Top 10 Worst Ways to Lose in Mario Kart

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1 Hit by a Blue Shell before the finish line

Yep it sucks after racing your way to the end, and then suddenly 4th place do it again. - htoutlaws2012

Well, this is honestly really painful. It sucks, especially while doing Grand Prix. - PackFan2005

Very common, and an awful way to lose, no surprise its number 1 - YOSHIA2121

This makes me very angry - Userguy44

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2 Getting hit by anything while holding a coin.

Worse still if you've already collected 10 coins and don't even need more. - Entranced98

Coins ruined this game... and pink gold peach - YOSHIA2121

This is why I hate coins. They do nothing for you but leave you vulnerable.and the fact that they appear frequently in Mario Kart 8 is really frustrating. It makes zero sense because of the amount of coins on the tracks - Randomator

I love Mario Kart, but seriously, the coins need to go. The only time it was necessary was when there were “coin runners” in like Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7. Other than that, they shouldn’t be in the courses since they really serve no purpose

3 Being in 1st and falling off on the last lap

In the Wii version, Lakitu is really slow to pick people up, so this could send you spiraling into 12th place. It's better in Mario Kart 8 though. - PackFan2005

GCN Rainbow Road Mirror Mode All Cup-Tour enough said! - darthvadern

If it’s a close race this could be the decision. Especially on harder tracks like rainbow road. One fall plus Lakitu being slow could be the difference between a win or loss - Randomator

Well, I'm not first in the FIRST PLACE! Get it, First Place!
That was a horrible pun...

4 Getting hit by every item in the game

Incoming! Red Shell on your tail. Incoming! Blue Shell slowing you down. Warning! You lose the race try again. - htoutlaws2012

It would be a funny way to go out on that game.

I can imagine how annoying this would be - darthvadern

Oh how I hate this. - PackFan2005

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5 Being in a tight race and you Slip on a banana

That makes me 12th.

While it’s easy to avoid bananas if you’re in a tight race and aren’t paying attention one misplaced banana could be a victory killer - Randomator

6 You get hit by lightning and lose your last chance item

If you are waiting for the perfect opportunity to use a last chance item and lightning strikes you can kiss that item and your chance of winning goodbye - Randomator

You gotta be strategic when using this with great sense of timing. - htoutlaws2012

7 You get hit by a track obstacle

It's always on the last lap, and for me, it's usually a blue or green shell. In the worst cases, it's a banana an inch before the finish line. - PackFan2005

Similar to slipping on a banana this could be what kills your chance of winning - Randomator

A lucky green shell shot, or you slip from the common banana Peel. - htoutlaws2012

8 Someone else comes and passes you from basically nowhere

This is awful, if its lag or a power item, no matter what the cause, this is a bad way to lose - YOSHIA2121

This has to be one of the most annoying things ever - Randomator

This always happens to me in Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart DS, dunno why... - darthvadern

''RKO outta nowhere! '' - htoutlaws2012

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9 You miss the speed boost/ramp

This could be crucial in a tight race. If you miss it could be the reason you lose. Or it could be the reason you win if you managed to hit it - Randomator

Imagine missing it in a tighter photo finish, than all of a sudden play 200cc then speed boosts might be the enemy that can make you crash more than anything. - htoutlaws2012

10 Getting bumped by a heavyweight character into an off-road section or off the stage completely

Yep weight can help at times push you off, but it works against the kart when you try to attempt it. - htoutlaws2012

I hate when I'm a little koopa and I look in my rear view mirror while on the bridge last lap in DK Mountain, and I see a big ass donkey kong riding my tail and gaining on me, that's the moment when I know its all over... - YOSHIA2121

"Nice lead you have there. Would be a shame if Bowser ruined it." - PackFan2005

I play as the Mii (Mario Kart Wii), Mario, or Metal Mario so I have to be careful with this. I always end up first for most of the time, but then there’s always these guys catching up and hitting you off

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11 You have a blue shell and somehow hit yourself

I've done this before. While comical, it sets you back into the middle of the pack, which is by far the worst place to be. - PackFan2005

Here's a tip maybe a bit off-topic to the item but here's a tip; if you're playing DS or 7, you can see which items the opponents have, if someone has a blue shell and you're 1st place, here's what you should do, brake so you go to second place and the enemy passing you will get hit by the blue shell - darthvadern

Its arguably the most embarrassing way to screw yourself up.

You can dodge a Blue Shell at 1st place, but you gotta be really close to the 2nd place driver and have good reflexes at the same time. Should you notice a Blue Shell, slow yourself down until the 2nd place driver takes over the lead and then pick up speed again (I say this because if you stop, the Blue Shell will still hit you regardless if your at 3rd, 5th or whatever place you're at). That way, the Blue Shell will instead hit the original 2nd place driver, thus saving yourself the trouble. Oh, and this is only possible in handheld games, considering you can't see a Blue Shell until its too late. - CrimsonShark

what? lol - EliHbk

12 Falling off the bridge in DK Mountain by a banana
13 You missed the item box and the person behind you has triple reds
14 Being hit by your own banana

Why would you throw it forward...? - mattstat716

I bet some people throw it backwards and then run into it on the next lap - Randomator

This is embarrassing - Randomator

Well, I have experienced running into my own fake item box at times (it was camoflauged by the normal item boxes) - darthvadern

This sucks

15 Sniped at the line

Ha, guilty of doing this all the time in online races. - Entranced98

16 Accidentally going in the wrong direction

This happened to me when I played GCN Mushroom City for the first time - darthvadern

Clash into incoming non-karts than yeah absolutely difficult to come back from the race. - htoutlaws2012

My dad always wants to play Mario Kart with me and GreyRose and he drives backwards.

Whoops - EliHbk

17 Getting wheelie bumped
18 Getting blued 20 million times
19 Being behind for the whole race

This happens to me sometimes, so I sing “Why do you drive so fast? Why do you drive so fast? Where you gotta go, where you gotta go? Maybe you should try and drive slow” and my singing is so bad that it distracts people! Yay!

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2. Getting hit by anything while holding a coin.
3. Being in 1st and falling off on the last lap
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