Mario Kart games are all about blasting your friends away with power-ups as you race toward first place. The spiny blue shell changes that dynamic and turns the game into open warfare. Enough's enough, Nintendo.
I once got hit by one right before the finish line :( But they are good, showing that anyone can win and not only the best person in the group that is always in the lead.
If it weren't for those blue shells I would have one a million times more than I would have when I was younger. Those blue shells were just waiting for me to cross that finish line.
I often get hit by blue shell on my last lap near the finish line (the times when I use to play) which means I'm often playing with at least one asshole.
I think this has happened everyone in MK at least once Me included. Blue shell is still awesome, though. Edit everyone hates the blue shell when it screws them over, but lets be honest here: it isn't that bad. There are far worse design decisions in gaming, like CoD single player grenade spamming.
Blue Turtle shell is the worst idea in Mario Kart History. I can't believe they keep bringing that cheap thing back time after time...
I wanted to see what happened if I got one, went into 1st place then used it. I was disappointed with the outcome.
Lol. Those bloody things are either good or bad depending on how you are doing in a race, either a godsend or a pain the arse. I wouldn't want a race without them, they make for some funny moments.
Exactly. They add to the overall charm and experience. "It's not about winning; it's about fun."~ Spongebob Squarepants. Lol.
Lol, love it.
Kinda reminds me of when you play a Headshots only type of FPS match and call no noob tubes but when you are in the lead the people who are losing think it's funny to start using noob tubes...it's cheap and shows who really has the skill and who doesn't. Now that's not to say I think the blue shell should go away, but definitely limit it's usage amount or to an extent its effect. Simply because if you are always losing then you should improve your skill and not rely on something to "even the playing field" specifically.
Well if you have skill , you can avoid it .. i guess you don't have enough skill then
Who said I can't? Because I sure as hell didn't! You ASSumed so, and you know what they say about those who ASSume... DONE.
Only people who can't win because of the blue shell complain about them .i'm perfectly fine with them . There are too many ways to avoid them ..and if you're playing great you're usually too far away to be annoyed by a 3 sec penality. ( the blue shell ) . i don't need that much info from you to KNOW that
Nope doesn't work that way. My comment was simply about how it is not a proper item/way to have a race. If you are behind then that is your fault and a "cheat" device should not be in the game because someone is not capable or skilled enough to win. You then ASSume I cannot dodge, drop back 1 place or take a few seconds penalty to keep 1st place (or the win). YOU made an ASSumption about something you could not possibly know or confirm yet STILL try to argue/side step the FACT you made a baseless ASSumption about me personally (when this wasn't about "me")...It was about a cheap BS item that has no real basis being in the game. YOU were the one who said something incorrect and are now (as expected) trying to back peddle to make yourself "seem" right when I CLEARLY said "Now that's not to say I think the blue shell should go away" which implies I can deal with a cheesey gameplay move (much like constantly trying to throw someone in a Street Fighter game, something similar like that or how PirateThom/cpayne93AdvanceWars Sgt explains it below about Mario Kart). But you seem to like them for some reason which says a lot about your character/game style...remember I didn't make this personal towards you ~ YOU did towards me which again says quite a lot about you. Bottom line is that you can't change or hide the fact you made an ASSumption. So no matter what you try to say or "explain" it cannot be denied because it is in black and white for all to see and confirm for themselves. Ain't that a bitch now huh? LMFAO!
still going to continue with your stupid word game ? You're pathetic . Step up your game and stop these child-like words puns to try to ( uneffectivly ) prove a lost cause. If you're far in front in 1st place a blue shell won't change much .. Using a pad , a boost and many others things to avoid or reduce the item effect will show you victory ..Learn it .... Don't fake it ..once you know these things you stop paying attention to the shell and focus on going faster .. Ps: this is not a cheat ..it's a regular item that you can get only on special conditions AND as a fact all the MK items have various ways to reduce their annoyances ( in general ) ... and about blue shell in particular, it's a précious source of mind games when you are playing with someone as skilled as yourself ( local or online )..
More personal attacks...how mature...and yet you think I am using "uneffectivly" (btw that is not a word) "child like words"? You are so sad & immature that you can't even admit you were wrong. YOU made ASSumptions about something you can't possibly know and yet you STILL are trying to defend it in some feeble, weak way to make yourself feel better. Whatever man...EVERYONE can see what happened right in black and white and that pisses you off doesn't it? I might not get the "last word" because of bubbles but I don't need it. I made my point quite clearly about your immature and baseless actions here for all to see. No amount of spin can change that, no matter what you try to say to cover it up. DONE.
I guess the only way to shut you up ( before you start hammering my Personnal mail box ) is to beat you at mario kart ... don't worry about your blue shells , i'll eat as much as you want ... it won't prevent my inevitable victory. Oh wait blue shell are such a pain that you probably can't enjoy the game so i won't see you online ... A total shame , you could have a chance to polish your skills
Blue shells are spite incarnate, especially given how they tend to be given to the person who's in last place. "I might not be able to win, but **** you guy in first place, if I'm going down you're going down with me!"
It's crap like this that made me stop playing the new Mario Kart games... I just don't want to play a game where you can be, far and away, the best and then get screwed over, not by a mistake, by someone else getting a weapon... and the rubber banding. They ruin the game for me.
It's also why I stopped playing Mario Kart. When I was a kid, sure it was fun screwing first place but now, it's just annoying especially when a good deal of time I am first in MK. So I stopped and haven't play MK since except on those rare occassion when friends want to play. It's boring to know that in first place, you don't get any good items but last, you get the best items.
I have PTSD from these things.....
I kind of like them. They make sure 1st place isn't sitting pretty up there. I know it gets frustrating when the 1st place is like a half a lap ahead of everybody so you can't catch up to him. Then you lose the race and more than likely lose the cup, which then you'll have to play all over again. I think they should only be given out when the 1st player is too far ahead of everybody, just to keep the race close.
The blue shell has only detracted from my experience in one MK game and that was MK Wii. The third lap is literally a lap of suicide if you're in first, as you will constantly be hit with blue shell after blue shell after blue shell with an occasional lightning powerup to mix it up. It made it very frustrating to play that damn game. If the blue shell is as consistent as it was in MKDS, then I'll have no complaints.
I don't mind the blue shell that much, what needs to go is that bullet bill thing. It's not fair, you can be in dead last, get that one item, press one button, and boom you're flying towards first on autopilot smashing anyone in your way. Mario Kart on the Wii was just way to unbalanced, though still fun. I liked double dash better. Edit: @AdvanceWarsSgt MK on ths ds may have been my favorite one because it was so balanced. It was so cheap on the wii.
The blue shell isn't that bad. It helps not-so-good players, and keep thing in -relative- balance, and when you're in a close encounter with the second place, press the brake, and some funny "I wanna be second" kind of race starts. But it's also true, that sometimes there are too many blue shell at a time (you hear that swooosh sound every 10 seconds) and then, it becomes a game breaker. What Nintendo can do, is give the blue shell a really low appearance ratio, lower than the Thunder, or break the shell in parts so you have to sweat to get one (like the airship weapon of SSB Brawl). Or even better: The Smash Bros games have a item switch since the first game, why dont put in on Mario Kart game? It'd be priceless to make a "star only" kind of race.
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