Is It Just Me Or Are There A Ton More Lightning Bolts In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

by Christine Marie Attardo

For some of us, Christmastime means finally getting your hands on that video game system you’ve wanted for a really long time. That was the case for my boyfriend when he unwrapped a Nintendo Switch after wanting one since its release. Being the Mario Kart fans that we are, yesterday we went out and picked up a copy of Mario Kart 8: Deluxe

Even though we had completely played through the game on the Wii U, we were interested in the updates that came with the new game.

You probably already know that one of those new features deals with items. Instead of getting one item when you hit an item block, and not being able to collect another until you use said item, you can carry two with you at all times. That is, until lightning strikes or the ghost comes. Now, the ghost item is a new one, and definitely adds a bit of balance to this new feature, but I’m not here to talk about that.

I’m here to talk about the lightning bolt. It’s been around for awhile in Mario Kart games, and is most notable for shrinking your cart and reducing your speed. However, it also takes your items, and when you have two stocked up, it’s pretty enraging. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence, but my boyfriend and I played through at least six Grand Prix’s yesterday, and we didn’t get through one race without being struck by lightning at least once. In many of the races, lightning struck several times, clearing the items that we had been saving/collecting.

So, we started to speculate. Is this happening because of the new feature? Are they trying to make it more fair? After all, it would be quite an advantage to bank a set of red turtle shells, twice! It makes sense that they wouldn’t want the game to seem too easy for certain players. Because most of the item draw is based on luck, some may make out better than others, but it just seemed like lightning was striking way more than usual.

Don’t get me wrong, the gameplay wasn’t really affected in a negative way, but I like to pay attention to detail when playing video games. If this is the case, I actually applaud Nintendo for taking the time to figure out a solution to something that could actually make the game less fun in the long run.

What do you think? Have you experienced an extra amount of lightning bolts during your Mario Kart 8: Deluxe experience?