The 'Shroom:Issue LXI/MK:WTC
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slave of the web browser good reader, welcome to Mario Kart: Wheel Tips Corner. Your friend Coincollector is here to tell you something special. Recently I've discovered a nice invention to make this article a cliffhanger for the Mario Kart connoisseurs and amateurs... I call it.. Coincollector's Mario Kart Wheel Tips Corner Washing Machine (CMKWTCWM for short and with permission to use the patented name from another user to avoid charges).
Today I'll talk about the Fireballs (please don't think of anything else), special items that make their appearance in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! The fireballs are Mario and Luigi's special items, although each plumber has a different color to match their style, Red Fireball for Mario and Green Fireball for the green guy. Petey Piranha and King Boo are can also get this special item and many others, but they only get the Red Fireball. Despite color differences, all fireballs have the same basic function: burn the opponents' buttocks and make the kart spin out of control. Once used they act somewhat similar to Green Shells, travelling on the road in straight lines and bouncing over walls. However, they're different from green shells in that they do not slide over the ground but rather bounce over it, and in that the user deploys five fireballs that spread out. This makes fireballs a great weapon to hit several rivals simultaneously. Once they hit a target, the target will spin out of control as if they had touched a banana, but the spin caused by the fireball lasts a bit longer than a simple banana does. An advantage with this item is that it can be unpredictable, especially when it is used in curves and bounces over the walls. For example, if someone is hit by a fireball that has just been thrown, the other fireballs may rebound to hit them again. You need to be careful when using this under these circumstances, as it's possible that you can get hit by your own item. The most convenient use for fireballs is to stop an opponent in front of you when making a jump over a gap like that in Waluigi Stadium. A real downside of the fireballs is that they are not good usable as shields. Like any other projectile item, they can be thrown backwards and can stop incoming rivals from behind. However, as they bounce, they can leave a small gap below themselves. This can allow an item that slides, like a Koopa Shell, to trespass the fireball barrier and succesfully reach its target. Fireballs can be used by any character in battle mode. The item is somewhat rare and disappears very quickly once deployed. It can become useful in closed areas or when all your opponents are gathered together, so you can use the fireballs to hit them all at once.
Hope you have enjoyed the CMKWTCWM of The 'Shroom. Be prepared for another random tip during this month, and the next one (maybe, I dunno... maybe not... I hope I don't get sued for using this '._.)