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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, and Keese replace Swoops. Several sound effects from the first The Legend of Zelda are also used, while the song references several songs from throughout the series.
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 spiral downwards, 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 and Keese. After a final jump, the player reaches the Finish Line.
The Legend of Zelda references
As this course is based upon The Legend of Zelda franchise, it also features various references to those games. They are listed below:
Mario Kart 8 Original Soundtrack liner notes
"I wanted to arrange this in a way that would only be in Mario Kart. I've scattered a number of motifs from The Legend of Zelda series throughout the track, so I hope you'll enjoy listening out for them. Oh, and don't miss the scorching guitar solo at the end!"
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