Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, courtesy of having all of the DLC tracks from the Wii U original, offers an impressive 48 tracks to take on. Not long ago the Nintendo UK Twitter page asked followers to vote for their favourite track in the whole game; we're slightly surprised that the end result was the new Rainbow Road.
The game's producer, Kosuke Yabuki, was asked to talk about the track and the design inspiration behind it:
My favourite part is how the two routes form an intertwined spiral, before heading into the final corner. The design allows for lots of different tactical gameplay depending on your items and the situation around you, such as changing your route, or taking a shortcut between the two paths of the spiral.
However, this is also the part where drivers from all over the world are most likely to fall off the track... If you keep falling off no matter what you do, then in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe you can try turning on Smart Steering. This option now gives anyone the opportunity to have fun driving around.
...We have been making Rainbow Road courses as a way of marking the end of each Mario Kart game. Since we’d decided that Mario Kart 8 would also include a remake of a past Rainbow Road, we worked to create new Rainbow Road visuals and audio making use of near-future technology, such as anti-gravity, in order to contrast with that.
Around the edge of the course you’ll see Toads wearing spacesuits and cheering you on. These are actually a symbol of the online mode of this game and appear in places like the matchmaking screen too, so keep an eye out for them.
In a neat touch you can, of course, do a custom GP of the top four courses:
- Rainbow Road
- Hyrule Circuit
- Mount Wario
- Bowser’s Castle
Do you agree that these are the top courses in the game? Probably not! Let us know which ones are your favourites in the comments.