Mario Kart 7 and 8 director, Kosuke Yabuki has revealed that Nintendo has tested the popular kart racer without the controversial Spiny (read: Blue) Shell item but concluded that the game didn’t feel right without it.
When asked by Eurogamer about the frustrating nature of the nefarious Blue Shell – an item that almost always hits and hinders the racer in first place – and why it’s included in the series, Yabuki spoke about the differences in what individuals will find fair.
“Something I personally really consider is the human emotion element of the play experience,” Yabuki states “So for example playing Mario Kart – if you have something that feels unfair or makes you feel frustrated or makes you angry… Everyone is different in that respect. What you will feel is unfair might be different to someone else. As far as possible we want to avoid those feelings of frustration.”