Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Kills Fire-Hopping For Extra Mini-Turbo

The technique higher-level players used to get ahead seems to be gone in Deluxe.

News by Mike Williams, .

It looks like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has a few changes in store for higher-level players. In Mario Kart 8 for Wii U, players found you could actually gain some speed if you hopped in alternating directions after a mini-turbo speed boost. GameXplain has tested the method in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and found that not only is fire-hopping not useful in the new version, but it may also be a hinderance.

The reason for the change is likely two-fold. One, Nintendo probably didn't intend for the technique to be used in the first place. In addition, fire-hopping didn't work on bikes at all, so that effectively shut out those vehicles for expert play.

Two, Nintendo has already added a second level of speed boost to the game. In the original Mario Kart 8, you can tell what level of mini-turbo you'll get out of a drift by the color of your sparks: blue is for the first level, yellow is for the second. In Deluxe, there's a new third level, denoted by purple sparks.

You can see Nintendo showing off the new mini-turbo in the video below.

That's not to say the veteran Mario Kart players won't find a new exploit technique in Deluxe, we just don't know what it is yet.

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Comments 4

  • Avatar for TernBird #1 TernBird A year ago
    People are gonna gripe about this, but the way I see it Nintendo doesn't have to accept your weird out-of-the-box method of abusing glitches.

    Capcom decided that the combo glitches made Street Fighter II fun, and kept it in. Nintendo wants Mario Kart to be accessible, not a GIT GUD SCRUB LEARN 2 SNAKE kind of game. I appreciate that, because the controller gymnastics involved in learning those techs are so ridiculous...
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  • Avatar for Talraen #2 Talraen A year ago
    As someone who prefers the bikes in Mario Kart 8, I appreciate this! However, given that I don't play competitively, didn't know this was a thing, and don't have a Switch... my appreciation isn't worth much. :)
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  • Avatar for Roto13 #3 Roto13 A year ago
    I remember when snaking was discovered in Mario Kart DS and completely ruined online play in that game. It was my (the?) first DS game with online play, too.
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  • Avatar for Godots17thCup #4 Godots17thCup A year ago
    @Roto13 Ugh, Mario Kart DS is probably my most-played MK by a large margin, but I never touched the online portion of the game once I realized how prevalent snaking had become. It just felt like all the fun had been drained from the game.
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