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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 each time it is played, Animal Crossing changes season every time it is played, although this has little effect on the track and is usually 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 selects Spring, holding selects Summer, holding selects Winter, and holding selects Autumn. This code returns using the same button combinations in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. When playing in Mirror Mode, the code is inversed: holding selects Spring, holding selects Summer, holding selects Winter and holding selects Autumn.
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 pad, 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 boost section 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.
Differences between seasons
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.
References to the Animal Crossing franchise
As this course is based upon the Animal Crossing franchise, it also features various references to those games. They are listed below:
Animal Crossing characters
Names in other languages