Whenever a new Mario Kart game hits, fans eagerly pick it apart to find crucial exploits that may shave a couple extra seconds off their best times. For years, the cheat of choice was “snaking,” a technique that allowed players to get drift boosts while on a straightaway. Snaking first showed up in Mario Kart 64 and was particularly prevalent in Mario Kart DS, before Nintendo finally squashed the exploit.
Snaking may have been destroyed, but crafty exploit hounds discovered a similar technique was possible in Mario Kart 8. Dubbed “fire hopping,” fans found you could extend the length of mini-boosts if you hopped back and forth during them. The technique isn’t as useful as snaking, but it can shave seconds off your times, and, unsurprisingly, it quickly became controversial.
Well, it seems fire hopping has gone the way of snaking. The Nintendo fanatics at GameXplain recently tested whether fire hopping still works in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and found the benefit had magically disappeared. In fact, fire hopping may now be a detriment. You can check out GameXplain trying to use the divisive technique in the video at the top of this post.
Between the death of fire hopping and new control options that literally makes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe play itself, it seems like Nintendo really wants to level the playing field with this re-release. That only makes sense. The Wii U was for hardcore Nintendo fans only, but the company is aiming for a wider audience with the Switch. New Mario Kart 8 players may be left with a sour taste if all their online matches end with them being destroyed by fire-hoppers.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe races onto the Nintendo Switch on April 28.