Hyrule Circuit

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Hyrule Circuit
MK8-DLC-Course-HyruleCircuit.jpg
Information
Appearance(s) Mario Kart 8 (DLC Pack 1) (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) it Appears in Triforce Cup
Based Upon The Legend of Zelda
Staff Ghost 2:11.156 by Nin★Claudi (MK8) (as Link)
2:08.616 by Nin★Mitsu (MK8D) (as Link) (150cc)
1:40.394 by Nin★Mark (MK8D) (as Link) (200cc)
Wi-Fi Available (Wii U, Switch)
Music
MK8-DLC-Music-HyruleCircuit.oga
Course Map
MK8 Hyrule Circuit Map.png

Hyrule Circuit is a racecourse included with The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content in Mario Kart 8 and in the base content of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and is the fourth and final course of the Triforce Cup. Hence the name, this course is based on The Legend of Zelda series. This track sports several references to the franchise, such as having Rupees replace Coins, Deku Babas replace Piranha Plants, Keese replace Swoopers, and several sound effects from classic Zelda games.

Course layout[edit]

The interior of Hyrule Castle, featuring the Master Sword. If the player hits all the spin boost bumpers, a Boost Pad ramp will open up near the Sword.

The track starts in Hyrule Field, as it zigzags through a grassy area. Several ramps can be found here, before a gliding pad that sends the player into Hyrule Castle. After a U-turn, the player arrives in a grand hall with the Master Sword resting in a Triforce-shaped pedestal. The routes split at the sword, before merging directly afterward. After a jump out the back of the castle, the player lands in a small village before going through a valley with Deku Babas. After a final jump, the player returns to the start.

Shortcuts[edit]

  • In the field, a mushroom can be used to cut through the zigzags.
  • Before the Master Sword are three crystals that give spin-boosts. If a player touches all three, the puzzle complete sound from The Legend of Zelda series will play as a Boost Pad ramp opens up before the Master Sword, allowing the player to jump into it. It acts as an Anti-Gravity Spinner.
  • After exiting the castle a mushroom can be used across the grass to cut off a turn.

The Legend of Zelda references[edit]

Rupees behave like coins on the track.

As this course is based upon The Legend of Zelda franchise, it also features various references to those games. They are listed below:

  • Coins are replaced with Rupees.
  • Soldiers as portrayed in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks can be seen near the starting line.
  • Standard track enemies like Swoopers and Piranha Plants are replaced by The Legend of Zelda equivalents (Keese and Deku Babas). The Deku Babas change their location several times over the duration of the race.
  • When a player runs into an Item Box and obtains an item, the sound it plays is the jingle when opening a big treasure chest in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • Death Mountain, with its familiar circular smoke stack, can be seen towering over the treeline in the south of the course. It can easily be seen just after exiting the Master Sword chamber.
  • Each Medallion found in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time can be seen on the stained glass windows in the Master Sword chamber.
  • A sign in the village part of the course has the face of Beedle on it, a recurring shopkeeper in The Legend of Zelda series. The sign also has text written in Hylian as seen in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds; when translated it reads, "Item Shop".
  • Hitting the three anti-gravity switches on the castle staircase will cause the Master Sword to rise, allowing a trick to be performed. Also, this triggers the puzzle solving tune in The Legend of Zelda series.
  • The background music is a remixed medley of The Legend of Zelda music, starting with the series' main theme, followed by small excerpts of Zelda's Lullaby and the Hyrule Field theme from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハイラルサーキット
Hairaru Sākitto
Hyrule Circuit
Spanish Circuito de Hyrule Hyrule Circuit
French Circuit d'Hyrule Hyrule Circuit
Dutch Hyrule-Circuit Hyrule Circuit
German Hyrule-Piste Hyrule Track
Italian Circuito di Hyrule Hyrule Circuit
Portuguese Circuito de Hyrule Hyrule Circuit
Russian Трасса Хайрула
Trassa Khayrula
Hyrule Track

Trivia[edit]