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More Mario Kart 7 Glitches

Not so much shortcuts, in fact one of these is the very definition of an ‘anti shortcut’ in some way.

First of all, a glider speed trick at Toad Circuit:

Apparently you gain speed and shoot down and forward when the kart gets out of the ‘stuck’ state.  You can also end up inside the ground if it goes wrong, which is interesting.

But that’s not the only interesting new Mario Kart glitch around…

This trick at Maple Treeway is kind of hilarious:

Above: One cool glitch with some interesting uses.

Yes you saw that happen, he jumped from the last part with the houses and glider ramp all the way BACK to where you land afterthe barrel cannon.  Even better, it’s a real glitch, I did it just now and ended up back at the exact same place.  Even Lakitu accepts you’re going the right way once you land.

But seeing as you end all the way near the start of the level and effectively wasted a third of a lap, you really do not want to do this in any setting outside of time trials.  Nice glitch though.

One cunning Japanese hoaxer did find a use for the above glitch though, to fake a new ultimate shortcut in the same track.  You see, you can also find this video on Youtube as well which supposedly shows a massive glitch that can break Maple Treeway.  Initially I assume people will panic and assume the worst:

Above: If this was in English, everyone would be in panic mode by now.

But note a few factors.  Like how his time is suspiciously high for so early in the lap (I assume he’s on lap 2 or something, but still).  Or how if you try and jump off the track in this exact same spot you’ll either get put back right before the Wigglers (98% of the time) or the middle of the turn before (2% of the time).

So I then rewatched the first video and thought ‘maybe he used this glitch to set up the ‘shortcut’.  And then I used the same glitch, got back to the spot and jumped off again…

Voila, now Metal Mario was placed on the bridge below.  Pretty cunning way to fake a Mario Kart 7 shortcut, don’t you think?  Race round most of the track, glitch back to an earlier section then fall off with the correct timing.

What breaks the illusion even more is that one you end up ‘back’ on the earlier section of track, the game thinks you’re still by the bridge/glider ramp.  So you don’t need to fall at any one particular point, just by falling off the track ANYWHERE you end up in that exact same spot on the exact same bridge. To prove this I even raced past the Wiggler filled mud section and following boost pads and then fell off the track there, and I still ended up at the same spot from the video.

This guy demonstrates what I mean:

Above: Taking apart fraudulent Mario Kart shortcuts like Mystery Inc take down fake ghosts.

With that all said, two more interesting glitches in Mario Kart 7.  Nothing game breaking yet, but give it time, since it took months for Mario Kart Wii’s latest glitch shortcuts to be found (they only found the later Mario Circuit and Coconut Mall ones after people generally stopped playing the game).

Above: Very few people probably cared about this one now, the hackers got to the game before the glitch could be used to break online.

Still, what do you think of these new glitches?  And more interesting, what track do you see as being next to have an ‘ultra shortcut’ found for it?

Etrian Oddysey IV; New Video

This was uploaded by Atlus today on their Youtube channel.  It’s not much at all (doesn’t even seem to have the sound effects or background music, which seems a tad worrying) but it’s some new footage of Etrian Oddysey IV anyway.

It shows the battle system and a battle against some very basic looking enemies.

Still, what do you think of it?

This Week’s Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Downloadable Content

More Final Fantasy music has been released as downloadable content for this game by Square Enix this month, and you can listen to it below.  Here’s the track list for the month:

Final Fantasy II Dungeon (field stage)
Final Fantasy V Saigo no Tatakai (battle stage)
Final Fantasy XII East Dalmasca Desert (field stage)
Final Fantasy XIII-2: Megami no Kishi

As well as Square’s own videos giving you samples of what each one sounds like:

That’s some pretty good music, even though the samples given are stingy to say the least (about 20 seconds of each theme).  Seriously though, forget the game itself, it’s probably better to listen to the soundtrack given how good the songs are.

My thoughts on… Innovation within series of games.

Ok, I think I need to clarify my exceptionally clunky expression in the title. What I mean is… In video game industry, many people claim Nintendo are playing too safe with their franchises and not injecting enough innovation into their new instalments. As a Zelda fan, I must admit I’ve been doing the same things over and over since 1997 (The release of Ocarina of Time, the first truly bold leap the series took). But do you know what? I still buy the games. Why? Because they’re still as fun as when I powered up OoT for the first time.
People complain about Nintendo series going: “Ugh, Mario platformers aren’t really that great anymore. I hope they release a good one soon.’ If you’re like that, you might as well just stop reading this article now and go rip someone to pieces in CoD or whatever you play. Nintendo aren’t going to change the series just for YOU. If they gave you what YOU wanted, true, you’d find it the best series in the world for YOU, but several million other people would be completely alienated as it wouldn’t follow the same pattern which they expect and like.
Games are placed in series for 2 reasons: If their stories are connected or if their game-play is similair. If you don’t like the way Zelda plays, then quit moaning and play something else! Obviously, the Zelda games aren’t for you anymore! So, for the Kotaku’s and Sean Maelstroms of this world, go and play your NES games that you love! True, no series is perfect, but you can’t expect Nintendo to change aspects of their games which are integral to their structure just because YOU don’t like them!!

Sorry, I got a bit carried away there, didn’t I? I don’t deal well with elitists, it’s a character flaw of mine…
Anyway… What do you think?

New Videos; Monster Hunter Tri G and Arc Style Football

Two more videos of 3DS games that don’t need a whole news post dedicated to them.

Monster Hunter Tri G Advert (Japan)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOpigKpg6ao&feature=youtu.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2NwqHAJzBI&feature=youtu.be

Wait, how’s this meant to tie into Monster Hunter again?  The gameplay footage at the end is nice enough, but what the heck has Japanese wrestling or eating a roast dinner have to do with Monster Hunter?

Maybe they’re saying something relevant in Japanese.  Oh well.

Arc Style; Soccer 3D

As for this game, I’m sorry to say this but it looks kind of mediocre.  True, my complete lack of interest in football at all might have something to do with this, but even then I don’t see the purpose of even trying to sell an independantly made football game on the eShop.  Haven’t games like FIFA already taken most of the audience for this kind of title?

But what do you think of these games and the videos above in general?