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In the latest installment of their popular Mario Kart series, Mario Kart 7, there’s a track known as Maka Wuhu, based on the island from Wii Sports Resort. It’s a pretty neat little track that only has one lap. It’s just a three minute course you race on once. However, about 45 seconds into the track, if you do a very specific maneuver and exploit a glitch in the game’s code, you can actually skip the vast majority of the track. After the second section starts, if you turn around and jump into some water behind a gate, Lakitu will pick you up and take you to the start of the third section, completely skipping all of the second section. It’s very easy to pull off and thanks to the internet, very easy to find out how to do. It’s also ruining the game.
The Maka Wuhu glitch makes playing online with random people about as fun as playing with the only set of building blocks the dentist waiting room has every single time you visit. No matter who you’re playing with online, chances are multiple people are going to vote for Maka Wuhu, thinking they’re the only people on Earth who know how to exploit this game breaking glitch. So you go into a room of eight people, chances are four of them vote for Maka Wuhu, you go to the stage and it just turns into a bunch of people foolishly jumping into the water, thinking they’ve got this in the bag. Then, once the race is over and you wait two minutes for the two people who don’t know about the glitch yet to finish, three of those four people vote for it again because they didn’t win by exploiting their precious strategy and chances are, somebody new has entered the room and voted for it too not knowing you just raced on it. I once played 12 races online with randoms and seven of them took place in Maka Wuhu. I am not kidding.
Believe it or not, despite how much I hate snaking, I actually think the Maka Wuhu glitch is way worse for a number of reasons. The main reasoning being that with snaking, I could at least race on other tracks. A good snaker could snake no matter what track they landed on so if I was racing four people and one of them knew how to snake, I could at least race the other two on any track I felt like. With the Maka Wuhu glitch, I’m forced to play the same stage over and over again because people online think that glitch is just so great and that they’ll get an easy win. Which of course, brings me to my next point; The Maka Wuhu glitch is easy. While I do consider snaking to be a glitch or just poor programing on Nintendo’s part, it at least took some kind of skill to learn how to do properly. You had to practice the timing and moving the d-pad really fast, it wasn’t something you could just do. In fact, I still can’t do it and Mario Kart DS is by far my most played DS game. With the Maka Wuhu glitch, once you learn how to do it, you can do it every time and trust me, it isn’t hard. I pulled it off on my first try and have been able to do it successfully every time since. No skill, no practice, just exploit.
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