Toad Harbor

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Toad Harbor
Toad Harbour
Toad Harbor
Information
Appearance(s) Mario Kart 8 (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) Flower Cup
Battle Mode (8)
Staff Ghost 2:31.066 by Nin★Alice (8) (as Toadette)
2:29.282 by Nin★Alice (8 Deluxe) (as Toadette) (150cc)
1:43.003 by Nin★Adrien (8 Deluxe) (as Toad) (200cc)
Wi-Fi Available (Wii U, Switch)
Music
Shiho Fujii
Course map
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Map of Toad Harbor in Mario Kart 8.Map of Toad Harbor in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Toad Harbor (written as Toad Harbour in the British English version) is the second course of the Flower Cup in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as well as the longest course in the game. This course takes place in a seaside town with some similarities to the city of San Francisco. It also features a statue on an island off the harbor modeled after the Statue of Liberty, but it is based on Princess Peach holding a Fire Flower in her lowered left hand and a Super Star in her raised right. Mario, Luigi and Wario each have cable cars patterned after them in this course, each with some Toads as passengers and a Koopa Troopa as the driver. There are forty-seven coins located on this track. In Mario Kart 8, it is a selectable battle course.

Description[edit]

This island track showcases an entire marina with sail boats and a tram station (that acts as a short-cut to some power-ups), a market and a shopping area, as well as a vertical wall section with anti-gravity. The track features several areas that seem to be inspired by American cities, such as a steep cable car hill (such as San Francisco) and a Statue of Liberty-like Peach statue in the harbor (like in New York City).

Course layout[edit]

The course as seen from the starting line

The course starts near the docks with a few boats. After turning right, there are two paths; the right one goes over a bridge while the left path allows players to drive onto a boat with a ramp. Racers will be starting to enter the town after this point. They can continue driving right, though they can either go straight through, take a Dash Panel, or drive on top of the market tents in the area. After that, a shortcut can be taken upon driving over a narrow path and jumping off a ramp.

After a few turns, drivers reach the top of the hill and perform a U-turn past the Toad Toy Store, which provides this course's only anti-gravity section. If players stick to the normal path, they have to avoid oncoming cable cars. If the player attempts to follow the cable car rails after the station, Lakitu will come and hoist the player back to the road. Whichever path was taken, both lead to a steep downhill part of the track leading back to the coastal area, with more cable cars to dodge. If players somehow land on the cable cars going down the steep hill, they will gain a short boost, and can actually perform a trick off of the roof. A pathway with a Dash Panel can be taken, but otherwise, after two turns, the track leads back to the finish line.

This is the only Nitro course among the base Mario Kart 8 content that does not involve any gliding, and the only course among the base content to not feature any mechanics introduced in Mario Kart 7 (gliders, underwater sections, one-lap courses, etc.). It is also one of the two nitro courses where the anti-gravity segments are optional, with the other course being Bone-Dry Dunes.

Shortcuts[edit]

  • With a Mushroom or Super Star, the player can cut through the grass areas before and after the starting line.

Staff ghost[edit]

This is the only Toad course to not have Toad as the staff ghost, as this staff ghost for this track is Toadette on the Cat Cruiser, with a time of 2:31.066. However, the staff ghost is Toad in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 200cc, with a time of 1:43.003.

Sponsors[edit]

References in other courses[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キノピオハーバー
Kinopio Hābā
Toad Harbor
Chinese 奇諾比奧海港 (Traditional)
奇诺比奥海港 (Simplified)
Qínuòbǐào Hǎigǎng
Toad Harbor
Dutch Toad-Baai Toad Bay
French Promenade Toad Toad Walkboard
German Toads Hafenstadt Toad's Harbor Town
Italian Riviera di Toad Toad's Coast
Korean 키노피오 하버
Kinopio Habeo
Toad Harbor
Portuguese Baía do Toad Toad's Bay
Russian Порт тоадов
Port toadov
Toad Port
Spanish Puerto Toad Toad Port

Trivia[edit]

  • This is one of the three courses (along with Mario Circuit and Twisted Mansion) that were playable at E3 2013. Incidentally, all three take place in the Flower Cup, in the same order as the original demo.