Top 10 Worst Ways to Lose in Mario Kart

The Top Ten

Hit by a Blue Shell before the finish line

This happened to me twice on mario kart tour multiplayer right before I finish 1st a blue shell comes and hits me, first time I got 4th and the 2nd time I got 6th it was kinda frustrating

I had this happen on mario kart double dash I got hit by the blue shell just before the finish line on mushroom city I got 3rd place after 2 cpu passed me

The most infamous way to lose and definitely the most frustrating. Anyone who has played the series for a long time can tell you how frustrating it is. It’s pretty safe to say that blue shells have ruined friendships since Mario Kart 64.

I got hit by a blue shell right before the finish line on mario kart 8 deluxe I got 4th place

Being in 1st and falling off on the last lap

This happened to me on mario kart ds on 150cc I was on rainbow road on 1st place and then I hit a banana on that boosting loop part and I fell off and I got from 1st to 8th place in a few seconds I couldn't catch up for the rest of the lap and I got 8th place, I got so frustrated I finished the cup with 30 points and still got the gold trophy

This happened to me on mario kart ds rainbow road I got 8th place after I fell off in the looping area I got so angry I had to redo special cup because I got silver trophy in the end with a 2nd place on bowser's castle

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.

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

Getting hit by anything while holding a coin.

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

This is annoying getting a coin when trying to dodge incoming red shell

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

Coins ruined this game... and pink gold peach

Being in a tight race and you Slip on a banana

This sucks when this happens I had the odd banana mess me up

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

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.

You basically get spammed by a bunch of items in a short amount of time. You go from 2nd-8th in a matter of seconds.

This would be really annoying to get hit by every item

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

You get hit by lightning and lose your last chance item

I once had this happen on mario kart 8 deluxe online multiplayer I was in 10th place with a bullet bill and a star and I got hit by lightning when I was about to use the bullet bill, then I would of used the star after

It sucks to lose the bullet bill golden mushroom or star by lightning

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

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

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.

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

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

This the worst I have got hit by tack obstacles a few times

Someone else comes and passes you from basically nowhere

This happened to me on big blue time trails when I was trying to win the gold tries just before I was about to cross the finish line the ghost passed me, it made me so angry, I had to redo the race to beat the ghost, I don't know why nintendo had to make that ghost so hard

This drove me crazy I had to redo a time trial on big blue on mario kart 8 deluxe because the mario ghost passed me just before the finish line

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

This has to be one of the most annoying things ever

Being hit by your own banana

Why would you throw it forward...?

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

This is embarrassing

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

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!

The Contenders

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

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...

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

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

This is why I personally prefer to play as the heavyweights like Wario or Bowser or DK.

Falling off the bridge in DK Mountain by a banana
Accidentally going in the wrong direction

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

I had this happen when I first did mushroom city on mirror mode on mario kart double dash

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

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

You missed the item box and the person behind you has triple reds

This would be the worst to get hit by 3 red shells

Falling off the edge over and over again on hard courses

This happened to me on mario kart 8 rainbow road I got 12th place twice on 150cc, and 8th on 100cc, and 5th on 50cc it is a hard track

You miss the speed boost/ramp

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.

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

You have a blue shell and somehow hit yourself

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.

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.

I have done this once before

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

Getting hit by multiple items on the final lap just before the finish line

This would be the worst, worst if you got last place after being in 1st

Getting hit by 3 blue shells in 1 lap

This would be so annoying worst if it was the final lap

Sniped at the line

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

Getting blued 20 million times
Getting wheelie bumped
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