Super Bell Subway
|Super Bell Subway|
|Appears in||Mario Kart 8 (DLC Pack 2) (2015) |
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
|Staff Ghost||2:07.175 by Nin★Juliet (8)|
(Pink Shy Guy with the City Tripper, Slim, and Super Glider)
2:06.487 by Nin★Juliet (8 Deluxe)
(Pink Shy Guy with the City Tripper, Slim, and Super Glider) (150cc)
1:23.304 by Nin★Skip (8 Deluxe)
(Blue Yoshi with the Yoshi Bike, Blue Standard, and Super Glider) (200cc)
|Online play||Available (Wii U, Switch)|
Super Bell Subway is the third course of 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, going through both the station and the track. Similarly to Dolphin Shoals, this course has two music themes that change mid-race depending on whether the highest-placed human player is in the station segment or the subway proper. Highlight Reels instead use an extended version of the station theme for the whole course.
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 and has a winding layout. 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 the last bend before the finish. After the U-Turn is a straightaway to the finish line.
When Lakitu is holding the start signal, he is shown on the right side of the player. When crossing the finish line to start another lap, he’s also shown on the right side of the player, holding the lap count signs.
- 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
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. Several other detailed maps by the subway lines also include the names of playable courses and the in-game business advertisements. Much like an actual subway, there are exits for different stations written on signs above the track stating the names of various courses.
- When in the subway, 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.
- The Toads in the ticket booth use feather pens designed after Cape Feathers, just like in Sunshine Airport.
- 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), posters)
- 100% Organic Antifreeze (Local information map (Exit A, B2), posters)
- BaNaNa Boy (Cans, local information map (Exit A, B3/C3))
- Bob-omb Plugs (Graffiti)
- Boomerang Bros. International Airlines (Local information map (Exit A, B3/B4/C3))
- Bowser Oil (Local information map (Exit A, B3/C3))
- Bullet Bill Speed Trial (Cans, local information map (Exit B, D3))
- Burning DK (Bottles, local information map (Exit A, B4), vending machines)
- Chain Chomp Racing Chains (Local information map (Exit C, D2))
- Coconut Cafe (Shop)
- Dream Gliders (Local information map (Exit A, A4))
- Fountain Cafe (Bottles, posters)
- Fun Flower (Shop)
- Galaxy Air (Posters)
- 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 (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)
- Princess Orange (Bottles, local information map (Exit A, C4), menus, posters, trackside banners)
- Rainbow Exploration Agency (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 (Cans, 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)
Mario Kart 8 Original Soundtrack liner notes
Super Bell Subway
"The name of this course ('Ring-a-Ling Metro' in Japanese) gave me a really strong image, and I worked to create a song that you could imagine singing that title to. We wanted it to have a European metro feel, and so used vintage-sounding tones."
Super Bell Subway (Underground)
"When you actually go underground, the music suddenly shifts to a much more frantic pace, and Teppei Kawasaki really lets his slap bass run wild. It's also the first game that has featured that famous Mario underground motif recorded using live instrumentation."
Toad performing a trick towards the train section
Wario driving through the tunnel section of the track
Dry Bowser gliding on the track
Names in other languages
|Ring Ring Metro|
Líng Líng Dìtiě
|Bell Bell Metro|
Líng Líng Dìtiě
|Bell Bell Metro|
|Dutch||Mario's Metro||Mario's Metro|
|French||Métro Turbo||Turbo Metro|
|German||Marios Metro||Mario's Metro|
|Italian||Mariopolitana||Portmanteau of Mario and metropolitana (subway)|
|Korean||슈퍼 벨 메트로
Syupeo Bel Meteuro
|Super Bell Metro|
|Portuguese||Metro Mario||Mario Metro|
|Spanish (NOA)||Metro Campana||Bell Metro|
|Spanish (NOE)||Estación Tilín-Tolón||Ding-Dong Station|
- Sunshine Airport, this track features a P.A. voice in the background that can be heard faintly. The female intercom speaks German and says general things heard in a German train station; however, there are several grammar errors present.
- This is one of three new courses in Mario Kart 8 without anti-gravity sections, the other two being Excitebike Arena and Animal Crossing, and the only one that is not 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".
- The sound when passing through the ticket gate is reused in Mario Kart Tour on two new courses, Tokyo Blur 3 and Tokyo Blur 4, and in the classic course Wii DK Summit.
- Signs including the Super Bell Subway Rail Map, showing that the station is called Golden Bell
- The City Map found in Super Bell Subway.
- The graffiti found in Super Bell Subway.
- Ray Koopa. (May 10, 2015). Mario Kart 8 - Super Bell Subway Intercom is German (kinda). YouTube. Retrieved: May 11, 2015; After YouTube removed annotations as a feature, a German speaker provided this translation in the comments: "40. Attention. The 5:14 ICE runs through (not understandable). 5 to 10 minutes less delay when the train arrives. We ask for your understanding."