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Excitebike Arena is a racecourse 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 second course in the Egg Cup. The course is based on the NES game Excitebike. The music for this course is featured in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a track.
The racecourse is simply a huge oval (much like Baby Park, but longer and larger in width) with many ramps and mud spots, much like race tracks in the original Excitebike. Signs featuring the Japanese & European box art for Excitebike can be seen throughout the course, as well as a large statue of an 8-bit biker sprite on one end of the track. This track is unique in the fact that the track changes every time a race starts. There are many different segments with jumps, ramps and mud spots that can change position and height; according to Mario Kart 8 director Kosuke Yabuki, there are over 200 different patterns of such elements. A standard pattern is used in Time Trials to help keep consistency between time trial records. In Mario Kart Tour, brown variants of the ramps in this course are found in RMX Choco Island 1 and RMX Choco Island 2 and their respective variants.
Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8 Original Soundtrack liner notes
"We worked the original NES Excitebike music in as a motif here. We used the old NES sound for the melody and accompanied it with a band. We were aiming to create a track that would be familiar while also having a fresh new feel."
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