Maka Wuhu (known as Wuhu Mountain Loop in the British English release) is the final race track in the Star Cup of Mario Kart 7, which takes place on Wuhu Island from Wii Sports Resort. Like Wuhu Loop, the course's music is a remix of the title screen music of Wii Sports Resort. This is the second course to be a long course split into segments rather than laps, and the first course in the Mario Kart series to have the start and end point at different locations (followed by Mount Wario and Big Blue in Mario Kart 8).
The course's name originates from the large volcano on Wuhu Island, named Maka Wuhu.
Unlike most other courses, Maka Wuhu has no laps, but a start and end point (which are in different areas, a trait specific to this track) and is divided in three sections, similar to its counterpart, Wuhu Loop, and this game's variant of Rainbow Road. The race starts at the base of the island near the Red Iron Bridge at sunset, and crosses the Wuhu Loop track. After some twists and turns, the track heads into the caves on the mountain. Upon emerging from the cave, the track loops around the side of the mountain and passes Summerstone Castle before continuing to ascend the mountain, dodging rolling boulders as they go. At the top of the mountain, players will then drive over a Dash Panel and then a Glide Ramp, and will glide down to the ocean and the finish line.
Attempting to drive to the finish line from the start will result in them going to an out-of-bounds area and the player will be brought back to the starting line.
The race begins on the beach of Maka Wuhu in the evening, where several trick ramps and dirt piles are found in the road. After this, the road forks in half until coming across a bridge, which opens to a large mud-filled turn that leads to the first checkpoint of the race. On the start of the second section, the player is led into a cave with several pits and trick ramps. After exiting the cave, the road will curve along a cliff side. After a Dash Panel the road turns to the right and the player will cross another bridge. At the next turn there is another trick ramp and the second checkpoint.
The second section starts inside the cave, and takes racers under Maka Wuhu to the cliffs on the north side. Meandering, the course arrives at Duckling Lake, and after wrapping around Summerstone Castle, arrives at the checkpoint for the start of segment 3.
The third section begins with a right turn on the side of a cliff, wrapping around the upper part of the mountain, as boulders fall onto the track that can knock racers off course. After the rock section, the road travels downhill slightly to a Glide Ramp. From here, there are two glide routes. The left gliding route has an intermediate stop at a platform from Pilotwings Resort suspended by balloons with a Dash Panel, while the right side has a ramp and is located at a much lower altitude. After the hang gliding section, the player will land back on the beach, directly behind where they began the race. Racers land on one of two paths, the left one (right in Mirror Mode) traveling through Camel Rock and the other skirting around the side of the rock, before arriving at the finish line. After the finish line is a roundabout that the player (now controlled by the software) will go around, back to the branching paths. The player will take a left, leading back to the starting line.
Maka Wuhu has two shortcuts. The first one is a hidden underwater path through Duckling Lake in front of Summerstone Castle near the end of the second section, while the second one is through Summerstone Castle.
The course also has a rather infamous glitch shortcut that can save at least 20 seconds, activated by jumping into the water on the right of the entrance to the cave or right next to the water, right after the second section begins, and Lakitu puts the player above the cave at the bottom of the hill before the third section begins. As of version 1.1, the glitch has been removed from Online Multiplayer, but it still works in the Single Player and Local Multiplayer modes.
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