Animal Crossing

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This article is about the race course in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. For the WarioWare: Smooth Moves microgame, see Animal Crossing: Wild World.
Animal Crossing
Preview art for all four seasons of Animal Crossing in Mario Kart 8.
Appearance(s) Mario Kart 8 (DLC Pack 2) (2015)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) Crossing Cup
Based on Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Staff Ghost 1:58.273 by Nin★Marie (MK8) (as Isabelle)
1:53.584 by Nin★Marie (MK8D) (as Isabelle) (150cc)
1:23.417 by Nin★Fausti (MK8D) (as Male Villager) (200cc)
Wi-Fi Available (Wii U, Switch)
Atsuko Asahi (all arrangements)
Manaka Kataoka, Atsuko Asahi, Kazumi Totaka (all New Leaf themes)

Summer[2] Autumn[3] Winter

Course map
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Map of Animal Crossing in Mario Kart 8.Map of Animal Crossing in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Animal Crossing is the fourth and final course in the Crossing Cup in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The course is included with the Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content package for Mario Kart 8. The course is located in an unnamed town from Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Similar to how Excitebike Arena changes layout every time it is played, Animal Crossing changes season every time it is played, although this has little effect on the course and is mostly just a visual change.

In offline play, except for Time Trials, it is possible to select the season by holding down a shoulder button before the race starts if the player is using the Wii U GamePad, the Classic Controller (Pro), or the Wii U Pro Controller. Holding L Button selects spring, holding R Button selects summer, holding ZL Button selects autumn, and holding ZR Button selects winter.[4] This code returns using the same button combinations in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. When playing in Mirror Mode, the code is inversed: holding R Button selects spring, holding L Button selects summer, holding ZR Button selects autumn and holding ZL Button selects winter.[5]

Course layout[edit]

The starting line in all four seasons.

The course starts out next to the Town Tree, Town Hall, and Able Sisters' shop before crossing over a bridge and into a forest area with many trees; crashing into a tree if the season is summer causes a fruit to fall to the ground, which functions like a Mushroom, giving a speed boost to the first racer to drive over it. After this, a right turn comes up leading to a left turn and then a Glide Ramp, which goes over a small river and into another part of the town with a fountain whose water can be tricked off of and floating balloons with Item Boxes attached to them. Many houses can been seen in the background here.

The track then goes straight, until a hill turns left and onto the beach with shells that can be knocked aside. The track then curves left and back up a hill which goes past Nook's Cranny, and onto a bridge with a Dash Panel on it which crosses over the hill that was descended earlier. At this point, players may fall to the lower section of the track; if they do, then they will get picked up by Lakitu and brought to the next section of the track. In this section, the track curves right, the museum can be seen in the background, and Mr. Resetti occasionally pops out of the ground, acting as a hazard, unless the season is winter, in which case Snowboys instead appear as obstacles, functioning like Snowmen. After this corner, there is a left turn to the finish line.

Differences between seasons[edit]

There are subtle differences in the track between seasons.

  • Spring: A number of ramps are placed along the track from Mr. Resetti's place to the Glide Ramp, and the race takes place in the morning.
  • Summer: A pair of ramps are placed on the beach, and the race happens at high noon. The trees release fruits that act as Mushrooms. In Time Trials, this is the only version of the track used.
  • Autumn: The race takes place in the late afternoon or evening, and there are leaf piles that release items on the track, similar to Maple Treeway from Mario Kart Wii.
  • Winter: The race takes place at night (and at Christmas). The track is a lot more slippery than normal, reducing the traction of all vehicles. There are also a number of Snowboys placed around the course which act as destructible walls, similar to the Snowmen on GCN Sherbet Land, and Mr. Resetti is absent.

The music also changes depending on the season.


  • Just as the beach section starts, the player can use a Mushroom boost behind a tree and darker sand to cut the corner.
  • The final corner can be skipped with a Mushroom boost.

Staff ghost[edit]

The staff ghost for this track is Isabelle on the City Tripper, with a time of 1:58.273. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's 200cc mode, the staff ghost uses the Male Villager with a time of 1:23.417.

References to the Animal Crossing franchise[edit]

As this course is based upon the Animal Crossing franchise, it also features various references to those games. They are listed below:

Bells behave like coins on the track.
  • Coins are replaced by Bells, and have a different sound effect when being collected to match.
  • The Start/Finish line has the Animal Crossing logo on it.
  • Several villagers and buildings, like the Town Hall or Able Sisters, can be seen around the track.
  • A train can be seen driving near the course.
  • Some Item Boxes are suspended from balloons, like the ones that float by in the Animal Crossing games.
  • When a player runs into an Item Box, the sound it plays is a sped-up version of the save/load jingle from the Animal Crossing series.
  • In summer, trees may drop fruit when driven into or hit with items, which act like Mushrooms, giving the player a speed boost.
  • Mr. Resetti appears as a stage hazard (except in winter).
  • Driving into a rock causes a Bell to come out, referencing how a the player in the Animal Crossing series can hit a rock for Bells by using a shovel.
  • Shells appear on the beach.
  • A lighthouse can be seen from the beach.
  • The first half of the music is a cover version of the first half of the main theme from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, played with different instruments to correspond to the season. The second half changes depending on the season and incorporates music from the Animal Crossing series:
  • The results music is an arrangement of the music that plays in Brewster's Roost café that first appears in Animal Crossing: Wild World.
  • Nook's Cranny appears, even though it was replaced by Nookling Junction in New Leaf. When passing by, it plays the same song heard in the Animal Crossing games. It is difficult to hear during a race, but when viewed in Mario Kart TV with the music off, it is easier to hear.
  • K.K. Slider sits in different predetermined spots on the course depending on the season; in addition, he performs a song when the player drives close to him, each corresponding with a different song mood:
    • Spring - K.K. will be across from the museum, and will perform "Bubblegum K.K." ("Good!" mood).
    • Summer - K.K. will be poised atop a cliff adjacent to the beach, and will perform "Go K.K. Rider!" ("Grumpy" mood).
    • Autumn - K.K. will be sitting right near the starting line, and will perform "K.K. Bossa" ("Lazy" mood).
    • Winter - K.K. will be sitting on the steps to Brewster's café, and will perform "Stale Cupcakes" ("A little sad" mood).

Animal Crossing characters[edit]

  • Tom Nook
  • Blathers
  • Able Sisters
  • Reese and Cyrus
  • Mr. Resetti
  • Rover
  • K.K. Slider
  • Mitzi
  • Whitney
  • Static
  • Bob
  • Punchy
  • Rosie
  • Dotty
  • Ruby
  • Chrissy
  • Francine
  • Chief
  • Fang
  • Lobo
  • Wolfgang
  • Marshal
  • Filbert
  • Poppy
  • Bunnie
  • Peanut

Mario Kart 8 Original Soundtrack liner notes[edit]


"We received orders to come up with something bright and cheerful that would suit looking at cherry blossom in the spring. I think we've achieved it with that winding electric guitar line, wouldn't you agree? The playful trombone part is something you can only hope to capture in a live performance."


"This is a title I have an emotional correction with, so I really put my heart and soul into working on this arrangement. I started with the summer version of the Animal Crossing background music and found that it was rather like a puzzle, working out which instruments and motifs would suit each season. For this track, I went with a gypsy folk swing feel to give that sense of energy you get in the summer."


"I thought the slightly melancholy feeling of an autumn sunset would suit Animal Crossing perfectly. I hope you'll enjoy the warm tones of the accordion and guitar combining."


"I was really stumped as to what kind of motifs to use in the night sequence. I decided to vary the type of drumsticks and the playing method for each season, and also used different types of bass. I really hope you're able to notice this variation of tones here."






Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese どうぶつの森
Dōbutsu no Mori
Animal Forest
Chinese 動物森友會 (Traditional)
动物森友会 (Simplified)
Dòngwù Sēnyǒu Huì
Animal Forest Friends Meeting
Dutch Animal Crossing -
French Animal Crossing -
German Animal Crossing-Dorf Animal Crossing Village
Italian Animal Crossing -
Korean 동물의 숲
Dongmul-ui Sup
Animal Forest
Portuguese Animal Crossing -
Russian Animal Crossing -
Spanish Animal Crossing -



  1. ^ Kazumi Totaka, Kenta Nagata, Toru Minegishi, Shinobu Tanaka (first game)
  2. ^ Manaka Kataoka, Atsuko Asahi, Kazumi Totaka (New Leaf)
  3. ^ Kazumi Totaka, Asuka Ota (Wild World); Manaka Hominaga, Shiho Fujii, Kazumi Totaka (City Folk)
  4. ^ GameXplain (August 19, 2015). Mario Kart 8 - Season Code in Animal Crossing Track. YouTube. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  5. ^