|The anger is boiling up as we speak...|
I bought Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS when it was released back in December, 2011. The game was fantastic. The courses were some of the most well-designed in the history of the series, the online features were more extensive and compelling than just about any other game on the Nintendo 3DS at the time (they probably still are), and the controls were smooth as silk. What was not to love?
Oh yeah. Right. The blue shell.
The bane of my existence. Only a racer in or close to last place can pick up the blue shell, and once it's unleashed, it hounds the player in first place and crashes down upon its target, without fail. Many a race has been ruined thanks to the blue shell. I literally sold my copy of Mario Kart 7 entirely because of the blue shell.
Much time passed. And today, I received a new copy of Mario Kart 7, this time to keep, no matter how irritating I find that blasted blue shell.
Excited to re-experience all of those good things about the game, I plopped down on my bed and gleefully started the first grand prix. I grinned with joy as I cruised through the first circuit, which went off without a hitch. The next race, at Daisy Hills, was when things turned sour. My wide smile gradually faded as, all within the last stretch of the last lap, I was hit with all of the most damaging items imaginable. The red shell, followed by the blue, followed by Luigi rocketing past me to claim second place. I ambled shamefully into third.
Sure enough, the blue shell blues caught up with me. Now, I've learned not to take games too seriously in the time I didn't own a copy of Mario Kart 7. There's no way I'm letting anything get me angry enough to sell a game again. But, for serious players, the blue shell poses a slight problem. It adds an element of casualty to the game. It makes it difficult to take the game seriously, as seriously as it needs to be taken anyway.
So there's our story for the day. Since Mario Kart 8 has been announced for Wii U, part two of this series will take a look at three ways to solve the blue shell problem. Do you find the blue shell bothersome?