DS Waluigi Pinball

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This article is about the course from Mario Kart DS. For the court in Mario Sports Mix with the same name, see Waluigi Pinball (court).
Waluigi Pinball
Waluigi Pinball
Information
Appears in Mario Kart DS (2005)
Mario Kart 7 (2011)
Mario Kart Tour (2019)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Booster Course Pass) (2022)
Cup(s) Flower Cup (DS)
Banana Cup (7)
Turnip Cup (8 Deluxe)
Tour(s)
Staff Ghost 2:23:288 by Ninten★しんや (DS)
(Waluigi in the Gold Mantis)
2:44.372 by Ret★Bill (7)
(Wario with the Standard Kart, Slick tires, and Swooper)
2:36.450 by Nin★Chris (8 Deluxe)
(Waluigi with The Duke, Monster, and Super Glider) (150cc)
2:00.942 by Nin★Pavel (8 Deluxe)
(Morton with the Pipe Frame, Monster, and Super Glider) (200cc)
Expert Staff Ghost 2:27.574 by Nin★Nshhr (7)
(Wario with the Bruiser, Slim tires, and Beast Glider)
Online play Was never available (DS)
Available (3DS, Switch)
Music sample
Mario Kart DS
Shinobu Nagata Mario Kart 7 / Mario Kart Tour Mario Kart 7 (frontrunning)Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (course intro) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Yasuaki Iwata Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (frontrunning)
Course map
Mario Kart DS
Waluigi Pinball mapMario Kart DS

Mario Kart 7
<small>DS</small> Waluigi Pinball bottom screen mapThe Mini Map for DS Waluigi Pinball
Mario Kart Tour
The map of DS Waluigi Pinball from Mario Kart Tour
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
DS Waluigi Pinball map in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Waluigi Pinball is the third race course of the Flower Cup in Mario Kart DS. As its name implies, this course takes place in a giant pinball machine themed after Waluigi and contains many sharp turns and curves.

The course reappears as the fourth and last course of the Banana Cup in Mario Kart 7 and in Mario Kart Tour debuting in the 2019 Halloween Tour. It also appears as the fourth and last course of the Turnip Cup in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass.

Mario Kart DS[edit]

The course icon

Soon after the countdown ends and the race begins, the kart drivers are launched into the pinball machine. After that, the racers start a descent down the machine, encountering numerous pinballs on the way. Colliding with one of these causes drivers to be knocked backwards. Additionally, a racer loses any items they may be carrying. While the racers are in the pinball launcher, they are immune to all items, including Lightning. Later on the track, inside the pinball table, there are flippers and bumpers. Bumpers push and speed up drivers, but flippers, when moving, can cause them to get electrocuted and spin out. This is the longest Nitro course in the game.

When the player crosses the finish line, starting another lap, Lakitu is shown on the right side of the player, holding the lap count signs.

This course shares its Grand Prix introduction fanfare with Figure-8 Circuit, Mario Circuit and GCN Luigi Circuit. It is the only non-circuit course with this distinction.

The course has several unique sound effects that evoke pinball machine scoring noises. Most of these sounds are retained in its retro course appearances in future games:

  • A "ball ready" sound is heard when in the pinball launcher.
  • A unique item roulette sound is heard after breaking an Item Box. This trait is shared with Hyrule Circuit, Animal Crossing, and Urchin Underpass in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
  • An additional "rolling" sound is played when traversing a Dash Panel.
  • A unique set of sounds plays when the player's position changes. Similar sounds for when the player's position changes are used in Mario Kart Wii onwards.
  • A "ball lost" sound is heard when exiting the pinball table.
  • A unique jingle plays when the player enters the second lap.

Missions[edit]

There are two missions involving this course: 3-1 and 4-7. In mission 3-1, Wario must break 5 item boxes and in mission 4-7, Toad must drive through the 10 gates in any order. The latter is the only mission involving driving through gates to have the player drive through the gates in any order as opposed to numerical order. Both missions also take place in the pinball table.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

DS Waluigi Pinball in Mario Kart 7

Waluigi Pinball returns as a classic course in Mario Kart 7 as the fourth and final course of the Banana Cup, despite Waluigi not being playable in the game. The layout remained the same, but with enhanced graphics and the Dash Panels recolored to orange. The starting banner now displays the classic Mario Kart logo.

The launch after the starting line now encompasses a Glide Ramp, although like Wii Maple Treeway and DS Airship Fortress, players cannot aim their flight. Players are also no longer immune to items while in the launcher, and being hit by anything (or stowing their glider) results in having to be rescued by Lakitu. Additionally, the glider section is now shown on the minimap. The jumps after turn 1 and after turn 6 can be used to perform a trick and gain a boost. An extra Dash Panel is added in the small drop near the circular turn that comes after the 2nd jump.

The pinballs, bumpers, and flippers on the table behave the same way as in the DS version of the course, with the exception of the bumpers in the center of the lower part of the table rotating clockwise instead of counterclockwise. While playing local or online multiplayer, only one pinball traverses the main table as opposed to two.

Like in Mario Kart DS, when the player crosses the finish line to start another lap, Lakitu is shown on the right side of the player, holding the lap count signs.

The staff ghost for this track is Wario.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The course in Mario Kart Tour

Waluigi Pinball returns in Mario Kart Tour beginning in the 2019 Halloween Tour, alongside SNES Ghost Valley 1 and DS Luigi's Mansion. It featured a major visual upgrade. The image of Waluigi is now illustrated 2D, and his head now rotates from left to right and is surrounded by several brightly-lit buildings and large stacks of coins, the slots below them now have a Las Vegas theme to them, the bumpers have a brighter color, the Mario Kart logo is a flashing yellow light and uses a modern design, and there is a new sign after the pinball launcher with Waluigi's art from Mario Party: Star Rush, the track name, a metal ball, two flippers, and scrolling text below that reads "Waluigi No. 1". The rotating bumpers now move far more slowly. Due to the second lap being the final lap, the jingle that plays when entering the second lap in previous appearances is no longer present.

This course is a favorite of Baby Mario, Blue Yoshi, Waluigi, Peach (Kimono), Pauline (Party Time), Luigi (Golf), Donkey Kong Jr. (SNES), Lakitu (Party Time), Meowser, and the Donkey Kong Mii Racing Suit. It is also a favorite of Mario (Hakama), Dry Bowser (Gold), and the King Bob-omb Mii Racing Suit if they reach level 3, and Metal Mario and Luigi (Lederhosen) if they reach level 6. As with other courses in the game, Waluigi Pinball has an R version, a T version, and an R/T version referred to as Waluigi Pinball R, Waluigi Pinball T and Waluigi Pinball R/T respectively; the former two were introduced alongside the regular version in the 2019 Halloween Tour, while the latter was added in the Valentine's Tour.

The course icon for the R/T variant has an error within it. It features a trick ramp next to the red bridge despite not appearing in-game.

As of the Animal Tour, the course has appeared in twenty-eight separate tours, the most out of any course in the game (not including courses with multiple routes).

For this course's tour appearances, see List of DS Waluigi Pinball tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

View of the course

Waluigi Pinball makes its home console debut in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as part of Wave 2 of the Booster Course Pass, appearing as the fourth and final course of the Turnip Cup. The course uses its design from Mario Kart Tour, albeit with enhanced graphical updates. The rotating bumpers have been reverted to a faster speed, retaining their clockwise rotation first changed in Mario Kart 7. They can also now be crashed into when using a Star, flying into the air as a result. Several groups of spectators consisting of Shy Guys, Toads, Yoshis, and Koopa Paratroopas have now been added in various locations outside of the track's playable area, such as the sides of the chute behind the flippers and around the stretch of road after the gap jump leading to the pinball table, and a helicopter now appears above the large image of Waluigi at the end of the course. The flippers now give off an electric particle effect after activating. The sounds that play when changing positions are no longer present, and the pinball lost sound effect no longer plays upon re-entering the pinball launcher; however, the latter can be faintly heard in the course's introduction cinematic. It is the longest three-lap course in the game, superseding Toad Harbor from the original Mario Kart 8. Like its debut game, the course shares its music with DS Wario Stadium, making these courses the only courses to share the same music in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Waluigi Pinball was one of two courses whose music was used for the reveal trailer for Wave 2 of the Booster Course Pass, alongside Sky-High Sundae, not including Mario Kart 8's Rainbow Road, whose music was also used in Wave 1's promotional material.

When racing on Grand Prix or VS Race and the player's starting position is first or seventh place, Lakitu will appear holding the start signal on the left side of the player. However, the other starting positions will have him appear holding the start signal on the right side of the player instead. In Time Trials, he is shown holding the start signal on the right side of the player. In the three aforementioned modes, when he is holding the lap count signs, he is shown on the right side of the player like in Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart 7.

Other appearances[edit]

Waluigi Pinball makes a cameo appearance in the 2006 release of the Nintendo Monopoly board game. It can be seen in one of the screenshots making up the montage of images from various Nintendo games.

Profiles[edit]

Mario Kart DS[edit]

  • European website bio: "Wario's weird sibling constructed this high-speed track inside a giant pinball table; complete with bumpers, flippers, ramps, and enormous steel spheres that bounce you around like - well, like a pinball. Make sure to bring plenty of aspirin for this race."

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter: "Waluigi Pinball, a course stocked with all the lights and sounds of a pinball machine, bumps its way into #MarioKartTour in the next tour! Can you weave your way past the bumpers and flippers? Just try not to tilt!"[1]

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

  • Nintendo Magazine 2022 Winter: "Giant metal balls roll around this course. Get hyped with the flashy lights and music!"[2]

Sponsors[edit]

Mario Kart DS / Mario Kart 7[edit]

Mario Kart Tour / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Mario Kart DS[edit]

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Course icons[edit]

Sprites[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Music[edit]

Waluigi Pinball shares its music with Wario Stadium. An arrangement of the music is also featured in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U on the Mario Circuit stage, and in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for any Mario Kart-series stage, arranged in an enhanced electronic rock style by Kentaro Ishizaka. The arrangement also incorporates Wario's victory theme from the same games.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ワルイージピンボール
Waruīji Pinbōru
Waluigi Pinball
Chinese (Simplified) 瓦路易吉弹珠台
Wǎlùyìjí Dànzhūtái
Waluigi Pinball
Chinese (Traditional) 瓦路易吉彈珠台
Wǎlùyìjí Dànzhūtái
Waluigi Pinball
Dutch Waluigi's Flipperkast Waluigi's Pinball Machine
French (NOA) Flippeur Waluigi[3]
Flipper Waluigi (Mario Kart 7)
Waluigi Pinball
French (NOE) Flipper Waluigi Waluigi Pinball
German Waluigi-Flipper Waluigi Pinball
Italian Flipper di Waluigi Waluigi's Pinball
Korean 와루이지 핀볼
Waruiji Pinbol
Waluigi Pinball
Portuguese (NOA) Pinball Waluigi Waluigi Pinball
Portuguese (NOE) Pinball do Waluigi Waluigi's Pinball
Russian Пинбол Валуиджи
Pinbol Valuidzhi
Waluigi's Pinball
Spanish Pinball Waluigi Waluigi Pinball

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