Super Bell Subway

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Super Bell Subway
MK8-DLC-Course-SuperBellSubway.jpgOverview of the subway portion.
Information
Appearance(s) Mario Kart 8 (DLC Pack 2) (2015)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) it Appears in Bell Cup
Staff Ghost 2:07.175 by Nin★Juliet (MK8) (as Pink Shy Guy)
2:06.487 by Nin★Juliet (MK8D) (as Pink Shy Guy) (150cc)
1:23.304 by Nin★Skip (MK8D) (as Blue Yoshi) (200cc)
Wi-Fi Available (Wii U, Switch)
Music
MK8-DLC-Music-SuperBellSubway.oga
Course Map
MK8 Super Bell Subway Map.png

Super Bell Subway is the third course in the Bell Cup. The course is included with the Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content in Mario Kart 8 as well as the base content of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The course is located in the Golden Bell, a subway station,[1] going through both the station and the track. This track only plays a half of the music when racing on the course, and the other half plays only when watching a highlight reel.

Course layout[edit]

The course as seen from the starting line.

The track starts in the station with a U-Turn going to the left right after the start. The track leads into a large area with stairs leading down into the subway. Automatic barriers open to let the players through.

The subway has trains running along the tracks. Throughout the subway, raised platforms can be used to drive on the trains. At the end of the subway, the train track splits and has stairs that lead up back into the large area of the station with another set of stairs taking the players to last bend before the finish. After the U-Turn is a straightaway to the finish line.

Shortcuts[edit]

  • Throughout the underground sections of the course, a Mushroom or a Star can be used over gravel sections cutting off turns in the track.
  • At the final U-Turn going to the left, a shortcut can be performed through a grass patch next to the Golden Bell Fountain with a Mushroom or a Star.

References to other Mario games[edit]

This track has several references to other portions of the franchise and even the game itself.

  • Several shops appear along the sides of the raceway that make appearances elsewhere in Mario Kart 8, such as Yoshi's Egg Market.
  • The map at the starting line of the track appears to connect nearly all of the raceways that appear in Mario Kart 8.[1] Several other detailed maps by the subway lines also include the names of playable courses and the in-game business advertisements.[2] Much like an actual subway, there are exits for different stations written on signs above the track stating the names of various courses.[1]
    • On a related note, the city map is the only place where Wendy O. Koopa's company, Wendy's Car Interiors, is mentioned.
  • This track's music contains pieces of the underground theme from Super Mario Bros., much like 3DS Piranha Plant Slide.
  • World 1-2 from Super Mario Bros. is shown on the graffiti found in the underground section.[3]
  • The Toads in the ticket booth use feather pens designed after Cape Feathers, just like in Sunshine Airport.
  • The Coconut Café appears on the final bend before the finish line, referencing the shop of the same name in Coconut Mall from Mario Kart Wii.

Sponsors[edit]

  • 1-Up Fuel (Local information map (Exit C, D3), posters)
  • 1-Up Mushroom Car Insurance Group (Local information map (Exit A, A3/B2/B3/C4))
  • 100% Organic Antifreeze (Local information map (Exit A, B2), posters)
  • BaNaNa Boy (Bottles, local information map (Exit A, B3))
  • Bob-omb Plugs (Graffiti)
  • Boomerang Bros. International Airlines (Local information map (Exit A, C3/B4))
  • Bowser Oil (Local information map (Exit A, C3))
  • Bullet Bill Speed Trial (Bottles, local information map (Exit B, D3))
  • Burning DK Sports Drink (Bottles, local information map (Exit A, B4), vending machines)
  • Chain Chomp Racing Chains (Local information map (Exit C, D2))
  • Coconut Café (Shop)
  • Dream Gliders (Local information map (Exit A, A4))
  • Fountain Café (Bottles, posters)
  • Fun Flower (Shop)
  • Galaxy Air (Posters, poster featuring Toad in front of an image of GCN Dry Dry Desert, which reads 'Mysterious Sands. Dry Dry Desert', poster featuring Princess Peach in front of an image of Sweet Sweet Canyon, which reads "The Sweetest Memories! 'Sweet Sweet Canyon"
  • Green Service (Local information map (Exit A, B4))
  • Green Shell Taxi (Local information map (Exit C, D3))
  • Lemmy's Tire Service (Local information map (Exit B, C2))
  • Ludwig Painting (Graffiti, local information map (Exit A, A4)
  • Luigi Gusters (Local information map (Exit A, B3))
  • Mario Super Motor Team (Local information map (Exit A, A2/A3))
  • Mario Kart TV/MKTV (Posters)
  • Moo Moo Meadows Milk (Cartons, menus, stickers, vending machines)
  • Morton Construction (Local information map (Exit B, D2))
  • Mushroom Piston (Local information map (Exit B, A3/C2))
  • Paratroopa Airlines (Local information map (Exit A, A3))
  • Peach & Daisy Royal Patisserie (Bottles, menus, posters, posters featuring an image of Sweet Sweet Canyon)
  • Princess Orange (Bottles, local information map (Exit A, C4), menus, posters, trackside banners)
  • Rainbow Exploration Agency/REXA (Local information map (Exit A, B4), posters)
  • Red Shell Strike Equipment (Local information map (Exit B, D2))
  • Roy Smooth Sounds (Bottles)
  • Sunshine Parts (Local information map (Exit A, A3))
  • Tropical Bakery (Bottles, shop)
  • Undead Motors (Bottles, local information map (Exit C, D2))
  • Wario Billionaires (Local information map (Exit A, C2/C4))
  • Wendy's Car Interiors (Local information map (Exit C, D3))
  • Yoshi's Egg Market (Bottles, local information map (Exit A, A4), posters)

Courses[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リンリンメトロ
Rinrin Metoro
Ring Ring Metro
Spanish (NOA) Metro Campana Bell Metro
Spanish (NOE) Estación Tilín-Tolón Ding-Dong Station
French Métro Turbo Turbo Metro
Dutch Mario's Metro Mario's Metro
German Marios Metro Mario's Metro
Italian Mariopolitana Portmanteau of Mario and metropolitana (subway)
Portuguese Metro Mario Mario Metro
Russian Метро Марио
Metro Mario
Mario Metro

Trivia[edit]

  • Like Sunshine Airport, this track features a P.A. voice in the background that can be heard faintly. The female intercom speaks German, including several grammar errors however, and says general things heard in a German train station.[4]
  • This is one of three nitro courses in Mario Kart 8 that doesn't have anti-gravity sections, the other two being Excitebike Arena and Animal Crossing, and the only one that isn't a crossover course.
  • It is revealed in a "Local information" map that the subway system is underground what seems to be the same town N64 Rainbow Road hovers over.
    • The map has a key showing the location of several companies mentioned throughout the game (like "Bowser Oil" or "Yoshi's Egg Market"), but "Morton Construction" is listed with a typo as "Moton Construction".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Signs including the Super Bell Subway Rail Map, showing that the station is called Golden Bell
  2. ^ The City Map found in Super Bell Subway.
  3. ^ a b The graffiti found in Super Bell Subway.
  4. ^ Ray Koopa. (May 10, 2015). Mario Kart 8 - Super Bell Subway Intercom is German (kinda). YouTube. Retrieved: May 11, 2015