Nintendo appears to have removed Mario Kart 8’s sneaky fire hopping technique for the game’s upcoming Nintendo Switch re-release.
Fire hopping was discovered and named by fans back in 2014, when Mario Kart 8 originally launched on Wii U. The move was never acknowledged by Nintendo as an official part of the game – fans found it by accident.
Nintendo previously ensured fire hopping would not work in Mario Kart 8’s 200cc mode, added as free DLC, although it left the move intact elsewhere.
Footage from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, posted by GameXplain, shows that there’s no speed advantage to using it.