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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…
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YoshiIsBetter Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  New member
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.
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.
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. 
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
Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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. :)
Teksaur Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital 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 :) 
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!
Funkmasterblitz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Good, very colorful

PxlCobit Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
So colorful Community; what deviantART is all about!  omfg
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