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Welcome to Speedrun Sunday: that sadistic time of the week when we dare to challenge both your D-pad’s durability and sanity’s stamina with the ultimate test in video game bragging rights.

Hot off the tainted tentacles of our Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion challenge comes another ruthless run that’ll leave you spun out and in a frenzy for fungi. That’s right, fans of deep drifts and Blue Shelled gifts: We’re shifting into gear for another lap around one of Mario Kart 8’s many deluxe tracks!


Who can get the fastest time trial in 150cc Toad’s Turnpike as either Toad or Toadette?

Our claim to fame is 2:00.342, which shouldn’t be too hard to beat for the most manic of mushrooms among you. The fungi with the fastest time by 12:00 a.m. PT will win a $10 eShop card (North America), along with the illustrious title Trailblazer of the Turnpike.


  • All participants must play as either Toad or Toadette. No other characters will be permitted.
  • Feel free to drive whichever custom kart and parts you like. Whatever helps you get the fastest time is fair game!
  • All submissions must be made using the Switch’s 30 second video capture feature showing your total time upon crossing the finish line. No snapshots necessary.
  • In the instance of a tie, we’ll settle things in Smash live later during the week using various level 50 amiibo representing the winners.
  • Feel free to improve upon and submit new scores as many times as you like.
  • Switch version only.

Follow @NinWire and @tater_n_tots on Twitter and retweet this post to qualify for today’s cash prize. After that, simply share your video in the Twitter comments and we’ll personally send both your winnings and a social media shoutout within the week.

We’ll be keeping score right here in the article all day, too, so you can easily keep track where your top rivals rank. Speaking of adorable mushroom men, feel free to tune in to our Captain Toad livestream at 5:00 p.m. PT where we’ll be exploring every nook and cranny of the good captain’s latest adventure for treasure!

So whaddya say? Ready to become one with the Autobahn? I don’t know why you’d even bother. According to Toad “I’m the best!”

Trailblazer of the Turnpike

1. @NinjaFrogtron [1:50.396]

Mangled Up Mushroom Men

2. @glaceonek [1:50.490]
3. @TheInfraggable [1:53.479]
4. @WaffleMantis [1:53.536]
5. @RossoFinale [1:54.094]
6. @mlee_434 [1:56.441]
7. @jsvw870 [1:56.785]
8. @tater_n_tots [2:00.342]

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Written by Matthew Weidner

When it comes to playing and writing about video games, Matthew aspires to be the very best, like no one ever was. Writing for Nintendo Wire and the thought of one day finally achieving a perfect, no death Super Meat Boy run fills him with determination.