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Fire hopping appears to be gone in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Posted on April 18, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Fire hopping was pretty prevalent in Mario Kart 8 on Wii U. Basically, the technique allowed players to extend mini turbos. The underlying idea is to hop in alternating directions during the turbo.

With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe nearly here, you might be wondering if fire hopping has returned. GameXplain tested things out, and based on what they’ve seen, it looks like the technique is gone. We don’t have an absolutely definitive answer, but this appears to be the answer right now.

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  • Noah

    Nice. I know this is a double-standard, but unlike snaking, I never found fire-hopping fun. It made the online leaderboards for time trials ridiculous, too.

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  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    I remember being forced to do this (Although I didn’t know it was an official thing until now) for the time trial to unlock the gold part.

    • MagcargoMan

      Forced? Do the time trial ghosts use it too?

      • NintendoPSXTheSecond

        I used bike so for a lot of maps I was at a disadvantage compared to the outer drifting carts. Had to do that and cut lots of close corners to beat the times.

        • MagcargoMan

          So not really forced; just the choice of vehicle. Not saying that’s bad but bikes and karts have different strengths so some are clearly more suited to certain tracks than others.

  • lpfm

    It’s gonna break the “advanced” experience

  • Kaine Morrison

    Whiney little bee-yotches!
    This has been a part of Mario Kart since the beginning!
    Learn to play or don’t bother! Especially since you need a move like this to get times down!

    • jimmy

      or you can learn to ‘get good’ to get your time down

  • DonSerrot

    Snaking made me stop playing MK7, and even though I was able to pull fire hopping off in MK8 I still didn’t like that it was a thing so I’m personally glad to see it gone.

    • MagcargoMan

      Wasn’t snaking nerfed to hell in MK7?

  • Justmadeanaccount2

    Fire hopping or not, I’m still the world’s best Mario Kart 8 player.

  • That’s great! So no need jumping all the time anymore 🙂

  • Mr. Oshawott

    Yes (if true)! Beginner and intermediate players now have an ACTUAL chance of winning without being disadvantaged by an exploited glitch.

  • Tlink7

    *instant buy*
    Spamming buttons in a spastic manner should not increase my chances of winning a race

    • jimmy

      Oh my, i remember Tekken so well, lol

  • Pan Naan

    Well that’s too bad. There really should be some other “advanced” techniques in its stead, because when you know how to drift good and know the tracks inside and out, it all depends on your item luck

    • Rodrigo Pirate

      it was a glitch, not an advanced techique

      • Pan Naan

        How does it being a glitch make it not an advanced technique? Maybe I’m using a wrong term here but I’d compare it to wavedashing for example

  • Dunnington

    Tbh this almost makes it worth the $60 to me. I hated firehopping so much; Learning it felt more like a chore that I needed to do in order to compete rather than a fun technique.

  • shaw98

    I love fire hopping. The exploit made it feel like the game had more depth. It was very satisfying to pull off. Very saddening to see the biggest thing that divided pros from casuals gone.

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