Ribbon Road is the second course of the Star Cup in Mario Kart: Super Circuit. The course reappears again in the Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as a part of the Bell Cup. The entire road is made of a giant stretch of ribbon, hence the name.
The original course as featured in Mario Kart: Super Circuit is set in a world made entirely of craft materials and presents, and begins in a straight red road that soon leads to a curve to the right. It is a circular curve that leads the player into Dash Panels and makes the player boost past and over the section of the road they were in. Here a shortcut may be performed if the player takes all the Dash Panels and then makes a sharp turn to the right after jumping. It is risky and may land the racer off the track, but it is useful for getting ahead of other racers. Past the ramp is a short straight road that turns left into a straight road, and another curve to the left that will also lead the player into Dash Panels and a ramp that will speed the player past a previous section of the course.
After the second and final ramp is a curve to the right that leads the player into a twisty, but one-directional road that has off road and presents to slow the player. After the twisty road is another twisty road past the curve to the right that leads the player southwest the course and two more minor curves to the left, that leads the player into the southernmost part of the course.
There is a slightly straight, but curvy road in the last straight road before the finish line. The first section of this road is straight, but there is a very minor curve to the left that leads the player even further down the course until they meet a curve to the right that leads into the road with the finish line. It is straight and it leads the player back into the finish/starting line.
This course has only one shortcut that can be used without a Mushroom. From the first large ramp, the player must drive over all of the Dash Panels and take a sharp right turn. This allows them to skip the part of the course that leads to the second ramp.
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Ribbon Road returns in Mario Kart 8 as a retro course in the add-on pack, Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8, as well as in the base content of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as the second track in the Bell Cup. The course is now set in a child's bedroom at toy size, that not only features gift boxes, similar to the original, but stuffed Yoshis, Koopa Clown Car jack-in-the-boxes, toy versions of karts used in Mario Kart 8, Mini Toads and a Mario Kart 8 poster on the bedroom's wall as well. The track surface now has three different colors of ribbons with the series logo printed on it, instead of just red as in the original.
The course now features a start/finish banner, which is made of coral pink and lavender colored ribbon arches, with the course's name featured on the front star details on the sides of the banner and on the tips of the arches, as well as a wooden ornament made of a ribbon and a Super Bell on top. Also, much like GCN Yoshi Circuit and GBA Cheese Land, the modern Mario Kart logo is used instead of the classic logo that the course had in its original appearance.
The course contains three colored sections with castle walls of different colors. Out of the start/finish line, racers travel through the first section, which has red ribbons on pink carpet with castle walls, mini Toads, and Super Bell icons - this section is based on Princess Peach. After doing a three-quarter turn, the racers go through the first jump and enter the second section of castle, where the track is now a green ribbon with light green carpet, with Bowser-colored castle walls with his icon on them and wind-up Mechakoopas posing as hazards - this section is based on Bowser. After another three-quarter turn, the racers go through the second jump and enter an anti-gravity segment, with floating blue ribbons, blue-white castle walls, with Luma symbols and stars on the spires - this section is based on Rosalina and her power of levitation. The anti-gravity segment ends in a gliding segment, with racers having to dodge Jack-in-the-Box Koopa Clown Cars before returning to the red ribbon portion of the track. After another U-turn, the track returns to the start/finish line.
The music has also been remade, now with a slowed-down surf-rock rendition of the previous theme.
References to the Mario franchise
The Mario Kart 8 version of the course contains several references to the game itself and the Mario franchise which can be seen in the background:
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Names in other languages