Tick-Tock Clock (race course)

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This article is about the race track from Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart 8. For information about the course from Super Mario 64 and its remake, see Tick Tock Clock.
Tick-Tock Clock
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Appearance(s) Mario Kart DS
Mario Kart 8
Cup(s) it Appears in Star Cup (MKDS)
Lightning Cup (MK8)
Based Upon Tick Tock Clock
Wi-Fi Not Available
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Course Map

Tick-Tock Clock is a course of the Star Cup in Mario Kart DS. It is modeled after the course Tick Tock Clock from Super Mario 64, with similar mesh flooring and the familiar yellow pendulum. It takes place inside a grandfather clock.

Course layout[edit]

Near the start of the course, the racers will drive around a clock, where they can take a speed boost by running over some Dash Panels. After the clock, an ever ticking pendulum can knock the drivers off if they collide with it. Throughout the course there are rotating gears, which lead the karts in 360˚ arcs around the center. Racers then go to a second clock, smaller than the first one, having Item Boxes moving around. At the end of the course the are many gears protruding from the ground like tires, which spin in opposite directions of each other. If the drivers go up the gear which is turning away from them, then drivers will run slightly faster. All gears in the course change direction every 45 seconds. Clock hands are another obstacle that would spin back and forth, spinning out any kart that touches them. If the player hits the pendulum while racing, it will ring.

Missions 6-7 and 7-3 are located here. In mission 6-7, Toad has to collect 40 coins, and in mission 7-3, Donkey Kong has to complete 2 laps within the time limit.

Mario Kart 8[edit]

Luigi driving across the clock in Mario Kart 8

Tick-Tock Clock is to reappear in Mario Kart 8 as a retro course. While the layout of the track doesn't appear to change, it features more detail than the original. The background appears to be redesigned with moving gears and other clock related objects placed around the track. The starting banner is now in an alarm clock shape and Roman numerals replace the Arabic numerals. An extra pendulum was added after the first pendulum of the track and drop offs were added after each pendulum. Toads can also be seen cheering on the sidelines.

Official descriptions[edit]

  • US website: "It's always race time on Tick-Tock Clock. Sweeping clock hands, grinding gears and a massive pendulum are sure to keep you on your toes."
  • European website: "Whoever designed this course must have had a lot of time on their hands. Race through the workings on an enormous clock as you swerve past swinging pendulums the size of cars and dodge giant grinding gears. Remember: every second counts."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チックタックロック
Spanish Reloj Tictac Ticktock Clock
French Horloge Tic-Tac Tick Tock Clock
German Ticktack-Trauma Tick Tock Trauma
Italian Pista TicTac TickTock Track
Korean 똑딱시계 코스
Ttokttak Sigye Koseu
Tick-tock Clock Course