Twitch has been growing exponentially over the past year or so, even Nintendo Life has taken the plunge, but for a number of individuals Twitch, and 'casting', has become a way of life. During Heat 2 of our Mario Kart 8 Championship we came across popular 'Twitcher' Spamfish, who was live streaming his attempt to qualify for our live grand final at EGX in London later this month. Ultimately he wasn't quite good enough that time around and Spamfish will be the first to admit that he needed a little more practice before Heat 3. However, we thought it would be interesting to follow his progress in his quest to qualify and therefore we'll be embedding his live stream tomorrow during Heat 3 of the Championship.
We recently had a quick chat with Spamfish, who has now amassed over 68k followers on Twitch, and asked him how training was going:
NL: So, Spamfish, would you like to tell our readers a little about yourself?
Hey! I've been streaming games on Twitch for over 3 years, and a gaming/Nintendo fan all of my life. Even if you haven't seen my stream but use Twitch, you will have probably seen me face-palming, as the 'FailFish' emote is used to express failure on the site. I have spent countless hours in every Mario Kart game, and actually remember travelling to Oxford Street in London for the first time to buy the SNES version as soon as it was released.
NL: Only 24 hours to go, are you looking forward to Heat 3 on Saturday?
Yes, I'm really hyped for the heats and the tournament. The first 2 heats were tough, but it's great to see where you rank compared to other Mario Kart fans. The added incentive of potentially competing at EGX, which I'll be attending whatever happens, with the very best in the country means it should be a lot of fun whatever happens!
NL: How much practising have you done since Heat 2?
Nowhere near as much as I would like or is needed! The scores people have been setting in the first two heats have been really high, and don't allow much room for error. My relative poor performance so far has meant I've spent more time using different character and kart combinations to test different set-ups.
NL: Which character are you planning to compete as on Saturday?
Since the greatest Mario Kart racer of them all, King Boo, is sadly not in the game, I'll be using Morton or Bowser. For kart set-up going with Landship, Button Wheels, and Cloud Glider.
NL: What do you think is the secret to successfully qualifying?
I think the key to qualifying is the same as doing well in all of the Mario Kart games. A combination of a good start to escape the middle of the pack where items get spammed, knowing the tracks inside-out so you can race clean lines, and then praising the Mario Kart item gods! You need to be in their favour as you never know when a Blue Shell gonna rock your world.
We'd like to thank Spamfish for his time and wish him the best of luck for tomorrow, we'll be watching from 2pm as he attempts to qualify for EGX. If any other racers are planning on live streaming their attempt to qualify for Heat 4 (next weekend) please contact us.
Heat 3 takes place between 2pm-6pm tomorrow, Saturday 6th September for more information please visit nintendolife.com/mk8
I won't qualify, but I would love to
so twitch is like chatroullete but with more jerks
I'd like to try, but this is restricted to Europe only if I'm not mistaken.
Nice article and 'Good luck' to you Spamfish. I shall tune in to see, if how he gets on.
I've been quite optimistic that since the all mighty update, the problems with disconnections have been sorted out. In the last hour, I've done a little tester with the Mario Cup. Here's how I got on:
First six races were great and I finished in 1st place, Wooohooo. Win my last two races and I'll finish with maximum points, joint top of the leaderboard. Race 7, so I'm halfway around the track and well out in 1st place. Then low and behold. BANG!!! Disconnection, no points and worst still my lost opportunity of racing again as when I re-join the cup , it brings me to race 8.
Ok, I'll take that one on chin. Perhaps... Maybe.... Just a one off disconnection, because I'm told the update has sorted out theses types on things out.
Race 8, a perfect start and I'm straight out in 1st place. A quick look behind me after receiving a green shell and my opponent is right there. I release my shell backwards and it's a direct hit leaving them for dust. Then... Can't be... Nooooooo!!!! Disconnection, I'm left with no points from that race and no opportunity of racing it again -sob-
I hope people don't experience these same disconnection issues as I do this weekend.
I'll try to watch as I can't participate for obvious reasons. Good luck all!
Why you make this euro only :,,,(
@RougeLeader Twitch is more like live Youtube... with a lot more spam...
thanks. so its not always just peering at a guy playing with himself!
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