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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 owned by Bowser and his Koopa Troop. Neon signs are everywhere and Bowser's 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. Its theme is a remixed version of Toad Circuit / Mario Circuit and the title theme of Mario Kart 7. It also contains remixed parts from the previous installments such as of Mario Kart 64's Toad's Turnpike, and Mario Kart Wii's Luigi's Circuit/Mario Circuit.
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 New Super Mario Bros. Wii), 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.
- After the S-bend, players can cut through the mud with a Mushroom. They must steer back in quickly to avoid hitting the wall.
- Near the finish line, if players use a Mushroom or the air current, they can glide into a secret zone on the S-bend under the red tunnel.
Mario Kart 8
Neo Bowser City, in 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 track has been updated to HD graphics, with the city background 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.
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 course layout is roughly the same, but with a few changes. A drop-off has been added at the entrance to the tunnel, the U-turn near the end has been modified into an anti-gravity section, while the water puddles in that section are removed, and the 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.
Bowser, racing on the 180 degree turns.
Bowser, near the starting area.
Peach, flying with a glider.
Wii U version
The course as seen from the starting line.
The anti-gravity portion of the track.
Toad, driving inside one of the track's tunnels.
Names in other languages
Neo Kuppa Shiti
|Neo Koopa City ("Koopa" is Bowser's Japanese name)
||An aggregation of "Koopa" and "metropolis"
||Koopa Big City Fever
||Cidade do Koopa
||네오 쿠파 시티
Neo Kupa Siti
|Neo Koopa City ("Koopa" is Bowser's Korean name)
Xīn Kùbā Shì
Xīn Kùbàwáng Shì
|New Bowser City
- This is currently the only Bowser-themed track in the Mario Kart series that's not Bowser's Castle.
- Despite being a Bowser owned track, Bowser himself never appeared as the Staff Ghost in either of the track's appearances. It is one of the few Bowser-themed tracks with this trait.
- Some of the buildings found in this course are based on the dome hills from the grasslands in the mainstream Mario games.
- In Mario Kart 8 the signs display the text "Neo Bowser City" even in PAL regions where the name of the course is "Koopa City". This is the same in 3DS Music Park (called "Melody Motorway" in PAL regions).
- This track is one of three courses in Mario Kart 8 where the starting banner can be interacted with from playable characters via hang-glider. The other two courses are Mario Circuit and DS Wario Stadium.
- ^ http://www.ign.com/videos/2011/11/21/mario-kart-7-neo-bowser-city-footage
|Mario Kart 8
||Toad • Koopa Troopa • Baby Mario • Baby Luigi • Baby Peach • Baby Daisy • Shy Guy (Alternate Colored Shy Guys: Green, Blue, Light-blue, Yellow, Pink, Black, White, Orange*) • Lakitu • Toadette • Larry • Wendy • Lemmy • Baby Rosalina • Isabelle*
||Mario • Luigi • Peach • Yoshi (Alternate Colored Yoshis: Red, Blue, Light-blue, Yellow, Pink, Black, White, Orange*) • Daisy • Iggy • Ludwig • Tanooki Mario* • Cat Peach* • Villager*
||Bowser • Donkey Kong • Wario • Waluigi • Rosalina • Metal Mario • Pink Gold Peach • Morton • Roy • Link* • Dry Bowser*
||Standard Kart • Pipe Frame • Mach 8 • Steel Driver • Cat Cruiser • Circuit Special • Tri-Speeder • Badwagon • Prancer • Biddybuggy • Landship • Sneeker • Sports Coupe • Gold Standard • GLA* • W 25 Silver Arrow* • 300 SL Roadster* • Blue Falcon* • Tanooki Kart* • B Dasher* • Streetle* • P-Wing*
||Standard Bike • Comet • Sport Bike • The Duke • Flame Rider • Varmint • Mr. Scooty • Jet Bike • Yoshi Bike • Master Cycle* • City Tripper*
||Standard ATV • Wild Wiggler • Teddy Buggy • Bone Rattler*
||Standard • Monster • Roller • Slim • Slick • Metal • Button • Off-Road • Sponge • Wood • Cushion • Blue Standard • Hot Monster • Azure Roller • Crimson Slim • Cyber Slick • Retro Off-Road • Gold Tires • GLA Tires* • Triforce Tires* • Leaf Tires*
||Super Glider • Cloud Glider • Wario Wing • Waddle Wing • Peach Parasol • Parachute • Parafoil • Flower Glider • Bowser Kite • Plane Glider • MKTV Parafoil • Gold Glider • Hylian Kite* • Paper Glider*
||Mario Kart Stadium • Water Park • Sweet Sweet Canyon • Thwomp Ruins
||Mario Circuit • Toad Harbor • Twisted Mansion • Shy Guy Falls
||Sunshine Airport • Dolphin Shoals • Electrodrome • Mount Wario
||Cloudtop Cruise • Bone-Dry Dunes • Bowser's Castle • Rainbow Road
||Wii Moo Moo Meadows • GBA Mario Circuit • DS Cheep Cheep Beach • N64 Toad's Turnpike
||GCN Dry Dry Desert • SNES Donut Plains 3 • N64 Royal Raceway • 3DS DK Jungle
||DS Wario Stadium • GCN Sherbet Land • 3DS Music Park • N64 Yoshi Valley
||DS Tick-Tock Clock • 3DS Piranha Plant Slide • Wii Grumble Volcano • N64 Rainbow Road
||GCN Yoshi Circuit • Excitebike Arena • Dragon Driftway • Mute City
||Wii Wario's Gold Mine • SNES Rainbow Road • Ice Ice Outpost • Hyrule Circuit
||GCN Baby Park • GBA Cheese Land • Wild Woods • Animal Crossing
||3DS Neo Bowser City • GBA Ribbon Road • Super Bell Subway • Big Blue
||Wii Moo Moo Meadows • GCN Dry Dry Desert • SNES Donut Plains 3 • N64 Toad's Turnpike • Mario Circuit • Toad Harbor • GCN Sherbet Land • N64 Yoshi Valley
||Anti-gravity • Drift • Hop • Mini-Turbo • Rocket Start • Slipstreaming • Spin Boost • Trick
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|* - Indicates downloadable content