127: The Fast and the Furious

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The Fast and the Furious
Sometimes when I steer shopping carts around corners, I slide them a little and pretend I'm getting the blue spark boost.
Title text: Sometimes when I steer shopping carts around corners, I slide them a little and pretend I'm getting the blue spark boost.

Explanation

This comic shows an imagined crossover between the film series "The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift" and video game series "Mario Kart". The principle referred to is an effect exploited by many Mario Kart players in the 64, Double Dash!! and DS editions of the game. As shown in the cartoon, during a drift the kart could be turned left and right to create a splay of blue sparks and a small, temporary "mini-boost" to the speed of the kart. The made-up title "The Fast & The Furious Tokyo Dash!!" also refers to the headquarters of Nintendo, which are in Tokyo; and one of the games that features the effect, "Mario Kart: Double Dash!!"

Transcript

On the other side of the world, a new style of street racing rules the Tokyo underground. The cars are lighter, the tires are slick. When you drift, if you ain't out of control, you ain't in control. And if you work the wheel back and forth just right,
[Two cars race around a corner with blue sparks spraying from their tires.]
you get blue sparks.
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Discussion

Fast and the Furious; Tokyo Dash - the name "Tokyo Dash" comes from a mixture of the third Fast and Furious film (which came out in 2006) - "Fast and the Furious - Tokyo Drift", and "Mario Kart: Double Dash!!" 146.171.254.97 03:39, 19 February 2013 (UTC) Schlong-Copter
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