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Why are Mario Kart 8 Deluxe fans angry about Coconut Mall?

by | May 6, 2022

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has been applauded for adding 48 tracks to the game thanks to the Booster Course DLC. Getting so many new cups means more varied gameplay with friends and more tracks to master. But fans of the game have noticed that one of the new tracks is not reaching the Mario Kart 8 community’s expectations.

Coconut Mall was one of the tracks added to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the first wave of tracks. Originally designed for the Wii, Coconut Mall is now part of the Golden Dash Cup along with Paris Promenade, Toad Circuit, and Choco Mountain.

What is wrong with Coconut Mall in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

When Nintendo announced the addition of Coconut Mall on Twitter, the Mario Kart community responded with frustration over some of the changes they noticed when comparing it to the original track. Many racers noticed that there are cars that stand eerily still before the final turn of the lap.

Mario Kart fans noted on Twitter that Coconut Mall has moving cars on Mario Kart Tour. This left players confused as to why they don’t move in the Nintendo Switch version.

Concerned with the lack of movement, Mario Kart data miners decided to dig around the game’s files to discover why this was happening. One data miner, Zackruff, found that the stationary cars are not the result of a bug, which some suspected. Nintendo purposefully decided to remove the cars’ movement.

The Mario Kart community felt that Nintendo was underestimating the skills of racers and simplifying the game unnecessarily, taking away from the competitive aspect that some Mario Kart players enjoy.

Others wondered if Nintendo just “rushed” the DLC. One fan pointed out that the cars had engine sounds and lights on yet weren’t moving, leading them to believe that Nintendo originally meant for them to move but didn’t put in the required effort to make it happen.

Nintendo itself hasn’t come forward with any reasons for the decision to take away the cars’ movement on the Coconut Mall track, but it’s safe to say that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe fans are hoping their concerns are heard.

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