The hacking duo of the YouTube channel MrBean35000vr have posted several videos showing off their finds after hacking Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U. In them, they show themselves racing on one track while the screen displays a different track,enabling or disabling anti-gravity sections of track, applying different color pallets to existing tracks, and driving on a hidden course that has no visual features.
The new ‘track’ isn’t much of a track if I’m honest. It’s got no visual elements whatsoever, instead forcing you to race in a void only filled by your own image echos. The mods they’ve discovered, such as the anti-gravity modifications, are entertaining. One video shows them trying to drive up a road intended for anti-gravity mode with regular tires and partially succeeding via drifting. Then there’s their antics on Rainbow Road. They load up ghost data of the N64 Rainbow Road, but played it on the Mario Kart 8 Wii U version of the track, resulting in them driving around in open space and in some instances directly through the track.
The two insist that they aren’t hacking to cheat and win races unfairly, instead their purpose behind breaking the code is to allow them to create custom tracks and other content for their fellow users. Their initial findings in the game may not seem like much on their own, but keep in mind that this is one of the most in-depth hacks of the Wii U console to date, which could lead them to paths in the code that allow for all sorts of things to be created.
Unfortunately, all of the hacks they’ve done on Mario Kart 8 up to this point have been on an older firmware version of the Wii U that has since been updated, blocking out their methods for online play, so their modifications will likely be something you have to download elsewhere and then install onto your console.