The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe blue shell reminds players that some things never change. The spiny shell seeks out the player in first place, meaning you can do all the right things and still be robbed of victory right before the finish line. Like the version before it, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe punishes you if you're too good — which is why you need to know how to dodge the blue shell in MK8.
That is, if you let it catch you.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe blue shells can't keep up with 200cc
If you've been playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you may be acquainted with 200cc — if not, make your introductions here. The engine class goes beyond the difficulty of 150cc and mirror mode to provide a Mario Kart game's fastest setting yet. So fast, in fact, the blue shell has trouble keeping up if you're speeding along undisrupted. Torizo Prime on YouTube shows us it's possible:
Outrunning the blue shell isn't easy. If this had gone on long enough, it's likely the blue shell would eventually catch up with the pink-haired Animal Crossing character, but Villager made a well-timed exit by crossing the finish line. Still, it's impressive Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's fastest mode is so breakneck that even one of its balancing mechanics has trouble doing its job.
In MK8 Deluxe and the game before it, Nintendo added items like the Super Horn to counter the blue shell and help players dodge defeat. Torizo Prime needs no such help, though, holding a simple banana while avoiding the spiny shell.
Check out the entire video below. Next time you feel slighted by a blue shell, bump things up to 200cc and put the pedal to the floor.
Check out more Mario Kart 8 Deluxe news, tips and tricks
If you're anxious to get racing in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, check out our video gameplay of the first 20 minutes of the game and find out the eight characters the game needs ASAP. Check out the best techniques to race with and learn how you can buy the game bundled with the console, including one bundle from Nintendo. Find out if we're expecting DLC and our initial impressions of the new console it's on from back in January. Or you can play Mario Kart 64 on a newer console instead, if you're looking for some nostalgic throwback. And when all else fails, back that thang up.