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

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe World Record Foiled By Last Second Blue Shell
To sign up for our daily newsletter covering the latest news, features and reviews, head HERE. For a running feed of all our stories, follow us on Twitter HERE. Or you can bookmark the Kotaku Australia homepage to visit whenever you need a news fix.

A Super 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.

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 realise 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.

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.


  • I feel for the guy. The overabundance of blue shells I encountered in Mario Kart DS was a good enough reason to quit the series, personally in the competitive field.

  • God I hate that blue shell. Worst addition to the game ever.

    What they really need is the ability to configure your item sets. Then you could have whatever you want and mix up the challenege how ever you see fit.

Comments are closed.

Log in to comment on this story!