Dragon Driftway

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Dragon Driftway
An overview of Dragon Driftway from Mario Kart 8
Appearance(s) Mario Kart 8 (DLC Pack 1) (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) Egg Cup
Based on Gobblegut
Staff Ghost 2:05.487 by Nin★Kaori (MK8) (as Lakitu)
2:05.957 by Nin★Mitsu (MK8D) (as Lakitu) (150cc)
1:34.873 by Nin★Aracel (MK8D) (as Inkling Boy) (200cc)
Wi-Fi Available (Wii U, Switch)
Atsuko Asahi
Course map
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Map of Dragon Driftway in Mario Kart 8.Map of Dragon Driftway in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Dragon Driftway is a race course included with The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content in Mario Kart 8, as well as the base content of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as the third course in the Egg Cup. The course is Chinese-themed, taking place in and around a statue of Gobblegut, though it has legs. Throughout the course, various statues and murals of Lakitu appear. The dragon structure in this race course never actually ends with its tail, as it loops back to the start. This may be a reference to the ancient cultural symbol of the Ouroboros, depicting a snake eating its own tail.

Similar to Mario Circuit, almost the entirety of the course is played in anti-gravity, with only the beginning and end segments near the start/finish line having normal gravity.

Course layout[edit]

The course as seen from the starting line

At the beginning of the race, racers drive into the mouth of the dragon and go down a winding hall, modeled after Chinese temples. Throughout the tunnels, images from the original Super Mario Bros. can be seen at the top of the walls. After a set of zigzagging turns, players exit the dragon, although continue to drive on its exterior. There are some Spin Boost Pillars found here, which are similar in appearance to hyōtan gourds. After several winding turns, players will loop back and drive towards the finish line. Here several bumps work as ramps, giving racers an opportunity to perform tricks.

The track features several references to Lakitus and Chinese culture. The starting line is a paifang, a type of gate widely found in Chinese culture, with two golden Cheep Cheeps on top of it. This is also seen in the Super Mario 3D World stage Hands-On Hall. Three Chinese characters ("朱盖木 - Zhūgàimù") referencing Lakitu's name in simplified Chinese can be found on the lanterns above the starting line or on the murals. One of the Lakitu images in the tunnel depicts one holding a staff and riding a cloud. This is similar to Sun Wukong, a character who rides a cloud and uses a staff in the Chinese novel Journey to the West. Before a part with multiple Spin Boost Pillars, there are six unique lanterns with the design of the Lakitu Card from the Club Nintendo Hanafuda Cards reward.[1]

Staff ghost[edit]

The staff ghost for this track is Lakitu on the Varmint. The time is 2:05.487 in Mario Kart 8. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 200cc, the staff ghost is an Inkling Boy.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドラゴンロード
Doragon Rōdo
Dragon Road
Chinese 龍盤之路 (Traditional)
龙盘之路 (Simplified)
Lóngpán zhī Lù
Dragon Spiral Road
Dutch Drakendreef Dragon Drove
French Route du dragon Dragon Road
German Große Drachenmauer Great Dragonwall
Italian Muraglia del Drago Wall of the Dragon
Korean 드래곤 드리프트 로드
Deuraegon Deuripeuteu Rodeu
Dragon Drift Road
Portuguese Estrada do Dragão Dragon's Road
Russian Дорога дракона
Doroga drakona
Dragon Road
Spanish Ruta Dragón Dragon Road


  • The various poses of the Lakitu statues on this course match that on the Kung Fu Lakitu poster seen in GBA Ribbon Road, which in turn, is a reference to Kung Fu Panda.
  • The battle course Dragon Palace in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe uses a modified version of the music in Dragon Driftway.
  • The course has a unique sound effect during the opening sequence; high-pitched Chinese gongs can be heard after the introduction fanfare ends.
  • The music for this course is available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a track.


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