Short summary: This was insane :P There's no particular voiced intro because this was taken from my live stream, but read the description if you want to know what the heck this is about! These races were played online on the Wiimmfi custom server.
So, you know how friend rooms in Mario Kart Wii online last for 4 races? I added a new feature to CTGP about a year ago allowing you to change that number, so you could make friend rooms as long (or as short) as you'd like. The maximum number of races that I decided to allow was... 250, because in CTGP, there exist 250 unique tracks to play! That includes the original tracks, of course. Of course, actually setting it to the maximum is pretty daft, as there's no way you'd be able to keep enough people online to play 250 races straight... right? :P
Well, I wished to prove otherwise. So, I set out on an endeavour, whenever I had enough free time, to gather up 12 people and start a 250-race friend room on CTGP, on Wiimmfi, in the hopes of being able to clear it one day. After many attempts on target, each hampered by problems such as disconnects, crashes, power cuts, etc... we finally came to this attempt. I'm still not quite sure how we did it, but we managed to hold 3 out of 12 people all the way through 250 races, to successfully end a 250 GP for the first time ever. We managed to play every single custom track in CTGP, and the majority of the Nintendo tracks; but we had a few repeat votes, so we couldn't play everything. The three racers who made it to the end were: MrBean35000vr, CaptainToad67867 and xStunky!
What makes this success particularly amazing is that if someone leaves the room, they can't ever join back. And if I get disconnected for any reason, the room dies, because I'm hosting it. Therefore, anyone who attempts this has to be prepared to race up to 18 hours straight with basically no breaks: After all, if you don't move in a race for 30 seconds, you automatically disconnect! And you can see from this video, if you choose to watch it all the way through, I only leave my controls during the stream once for a bathroom break, and I have to rush to get back before the game started. In the end, this room lasted just under 16 hours, 30 minutes. If there's an Internet problem or similar, you also get locked out of the room. This happened to several of the participants in this room, indeed.
As there's 16 hours of footage, a lot goes on. We go from Bean being happy, to Bean raging, to Bean being happy, to Chadderz coming home and joining commentary, to pizza arriving, to the remaining racers all getting on co-commentary together, to Chadderz going to bed, to more random people joining co-commentary, to Chadderz waking back up again hours later and rejoining commentary too, to the grand finale where I think everyone was pretty excited. Also, despite racing so much, everyone who had stayed connected seemed pretty perky throughout. Nobody was particularly falling asleep on the job, which is another common problem in these rooms. Amusingly, at the end of the races, after finally closing the room, I was immediately disconnected from Wiimmfi. Probably no coincidence, I bet the server was bored of waiting for us to finish, but funny nevertheless :P
Also active in these rooms was the Thundercloud Effect = Mega rule, so instead of being shocked for having a thundercloud for too long, we get mega mushroom effect instead, meaning that we're competing for clouds rather than trying to get rid of them. It helps speed up the races slightly, because it means that when there's less than 6 players in the room, no item can cause a player to shrink anymore (which is particularly broken in small rooms at the best of times, and it's very hard to pass clouds if there aren't many people around).
I don't expect anyone to watch this all way through, but if you do, then you're about as insane as I was for attempting something like this in the first place.
3:05:35 - Chadderz arrives!
5:21:35 - Betrayed by DS Mario Circuit
8:31:20 - Race 125 starts! (Halfway there!)
8:41:00 - Commentary from all remaining racers begins! (Chadderz goes to bed shortly after).
13:42:50 - Chadderz returns from sleeping!
16:26:28 - Race 250 starts! (Final race)
16:35:20 - Disconnected from network during data transmission (EC 91010).
Anyway, thanks everyone for watching, and see you all in the next video!