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Palm Shore is a battle course in Mario Kart DS that takes place in a set of small islands. It resembles Sunshine Isles from Super Mario 64 DS and the course Cheep Cheep Beach. It was later added as a retro battle course in Mario Kart 7.
Palm Shore is a round stage that is mostly empty besides having three sandy islands. One is the central island, which is round like a circle. The other two are shaped like a semi-circle and surround the central island. All three islands are surrounded by a shallow sea. The left island has a patch of grass and a palm tree. There is also a patch of grass on the center island.
The tide changes considerably, as the water rises and falls every few seconds, flooding the center of the course. If racers run into deeper waters, their karts slow drastically, making them vulnerable to an opponent's attack. Most of the Item Boxes are in the center of Palm Shore, although some are more spread out. If a racer drives into a dark water area, they sink in the water and lose one balloon (in Balloon Battle) or one Shine Sprite (in Shine Runners). Lakitu then returns them to the course.
In Mario Kart 7, racers can drive in shallow underwater areas (including a small portion away from the island), so they are no longer slowed by the water. Three palm trees were added to the center island, and every Item Box has been relocated there. Some Sidesteppers were also added to Palm Shore. It is the only battle course in the game to have underwater features.
Only one mission takes place at Palm Shore:
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