Repairing a glitch that allows cheaters to continually beat honest players online would be “unfair.”
A spokesperson for Nintendo has announced that the well-known Maka Wuhu track glitch will not be fixed. Online players are currently able to jump their kart off the track into a large lake at a specific point in the race, allowing the ever-helpful Lakitu towing service to erroneously transport them to the other side. The distance gained is nearly half the track, giving the cheater an advantage nearly impossible to overcome by players either ignorant of the glitch or unwilling to abuse it.
“We are aware that it is possible to navigate a certain part of the track in Wuhu Island in a way that allows a large part of the course to be bypassed,” said Nintendo spokesman Buddy Roemer. “There are no plans to update the game to remove this shortcut as doing so would create an unfair advantage for the users of the original release of the game. Rest assured your comments have been added to our records for Mario Kart 7.”
Admittedly, this is a difficult problem to address while patching remains impossible. On the one hand, they could fix the problem, assuring that only the current cheaters have the advantage at their disposal. On the other, they could ignore the problem, allowing more and more players access to the exploit, forcing others to embrace the glitch in order to remain competitive on the track. What do you think, Escapists? Did Nintendo make the right decision?