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Posted by Dr Mario Kart on 18 June 2014 - 12:12 AM
Dr Mario Kart, those were my red shells on moo moo farm. You were so far ahead I tried to time their release. I couldn't believe it when I came over that last hill and you were frozen right in front of the finish line! Then Ltrain comes blasting through us both to take first place
Posted by Dr Mario Kart on 09 June 2014 - 08:20 AM
Added my name to the googledoc - in the process of adding everyone - not gonna send mass PMs out though.
As far as cart config/char select, traction and handling really ought to be the last things you focus on, but thats just me.
The important things are speed and acceleration. The heavy characters have the top speed, but very poor acceleration. This means whenever you get hit, you're going to be slow for a while. The lighter characters have great acceleration, poor top speed. So you get up to top speed quickly. What you pick really depends on your style and what strengths/weaknesses you can deal with.
The big characters/cars also have very poor handling, which is going to make it harder to get boosts out of more turns. A lot of the top time trail players use heavy characters with motorcycles, so they can turn sharply and handle better. I personally despise bikes and refuse to use them. I use a light or mid character with a heavy vehicle, at least at the moment. You may have noticed that Rosaline/bike is very popular.
Another importing thing is coins. Coins increase your speed on a scale of 0 to 10. Even at 10, you get a minuscule boost every time you pick up a coin - if you watch closely, you'll see a small amount of fire out your back when you pick up a coin. This might be cosmetic though, I'm not 100% on this. You will be preventing the ppl directly behind you from getting them though.
Item use is another thing - you'll want to drag single shells/peels behind you as a defensive measure even though its kind of a pain. Random stuff or players will hit you otherwise. Its tempting to use mushrooms right after you get hit, but you will often end up barrelling into a wall or off course - unless you're on an obvious straight - get moving first before you mushroom. Dont fire at players that are currently spinning out from being hit by someone else (1) They are immune from being hit again during a big chunk of it (2) You are about to pass them anyway - the people you should be worried about are the ones in front of you who you have yet to pass.
Situational awareness - when you can (like on straightaways), you may want to spot check your rear camera, maybe theres a green shell headed your way. Maybe there is someone on your 6 that would eat a peel if you dropped one. Remember that if your cart/char config weighs more, you can push people around, maybe you knock them off the road slightly or into an obstacle. Draft boost behind someone who doesnt have an item. Maybe you shouldnt actually try to pass a dude with 3 of something rotating around him just yet. Shooting things at him may or may not be a waste of items.
Depending on the situation, you may not want to take a marginally faster path - maybe the slightly slower path has more coins - maybe there are a bunch of dudes creating a shitstorm on the other branch. I often avoid the jump boost over the water on that dock level on the first lap because its easy for a heavy character to tap you and knock you off.
Its not only important to know the shortcuts and where you can power slide, but know every single surface that you can jump boost off of - not every one is obvious (like the one at the very beginning of Bowser's Castle)
Good karting is a lot of small things. Plus luck - game is super random sometimes.
Posted by Dr Mario Kart on 24 April 2014 - 06:14 AM
Yes, I actually blogged about it when they opened their first test store in Houston:
This was the deal they were running at the time. That location is still there and still an outlet store. I travel a lot and it still is the only one I've ever seen. I'm not sure whether or not its working out for them.
Posted by Dr Mario Kart on 26 February 2014 - 09:05 PM
does anyone know if the $5 off one gamestop item coupon works on PSN cards?
It does not. I know this first hand because I tried it once. Since I know the guy, I bought a new game and returned it without receipt for credit. Maybe if you're lucky they'll just manually discount it, but the answer to your question is no.
Posted by Dr Mario Kart on 08 December 2013 - 04:20 PM
Since WiiU Deluxe owners get 10% rebated for all eshop purchases through Dec 2014, Best Buy has points 20% off, and you get up to 5% back in Best Buy reward points (through Best Buy Credit Card or Reward Zone Membership), thats 35% off all eshop purchases for a year provided you prepay the full amount to Best Buy this weekend.