'Mario Kart 8' cheats could follow hacker exploits shown in YouTube video

‘Mario Kart 8’ Hacker Claims To Be Harmless [Video]

A Mario Kart 8 hacker has been discovered, though he didn’t make it difficult to find his results. Before you start thinking he’s going to be a literal game changer, you should note that what he changed was purely cosmetic and doesn’t change the way it plays. There is no potential for cheating, he claims.

The game that started making the Nintendo Wii U something you have to own is probably making gamers wish they had some sort of Mario Kart 8 cheats to help them counter being taken out and subjected to the Luigi Death Stare. While harmless, the meme has been enough to help perpetuate sales of Nintendo’s latest killer IP.

With Nintendo’s track record with YouTube videos having been fixed in gamers’ favor again, this Mario Kart 8 hacker might unleash some backlash. YouTube user MrBean35000vr stated in the description for his video:

“Very very basic stuff, more of a proof of concept rather than anything else. None of this is in any state to be released at present, and it’s unlikely that we ever will in the interest of preventing cheaters.

“This is footage from an earlier live stream, showing on-the-fly RAM edits of ‘Mario Kart 8.’ The quality is a tad sub-par because of it, but we hope it’s manageable.”

The mods he created were music and name changes mostly, though one apparently crashed the Wii U. It is unknown if Nintendo might take action to stop these mods from being possible. If a hacker already figured out how to make a few harmless changes to the game, they might still see the potential to alter game scores and possibly insert other characters in the game. The latter could lead to copyright problems.

While Mario Kart 8 hacker MrBean35000vr stated that his changes were harmless and merely meant to show what can be done, Nintendo might not like the idea of people possibly creating their own Mario Kart 8 cheats.

What do you think? Are these hacks worth Nintendo getting upset over?

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