A major exploit in Mario Kart 7 will remain unfixed, Nintendo of America has confirmed.
In the Wuhu Mountain Loop course (Maka Wuhu track in the U.S. version), players have discovered a glitch which allows them to skip almost half of the track by deliberately driving off the course at a certain point.
Nintendo had been informed of the issue by players and have issued a response:
“Thanks for your patience in waiting for a response during this busy time of year. We are aware that it is possible to navigate a certain part of the track in Wuhu Island in a way that allows a large part of the course to be bypassed.
There are no plans to update the game to remove this shortcut as doing so would create an unfair advantage for the users of the original release of the game. Rest assured your comments have been added to our records for Mario Kart 7.
Nintendo of America Inc.”
It’s pretty disheartening news for fans of the game as it appears the exploit, which is abused by a large minority of players online, won’t be removed.
This isn’t the first time a Mario Kart game has been subject to a track-breaking exploit. Mario Kart 64 had the infamous Wario Stadium glitch and 2008’s Mario Kart Wii was subject to a lap-skipping bug on the Grumble Volcano course, which was never patched.