Mario Kart 7 update kills shortcut exploits

Nintendo dispatches update for 3DS racing title that removes unintended shortcuts on three courses; players must download update to play online.

Nintendo Europe today announced that it launched an update for Mario Kart 7 that kills off several shortcut exploits for the 3DS racing game. The update removes shortcuts Nintendo deems unfair on the Wuhu Island Loop, Wuhu Mountain Loop, and GBA Bowser Castle 1 courses.

Nintendo has removed a string of exploitable shortcuts from Mario Kart 7.

Gamers who elect not to install the update will remain able to take part in Mario Kart 7's single-player and multiplayer modes, but will not be able to play online. As of press time, Nintendo of America had not responded to GameSpot's inquiry regarding when the update will launch in North America.

Mario Kart 7 launched for the 3DS in December 2011, scored a strong critical reception, and sold 4.54 million copies. For more, check out GameSpot's review of Mario Kart 7.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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intro94
intro94

this bodes well for the future, New smash will be patched, infinite exploits fixed ,op characters balanced, awww yeah.

Hail23
Hail23

Finally I can return to the game that I love, and challenge the world once again!

mutley89
mutley89

Nintendo are definately backward with alot of online capabilities, the video channel on 3DS is laughable with only 4 videos avaliable at any one time, demos have only just arrived for crying out loud and they are play limited...that went out in 2000!

wowwow27
wowwow27

i remember when they had that contest for mario circuit on the n64 (to win a gold controller), everyone used the shortcutt (although it wasnt easy to successfully hit the right jump three times in a row) ,  but sadly they randomly drew names for the controller.  I was p.o.ed

starfox15
starfox15

Nintendo embracing patches for their games? Excellent. They might just start to embrace this newfangled internets thing!

map586
map586

There still is one major unintended one in rainbow road, however this is probably going to be very hard to patch.

Lazerith91
Lazerith91

Finally, those "shortcuts" made the game impossible to play online. Everyone would vote for those levels just so they could easily beat everyone who didnt know how to do it or didnt want to.

icebear8
icebear8

i just got a 3DS last week with mario kart 7 and man some of the best 200$ i have ever spent in a long time i feel this was a better buy then the WII i really thought handhelds where dead to me until i gave this a shot (i use to have a DS and well that did not fly with me)

Benifited
Benifited

im glad to see nintendo take a step forward and patch a glitch in a game. this will only make them more popular with there fan base. I have recently come across the 3ds and I have to say that it is a great handheld, itz wat i thought the original psp should have been like

 

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

SIGH, still haven't played this game because of money issues, but I'm sure I'll get to it eventually (check my avatar, i'm a fan) and when I do it's nice to know that everything will be above board :)

the_phenom_
the_phenom_

If I may quote WWE's Daniel Bryan: "YES! YES! YES!"

 

Now we have no more cheaters.

Tauu
Tauu

I played Mario Kart DS online years back and there were so many hackers who would overlap everyone a half a dozen times before the race ended with speed hacks. Has Nintendo gotten better at controlling the integrity of their online experiences? Based on this article I'm thinking yes, if it's true that shortcut exploits are the worst of the problems facing Mario Kart 7 online.

R2BDSi
R2BDSi

Finally the number one choice for picking a stage online won't be Maka Wuhu

Flint247
Flint247

If possible, I hope we can get more Battle Courses and tracks. If not, that's fine.

Flint247
Flint247

Just played Maka Wuhu. It feels so good to actually have a legit race again. The last time I had that was back in December.

Rod90
Rod90

Better late than never.

craigprime
craigprime

Let's get another update that gets rid of the freakin Wiggler and replaces it with someone at least semi-cool.(Dry bones?)

ad0234
ad0234

Now that are some good news.

Flint247
Flint247

Yes! Time to play this game again. :D

caryslan2
caryslan2

I'm glad to see Nintendo do this.  Between this and the update channel that fixed the bug in Skyward Sword, I'm getting some hope that Nintendo finally gets using online updates to patch things.

 

Now, this makes me hopeful that SSB4 avoids the issues that plauged Brawl when it comes to character imbalance.   Nintendo can hopefully patch that game to buff or nerf characters and remove cheap tatcis that shut down certain characters(King Dedede's infinite on Donkey Kong for example).     

 

 

I hope Nintendo contintues to embrace this stance of using patches to fix games post-release.   Even more then Mario Kart, I would say Smash Bros would benefit nicely from post-release patches that change characters and the overall balance of the game.

 

Hopefully, this will stop another character like Meta Knight from dominating the metagame while a character like Ganondorf sits at the bottom with no hope of rising.  

Jearoon
Jearoon

Good stuff. And we'll have something to point and laugh at when players still try and use the shortcuts after the update. xD

mtait01
mtait01

now cheaters have to play fair

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Thank you, Nintendo. I'd like to see those smarty-pants drivers try taking that shortcut NOW >:D

nate1222
nate1222

So...now even the 3DS is joining the updates scheme. This feels bad. Like with PS3 and 360, even Nintendo is getting in on the "we control the game AFTER you've purchased it" scheme.

 

I think the 3DS is gonna slide to a lower position on my list of future purchases. My DS Lite (GBA compatibility, woohoo!) is gonna keep rocking for a very looooong time.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

Good to hear, its a shame that people cant police themselves and simply not ruin the game for everyone by cheating.

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

Now they need to update The RE:Mercs so that you can actually delete a saved file.

PoopedCheetah2
PoopedCheetah2

The update is officially out in the eShop in North America as of right now 5-15-12  2pm

Ultima149
Ultima149

Anyone else noticed that the article said it sold 4.54 million copies?

Poodger
Poodger

THis seems bad to me actually. Granted, I haven't played Mario Kart 7, but it reminds me of all the awesome unintended shortcuts that were in Mario Kart 64.

chocolate1325
chocolate1325

About time I say I am sick of those courses always getting picked the people who played on them must suck at the game.

Whitewind617
Whitewind617

 @wowwow27 Yeah I remember that contest. My dad actually managed to get a low enough time without using a shortcut, but we also didn't win.

craigprime
craigprime

 @Tauu Nintendo certainly has been doing a good job taking down hackers and glitches. It's a good sign that I haven't seen an Action Replay for the 3DS yet. Hopefully there never will be.

icebear8
icebear8

 @Tauu on the wii i thought this made me a better player trying to beat the hackers.... yea i did not enjoy it but damn i got good training with them and dodging there unlimited amount of Weapons 

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

 @Tauu "Has Nintendo gotten better at controlling the integrity of their online experiences?"

 

Nintendo is probably trying, but it seems odd that they are just catching on even though we've had the Wii out for so many years now. In some ways, Nintendo seems way behind in Patches/Updates, DLC, and just online content in general.

moviequest14
moviequest14

 @nate1222 I don't see anything wrong with it , they fixed a glitch that was ruining the game for some players. That isn't controlling the game.

Kiro96
Kiro96

 @nate1222 Are you serious? You are complaining about Nintendo fixing bugs... what's so bad about that?

Ninty96zie
Ninty96zie

 @Poodger The shortcut of wuhu mountain loop actually cuts out half of the track, so not really awesome