Bowser's Castle (N64)
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Bowser's Castle is a race course in Mario Kart 64 and features Thwomps that block drivers from preceding to further areas. Near the beginning of the course, there is a green Thwomp locked in a cage with yellow teeth, who will shake and laugh if the player goes near it. This laugh can also be heard by the normal Thwomps throughout the course. In further corridors there are pictures of Bowser and large stone statues that shoot flames from their mouths, but they are harmless. At the end of the track racers will race on the roof of the castle. On the last lap, or when the player gets too close to the Bowser statue at the start of the track, Bowser's famed laugh plays. Thwomps are the main obstacle in this course. Most of them will move around the room and try to crush the racers and some slide across the room.
Appearance in Mario Kart WiiLightning Cup in Mario Kart Wii, and is the final course overall. Many changes have been made. In this version, lava columns spring out from the pits to cause the drivers to bowl over, specially when racers attempt to jump. The green Thwomp present in the Nintendo 64 version is no longer there; instead, it is replaced by a normal Thwomp that looks no different than the rest, but it will shake and make an angry expression when a player comes near, and also laugh. The creepy laugh made by the sliding Thwomps in the original version is no longer heard; instead, they make angry expressions and rumbling noises. The flame-shooting statues are still harmless. Bowser's laugh is still heard on entry on the final lap, or when the player gets too close to the Bowser statue at the start of the track. It is the longest retro track, taking around one minute per lap, yet the difficulty is slightly decreased from the original. The bridge that comes before the long circular turn before the end is now broken, with lava spouts on the sides.
In Mario Kart Wii, a tournament occurred on this track, which had players race against Dry Bowser, who utilized the ability to attack with fireballs. This tournament took place as the second tournament for March 2009, and it was restricted to karts. It was later repeated as the second tournament of June 2010, but without any restrictions. It was repeated for the third time as March 2011's second tournament, and the karts only restriction returned.
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