The faster mode will up the ante over 150 cc races, which had been the most difficult in any Mario Kart game to date.
While there's no video evidence to prove it , many competitive players have been remarking on message boards that the technique is greatly lessened or nonexistent in the new, faster mode.
We'll update this story if and when videos turn up on Youtube to give a visual of just how much Firehopping has been lessened.
Firehopping, a tactic known by Mario Kart 8 players that lets you go faster during a boost by hopping right and left while using the drift button has become irrelevant with the 200cc mode.
Pulling firehopping off would usually give the one doing it a speed advantage.
We don’t have video of the nerfed effect, but many reports on Neo GAF and other places seem to agree.
The nerf seems to only apply to those playing the game in 200cc mode.
Nintendo have announced that Mario Kart 8 will soon be getting faster, more difficult 200 cc races for all its tracks as part of a free update.
The news formed part of their Nintendo Direct broadcast held on 1 April.
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