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So a batch of Nintendo 64 games recently became available through the Switch Online service. As much has inspired me to revisit Mario Kart 64 and doing so has got me curious what other people's Time Trial records are. I'll post mine below for comparison's sake. My personal bests aren't exactly the world records, but most of them (9 out of the 16) are at least faster than the programmer and play tester records shared in the back of my Nintendo Power player's guide from 1997 anyway. 24 years of experience. Can you beat any of these?

Mushroom Cup

Luigi Raceway: 1'42"82
Moo Moo Farm: 1'18"69
Koopa Troopa Beach: 1'27"75
Kalimari Desert: 1'51"88

Flower Cup

Toad's Turnpike: 2'37"96
Frappe Snowland: 0'31"48
Choco Mountain: 1'42"32
Mario Raceway: 1'15"65

Star Cup

Wario Stadium: 0'26"39
Sherbet Land: 1'48"99
Royal Raceway: 2'33"40
Bowser's Castle: 2'01"87

Special Cup

D.K.'s Jungle Parkway: 0'54"79
Yoshi Valley: 1'46"24
Banshee Boardwalk: 1'55"51
Rainbow Road: 4'01"95

Note: We're using the honor system here. This is just for fun. If you haven't played a given course in Time Trial mode, just post the ones you have. I always use Toad because he's the best.



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Damn, Rainbow Road is long.



I just looked at the World Records and um... I have no, chance not even close. These people seem to make it their job.



Love the idea and will look at my records later but you lost me with your last line. Yoshi rules



 


 

I would have to dig up my N64 and the actual game to look at my records. Which I'm kind of curious to do actually.

Could never do the Wario Stadium wall-skip though, so my time on that one is nowhere near that. I did think that Moo Moo Farm was under a minute though, but I'm probably misremembering them .
Did you do the long jump in Rainbow Road at the start? Because that not a time for the whole thing right?

EDIT: Moo Moo Farm world record is 1:11:44, so definitely didn't do it under 1 minute lol.

Last edited by S.Peelman - on 08 November 2021

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Some of those world records are stupid lol,

Slams into wall lap ends in less than a second lol.



 

 

Imthelegend said:

Love the idea and will look at my records later but you lost me with your last line. Yoshi rules

Then why doesn't he say so?

(Also, thanks!)



Cobretti2 said:

Some of those world records are stupid lol,

Slams into wall lap ends in less than a second lol.

A lot of them are waaaaaay tougher than they look in the demo vids. I tried the wall jump shortcut in Luigi Raceway that was posted there back in 2007 I lost count of how many times because it LOOKED doable. It's not. That's a superhuman feat. I still can't pull it off. The people who set new records after the year 2000 aren't human, they're machines. Like just look at this insane method in Sherbet Land! I mean why didn't I think of that? ...Yeah no, I don't think that'd exactly be what happened for me.

With but two exceptions, all the shortcuts I use are in the 1997 Nintendo Power player's guide. (The exceptions are in Frappe Snowland and Choco Mountain.)

Last edited by Jaicee - on 08 November 2021

S.Peelman said:

I would have to dig up my N64 and the actual game to look at my records. Which I'm kind of curious to do actually.

Could never do the Wario Stadium wall-skip though, so my time on that one is nowhere near that. I did think that Moo Moo Farm was under a minute though, but I'm probably misremembering them .
Did you do the long jump in Rainbow Road at the start? Because that not a time for the whole thing right?

EDIT: Moo Moo Farm world record is 1:11:44, so definitely didn't do it under 1 minute lol.

I can do the wall jumps in Wario Stadium, but the second one where you skip from the middle of the course back to the finish line is pretty tough for me even now. VERY precise timing required! I only attempt that one in Time Trials. When I'm actually racing other people, I always use the first wall jump to skip the first half of the lap and the third one that you slide into. (There are four wall jump spots total in the course.) 

That first wall jump though -- over the small inclines right in front of the starting line -- isn't that tough; you just have to slide normally into the wall, being sure to jump right as you'd otherwise run into it at the top of the incline. Powering up a mini-turbo helps. And don't use the rocket boost; the extra speed will stagnate your jump.

And yes, I used the long jump shortcut in Rainbow Road. I got under the programmer/play tester record of 4 minutes and 5 seconds printed in my player's guide by hitting the far guard rail such that you don't wreck, but rather maintain most of your speed, on all three laps. The world record for the course without shortcuts is 4 minutes and 52 seconds. I'm using the shortcuts in the Nintendo Power player's guide to get my records, and also a couple others that were discovered later in the cases of Frappe Snowland and Choco Mountain. I'm also just a lot better at executing the jump-through-the-wall trick in D.K.'s Jungle Parkway than the programmers and play testers apparently were 'cause I'm not doing anything that wasn't disclosed in the player's guide to get my records for that course. Unlike the world record holders though, I still have to rely on Lakitu putting me back in the cave because I'm not a god.

Last edited by Jaicee - on 08 November 2021

Cobretti2 said:

Some of those world records are stupid lol,

Slams into wall lap ends in less than a second lol.

Is this done with the aid of an app? or just luck?