Nintendo may have released Mario Kart 64 back in 1996, but new records are still being set, although not entirely in the way you expect. No, it doesn’t involve obtaining random items from special boxes placed in different areas of the track to stop the opposition and gain the speed advantage. A gamer who goes by Abney online set a new speedrun record on the Luigi Raceway course by exploiting a shortcut that involves repeatedly hitting a wall. Read more for the video and additional information.
There’s an unofficial name for this shortcut, “half clip,” and it just makes use of the clipping glitch used by many video game speedrunners, or at least on the older titles. In this case, Abney managed to finish the course in a mere 21:04 seconds, which overtook Weatherton’s time of 54:47. Yes, no Mushrooms were used for a temporary boost in speed or jumping ability.
- Use your Nintendo Switch system to control a real-life Mario Kart
- Create a course in your home by placing gates and watch the race come to life on screen in augmented reality
- The kart will react as you boost, hit items and drift around the course
- Unlock in-game environments, gates, costumes and more as you play
- Up to 4 players can race around the house together (additional games, systems and karts required; sold separately)