Looks Like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Gets Rid Of Controversial 'Fire-Hopping' Technique

There might be another good reason to pick up Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — no more obnoxious post-boost hopping. According to a video from GameXplain, the contentious "fire-hopping" technique apparently didn't make the trip from Wii U to Switch.

Discovered way back in the winter of 2014, "fire-hopping" is a trick that helps maintain speed coming out of a short boost in Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U. The idea is that vehicles lose speed from a boost when they are in the air, so the jumping helps keep the extra MPH for a little bit longer.

"Fire-hopping" has long been a point of contention among Mario Kart 8 players. Some see the unofficial technique as something players just need to master in order to enhance their play. Others feel like it's an exploit, especially who favour inner-drifting bikes, as they're the only vehicle type the technique doesn't work with.

Looks like it's all moot now, as GamXplain demonstrates in the video below.

I tried to replicate the video results with my copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, reaching the conclusion that I suck at Mario Kart before wandering off to play more Battle Mode.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches for the Switch on April 28. I predict people will finally stop the futile hopping a month later.


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    Anybody interested in Kotaku reader races or battles we could organise?

    Despite what some people may think, Mario Kart is a skill based game and fire hopping is a skill. The only reason I can think that they would reduce/remove it is to level the playing field. Which seems ridiculous to me.

      The entire game's premise is to 'level the playing field'.

      - People in lower positions get faster speeds.
      - People in lower positions get better items.
      - People in the lead get a coin or some other low item 98% of the time.

      Yeah there is some skill involved. Also luck. It makes the game a lot of fun with friends as the person that owns it is not always going to win. We break it out a lot with friends, this one will be no different.

    But muh skill cap... Seriously though, good riddance. Now matches will actually be a battle of the best driver, not who can exploit the game the most efficiently

      I don't particularly like fire-hopping, but I'd have to say that properly doing it while also taking corners perfectly is very much a mark of "best driving" as it is very skill-intensive.

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