“Fire-Hopping” Takes a Huge Hit in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as Nintendo Nerfs it into Oblivion (VIDEO)

The Nintendo Switch, the latest console from the gaming giant, has a lot to offer, not matter genre of choice. With more third party support than ever, more and more titles have become available for Nintendo’s console, including games like Pay Day 2 and Skyrim. That’s not to say that they have abandoned their own niche with fan favourites like Smash Brothers, Super Mario, and yes – Mario Kart. But how does the Nintendo Switch version of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe stack up in comparison to the last generation? According to GameXplain, the Switch port took a massive nerfing to one one favoured technique, the fire-hop.

The video above is from GameXplain as they compare the Wii U version to that of the Switch. But what is “fire-hopping”? Fire-hopping is a technique used that players can use to create an advantage by extending the power slide boost to achieve maximum speed during the race. According to the video, the Deluxe version dramatically decreased its effectiveness and, in some instances, actually ends up slowing players down. Nintendo hasn’t made any official patch notes or anything like that to support this theory that the technique used has been nerfed, but the comparison video does show a notable difference between the two editions.

The re-release of the Deluxe edition of Mario Kart 8 comes bearing new characters, new tracks, and more in an effort to spruce up the title for the Nintendo Switch. The game itself launches on April 28th and is available both as a physical title, as well as a digital download from the eShop. What are your thoughts on the video above? An overreaction, or a noticible nerf worth mentioning? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below, and don’t forget to follow DFTG on Twitter for gaming and entertainment news live 24/7!

Liana Ruppert577 Posts

With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Mass Effect, Liana has been an avid collector of gaming and comic memorabilia for well over two decades. With a passion for writing, gaming, and comics - she is currently working as Editor-in-Chief for the revival of Prima Games, with previous managing editor experience with several gaming publications including ComicBook.com, THQ, and other outlets. She is also the Co-Owner and Managing Editor for DFTG. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, as well as several Facebook communities online.

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