Mario Racing action landed on the 3DS last year to the delight of everyone who owns a 3DS. The fun Nintendo staple follows the DS and Wii titles and has worldwide online play, though this has been getting spoiled due to the abuse of a glitch on one track.
In the track Maka Wuhu, there is a point where you can drive off the track, and when respawned, you will be further up the track near the next checkpoint,essentially taking a third out of the track. This unfair practise of course means that players can always beat legitimate players.
Nintendo have been emailed about the glitch, but their reply is pretty disheartening:
‘Thanks for your patience in waiting for a response during this busy time of year. We are aware that it is possible to navigate a certain part of the track in Wuhu Island in a way that allows a large part of the course to be bypassed. There are no plans to update the game to remove this shortcut as doing so would create an unfair advantage for the users of the original release of the game. Rest assured your comments have been added to our records for Mario Kart 7.
Nintendo of America Inc.’
The email does not suggest any form of patch, rather, Roemer seems to suggest that Nintendo wont update the code on new retail copies of the title as that would be unfair for everyone who already own it.
The 3DS does have the potential of updates and DLC, as does the Wii, but it’s taken Nintendo a long time on the Wii to fully realise how updates are important. Previously, if a glitch has been found in a Wii title, Nintendo’s only option was for you to send in your save on an SD card for it to be fixed, or for them to issue new disks, each at a cost to either the user or Nintendo.
Skyward Sword is able to be patched by downloading a special Channel which will then patch the save file, but for those without Internet on their Wii they must still send in an SD card. So why not Mario Kart 7 on the 3DS?
Hopefully the gaming public will keep pressure on Nintendo to issue some form of update or solution, as when glitchers keep choosing the track online, there is very little point in playing online publicly.