3DS Rosalina's Ice World
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Rosalina's Ice World is the second race course of the Special Cup in Mario Kart 7. Located on an icy road, it is the first and only course in the Mario Kart series to be owned by Rosalina, and as a result draws inspiration from the Super Mario Galaxy installments. The drivers can dive underwater where some Penguins swim, in an area which strongly resembles the main planet of Cosmic Cove Galaxy. This is the second Special Cup course to take place in a snow- or ice-themed area, the first being Vanilla Lake 2 in Super Mario Kart. The course returns in Mario Kart Tour, making its first appearance in the Rosalina Tour.
The course starts off in a snowy area with snow covered domes and a structure resembling the Comet Observatory off to the side. The racers then slight to the right and pass through a halfpipe-like area with the right edge as a pit and some coins. After entering a cavern, a small ramp allows racers to jump onto an icy area with penguins and a few coins, with the first lap giving them a choice of the icy path, or an underwater cavern filled with more coins than above. The second lap, however requires racers to go underwater unless they have a Mushroom, use the Super Mini-Turbo, or drive straight after the curve (at least eight coins needed) and hold the Circle Pad down, as the kart goes higher when this is done. After the icy area, racers go through another cavern, but with icicles protruding from the ground, which can be shattered. The road then splits and gives the racer a choice of taking a narrow road with a Dash Panel, where a Starshroom can be seen on the right, or a wide path with no boosts. A final jump is then encountered and finally the racer turns to the finish line. In the background of the course, the starting planet of the Gateway Galaxy can be seen in some areas. When racing online, the underwater penguins are absent.
This is the only new course in the game which does not involve gliding.
Mario Kart Tour
Rosalina's Ice World reappears in Mario Kart Tour, starting with the Rosalina Tour. Like all other courses, it has a reverse variant and a trick variant. Its R/T variant debuts in the Space Tour. Penguins were added as obstacles in the water portion of the track, both within the water itself and on the ice above it. It retains most of its appearance from Mario Kart 7, though with a few minor differences. Most notably, the planet seen in some areas is now a 3D model that is not based on the starting planet from Gateway Galaxy anymore, and is accompanied by two new planets seen in other areas. In the reverse variant of this course, a Glide Ramp was added to the exit of the icy cavern with icicles. In the reverse and trick variant, this Glide Ramp can be lowered down. It is a favorite of Nabbit, King Bob-omb, Birdo (Black), Peach (Explorer), Fire Rosalina, Tanooki Rosalina, Shy Guy (Gold), and Lakitu (Party Time). It is also a favorite of Penguin Toad if he reaches level 6.
For this course's tour appearances, see List of 3DS Rosalina's Ice World tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour.
Mario Kart 7
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