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Neo Bowser City (called Koopa City in Europe), is in the British English version) is the third course of the Star Cup in Mario Kart 7. It is a neon-lit city-themed course themed after Bowser, the only track of this sort to not be a version of Bowser's Castle. Neon signs are everywhere and images of Bowser himself and his signature emblem can be seen in various places.

Neo Bowser City is the second course in the Mario Kart series that is placed entirely in the rain, the first being Luigi Circuit from Mario Kart: Super Circuit.

Neo Bowser City also appears as a retro track in Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Mario Kart Tour. In the former games, it is the first track of the Bell Cup, a cup that comes with the Animal Crossing x Mario Kart 8 add-on content pack for the original Mario Kart 8, while in the latter game, it is one of the courses in the Tokyo Tour, Halloween Tour, Winter Tour, London Tour, and New Year's Tour.

Description

This course takes place in a brightly lit city in the rain. A large percentage of the course is winding roads with moving neon arrow railings. There is a small upward spiral section in the middle of the track that goes up a tower. Traction is decreased due to the rain. There is a tunnel close to the end of the course, that leads to a road that is covered with puddles. A Glide Ramp then appears just before the end. A billboard is seen near it with a picture of either Bowser (said picture is his artwork from the DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games), the player's view, or an animated "Overtake" ad from Toad Circuit. If gliding players veer left (right in mirror mode) from the starting line, they can fly over a Koopa Clown Car with a fan to give them lift enough for the first bend; in higher engine classes, however, they must steer back quickly to avoid hitting the wall.

Course Layout

The course starts with an S-bend; however, players must steer back in quickly to avoid hitting the wall. Just before the player enters the air vent area, it is possible to be pushed through the guardrails by a heavier opponent. After that, the race continues under a tower with air ducts. Then there are two soft turns and a red tunnel. After many turns, the player exits and reaches the winding part of the road, which consists of three hairpin turns. Then, there is a shorter tunnel that leads to a road all to the left, that is covered with puddles. At the end, there is a glider ramp back to the finish line.

Shortcuts

  • After the S-bend, players can cut through the mud with a Mushroom. They must steer back in quickly to avoid hitting the wall.
  • Near the finish line, if players use a Mushroom or the Koopa Clown Car air current, they can glide into a secret zone on the S-bend under the red tunnel.

Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Neo Bowser City returns to Mario Kart 8 as a retro course in the second DLC pack Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 and as part of the base content of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It is the first track of the Bell Cup. The city background is given an overhaul in design, featuring a glass tunnel where anti-gravity vehicles are driving in, and with more distinctive architecture, instead of having mushroom hills on the far background. The start and finish banner has been redesigned, featuring hexagon patterns behind the Mario Kart logo, and on the two neon pillars (previously one) supporting the banner. It is also possible now to hit the banner, like in Mario Circuit and DS Wario Stadium.

The new Bowser insignia that is now used in this course is also modeled around a hexagon. The blimp with a screen on it has been removed. Billboards now show an animated picture of the name of the course, along with Bowser in it, instead of displaying an ongoing video of the player's point of view, an animated ad, and a still picture of Bowser. The rails with scrolling neon arrows have been redesigned into neon rails with light arrows on top of them.

The overall course layout is unchanged, but has received a few minor modifications. A drop-off has been added at the entrance to the tunnel in place of a downhill slope. The three-quarter turn into the glider ramp at the end has been modified into an anti-gravity section, complete with spin boost pillars, while the water puddles have been removed. The Koopa Clown Car air current found near the S-Bend has been moved to behind the banner, instead of beside it. The music is also roughly the same, similar to 3DS DK Jungle and Wii Grumble Volcano, but an electric guitar has been added. Bowser's minions - Koopa Paratroopas, Dry Bones, Hammer Bros., Fire Bros., and Boomerang Bros. are spectators for this course. In addition, like in the rainy courses in Super Mario 3D World, rain drops flow down the screens of both the GamePad and the TV, just to add a minor effect.

Shortcuts

  • Like with the turn after the S-bend, it is now possible to use a Mushroom or Star to cut through the mud on the anti-gravity segment.

Mario Kart Tour

Neo Bowser City reappears in Mario Kart Tour. It returns back to its original Mario Kart 7 version.

Tokyo Tour

In the Tokyo Tour, Neo Bowser City appears as the first course in the Lakitu Cup, the second course in the Ludwig Cup, the location of the challenge in the Mario Cup, and the location of the challenge in the Larry Cup. It also has a Reverse variant which appears as the third course in the Bowser Jr. Cup, and a Trick variant which appears as the first course in the Dry Bowser Cup.

Winter Tour

In the Winter Tour, Neo Bowser City appears as the third course in the Bowser Jr. Cup, the first course in the Toad Cup, and the location of the challenge in the Wario Cup. It also has a Reverse variant which appears as the first course in the King Boo Cup and the third course in the Roy Cup, and a Trick variant which appears as the second course in the Larry Cup.

London Tour

In the London Tour, Neo Bowser City appears as the first course in the Bowser Jr. Cup, the third course in the Peach Cup, and the location of the challenge in the Luigi Cup. It also has a Reverse variant which appears as the second course in the Wendy Cup, and a Trick variant which appears as the third course in the Rosalina Cup.

New Year's Tour

In the New Year's Tour, Neo Bowser City has a Reverse and Trick variant which appears as the third course in the Birdo Cup and the second course in the Pauline Cup.

Staff ghost

In Mario Kart 7, the staff ghost for this track is Metal Mario. In Mario Kart 8, the staff ghost for this track is Dry Bowser on the Bone Rattler, with a time of 2:09.513. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on 200cc mode, the staff ghost is Bowser.

Sponsors

(Mario Kart 7 only)

  • Overtake (Rotating screen displays)

Other languages:

  1. Japanese: Neo Kuppa Shiti (Neo Koopa City)
  2. British: Koopa City
  3. Spanish: Ciudad Koopa (Koopa City)
  4. French: Koopapolis (Koopapolis)
  5. Dutch: Bowser City (Bowser City)
  6. German: Koopagrossstadtfieber (Koopa Big City Fever)
  7. Italian: Koopa City (Koopa City)
  8. Portuguese: Cidade do Koopa (Koopa's City)
  9. Russian: Gorod Kupy (Koopa City)
  10. American: Neo Bowser City

Trivia

  • Some of the buildings found in this course are based on the dome hills from the grasslands in the mainline Super Mario games.
  • In Mario Kart 8 the signs and animation of Bowser with the name of the course display the text "Neo Bowser City" even in non-American versions where the name of the course is different. This is the same in 3DS Music Park (called "Melody Motorway" in the British English version).
  • This track is one of three courses in Mario Kart 8 where the starting banner can be crashed into by playable characters via hang-glider. The other two courses are Mario Circuit and DS Wario Stadium.
    • However, the banner for this track spins when hit, whereas the other aforementioned track's banners only swing.
  • When exiting the tunnel in the Mario Kart 8 version of the track, a spotlight with Bowser's emblem points to the sky, possibly referencing the Batman spotlight (called the "Bat Signal") in the Batman series.
  • The track's music is a mashup of several other music tracks: the theme from Toad Circuit and Mario Circuit, the title theme of Mario Kart 7, the theme from Mario Kart Wii's Luigi's Circuit and Mario Circuit, and the theme of Mario Kart 64's Toad's Turnpike.[1] The theme was reused in the arrangement entitled "Circuit (Mario Kart 7)" from the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.

References

  1. http://www.ign.com/videos/2011/11/21/mario-kart-7-neo-bowser-city-footage
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