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Cloudtop Cruise is the first race track in the Special Cup of Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. 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.
Course layoutItem 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.
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