Royal Raceway, also known as Peach Circuit in the Japanese version, is the third track of the Star Cup in Mario Kart 64, and the third course in the Banana Cup in Mario Kart 8. The course takes place around Princess Peach's castle surrounded by a giant lake, reminiscent of its origins in Super Mario 64.
Many of these turns are highly banked and curve around water hazards. This forces the player to maintain a very disciplined path around the track, as going too high on the turns can lead to the player finding him/herself in deep grass, and going too low can result in falling in the water.
The first little bit of track isn't too technical with easy, wide turns. After about 1/4 of the track, the turns get narrower but should not cause too much trouble. Racers then enter a long bridge that leads to a big jump.
If players veer too far to the left or right after the jump, they will hit the two hills and possibly fall into the lake. The second to last turn is rather tight and players should be careful as the banking can easily slide them into the lake, before another S-bend back to the grid.
As an easter egg, Princess Peach's castle (as shown in Super Mario 64) and it's gardens can be found by taking a wrong turn on the track. The player can drive around the field, just as it is displayed in Super Mario 64.
However, there is no way to actually enter the castle, except through a glitch. Even then, all that happens is the kart falling through the front door into a pitch black room, before eventually hitting water. The character is then placed back on the main raceway before the "wrong" turn was taken. There is no known shortcut involving the castle. The Award Ceremony also takes place on the track where the top three drivers will receive their trophy.
Royal Raceway returns in Mario Kart 8 with a new, revamped appearance. No anti-gravitational sections have been added, but the giant ramp that boosts players over the water has been revamped; it's no longer a boost jump, but now a gliding section. The bridge was also made shorter.
Players can no longer drive around the castle, as there's now a giant black fence surrounding it (likely because they didn't want players wasting time online by checking out Peach's castle). The striped evergreen trees are now replaced with sakura trees. Also, the sky is now turned to normal blue, instead of original version's pink. The music remains the same, but it is now updated with live instrumental sounds.
- After the first hairpin turn to the right, it is possible to jump from the edge of the grass on the left side of the road across the river, and hit the mountainside on the right side of the diagonal road. After falling into the water, Lakitu will put the player down shortly before the big jump. ✱ for MK64
- After turning around the corner of the wall, one can use a Mushroom to reach the ramp on the left. ✱ for MK8
- After passing Peach's castle, the final section of turns and S-bands can be cut through using Triple Mushrooms or a Star. ✱ for all games
Mario Kart Trivia
- In Mario Kart 8, Peach's crown symbol is installed behind the billboards.
- In the Japanese version of both games, Royal Raceway is called Peach Circuit.
- The Mario Kart 64 game cartridge label shows Mario driving around the course, with Peach's Castle in the background and a Piranha Plant.
- This track is one of the few tracks in Mario Kart 8 to have no anti-gravity sections.
SNES Donut Plains 3
Recently reappeared in:
Mario Kart 8
3DS DK Jungle
|Nitro cups||Mushroom Cup||Luigi Raceway • Moo Moo Farm • Koopa Troopa Beach • Kalimari Desert|
|Flower Cup||Toad's Turnpike • Frappe Snowland • Choco Mountain • Mario Raceway|
|Star Cup||Wario Stadium • Sherbet Land • Royal Raceway • Bowser's Castle|
|Special Cup||DK's Jungle Parkway • Yoshi Valley • Banshee Boardwalk • Rainbow Road|
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