Luigi Circuit (Mario Kart Wii)
- This article is about the race course from Mario Kart Wii. For other race courses with similar names, see Luigi Circuit.
|Appears in||Mario Kart Wii (2008)|
|Online play||No longer available (Wii)|
Luigi Circuit is the introductory track of Mario Kart Wii, serving as the first race of the Mushroom Cup. It is a fairly simple course with no hazards and features a large boosted turn approaching the finish line, and is the shortest Wii course in the game. This course can also be seen at sunset during the credits. It shares its music with Mario Circuit, and an arrangement of it is heard in the title theme, demo movie, options menu, Block Plaza, Award Ceremony, and second half of the credits music. The course's overall layout resembles the Grand Prix layout of the real-life Monza Circuit in Italy, though Luigi Circuit is shorter and does not feature chicanes. This is the last Luigi-themed new course in the series and the only one that has yet to reappear as a classic course.
The course starts with a brief straightaway where racers encounter the first set of Item Boxes. There is then a turn to the right, followed by a short straight segment and a gentle left turn followed by a U-turn to the right. This section resembles the first sector of the Monza F1 track without the chicanes. In the middle of the U-turn is the second item set. This is followed by a longer straight with another gentle left turn, resembling the Variante Ascari chicane in the real life Monza track (as if the chicane had not been taken by F1 cars). There is then the last item set, followed by a large U-turn, with the outer half of the road having numerous consecutive dash panels and being slanted upwards, and then the last straight segment (this resembles Curva Parabolica, the final corner of the Monza track). A secondary stretch of road is present along the edge of this U-turn to catch any racers that may fly off the main route. After the last straight segment, racers reach the finish line.
Visually, the race starts out in front of a large crowd stand full of Toads, Hammer Bros., Shy Guys, Birdos, Goombas, Monty Moles, Boos and Mii, with a Luigi Cap on top, similar to that seen in the Mario Kart 64 version of the course. Several garage buildings, more spectating Miis and a giant statue of Luigi appear on the right of the Finish Line. A Cheep Cheep-shaped balloon can be seen flying overhead which takes off from the landing platform in the middle of the lake. Hills similar to those seen in New Super Mario Bros. can be seen in the background. If a player is racing as a Mii or during the staff credits, the head of the Luigi statue and Luigi's face on some of the Luigi Circuit signs will be replaced with heads of random Miis from the player's system, or in the case of in the staff credits, the head on the Luigi statue is changed to the Mii the player selected for their license regardless of if the player's Mii was in the race or not.
The first notable shortcut can be found to the left of the straight approaching the dash panel section, where there is a large amount of sand and a simple ramp placed near the track. A pair of Item Boxes can be found atop this ramp. Only one Mushroom is required to reach the ramp, but if the player has other speed boosting items they may drive to the left of the ramp to cut off more of the turn.
The second notable shortcut can be found immediately after, where the final U-turn can be cut off by driving through the sand. This time, there are some pipes in the sand that can thwart racers. If done correctly, only one Mushroom is required to cut off the entire turn.
The normal staff ghost for Luigi Circuit has a time of 1:29.670, using Luigi in the Sprinter. The expert staff ghost is unlocked if the player gets a time of 1:26.394 or less, with a time of 1:19.419 using Luigi on the Mach Bike. The expert staff ghost for this course is the only one in the game that uses a slower vehicle than their respective regular staff ghost.
Mario Kart Wii
- Website bios:
- Guide: "Luigi has been busy creating an excellent "starter" track, and the long stretches allow you to master your drifts (karts) and wheelies (bikes) while jostling for position. Make sure you cut in on all the corners, learn the "racing line," and don't forget that there are more shortcuts than you think!"
Three different tournaments took place on Luigi Circuit.
October 2008's second tournament required players to complete a GP race on Luigi Circuit. However, neither players nor the CPUs have access to any items. Controls were restricted to Wii Wheel users only and vehicles were restricted to karts only. The tournament was later repeated as the second tournament of October 2010.
May 2009's first tournament required players to complete a GP race on the sunset version of Luigi Circuit that is otherwise seen in the credits. However, six Bob-omb Cars are now present on the track and all travel the course in reverse.
March 2010's first tournament was the same as October 2008's second tournament, but with a vehicle restriction of bikes only instead of karts only.
- Luigi Kart (Trackside banners)
- Luigi Tires (Trackside banners)
- Nintendo (Trackside banners)
- Shooting Star (Trackside banners)
Baby Luigi on the first stretch of the course
On the dirt area near the grandstand with the Luigi Cap
Yoshi about to cross the finish line with a POW Block above his kart
Waluigi racing on the course in the credits
Names in other languages
|French||Circuit Luigi||Luigi Circuit|
|German||Luigis Piste||Luigi's Track|
|Italian||Circuito di Luigi||Luigi's Circuit|
|Spanish||Circuito de Luigi||Luigi's Circuit|