Big Blue (course)
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Big Blue is the fourth and final course of the Bell Cup included with Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content in Mario Kart 8. This course is based on the Big Blue course that appears throughout the F-Zero series. As in Mute City, Coins can only be obtained by driving over the recharge pathways, Item Boxes, or picking up the coins dropped by other players. This is the only DLC course in Mario Kart 8 to be divided into three sections, instead of three laps, and the sixth overall in the series. This track and Mute City have the F-Zero version of the starting line countdown and results theme. This track shares similar characteristics and features from Rainbow Road.
The entirety of the course is in anti-gravity, much like Mute City. The players start off on a straightaway that leads into a bend with Boost Pads and recharge pathways. After a slight jump, the road splits into two paths; one with a recharge path, but both contain Boost Pads. Both paths end in a jump leading onto one track that contains several conveyor belts similar to the ones in the space station on Rainbow Road, one moving forward and the other moving backwards, that go through several bends on this segment. The conveyor belts end in a Gliding Pad, leading the player to two recharge paths and the next section of the race.
The next section is lined entirely with water, increasing the speed of the player should they remain in it. After the first bend of the section, the track jumps and splits into two paths, though both end up leading into a single track with recharge strips, with the player passing through boost rings similar to those on Mount Wario. After a few bends, a gliding pad similar to a cannon takes the player into the next and final section of the race.
The final section has several conveyor belts going backwards and forwards, each containing one or two Boost Pads. After a couple of turns, the track splits into two paths, both containing several Boost Pads and ending in a small jump into the final stretch of the race. The final segment bends in a slight curve and contains several dirt patches that can be boosted over with Mushrooms or other speed-boosting items. At the end of this segment is the finish line.
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