Wihtout the blue shell, even if you are racing 1st place, as soon as they have a banana streak or lucky enough to get a 3 red shells, its impossible to get past. If they can sort that out to some degree, then perhaps the blue shell isn't needed. |
So in that regard its quite important. I quite like the bomb dump, so anyone caught in the explosion gets taken out too.
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