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Dolphin Shoals is second race course of the Star Cup of Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This course takes place on a beach with dolphins swimming around and an undersea cave with a large Unagi. Dolphins here appear and swim by the racers in the shallow waters. Multiple dolphin shaped hills can be seen in the background. It is the last new course in the game with an underwater section.
Only about half of the music is played when racing on this course, while the other half plays only when watching a highlight reel. This feature is shared with Super Bell Subway. On the final lap, the music plays only the faster jazz version of the music, unlike all other lap-based courses where the final lap music is simply a sped up, slightly higher-pitched version of the regular music.
The course starts in a lake. There is a left turn coming out of the lake and then leading back underwater with three ramps in the section. One on the left, one on the right, and one straight ahead. There are rings where the players jump over the ramps, where Dolphins also jump through. After that section, still underwater, there is a left turn leading the players to an undersea cave, where two paths split. The left path leads to an area where players float above Pipes generating currents keeping the player floating, where they can also perform a trick on. The right path is a shortcut split with two other paths, one with the current-generating pipes going to a platform with a Dash Panel and one where it leads to a small cave section with two more Dash Panels.
When the two paths meet, there is a Dash Panel where players jump over along with more water bubble pipes, with a big Unagi in front of it. Players can drive over the Unagi's body, where coins appear at the tip of it. If players fall they can just drive under it during the section. After that, players leave the water and go into Anti-gravity and jump off a ramp out of the cave and goes to a platform held with rocks that are tilted almost sideways. There is another ramp on the track after which there is a gliding ramp. Players fly over a water rapid then land back on the track where there is a few more turns, going back underwater and leading to the finish line.
On either side of the finish line, Toads wearing scuba diving gear can be seen floating up and down in the water.
Mario Kart 8
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