We're approaching four years since Mario Kart 8 Deluxe first came out – seven if you count the Wii U version – and fans are seeking out new challenges. Sure, we've had Tour and Home Circuit since then, but they simply don't scratch that same itch.
So, much like Breath of the Wild speedrunners, Mario Kart players are getting creative. This latest speedrunning category is appropriately called "Blue Yourself" and has seemingly emerged within the last two weeks, considering most records were set several days ago.
Any Mario Kart veteran knows to fear the Blue Shell, but in this category, your aim is to actively hit yourself with it in single-player mode. If the CPU hits you, that doesn't count, and you can't be within the blast radius when a different character is hit.
Currently, SkillozGaming holds the world record, using Baby Daisy to hit 37 seconds. That strategy involved falling back, waiting to get several mushrooms, and then boosting ahead once he'd obtained the blue shell. Considering blue shells only appear 30 seconds into a race, it's quite an impressive time.
Would you give this latest speedrunning category a try? Let us know in the comments.
Nice Eiffel 65 reference!
@HamatoYoshi I think it's an Arrested Development reference
I saw Mario Kart 8 and got excited for a brief moment that they may finally do it the same justice as they've been doing Tour with all the fun costumes and tracks it's been getting.
I hate when I do that And now there making a challenge out of it, what has this world come to.
The proper name for the item is actually the Spiny Shell, but everyone just calls it the blue shell.
@Folkloner The challenge name is Arrested Development, but the story subtitle is Eiffel 65
And now we're left with something of a mess on our hands.
@HamatoYoshi I saw my chance and took it
@RupeeClock In fairness, "spiny shell" is much more cumbersome and not nearly as linguistically ergonomic and efficient as "blue shell." 🤷♂
I think we just need MK9, this is insane 😂
Yeah, and it doesn't make sense to have green shell, red shell, spiny shell either.
A story about a little guy that lives in a blue world?
@HamatoYoshi @Folkloner Pretty sure it's a Blue's Clues reference.
@RupeeClock I assume it’s because there already is a blue shell, it makes Yoshi fly!
Also, the MK blue shell (don’t worry I don’t say spiny shell either) is a Koopaling shell, not a Koopa shell.
@sikthvash @HamatoYoshi @Folkloner Pretty sure it’s a line from the cult classic film Blue Velvet
@GannonBanned @HamatoYoshi @Folkloner which was a homage / line taken from Blues Brothers
Get to first and on the last lap, blue yourself on 200cc
I remember my dad and brother did this to themselves once in Double Dash on Gamecube. They somehow got the shell and then ended up in first place. They wondered what would happen and...boom! Blue shelled.
i never could blue myself... especially in under 40 seconds... I'm not that good... or flexible...
In Portal, there is a category called "Suicide%". Pretty self-explanatory.
yall really this bored? lmao
Well, if you can't "Blue yourself%"...
...there's always money in the "Banana%" stand.
winks and clicks tongue
I don’t get it... they’re firing the blue shell and then trying to catch up to it?
@Giygas_95 oooh, so that’s what it means. Get the blue shell, get in first place, and then use it to hit yourself. I was slightly confused by the article. I thought they were trying to catch up to it after firing it.
We are only half way through the Switch lifespan so there's plenty of time for Mario kart 10 to release yet!
People must be seriously bored with this.... Can we have a new entry already?
@sikthvash Well, this blue up pretty fast.
I certainly didn't think the category I myself came up with would end up being written an article about here on nintendolife
I didn't know that was possible. It's amusing.
Kinda pissed they put all their resources into mobile. If they want to leave the real fans out imma leave Nintendo as well for platforms that think about their real fans.
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