Modders Begin Hacking Into Mario Kart 8

Using a browser hack to facilitate on-the-fly RAM edits, modders now have the power to rename courses and tweak musical cues in Mario Kart 8 — and this is only the beginning.

Youtube user and Mario Kart speedrunner MrBean35000vr demonstrated these new abilities during a Twitch live stream this weekend. According to the description of the YouTube highlight reel below, the changes were achieved via a recently released browser hack and some additional code from his compatriot Chadderz, which enabled kernel reading and writing.

Simple tweaks, but MrBean35000vr says what we're seeing is the key to changing everything about the game.

All of this may not look impressive, but it's merely because we don't even know where to start; we can do anything now, anything at all! Custom tracks, custom songs, you name it. We just have to decipher the RAM and work out how.

MrBean35000vr is adamant that this work will not be used for cheating, assuring worried YouTube commenters.

Remember guys: We're not going to be encouraging cheating with this and won't let our work be used for it. Our goal is to make game mods; custom tracks, etc. Relax and enjoy what we come up with :)

I just worry that there are other, more unscrupulous folks out there who now know this can be done, and won't stop until they can do it to — or Nintendo patches the exploit once and for all.

First Mario Kart 8 hacks! [YouTube via GoNintendo]