In this post, I'm going to try and write a type of guide on things you can do to come first in Mario Kart 7 (MK7, no I am not referring to Mortal Kombat 7). I'm no pro at this game; just an everyday player, that managed to get the three stars next to my name, so don't get all rage face on me if you've read this and are still losing. You simply just need to practice more or - settle on being a gaming noob in general. Jks.
- Drift for 3-ish seconds (till exhaust sparks blue) and you will get a small-ass boost.
- Drift for about 6-ish seconds (till blue exhaust sparks red) and you will get a slightly bigger boost.
Collect the damn coins when you can but leave them if you feel like you're going to crash into a wall doing so. Collecting coins can increase your base-speed and help you un-lock kart mods and characters to use in-game. It's a win win.
If you feel like being a total ass to other players, for the sake of winning, feel free to use MK7 glitches to your advantage, and yes, I'm talking about the Wuhu Mountain Loop glitch.
Ok, so now I'm not referring to the shortcut glitches in the game, I'm referring to the legitimate ramps in the middle of the grassy nulls or the path that randomly veers off to the side.
I personally didn't use these shortcuts often, usually because the kart I'd choose to race with would be shit in a shortcut circumstance; plus it would only save you a second or two which didn't really bother me. However, if you feel the need to take a shortcut, go right ahead, or left - whichever way it goes.
Choosing your character and kart mods will totally depended on your driving style. It'll take a few races and modifications of character/kart selections to properly figure out your true driving nature.
I used to think it was all about the speed, however selecting a speed character meant slower acceleration and un-easy handling. I was struggling to win any 150cc races - due to getting hit by items and or crashing into walls frequently, so I tried a character and kart with better acceleration and handling. To my surprise, these stats were perfect for me. I was able to come first in 150cc races 80% of the time. In my personal opinion, acceleration triumphs over speed.
Eyeball the map screen like your eye-balling some hot bikini babe. Simply just, glance occasionally at it to see if the opponents behind you have little nasty nuggets for you like a blue shell up their sleeve. Then plan your strategy to avoid it accordingly.
Rainbow Road was a track that I struggled on. Sometimes it wasn't worth going through the whole Cup Tournament knowing I'd fail on one particular track. So what I'd do is, perrrfect.. racing the track through Time Trialling. Practice makes perfect right?