The Top 7... Worst Parts of Best Games

The best parts: Red shells; green shells; mushrooms; bananas; stars.

The WORST part:          BLUE SHELL

You're in first place. You've nailed every curve, dodged every obstacle, capitalized on every power up and kept every other racer firmly in your rearview mirror. You haven't committed a single mistake in three straight laps. You're perfect... but, in the world of Mario Kart, you're the most vulnerable player on the track.

Why? Because the blue shell is waiting... waiting to utterly obliterate every ounce of your hard work in one infuriating instant. The blue shell is more than an item that automatically targets the racer in first place. The blue shell is an item that punishes winners, while giving an unearned advantage to losers. The blue shell is an item that favors random luck over practice and skill. The blue shell is Nintendo at its worst, emphasizing dumbed-down family fun with Little Timmy and Grandpa over honest-to-goodness gaming.

Seriously, what other title penalizes you for doing well? What other life experience teaches you that being the best... is bad? What if Mario Kart's twisted logic was applied to any other competition? The idea is ludicrous:




Dishonorable mention: What's worse than being done in at the last minute by a spiny winged turtle appendage? Try losing because the AI magically erased the distance between you and your computer opponents. Rubber banding blows.

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Jun 16, 2008


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  • General_Rincewind - June 30, 2014 5:42 a.m.

    I still have nightmares about the mission in Halo 3 called Cortana, I could not for the life of me figure out how to get to the end and after around 8 hours of seaching I finished the mission and resolved to NEVER play that mission again.
  • Sjoeki - July 19, 2011 9:43 p.m.

    I hated the part where you had to get the licenses for planes in GTA San Andreas, I stopped playing the game at that point, months later a buddy of mine helped me get the licenses and I found out that you almost never had to fly a plane in the game, damn that sucked hard!!
  • Darkhawk - May 25, 2011 8:32 p.m.

    I would like to submit the save point lacking Phazon Mines in the original Metroid Prime for this feature. The only point in the entire game where you can go over an hour against some of the toughest enemies with no opportunity to save.
  • baconHalo - March 9, 2011 11:20 p.m.

    i like Wind Waker and water temples in Zelda games. haven't played this terrible Majora's Mask one though.. i also very much like the Flood, but somehow Reach was better than Halo 3... maybe it's a coincidence that there's no Flood and it's awesome
  • Zeb364 - February 13, 2011 8:36 p.m.

    I love the blue shell pics. The Muhammed Ali one was freakin hilarious.
  • mrm1138 - December 7, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    I have a friend who is exceptionally good at avoiding blue shells (by which I mean he slows down and lets others take them for him and then retaking first, much like people have been suggesting). Of course, it's often been the bane of my existence (ofttimes thanks to the very same friend).
  • kurtbarber - November 30, 2010 1:47 a.m.

    George Bush would proably dodge that stupid thing like he did with the shoe
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - November 26, 2010 6:30 p.m.

    I hate the flood sooooo much. I mean, I play Halo to fight aliens on alien planets, not to shoot a frickin' zombie.
  • spongejerk89 - November 15, 2010 3:03 a.m.

    Wow, I always loved the Flood levels on Halo 1. They were in 2 of my 3 favourite levels from it: Assault on the Control Room, The Library, and The Silent Cartographer.
  • Aletheon - November 13, 2010 4:42 p.m.

    My friend spent hours on the Gummi ship screen. He loved them. I guess not "everyone" hated it.
  • BobberyFan98 - November 12, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    Amen for the one about Halo! THE FLOOD SHOULD JUST GO DIE IN A FIRE.
  • Zepaw - September 18, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    "Socializing is why I quit GTA4." This. I keep wanting to return and finish the game, but I DON'T WANT TO TALK TO YOU COUSIN!!
  • EricGirasole123 - September 13, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    Christ almighty the Blue shell 0_0 But it can be avoided just race good and keep them mushrooms and you'l be ok I suppose if you tap B hard enough yet Nintendo ARE truly screwing you over when your about to cross the finish line in an Online Race Your delighted becuase you finally won something that took ages getting Friend Codes of people and THEN finally your about to win and the Mutha'Fudga gets you at the last second
  • Darkmessiah24 - September 13, 2010 1:30 a.m.

    Well said about GTA IV, Mass Effect & especially Dead Rising.
  • ComradeKhani - September 12, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    strangely enough, now that mass effect 2 is out, i miss the elevators.
  • Trilby - September 11, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    One game that punishes you for winning as much as Mario Kart? Definitely Madden. Technically it doesn't punish you, but its 'make every single game a close game' system hacks me off.
  • hanktherapper - September 11, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    Socializing is why I quit GTA4.
  • buro13 - September 11, 2010 8:53 a.m.

    Dude I could not stop laughing for the mario kart spiky turtle. I f'n cried....Classic! 2am and I am laughing like a mad man and my wife is like "WTF go to sleep!"
  • sniperscope - September 11, 2010 3:47 a.m.

    The Blue Shell pictures are EPIC.
  • YuGiOhisbetterthanMagic - September 7, 2010 5:01 a.m.

    i love the water temple, all yall just a bunch of pansies.

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