Dragon Driftway

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Dragon Driftway
MK8-DLC-Course-DragonDriftway.jpg
Information
Appearance(s) Mario Kart 8 (DLC Pack 1) (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) it Appears in Egg Cup
Based Upon 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, NS)
Music
MK8-DLC-Music-DragonDriftway.oga
Course Map
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
MK8 Dragon Driftway Map.pngMK8DX Dragon Driftway Map.png

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 giant dragon structure that resembles 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 a snake eating its 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. The spin boosters found here 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 the spin booster section, there are six unique lanterns with the design of the Lakitu Card from the Club Nintendo Hanafuda Cards reward.[1] The various poses of the Lakitu statues on this course match that on the Kung Fu Lakitu poster.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドラゴンロード
Doragon Rōdo
Dragon Road
Spanish Ruta Dragón Dragon Road
French Route du dragon Dragon Road
Dutch Drakendreef Dragon Drove
German Große Drachenmauer Great Dragonwall
Italian Muraglia del Drago Wall of the Dragon
Portuguese Estrada do Dragão Dragon's Road
Russian Дорога дракона
Doroga drakona
Dragon Road
Korean 드래곤 드리프트 로드
Deuraegon Deuripeuteu Rodeu
Dragon Drift Road
Chinese 龙盘之路[2]
Lóngpán Zhī Lù
Dragon Road

Trivia[edit]

  • The Lakitu murals and statues are referenced on one of the walls in GBA Ribbon Road as the "Kung-Fu Lakitu" poster, which in turn is a reference to Kung-Fu Panda.
  • The course has an unique sound effect during the opening sequence; high-pitched Chinese gongs can be heard after the introduction fanfare ends.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ https://weibo.com/6048193311/Fy7RqkUFQ