Nintendo Won’t Fix Mario Kart 7 Track Glitch

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.

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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.

Sincerely,

Buddy Roemer
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.

Source: Sticktwiddlers

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31 Comments

  1. It’s a shame for online but glitchy mariokart circuits are fun. They kinda take a bit of skill of their own to do normally so it’s not so bad. I remember that if you jumped off the side of the right bit of Rainbow Road on 64 you could skip a massive chunk.

    • That takes me back. Was never a guarenteed jump, so if you had a big lead it was always a catch 22.

  2. ‘Large minority’ Ha.

    • 49.999%

      I’d call that quite a large minority.

      • I find it funny as if it’s large minority.

    • What I meant to say was that if it’s large it’s not a minority.

  3. can someone explain to me the “as doing so would create an unfair advantage for the users of the original release of the game” please. how would removing a glitch create an advantage?!?!

    • Ha I’m not the only one then :)

    • My thoughts exactly. I guess they might be referring to the offline single player part of the game. New buyers would have the disatvantage of not being able to cheat. What Nintendo actually means: Suck it. Sounds like a personal problem. ^^

    • I guess lap times?!

    • They are not talking about patching the current version but issuing a rerelease for new customers with the track fixed…

    • People who buy the game if updated, would not be able to match the ones who can cheat online, so would be at a disadvantage, effectively using a longer track. aka, if you can’t beat them, join them.

  4. I’m not sure if I’m being thick here, but how does removing the shortcut create an unfair advantage? Surely the unfair advantage is to keep the glitch in!

    • Because future versions of the game will mean players (in theory) take longer to get around the course.

      • ie. take the correct amount of time as opposed to boosted lap results!? such a cop out by ninty

      • A leader board reset would have to happen, and most people don’t like those.

      • ninty would know the “correct time” to complete the course, and would know on average the amount of time saved by glitching the course, therefor the times that are closer to the glitched time than correct time could be removed

    • It’s due to the fact that only games produced after the fix will have it, so older owners will still be able to cheat while those who bought it after will be forced to finish properly.

      • i get you now, so its not something that can be “patched”, just hardcoded into new releases. nice one ninty

      • Yeah, it’s because Nintendo like using cartridges.

      • and they can’t patch it?

        discs are a write only medium, that doesn’t stop disc games having patches stored on the machine.

        an interesting philosophy from Nintendo though, cheating’s ok so long as everybody can do it?

        i bet you if it was a glitch that allowed you to download free games they’d patch it up double quick.

      • It’s because patches aren’t written to the disk but rather the hard drive of the respective device.

  5. After the Zelda problem too, this isn’t good for Nintendo

  6. I don’t get why people don’t understand why Nintendo won’t remove it.

  7. This doesnt surprise me considering how Mk7 was supposedly rushed out the door. Surely there is a way to fix it by using the add on content. Or using the channels like they did for Zelda? If not, 3DS should really have a patch facility in this day and age…..

  8. “Rest assured your comments have been added to our records for Mario Kart 7.” – Whoopeefuckingdoo, well that’s ok then eh?

  9. an unfair advantage for the users
    which users the ones who can do it or the ones who can not?

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