Fire Chain

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Fire Chain
DS Wario Stadium in Mario Kart 8
First appearance Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003)
Latest appearance Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Variant of Fire Bar

Fire Chains[1], also called Fire Bars[2], are spinning fireballs formed in a ring shape that originally appeared in the Mario Kart series. Similar to Fire Bars, Fire Chains serve as obstacles in all games in which they appear, and their rotating movement is similar to that of the Boo Buddies.

History[edit]

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

Approaching a Fire Chain

Fire Chains first appear in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. They appeared in Waluigi Stadium and Wario Colosseum alongside normal Fire Bars, where they burn any racer that comes in contact with it.

Mario Kart DS[edit]

Fire Chains reappeared in Mario Kart DS, where they were found in Wario Stadium. They play the same role trying to burn any racer to slow them down.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Several Fire Chains in the distance in Mario Kart Wii

Fire Chains reappear in Mario Kart Wii, where they found once again in the GCN Waluigi Stadium retro course, and in Bowser's Castle where they are made up of three fireballs each.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Fire Chains reappear in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, where they only appeared in the DS Wario Stadium retro course. Here they are once again the main obstacle along with normal Fire Bars.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Fire Chain surrounding a Pull Star

Fire Chains also appeared in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They appeared in Bowser's Lava Lair, in the starting planet, and the fireball planet, and the Slipsand Galaxy in its starting planet. They behave the way they did in the Mario Kart games, though sometimes, they go around planets instead of circling in the air.

Super Mario Run[edit]

Fire Chains return in Super Mario Run, except with an appearance of a complete "ring of fire" rather than separate sets of fireballs. They appear only in the level Rings of Fire!.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Musa, Alexander. Mario Kart 8 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 192. "Fire Chains: A returning obstacle from Bowser’s Castle, the fire chains make the races through Wario Stadium more exciting for the crowd... at the cost of being more dangerous to the racers themselves."
  2. ^ Musa, Alexander. Mario Kart 8 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 130. "Fire Bars: Certain gaps and sections of the track are protected by rotating fire chain traps. Anticipate where the fire chains will be and position yourself to drive where they don’t be."