The Mario Kart line has always been rife with minor exploits (and sometimes major, to be honest) that let players get an edge on other, more novice racers. Snaking was a big one, but that was absent in Mario Kart 8. That game on the Wii U, though, brought Fire Hopping.
Is Fire Hopping in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch? Nope.
Fire Hopping essentially works as players hopped back and forth after getting the maximum drift boost. Those hops would increase speed just enough to catch up, pass and further separate Fire Hoppers from normal drivers.
Say goodbye to that exploit.
The folks at GameXplain have an early copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and they put Fire Hopping to the test. In the video at the base of this post, not only do they effectively show that Fire Hopping has been removed, but attempting the exploit actually slows drivers down to speeds less than their opponents who are drifting normally.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will launch on April 28, 2017, for the Nintendo Switch.