It happens to everyone who regularly plays Mario Kart: a last-minute blue turtle shell that lands just feet away from the finish line. It’s one of the most frustrating moments in any video game. Of course, there’s one consolation: that experience usually does not coincide with a world record run.
Speedrunner Skilloz_ was on track for the world record for a speedrun on the 200cc Star Cup in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch. Playing as Donkey Kong, Skilloz_ was in the homestretch of the Mount Wario track as a blue turtle shell zoomed toward his kart and spoiled the nearly record-setting run. The dreaded blue turtle shell strikes again!
The speedrun ended up falling just short of the world record with a time of 7:38.82. The world record was 7:37.69. We feel your pain, Skilloz_.
Skilloz_ has attempted a number of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe speedruns. He has the world record for the 200cc Flower Cup. He also has the world record for Army Men: Sarge’s Heroes 2 on the Nintendo 64, which he beat in 29 minutes and 25 seconds.
You can check out Skilloz_’s channel at twitch.tv/skilloz_.