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Yoshi Falls is a race course in Mario Kart DS as the second track of the Mushroom Cup. The track is located in a crater-like valley, circling a lake with three waterfalls connected to the body of water, crossing the track. A large Yoshi Egg is found in the center of the lake. Numerous Dash Panels are located at some places along the course. Bridges do provide a safer way to pass, as opposed to going through the waterfall rapids, which is a risk, due to being able to be pushed off the edge. Yoshi Falls returns in Mario Kart Wii as a retro course, and it is the second course of the Shell Cup.
Yoshi Falls is one of the shortest courses in Mario Kart DS, along with other quite short areas such as GCN Baby Park, N64 Moo Moo Farm, GBA Peach Circuit and SNES Mario Circuit 1, and is the shortest nitro course in the game. In Mario Kart DS, Yoshi Falls was one of the available courses via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection before the service ended in May 2014. The track's overview is quite similar to Luigi Circuit from Mario Kart Wii.
Racers start far from the edge of the cliff and are protected by a wooden bar. As they go forward, they can take either the upper half of the track or the lower half, taking advantage of the faster path but also being vulnerable to falling off or being pushed off by the rapids crossing the path. The upper level, however, has a bridge to cross safely over the waters, and handy Item Boxes. Racers then must take the second bridge, also containing Item Boxes. The stream of the second rapid down the bridge is more powerful, so it results in the racer more likely to fall off this way. Certain items, such as a Star would serve to pass the rapid obstacles and gain more time. Briefly, past the second bridge, characters can run over Dash Panels in the upper half, while the lower half has none of these speed boosters. Some Item Boxes appear down the third bridge, unlike the upper stretch which does not have any. Once racers have passed the third bridge, there are more Dash Panels on the upper half of the course appearing before the track ends at the finish line.
There are two missions that take place on Yoshi Falls:
Mario Kart DS
Mario Kart Wii
A tournament in Mario Kart Wii took place on this course as the July 2009 second tournament. It was a Wii Wheel only GP race, and the bouncy mushrooms from Mushroom Gorge were added as a shortcut for racers to get around.
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