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
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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 Villager (male)) (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
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Animal Crossing is the fourth and final track 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 track 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 that can be ran into. After this, a right turn comes up leading to a left turn and then a Glide Ramp, which goes over the small river, and into another part of the town with many houses, as well as floating balloons with Item Boxes attached to them.

The track 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. After this section, the track curves right, and Mr. Resetti occasionally pops out, acting like a Monty Mole, unless the season is winter. After this corner, there is a left turn to the finish line. Players may fall to the lower section of the track. If players do fall down, they will get picked up by Lakitu and brought back to the next section of the track.

Differences between seasons[edit]

While the different seasons don't change the track layout that much, there are some subtle differences. In the spring, a number of ramps are placed along the track from Mr. Resetti's place to the Glider Ramp, and the race takes place in the morning. In the summer, a pair of ramps are placed on the beach, and the race happens at high noon. In autumn, the track is set 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. In the winter, the track is set at night (and at Christmas) and 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, like the Snowmen on GCN Sherbet Land, and Mr. Resetti is absent. The music also changes, depending on the season. In Time Trials, only the summer version is used.


  • 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 is a 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.
  • 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 all seasons except for spring, 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, similar to how a Villager 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 each theme is a cover version of the main theme for Animal Crossing: New Leaf, played with different instruments to correspond with the respective seasons. The second half changes to incorporate music from the Animal Crossing series depending on each season:
  • 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's easy 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 Roost 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






Names in other languages[edit]

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


  • This is the only race course from the Mario Kart games to have kanji in its Japanese name.
  • In the Able Sister's Shop, helmets from the amiibo costumes can be seen in the window.
  • This is one of the three nitro courses in Mario Kart 8 without any anti-gravity sections, the other two being Excitebike Arena and Super Bell Subway. Coincidentally, all three are DLC courses.
  • This is one of the four tracks in the Mario Kart series in which the item roulette sounds different, alongside Waluigi Pinball, Hyrule Circuit, and Urchin Underpass.


  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. ^