned to Lakitu, then Queued to try again..

Posing with an oversized Mario Kart was a pandemic for key executives
Posing with an oversized Mario Kart was a pandemic for key executives (Image: Nintendo of America / Bob Riha Jr.)

It may be a more innocent era, but after the first resistance, Nintendo isn’t ashamed to make tweaks to fix mistakes after the release, as not all games are perfect on the first day. It’s also an early sign that you’ve decided to recognize. In fact, Skyward Sword received its own stored data patch for glitches in the form of a downloadable Wii channel workaround just before Christmas 2011. This needed to be fixed a bit more agile as Nintendo was a game ender.

Of course, it ’s commonplace today. Metroid Dread We recently issued a patch to shut down tricky speed running tactics as they can adversely affect normal playthroughs. Maka Wuhu taught Nintendo that in the world of connected online games, players will find a way to break “finished” games.

It was an interesting time, and in the end Mario Kart 7 was pretty good, ending up as a best-selling 3DS game with 18.95 million units, helping Portable to achieve a worthy life cycle. It will remain in the shadow of the entire Wii U, especially the Deluxe Iteration on Switch, forever. This is a very successful game and has helped shift the record number of Switch hardware.

Still, to commemorate the first decade, we are launching a 3DS entry for the Memorial Dunk on the Uhu River — Happy Birthday Mario Kart 7.