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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.
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. The various poses of the Lakitu statues on this course match that on the Kung Fu Lakitu poster.
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