N64 Royal Raceway

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This article is about the course in Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart 8 known as Peach Circuit in the Japanese version. For the course in Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Mario Kart DS, see GBA Peach Circuit.
Not to be confused with Royal Highway.
Royal Raceway
Royal Raceway MK64.png
Information
Appears in Mario Kart 64 (1996)
Mario Kart 8 (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Mario Kart Tour (2020)
Cup(s) Star Cup (64)
Banana Cup (8 / 8 Deluxe)
Tour(s)
Based on Peach's Castle (Super Mario 64)
Staff Ghost 2:21.371 by Nin★Skip (8)
(Peach with the Prancer, Wood, and Peach Parasol)
2:18.307 by Nin★Skip (8 Deluxe)
(Peach with the Prancer, Wood, and Peach Parasol) (150cc)
1:43.120 by Nin★Dylan (8 Deluxe)
(Baby Peach with the Circuit Special, Cyber Slick, and Parafoil) (200cc)
Distance 1025
Online play Available (Wii U, Switch)
Music sample
Mario Kart 64 Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (frontrunning) Mario Kart Tour
Course map
Mario Kart 64
An aerial view of Royal Raceway.Mini map of Royal Raceway from Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Map of <small>N64</small> Royal Raceway in Mario Kart 8.Map of <small>N64</small> Royal Raceway in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Mario Kart Tour
Map of N64 Royal Raceway from Mario Kart Tour.

Royal Raceway (referred to as "the Royal Raceway" in the Mario Kart 64 Player's Guide), alternatively named Peach Circuit[1][2] (which is also its Japanese name), is the third racecourse of the Star Cup in Mario Kart 64. It is Peach's home track in the game. The race takes place around a giant lake, and it is easy to fall into the water. There is a big jump over the lake in one section of the track. If the racer goes off the track after the jump, they can see and drive around the Mushroom Castle as it appeared in Super Mario 64, though there is no way to enter the castle. The Award Ceremony also takes place in this course at the end of each cup, where the top three drivers receive various trophies, and confetti for the big winner along with the gold trophy. The course returns in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the third course of the Banana Cup, and in Mario Kart Tour, starting with the Peach Tour.

Royal Raceway shares its music with Luigi Raceway, Mario Raceway and Wario Stadium. In Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it is enhanced with live recorded instruments and given a slight jazz-funk feel.

Course layout[edit]

The course initially begins on a straightaway next to a grandstand. Following the straightaway section lies a shallow bend towards the left and then a hairpin left, followed by a hairpin right past a wall. This is followed by a shallow bend to the right, in front of a gentle turn. Following that is a sharp bend right that leads onto the straightaway which on the end lies two Dash Panels followed by a Glide Ramp (in Mario Kart 8). After the jump lies a short straightaway followed by a sharp turn left, followed by two turns - one sharp to the left and one to the right. This segment leads to a bend left and onto the finishing straightaway.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Royal Raceway in Mario Kart 8

Royal Raceway reappears in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the third course of the Banana Cup, making it the only course out of the returning N64 courses in the base games that is not the final course of its respective retro cup. The sky is now blue with pink clouds, instead of pink with white clouds, both the starting banner and the bleachers have been redesigned to look more related to Peach's Castle and the iconic crown is now more detailed. The wall, which the racers drive around, still has red and white checker pattern but it now has some design related to Peach's Castle, and subtle heart details have been added. The road markings are also made up of hearts. There are now swan boats in the lake, with Toads riding in them. At the starting line, the Mario Kart logo is now transparent.

The course as seen from the starting line

The ramp now has evenly spread out five grass arches with ringing bells, which the player can hear when passing by them, hanging on them and the rails on the ramp are redesigned to make it related to Peach's Castle. The long jump section has been shortened and is also a glider segment, which allows players to glide over the large gap and then land gently at the next section. There are hot-air balloons based on Peach, Daisy, and Rosalina's dresses, similar to the balloons present in Daisy Hills from Mario Kart 7. However, the designs for the balloons alternate every race, most noticeable in the one at the end of the glider section. There are also cherry blossom trees like in Mario Circuit from Mario Kart 7 in place of the striped evergreen trees. At the final turns, the grassland areas has been narrowed down to make it less possible for players to slip off the track and end up in the grassland compared to the original.

The road leading to Peach's Castle is now blocked off, meaning it is unable to be driven around compared to the original. Furthermore, the design of Peach's Castle and the area around it have been revised from the original Super Mario 64 version, to look more like a modern interpretation of its design.

Shortcuts[edit]

  • With a Mushroom, it is possible to access a Dash Panel and cut off the fifth turn.
  • When using a Mushroom, it is possible to skip the final turn by going through the grass.

Staff ghost[edit]

The staff ghost for this track is Peach on the Prancer, with a time of 2:21.371. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 200cc, the staff ghost is Baby Peach with a time of 1:43.120.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The course in Mario Kart Tour

Royal Raceway reappears in Mario Kart Tour, starting with the Peach Tour. Like GCN Yoshi Circuit, N64 Yoshi Valley, and GCN Baby Park, it mostly takes on the appearance of its Mario Kart 8 iteration with elements of 3DS Mario Circuit like the hills in the background. The hot-air balloons are no longer princess-themed, instead taking their design from the ones seen in this game's iteration of 3DS Daisy Hills. The starting line banner now uses an opaque Mario Kart logo. It is also the first classic course in the game that has not appeared in any handheld Mario Kart installment. Royal Raceway uses the Mario Kart 7 arrangement of the Mario Kart 64 raceway/circuit music, used in N64 Luigi Raceway. The course is a favorite of Peachette, Pauline (Party Time), Peach (Wedding), Toadette (Explorer), Peach (Halloween), Mario (Tuxedo), Peach (Yukata), Dr. Mario, Dr. Peach, and Bowser (Santa). It is also a favorite of Dixie Kong if she reaches level 3, Peach (Kimono) and Pink Gold Peach if they reach level 6, and Mario (Happi) and Peach (Explorer) if they reach level 8. As with other courses in the game, Royal Raceway has a reverse variant, a trick variant, and reverse/trick variant referred to as Royal Raceway R, Royal Raceway T, and Royal Raceway R/T respectively; the former two were introduced alongside the regular version in the Peach Tour, while the latter was added in the 2021 Yoshi Tour.

Royal Raceway is the first course in Mario Kart Tour to appear in Coin Rush in three post-release tours, being the Peach Tour, the 2021 Yoshi Tour, and the 2021 Space Tour.

For this course's tour appearances, see List of N64 Royal Raceway tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour.

Profiles[edit]

Mario Kart 64[edit]

  • Instruction manual bio: Of the three speedway-type courses, this one covers the greatest distance. The big jump after the dash zone is very dramatic. Without guardrails along the lake, it can be very easy to overshoot the corner and fall in!
  • Website bio: The longest circuit type track in Mario Kart 64, Peach's elaborate course will challenge your cornering skills.

Mario Kart 8[edit]

  • Facebook page: Princess Peach welcomes you to the blossom-lined roads of Royal Raceway in Mario Kart 8. She has even baked a cake for you![3]

Mario Kart 8 Original Soundtrack liner notes[edit]

"This is an old favourite. The live drums propel the track forward, and the addition of a brass section makes it more colourful."

Sponsors[edit]

Mario Kart 64[edit]

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Mario Kart 64[edit]

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Course icons[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピーチサーキット
Pīchi Sākitto
Peach Circuit
Chinese (Simplified) 桃花公主赛道
Táohuā Gōngzhǔ Sàidào
Princess Peach Speedway
Chinese (Traditional) 碧姬公主賽道
Bìjī Gōngzhǔ Sàidào
Princess Peach Speedway
Dutch Koninklijke Kartbaan Royal Kart Track
French Autodrome Royal Royal Motordrome
German Königliche Rennpiste Royal Race Track
Italian Pista Reale Royal Track
Korean 피치 서킷
Pichi Seokit
Peach Circuit
Portuguese (NOA) Rodovia Real Royal Highway
Portuguese (NOE) Pista Real Royal Track
Russian Королевская трасса
Korolevskaya trassa
Royal Track
Spanish Pista Real Royal Track

Trivia[edit]

  • In Mario Kart 8, the hot air balloons also appear in the far background of GCN Baby Park.
  • The course's online description in Mario Kart 8 refers to the introduction of Super Mario 64 and its remake.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) issue 51, page 28.
  2. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (Australia) issue 49, page 40.
  3. ^ MarioKartEN (August 24, 2014). Facebook. Retrieved May 16, 2015. (Archived December 3, 2020, 19:46:39 UTC via Internet Archive: Wayback Machine.)