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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe World Record Foiled By Last Second Blue Shell

A Mario Kart 8 Deluxe speedrun stalled out right at the finish line, seconds away from a new world record. It’s an ending that reminds us all that blue shells are absolute bullshit.

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The moment came this weekend at the very end of speedrunner Skilloz_’s run, as he raced towards the finish line on Wario Mountain. Shooting down the slopes as Donkey Kong and recovering from a slight setback, Skilloz_ prepared to claim a new world record for the Star Cup circuit at 200cc speed. As he got closer to the finish line, he started to realize that this could be a world record run. At the same time, he noticed an incoming blue shell on his mini-map.

“Blue shell is coming but I think we can outrun it,” he said on stream, hitting jumps and rushing towards the finish line.

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Instead of attaining a new world record, the blue shell smashed into DK right before the finish line, derailing the speedrun and preventing the world record. Instead, the run finishes at 7 minutes and 38 seconds, one second away from the world record, earning him a personal best. On stream, Skilloz_ worked through his surprise before outlining a few ways that he might have succeed: if he was drifting sooner, if he had a boost available. After doing some processing, he immediately started a new run. It’s a small moment, but a reminder that even some of the best players run into the same problems that we all do.

Thanks a lot, blue shell. We’re so glad you’re in the game.

Former Senior Writer and Critic at Kotaku.

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mrantimatter
mrantimatter

That damn shell is the worst thing ever added to the franchise. It purely punishes you for doing good at the game and lets the rubber band AI catch up.