Delfino Square

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Delfino Square
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Information
Appearance(s) Mario Kart DS
Mario Kart Wii
Cup(s) it Appears in Flower Cup (MKDS)
Banana Cup (MKWII)
Based Upon Delfino Plaza
Staff Ghost 1:54:601 by Ninten★いわ (MKDS)
2:41:807 by Nin*iwaco (MKWII)
Expert Staff Ghost 2:24:169 by Nin*TARO (MKWII)
Wi-Fi Unavailable (DS, Wii)
Music
06 Delfino Square.ogg
Course Map
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Delfino Square is a race course in Mario Kart DS. It is inspired by Delfino Plaza from Super Mario Sunshine.

The race takes place in part of a plaza and the pier. The major feature of the track is the drawbridge before the end of the course connecting the pier and the plaza. The bridge rises and lowers periodically during the race. Piantas cheer the racers in many sites along the track.

Delfino Square reappears in Mario Kart Wii in the Banana Cup. The racecourse's layout is exactly the same, but with updated graphics.

Course layout[edit]

An overhead view of Delfino Square.

The track will start in a straight path, leading racers to turn around a fountain. The track then runs along a narrow and bifurcated alley with some Item Boxes. Once past the alley, players cross a stone bridge and reach the pier with some crates serving as obstacles. If a racer crashes at high speed against one, this will break up, often revealing a Mushroom or a Banana peel. While the players are running around the pier through a sharp corner, a lifting bridge in the other side of the pier is covered in Dash Panels, allowing players to gain more speed, even in midair. In Mario Kart Wii, it is possible to perform a trick while the bridge rises. The track leads the racers back to the straight street, where the finish line is found after running through a wooded green zone of the town.

Delfino Square contains two main shortcuts the player can perform. The first shortcut is located right before crossing the stone bridge. Turning off to the lawn and the tree, a racer can jump and land to a wooden dock near the pier, shaving off a few seconds. It surely works if having a Mushroom or a Star on hand. The second shortcut is found in the pier ahead the corner. Hidden by a pair of crates, a narrow alley covered in dirt deals racers a slight advantage over their opponent. Just as the first, the latter requires a speed booster to run efficiently over the mud. However, taking no care about the consequences, players may end up leading off to the sea when pass to the other side by excessive speed.

In Mario Kart DS, the Missions 2-1 and 3-2 take place here. In the mission 2-1, the player must destroy 10 wooden crates scattered around the area of the shortcut and in 3-2 pass the 5-doors in order, whilst in reverse.

Shortcuts[edit]

Just before the first bridge, the player can veer to the left and use a Mushroom to jump over the water diagonally and land on the docks past the first bridge.

After passing the first bridge and making a left-hand turn, there will be a hidden passage on the right, which is past some crates. This off-road shortcut can heavily slow down any vehicle, regardless of off-road statistics, so a Mushroom or a Star is required to get through it quickly.

Official descriptions[edit]

Mario Kart DS

  • US website: "Take a lightning-fast tour through the back streets of Delfino Square. Steer clear of loose crates, and be prepared for harrowing hair-pin turns."
  • European website: "The Mario Kart equivalent of Monaco, the Delfino Square race takes place in the picturesque streets of Isle Delfino - Mario's favourite holiday getaway. Wave to the crowds of locals lining the track and keep an eye out for sneaky shortcut, if you're daring enough to take a leap of faith."

Mario Kart Wii

  • US website: "Drifting around the fountain quickly charges a stage 2 Mini-Turbo, and the drawbridge is great for big-air tricks."
  • European website: "The locals have turned out to lend their support as you race through their narrow streets and over a rather dangerous drawbridge. Now where was that shortcut...?"

Tournaments[edit]

The DS Delfino Square tournament.

In Mario Kart Wii, a tournament took place on this track. Players had to do a time trial, which added Goombas, crates, and dead-end routes. This tournament was the first tournaments of August 2010, and later repeated as the first tournament of January 2012 and the second tournament of March 2013.

Gallery[edit]

DS version[edit]

Wii version[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese モンテタウン
Monte Taun
Monte Town
Spanish Ciudad Delfino Delfino City
French Quartier Delfino Delfino District
German Piazzale Delfino Delfino Square
Italian Borgo Delfino Delfino Burg
Korean 몬테 타운
Monte Taun
Monte Town