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If you played Coconut Mall back in Mario Kart Wii, you may remember a brief section from near the end of the track where Miis drive back and forth to obstruct your progress, presumably trying to park. Miis have been largely phased out of Nintendo games, leading to Shy Guys replacing them when the track reopened for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — but they were stationary, just kinda chillin’ in the middle of the road, which seems dangerous. But you’ll notice that last clause is in past tense, because Nintendo has decided to make them move now — with road rage in their hearts.



Now instead of just vibing, the Shy Guys spin around, as if in a demolition derby fight for their lives. Mario Kart has always been discretely violent, even if its weapons of warfare seem cartoonish or innocuous (we all know Blue Shells violate the Geneva Conventions), but this is a level of bloodlust you usually only see from other players, not the game itself. It might constitute attempted murder, depending on how you present it in court, and I’m not sure even Phoenix Wright could get a client out of that one.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s Wave 2 for the Booster Course Pass is now live. Download it if you’d like.


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.