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

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.

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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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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