Neo Bowser City
Neo Bowser City (known as Koopa City in the PAL regions) is the third course of the Star Cup in Mario Kart 7. It is a neon-lit city-themed course themed after Bowser, the first 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. This is also the first course related to Bowser that is not a castle.
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. At the end, there is a ramp that uses the glider. A billboard is seen near it with a picture of either Bowser (said picture is his artwork from 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.
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 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 ramp that uses the glider and then the lap finishes.
Mario Kart 8
Neo Bowser City returns to Mario Kart 8 as a retro course in the second DLC pack Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 and 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 - 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 minor effect.
Wii U appearance
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