It is simply a huge oval, much like GCN Baby Park, but longer and larger in its width. It has many ramps and mud spots, much like original Excitebike tracks.
Signs featuring the Japanese & European box art for Excitebike can be seen throughout the course, as well as a large statue of an 8-bit biker sprite on one end of the track.
This track is unique in the fact that the layout changes every time a race starts. Every layout consists of many different segments with jumps, ramps and mud spots that change position and height. According to the director of Mario Kart 8, Kosuke Yabuki, there are over 200 different course layouts. However, a standard layout is used on time trials.
- At the end of each turn of the track, use a Mushroom to cut through the grass.
- Use a Mushroom to avoid the ramps entirely, and cut your way along the strip of grass on both sides.
- This track is based off the game Excitebike, hence the name.
- During the countdown for the race, there is a lowering of the bars, which allows the character to drive, like the starting line from the Excitebike series. This is one of the five courses (the others being Electrodrome, Twisted Mansion, Bowser's Castle, and Mount Wario) to have an opening animation.
- During its debut trailer, all of the characters except for Yoshi are given bikes as a reference to the game the track was based off.
- This is one of three nitro courses in Mario Kart 8 that doesn't have anti-gravity sections (The other two being Animal Crossing and Super Bell Subway).
- It is also one of the three downloadable courses that doesn't have any gliding, underwater or anti-gravity sections, the others being GCN Yoshi Circuit and SNES Rainbow Road.
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