With just under two months to go until Mario Kart 8, I thought I'd revisit a little something I did two years ago with Mario Kart 7. In that first challenge, starting 5/July at 14,205 coins, I had until the end of the month to reach 20,000 coins - the last unlock milestone on the game. I had to race properly though. That was what I'd said to myself.
Race properly or the challenge is void. After all, a challenge is no fun if you’re just staying in last and quickly collecting the coins half a lap behind everyone else. And so, I raced through many GPs, earning podiums almost every time, getting over 30 coins almost every time.
Since that time, I had played the game less. In fact, for the whole of 2013, I hadn't even reached 25,000. At the beginning of March though, I did.
With Mario Kart 8's release coming up within two months, I started playing MK7 more throughout that month. That's when - beginning of April - I reached the point where I thought to myself "Why not make another coin challenge out of this?"
There is one major difference though. At that point in 2012, I had just finished my first year of college. This year, I'm on my first year of university, and with an end of year show coming up, I've got work to be doing. So I've got less time for gaming. Hence the two months instead of one.
Anyway, this challenge. Starting today, with a coin total of 26,433, I have to reach 30,000 coins by the release date of Mario Kart 8. If that gets reached easily though, an extension to 32,000 should make things harder.
And so, here I go.
[New Edition Note: While I didn't cover it on the site, I had actually passed the challenge. The Excel document I still have saved reveals that I completed the challenge a week before MK8's release with 30,028 coins to my profile. I had gone beyond the set 12 GP's per week for the last two to bring in almost 2000 in just those two weeks. I suspect uni must have finished for the year for that to have happened.]