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Royal Raceway (called Peach Circuit in Japan) is the third racetrack of the Star Cup in Mario Kart 64. The race takes place around a giant lake and it is easy to fall into the water. There is a big jump over the lake in one section of the track. If the racer goes off track after the jump, they can see and drive around Mushroom Castle, as it appeared in Super Mario 64, though there is no way to enter the castle. The Award Ceremony also takes place in this racetrack at the end of the cup, where the top three drivers receive various trophies, and confetti for the big winner along with the gold trophy. The course returns in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the third course in the Banana Cup.

Course Layout

First, the driver races around a wall. Then, the player drives onto a bridge that ends with a jump back to the regular track. The player can see Peach's Castle from here. After driving around in the hills the players drive around a sharp right turn with slippery mud on one side so if the player misses the turn, they may fall into the pond.

Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Royal Raceway reappears in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the third course in the Banana Cup, making it the only course out of the returning N64 tracks that isn't the final course of its respective retro cup. The sky is now blue with pink clouds, instead of pink with white clouds, both the starting banner and the bleachers have been redesigned to look more related to Peach's Castle and the iconic crown is now more detailed. The wall, which the racers drive around, still has red and white checker pattern but it now has some design related to Peach's Castle, and subtle heart details have been added. The road markings are also made up of hearts. There are now swan boats in the lake, with Toads riding in them.

The ramp now has evenly spread out five grass arches with ringing bells, which the player can hear when passing by them, hanging on them and the rails on the ramp are redesigned to make it related to Peach's Castle. The long jump section has been shortened and is also a glider segment, which allows players to glide over the large gap and then land gently at the next section. There are hot-air balloons based on Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, and Rosalina's dresses, similar to the balloons present in Daisy Hills from Mario Kart 7. However, the designs for the balloons alternate every race, most noticeable in the one at the end of the glider section. There are also cherry blossom trees like in Mario Circuit from Mario Kart 7 in place of the striped evergreen trees. At the final turns, the grassland areas has been narrowed down to make it less possible for players to slip off the track and end up in the grassland compared to the original.

The road leading to Peach's Castle is now blocked off, meaning it is unable to be driven around compared to the original. Furthermore, the design of Peach's Castle and the area around it have been revised from the original Super Mario 64 version, to look more like a modern interpretation of its design.

Shortcuts

With a Mushroom, it is possible to access a Boost Panel and cut off the fifth turn.

Staff ghost

The staff ghost for this track is Peach on the Prancer, with a time of 2:21.371. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 200cc, the staff ghost is Baby Peach with a time of 1:43.120.

Official Descriptions

Mario Kart 64 Instruction Manual Description: Of the three speedway-type courses, this one covers the greatest distance. The big jump after the dash zone is very dramatic. Without guardrails along the lake, it can be very easy to overshoot the corner and fall in! Mario Kart 8
Facebook Page: Princess Peach welcomes you to the blossom-lined roads of Royal Raceway in Mario Kart 8. She has even baked a cake for you! [1]

Sponsors

Mario Kart 64

  • Koopa Air (Signs)
  • Luigi's (Signs)
  • Mario Star (Signs)
  • Yoshi (Trackside banners)

Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

  • Banana Cup (Trackside banners)
  • Dream Gliders (Trackside banners)
  • Green Service (Trackside banners)
  • Lord Bowser (Standings board)
  • Luigi Gusters (Standings board)
  • Mario Kart (Oil) (Cans)
  • Mario Kart TV (Trackside banners, van)
  • Mario Super Motor Team (Pit areas, standings boards)
  • Peach & Daisy Royal Patisserie (Trackside banners)
  • Princess Peach (Pit areas, standings boards)
  • Toad Mushroom Powered (Standings boards)
  • Women of Racing Organization (Trackside banners)
  • Yoshi Runners (Standings boards)

Trivia

  • In Mario Kart 8, the hot air balloons also appear in the far background of the remade GCN Baby Park.
  • This course shares the same music as Luigi Raceway, Mario Raceway, and Wario Stadium. In Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it is enhanced with live recorded instruments and given a slight jazz-funk feel.
  • The course's online description in Mario Kart 8 refers to the introduction of Super Mario 64 and its remake.

References

  1. Mario Kart Facebook Page
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