The Most Rage Inducing Mario Kart 8 Items

By Michael On 8 Jun, 2014 At 06:25 PM | Categorized As Articles, Wii U | With 0 Comment

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The Most Rage Inducing Mario Kart 8 Items

Items are the key to online success in Mario Kart 8. Being blessed with the right item at the right time often determines the outcome of the Race. However, items are a double edge sword; sure they can help you, but do not forget that they can be used against. A large part of what makes the series so memorable, are the fits of anger and rage – where profanities are yelled across the room, where bonds are broken and friendships tested. It’s no secret that the items play a large role in making these memories. With this said, here are the most rage inducing Mario kart 8 items.

Random Bouncing Green Shell

The Green Shell is, without a doubt, one of the most annoying items ever conceived. I have no issues with getting hit with a well aimed Green shell, however, those stray bouncing green shells really grind my gears. For an item that is supposedly not programmed to be homing – the stray green shells have an evil habit of deflecting off the wall in a trajectory that often hits you. Hearing the “wobbling” noise instills fear into my heart.

The Coin

The coin is the most useless item in the game, just seeing the item pop up in my inventory box fills my heart with uncontrollable rage. For all intents and purposes, the coin is utterly useless (besides assisting in obtaining max speed), besides, if I wanted the coin,  I could simply collect them on the course. The most frustrating aspect of the coin, is the prevalence of the item when you are in the lead pack, having nothing to protect your back is almost a death wish with the red shell being so prevalent, I would rather have the Fake Item Box as a replacement, at least that way there is a chance I can take someone down with me. It’s especially frustrating since that getting the right item at the right time plays a crucial role, getting a stupid coin at the last stretch destroys all hopes of getting a better placing. Every time I get the coin, I can’t help but swear at the game and Nintendo for that matter.

The Star

Smashing into folks with the invincibility star is incredibly fun, however, getting hit by a lunatic with the same items is well… not so fun. All is fair in the Mario Kart world, actually not really, but witnessing an inconsiderate racer hit you with the invincibility star, and then race past, laughing all the way to the finish line is bloody annoying. Don’t you agree?

The Lightning

I hate the lightning! I hate it with a passion. It’s instantaneous, surprisingly shocking and destroys all momentum you once had – as you can see – it’s not hard to envision why this item is rage inducing. I find it funny (in a sadistic way) that the lightning is used at the most inconvenient time; particularly when you are blessed with an awesome item or in mid-flight!

The Blue Shell/ Red Shell

I’ve categorized the blue shell and the red shell together, as they are tied for first place as the most rage inducing item of Mario Kart 8. I say this because these demons are often the sole reason I lose an online race. While the red shell can be easily defended against, the prevalence of the blasted things compared to the blue shell more than makes up for it. On the other hand – the blue shell… is the blue shell, it does what it does best, that being destroying all your hopes and dreams of a podium finish.

About - Michael is the proud owner and Editor-in-Chief of! He has a Bachelors Degree with First Class Honors ( try to guess his Degree), and has been writing about video games for many years. His favorite Nintendo franchises include the Legend of Zelda, Super Smash Bros. and Pokemon. When Michael is not playing video games – he is usually outdoors riding kangaroo’s, playing cricket or sleeping (or doing all three at the same time).