Cloudtop Cruise

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This article is about the race course that appeared in Mario Kart 8. For information about the race course from Mario Kart: Super Circuit with the same Japanese name, see Sky Garden (course).
Cloudtop Cruise
MK8-Course-CloudtopCruise.png
Information
Appearance(s) Mario Kart 8 (2014)
Cup(s) it Appears in Special Cup
Based Upon Sky Garden
Airship
Staff Ghost 2:26.347 by Nin★Maria (as Baby Rosalina)
Wi-Fi Available (Wii U)
Music
MK8-Music-CloudtopCruise.ogg
Course Map
MK8 Cloudtop Cruise Map.png

Cloudtop Cruise is the first race track in the Special Cup of Mario Kart 8. This course mainly takes place on a giant beanstalk (similar to Sky Garden) and on an airship (like Airship Fortress). Several of Bowser's airships are seen flying in the background. Like several other courses, the music for this course have two different variations; the first one is when the players drive on the cloud and beanstalk sections, while the second one comes up when reaching the thundercloud section. The second variation transitions into a rock arrangement with guitar solo. The end of this track's song uses parts of Sky Station Galaxy and Gusty Garden Galaxy's music from the Super Mario Galaxy games.

Course layout[edit]

The course as seen from the starting line.
The race starts on a giant beanstalk. Shortly after there is a ramp with some Item Boxes on it, and there is a Bowser Balloon that characters can bounce on, similar to the mushrooms in Mushroom Gorge from Mario Kart Wii. The racers will then continue racing on a cloud. Later, they come onto an airship, where the player encounters two paths, both of which meet up right before a cannon, which launches the player to a anti-gravity metal track inside a storm cloud. On the track, there are many boost panels, but once in a while, lightning will strike them, which the racers have to avoid or else they will get knocked out. This section then ends to start a gliding section, which touches down on a giant stone ? Block, a reference to how Beanstalks grow out of ? Blocks in Mario games. There is just one more right turn before the finish line.

Shortcuts[edit]

  • Players can bounce on the second Bowser Balloon without using a Mushroom.
  • Near the end of the lap, players can jump off two big leaves, cutting off the final corner.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スカイガーデン
Sukai Gāden
Sky Garden
Spanish Ruta Celeste Celestial Road
French (NOA) Dans les nuages In the Clouds
French (NOE) Voie céleste Celestial Way
Dutch Wildewolkenweg Wild Cloudway
German Wolkenstraße Cloudstreet
Italian Vascello Nuvolante "Cloudflying" Vessel – "Nuvolante" is a pun of "nuvola" (cloud) and "volante" (flying)
Portuguese Via Nublada Cloudy Way
Russian Заоблачный круиз
Zaoblachnyy kruiz
Cloudstrider Cruise

Trivia[edit]

  • This course shares its Japanese name with Sky Garden from Mario Kart: Super Circuit.
  • A Mario sprite can be seen hidden in one of the clouds.
  • The first portion of the track music plays in amiibo screens in retail stores.