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Grumble Volcano is the last course in the Star Cup of Mario Kart Wii. It takes place in a volcanic area covered with lava. The course features many jumps and moving platforms, as well as many sharp corners. At certain times, sections of the track will crumble away into the lava, making the road smaller and harder to drive around. The track's theme is very similar to that of World 8 in New Super Mario Bros.. It reappears as a retro track in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the third course in the Lightning Cup.
The course takes place inside and around a volcano surrounded by lava. The first part of the track takes place inside the volcano with sections of the track that fall into the lava at various stages during laps two and three (except for one section that sinks during the countdown of the race). Outside, the volcano erupts Volcanic Debris, which causes the ground nearby to shake and the area where it lands to temporarily set on fire, which will spin out the racers. Where the track splits into two paths, there are Fire Snakes that come out of Warp Pipes and jump around, causing the player to spin out on contact. ? Blocks and Brick Blocks are found lodged in the rocks as part of the scenery.
At the beginning of the race, the track is straight. However, parts of this section will fall into the lava during laps two and three and cause more places for players to fall into the lava. Lava Geysers may occasionally spout in these areas. The track then enters the volcano and makes a turn, which will also crumble as the race continues, before approaching a moving platform, which a player can perform a Trick from. This leads into another tunnel with a tighter upper route and a wider lower route, both of which have Item Boxes, that curve right and then left before leaving the volcano and approaching a pair of moving platforms, which also allow the player to perform tricks.
From these platforms there are two roads: the right, which has a ramp with a Dash Panel on it, and the left, which has Item Boxes. After the roads meet again the player encounters Volcanic Debris, which can cause the player to spin out. During this section, pieces of land will crumble and begin to sink into the lava. The path then splits again, with a Dash Panel and ramp now on the left and no item boxes on the right. The paths then meet and come to a small ramp which allows players to perform tricks.
After the ramp, the path splits again with the right side taking a lower route which eventually turns left to a pair of ramps which the player can perform tricks from, and the left taking a higher route to a ramp with a Dash Panel. Both routes have crumbling sections of track and have pipes with Fire Snakes, as well as falling Volcanic Debris. The routes then meet and approach the starting line for the next lap. This time, however, crumbling pieces of land are much more evident than they were in the first lap.
The first tournament of June 2009 took place at this course. Players competed in a time trial race, but they had to race the track backwards. To start the time trial, players received a set of Triple Mushrooms. This tournament was later repeated as the second tournament of May 2011, the second tournament of August 2012, and the first tournament of November 2013, though with a "Karts only" restriction.
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Grumble Volcano returns as a retro course in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the third track in the Lightning Cup. The volcano that the players drive through as well as the volcanoes in the background now have lava running down them. The course itself maintains its layout from the original, though both the first platform after the cave and the jump from the uphill left path now have gliding pads. Volcanic Debris falls more slowly than in the original course, the crumbling pieces of road crumble and sink much quicker (with an additional sinking piece of land added in the Volcanic Debris section of the course), and the course banner has been changed, now resembling a slightly deteriorated structure with torches added. The music also remains the same, similar to 3DS DK Jungle, but has been given an echo effect.
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Wii U / Switch appearance
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