Despite having a number of genuinely exciting events, the Winter Olympics is also home to a couple of head-scratchers (I watched the men’s slalom with the Wikipedia entry open trying to work out why some skiers were incurring penalties), and some can get kind of repetitive if watched for more than a few minutes at a time. One event I did enjoy watching, though, was the speed skating; those dudes zip around that track–with blades on their feet–at speeds that would probably make me vomit.
But imagine how much more exciting that event would be if participants had access to the full arsenal of weapon items from Nintendo’s Mario Kart racing games? As this hilarious video shows, with some green shells, a handful of banana skins, and the occasional competitor-shrinking lightning bolt, this event could be so much more interesting.
With superb commentary from its makers Michael Shanks and Nicholas Issel, “Sochi 2014: Men’s Speed Skating Double Dash Final” takes place at an icy version of the Baby Park course from Nintendo Gamecube title Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and sees the male skaters pull out every sneaky trick in the book in order to win.
▼ There are green shells
▼Cunningly placed bananas
▼ And even Chain Chomps
I won’t spoil the ending for you, but let’s just say that it involves something that anyone who has played even a couple of games of Mario Kart in their lifetime will know has the power to end friendships and result in broken controllers.
Fingers crossed for some similar hijinks at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics!