SNES Vanilla Lake 2
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Vanilla Lake 2 is the fourth course in Special Cup in Super Mario Kart. It was subsequently reused in Mario Kart: Super Circuit as the third track in the Extra Special Cup, and in Mario Kart Tour starting with the 2021 Holiday Tour. It is a circle course going around a lake. The course is icy, meaning bad control for Princess Peach and Yoshi, according to the manual. Along with snow blocks, Warp Pipes appear in the track.
The race starts on the east side of the lake. Shortly after the first left turn is a set of ? Panels and four pipes followed by another left turn. After that, the edge of the lake juts outwards, forcing the racers to drive around it. Immediately ahead of this section are three clusters of ice blocks with narrow gaps in between. Upon reaching the southwest corner of the lake, the racers can either drive around the edge or take advantage of a small fragment of ice in the water and hop across it. After this is a section with gaps of water in the road as well as more pipes. The racers can either hop over the gaps or drive around them. There is a hole in the colored wall which can be used as a shortcut; players with a Mushroom can cut through the snow without slowing down. The southeast corner of the lake is narrow enough to hop over, and right after it is the final turn, which features patches of snow next to the water and ice blocks scattered in the middle of the road.
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Vanilla Lake 2 reappears in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and is the third track in the Extra Special Cup. It uses the background from Snow Land. The pipe hazards were removed from the track and an extra Item Box can be found on the small ice island near the hole in the wall.
Mario Kart Tour
Vanilla Lake 2 reappears in Mario Kart Tour starting from the 2021 Holiday Tour. The walls of snow blocks in the west side of the course were removed. Players can now perform Jump Boosts off the fragments of ice in the south side of the course, similar to the fractured ice present in RMX Vanilla Lake 1. Just before the finish line, a ramp shortcut was added. This course is a favorite of Blue Koopa (Freerunning), Peach (Wintertime), Rosalina (Halloween), Mario (Santa), Daisy (Holiday Cheer), Yoshi (Reindeer), Tanooki Rosalina, and Mario (Satellaview). It is also a favorite of Penguin Toadette when she reaches level 3.
For this course's tour appearances, see List of SNES Vanilla Lake 2 tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour.
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