Vanilla Lake 2 is the fourth course in Special Cup in Super Mario Kart. It was subsequently reused in Mario Kart: Super Circuit as the third track in the Extra Special Cup. It is a circle course going around a lake. The course is icy, meaning bad control for Princess Peach and Yoshi, according to the manual. The only hazards are Warp Pipes.

Course Layout

The race starts on the east side of the lake. Shortly after the first left turn is a set of ? Panels and four pipes followed by another left turn. After that, the edge of the lake juts outwards, forcing the racers to drive around it. Immediately ahead of this section are three clusters of ice blocks with narrow gaps in between. Upon reaching the southwest corner of the lake, the racers can either drive around the edge or take advantage of a small fragment of ice in the water and hop across it. After this is a section with gaps of water in the road as well as more pipes. The racers can either hop over the gaps or drive around them. There is a hole in the colored wall which can be used as a shortcut; players with a Mushroom can cut through the snow without slowing down. The southeast corner of the lake is narrow enough to hop over, and right after it is the final turn, which features patches of snow next to the water and ice blocks scattered in the middle of the road.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit

The course reappeared in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and is the third track in the Extra Special Cup. It uses the background from Snow Land. The pipe hazards were removed from the track and an extra Item Box can be found on the small ice island near the hole in the wall.

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