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Mario Kart 64: Rainbow Road by Joker08 Mario Kart 64: Rainbow Road by Joker08
Okay so. I don't really play videogames. I'm no good at them. That being said, I, like many kids belonging to my generation, owned at least one system at some point or another.

My mom and dad got me the NES when I was very young - and I grew up playing Mario Bros. and watching the cartoons. All my friends had SNES but we couldn't afford that one, but my grandparents had one... They let my little brother and I "borrow" it. For a very long time : ) A few years later, my little brother and I were very ill and my grandparents bought us an N64. We were so excited and it made things a little easier for us.

They gave us a few games too. We had Mario, Zelda, 007 and a couple more at that point. But my brother and I would play Mario Kart alot and we'd play it together - I was always Toad and he was always Yoshi :) And to this day, Rainbow Road stands out to me. It was my favorite level; there was a very unique atmosphere - so ethereal. It was different than anything else. I loved the neon lights and colorful track against the endless pitch-black void of a sky - and everytime I think of it all, I can't help but remember that song! If you've played it, you know what I'm talking about too :) It's where you go when you die ; )

This was drawn with Copic Markers and Multiliners. The paper I used was too big for my little scanner so some got cut off, and the color is a bit different. I also meant to draw the star-rails that line the track, but it looked too crowded with them so I skipped the whole thing. This picture was drawn with the sole intentions of pacifying my nostalgic urges : )

ALSO: Check out this cool Rainbow Road Wii theme Remix by deviantART user SilentSonic98 (YouTube user CPHyperace). He uses my Rainbow Road picture for the video :D
www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCD8Qr…
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YoshiIsBetter Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ever since I've started playing this again, I've gotten so much better than when my bro and I originally started when he was four and I was three... I remember the very first time I played it on my cousin's N64.
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ASoulOfVirgoBoy Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
My child, I remember first playing this in my original black Nintendo 64.  Since I don't have that anymore, I have to buy the game again for the Wii Virtual Console just like Super Mario 64, and the original Super Smash Bros.
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whiteboardpen Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
This is a perfect depiction of Rainbow Road that looks crazy yet still, as you say, ethereal, which is exactly how I would describe it too! I really love the style you've used, really cartoony, and even the simple things like Mario's Red hat or even Bowser's shell way in the back look so filled with colour, just like the course itself. 
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
haha was totally playing this yesterday! love it! you make the level more awesome than it already is
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Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Waver92 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful!  It is bursting with so much color. :o

Plus it's my favorite Rainbow Road to drive through. :)
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Teksaur Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! Rainbow Road is probably my favorite track to. I'm making a blog on 25 most memorable videogame music and I have the Mario Kart 64 main theme at 19. May I use this for the image of Mario Kart 64. Obviously credit and provide a link to this page :) 
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Legoboy186 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
This is my all-time favorite Rainbow Road, I sure hope it's on the next Mario Kart!
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Funkmasterblitz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Good, very colorful

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PxlCobit Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
So colorful Community; what deviantART is all about!  omfg
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UndeadAndroidEX Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Beautiful! :iconrainbowkokorox::love::love::love::love:
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MisterSebs Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This was one of the first Nintendo games I play when I was very small!

Me and my brother would love to play this like there's no TOMORROW!!

Memories are great, huh?
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Joker08 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Memories mean the most to me now. I don't like to think like that but I guess it's just the way it goes... I miss the N64-gaming-with-my-brother-days more than anything! :nod:
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MisterSebs Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nostalgia Montage!!!!!
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Bomberdrawer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
also, very colourful! :squee:
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Bomberdrawer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
toad and yoshi? :squee:
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Joker08 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
The best :D
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Bomberdrawer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
:icontoadplz: :iconyoshi3plz:
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Joker08 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Haha Right on! :D :D :D
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Bomberdrawer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
:aww:
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Noodlerelleh Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
This is freakin awesome :D
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MarxForever Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so glad Deviantart puts the Artist in the file name. Because I happened upon this image on somebodies top 5 Mario soundtracks. Fell in love, saved it, noticed the artist's name, gave it a quick Google search, and here I am.

Amazing job, and so nostalgic. It very much reminds me of something you'd see in Nintendo Power. Back when they still printed fanart, that is...
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Joker08 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Sorry for the LATE reply (I'm never on here as much as I should be)! But thanks for taking interest in the piece and looking me up! More Nintendo art to come very soon... : )
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Kvn-245 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student General Artist
ahhh....classic moments in the nintendo 64......
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therry12 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
and the ultimate shortcut
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artboy-2 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!
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SilentSonic98 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really good picture! Can I use this for a remix of mine? :)
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Joker08 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Hey! Sorry for the late late late reply... I'm never on here (or the computer in general) ever anymore : ( But if you're still interested in doing that remix let me know what your plans are :D
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SilentSonic98 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I kinda already released it a few months ago. :$ {youtu.be/aCD8QrgpBhs} Here it is if you want to check it out. (A link towards your artwork is in the description! :])

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Joker08 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013   Traditional Artist

VERY COOL!!! :D

Glad you went ahead with it. I'll edit the pic description and plug your video by adding a link : )

 

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SilentSonic98 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha. Thank you! :D 
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dragonstorm64 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Mario Kart 64...the reason I got an N64 in the first place, good times...
And yeah, this Rainbow Road was AWESOME and had great music!

Great job!
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Joker08 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you :D And thanks for the :+fav: too!
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XYZExtreme13 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Out of all the Rainbow Roads, I still think the best Rainbow Road is the one from Mario Kart 64; easily my favorite
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Joker08 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Agreed :D I only got to play the ones from later games a couple of times, but I still think the N64 one was the best for sure - even in all of its simplicity

Also, thank you for the :+fav:! : )
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XYZExtreme13 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Hey, it's what I do and yeah it is quite simplistic but then again, simple is better. Another reason why I think it's the best is that incredible theme
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Joker08 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Haha Yeah! The music for the whole game is great - but the theme for Rainbow Road is unforgettable :D
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swiftGlimmerclash Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
that is amazing!
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KennethSloane Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
rainbow road will always be like the ultimate final racing corse ever created in the history of racing video gaming
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guymansupersuper2 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
It's called a road its called a rainbow road
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:iconjoker08:
Joker08 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
It's the road where we're all gonna go : )
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FancyTonic Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O my God thats freaking amazing THATS SOOOO COOOOOOLL I REALLY LIKE THIS ONE ands its just crazy that this is all pencil and i cant even draw that it would take me forever :D :D :D sooo goood
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Joker08 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
Haha thank you! It's actually marker - but yeah, don't say you could never do it! Just keep practicing, you'll get there :D
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FancyTonic Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks :D
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llama-medusa Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
:D
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MiiXteR Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
That's my favorite videogame and favorite console for all the time
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GG-BOY Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
N64 was a great system :D
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kdawg7736 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
It sure is.
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GG-BOY Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh right :D I still have mine lol
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kdawg7736 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
mine is at my grandmothers. lol.
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