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Mario Kart 8 now features blue shell only mode
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New ‘Mario Kart 8’ feature has blue shell only option, just in case you thrive on suffering

The Dark Souls of Mario Kart game modes.

Mario Kart 8 still has a fair bit of gas left in the tank and is showing no signs of slowing down, with a new DLC pack of tracks out today, as well as a free update with a whole host of new features. 

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One of those features can prove to be incredibly frustrating and friendship-ruining, but thankfully it’s an opt-in function, in case you and your friends happen to be masochists. 

The feature allows you to pick and choose which power-ups are available in your races. So, in theory, you could opt out of every single opposition-hampering tool in the game, save for the dreaded blue shell. A pretty terrifying prospect, but could actually make for a kind of interesting and tactical matchup, at least in a 1v1 scenario.

Twitter has been quick to demonstrate exactly how this fury-inducing new game mode could pan out, and it’s every bit as tilting as it sounds.

Mario Kart 8 also introduced eight new DLC tracks for players to battle it out on in this cumbersome new mode (or in normal play if you’re, well, normal), including a revival of the Rainbow Road track as it featured on the Nintendo 3DS. 

If that’s not enough Mario Kart action for you, great news – it turns out that the Mario offshoot racing game will feature in the upcoming The Super Mario Bros. Movie


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Peter is an Associate Editor at We Got This Covered, based in Australia. He loves sinking his time into grindy MMO's like Destiny 2, Final Fantasy XIV, and Old School RuneScape. Peter holds a Masters Degree in Media from Macquarie University in Sydney, AU, and dabbled with televised business/finance journalism in a past life.