Or so I'd like to say, but Mirror Mode was a lot nicer to me than 150cc for some reason. Oh, of course I had the mandatory loss induced by a blue shell two feet from the finish line (no joke, no exaggeration, there was less than a bike's length between it and me), but overall I think I'm getting better at this. So far I've three-starred the Mushroom, Shell, Banana and Leaf Cups on both 150cc and Mirror, but no dice at any of the other ones. I also have zero stars in the Flower and Lightning Cups in 150cc, and the Star and Lightning Cups in Mirror Mode. (Seeing a pattern yet? Fuck Piranha Plant Slide. And yes, I'm aware I sound like I have an ever-changing nemesis of the day like in a lot of fiction.) So I know what I have to do to unlock the Gold Standard, which is my next objective.
Anyway, I was slightly disappointed by Toad's Turnpike in Mirror Mode. What do I mean by that? Well, in MK64 it was one of the greatest challenges in the entire series, possibly matching some of the original's Special Cup tracks. The reason for that is that you had to go AGAINST traffic instead of in the same direction, and we're talking pretty dense traffic here. One mistake would send you to the back, and you'd make several in a frenzied attempt to catch up. Here? You go in the same direction as the traffic, and even if you didn't the anti-gravity parts would allow you to bypass lots of vehicles anyway. Donut Plains 3 also lost its teeth - it was one of the tracks I had in mind when I mentioned SMK's Special Cup. Just finishing in the points was such a pain, but now its position in the Banana Cup is justified.
Something I wanted to say for a while, but always forgot about: Cloudtop Cruise's music features parts of Sky Station and Gusty Garden, the latter of which was also in SM3DW. MARIO GALAXY 3 CONFIRMED!!! No, really, I'd need a change of pants if it ever came true, the two existing games are the best Mario games I've ever played, and some of the best games I've ever played period.
Question: is it worth it to go in the underwater section near the end of Sherbet Land, or should I stay up top? If it helps, I'm using the Roller tires, which get me up to 5.25 water speed, as opposed to 4.25 land speed (and I wouldn't be surprised if traction did something to my cornering on ice like it did in MKW).
Unfortunately, I won't be able to play this much this weekend, as I'll be away from home, but hey, there's no rush, right?