You had to know it was going to happen sooner or later, but this is mighty soon. You may remember a while back we reported that “snaking” had been taken out of Mario Kart Wii. Well it seems you can’t keep a determined cheater down and shortly after the game was made available in Japan and the UK, floods of gamers were complaining of Time Trial runs that seemed like they’d be impossible to achieve with a couple laps around the courses. This is a technique that also worked with the decidedly budget title “Pocketbike Racer” that was made available for a couple bucks at Burger King, though you’d have to think there would be some better testing going on at Nintendo’s HQ as opposed to BK.
Well turns out there was a cheat, which involved players completing one lap and turning around immediately to achieve an outrages finish time. Savvy gamers hit the internets to voice their displeasure and it seems Nintendo took some time between trips to the bank to address the issue. While there have been reports that Nintendo is removing the cheating time trial scores from the leaderboards, the official word from a rep at the House of Mario is, “We are looking into it.” Expect to hear more by the time the game gets the green light in the states, because if there’s one thing we know for sure it’s that American gamers would NEVER cheat… /sarcasm.
I guess there is some truth to the statement: “Cheaters never prosper.”