the mid 1990s a domination in the tech industry happened. Google was being one hell of a search engine, mobile phones were being used regularly, and video games were entering 3D graphics. It was the 3rd generation of games… though when us today look back at it, we think it as a broken time, and in this text we are mainly focusing on Mario Kart 64. Yes the 2nd instalment in the franchise. As well as being one of the most famous,it also is the most broken racing game out there.
Mario kart 64 came on (you guessed it) the Nintendo 64 in 1998. It was a promising game by selling 10 millions worldwide.
Usually speedruning a Mario Kart game would be racing across the track as far as possible which I will cover another time. But in Mario Kart 64, it mean’t something else. Later in 2013. The speedruning community had a main focus. to finish the game as fast as possible. you might think this would be an insane task. but with some “minor” glitches, A normal person could complete all 16 tracks in 40 minutes. So lets start with the most infamous…
The choco mountain glitch is a hard thing to pull off in one fast run. when your halfway through the course, there is a big hill that has a barrier. If you can jump at the right frame you can do a wall jump. Wall jumps are a huge key in Mario kart 64 speedrunning because you can clip through barriers and walls.when you look at the map, near the middle is the part that separates the track above to the bottom. A fun fact about the shortcut that it was found weeks after the game got released.
I really want to talk about Choco Mountain more but i need to get into more shortcuts ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
After coming out of the tunnel in Luigi Raceway, head toward the part where the grey wall meets the brick wall off to your left. Look for the sixth brick from the left, and use a mushroom to blast toward it (right behind a tree). Now jump with the R button as soon as you hit the wall. If all goes well, you’ll jump over the wall and skip the final curve of the course, saving you some precious seconds. Note: This trick is hard to do consistently.
Select any driver and make sure to have the map selected on your screen. Drive along the regular course until you come to the part where the map overlaps itself. Now make a sharp 90 degree turn to the right, and head for the guardrail, but keep jumping with the R button until your kart lands on top of the guardrail. At this point Lakitu will tow you back onto the course as usual. As soon as Lakitu sets you down, hold both the A and B buttons down and hold the analogue stick to the right, so that your driver will do a spin turn. Do the spin turn until your kart is facing 90 degrees to the right, and release the analogue stick and the B button. At this point, you will see your kart driver from a profile view. Now jump with the R button before you make contact with the guardrail. If all goes well, you will jump through the wall and off the course into a lake. Depending on where you land, Lakitu may tow you onto a later section of the course!
The first part is easy; just drive into the wall at the beginning of the course at full speed and jump just before you hit the wall. It is recommended to use any of the four hills at the beginning to increase your chances of jumping the wall. The next step is trickier and will require some practice. Head back toward the wall which you just jumped over, but look at the part where the finish line is. Drive at full speed toward the spot where the finish line intersects the wall, and jump just before you hit the wall. If your timing is right, you will jump over the wall. Be sure that you land behind the finish line, or the trick won’t work. Now drive past the finish line to get a very fast lap. If you manage to take both shortcuts on all three laps, you can finish the entire course in less than half a minute. It is possible to do both shortcuts without using any mushrooms.
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