Lightning Cup

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The gold trophy of the Lightning Cup in Mario Kart 7.

The Lightning Cup is a cup in the Mario Kart series. Its first appearance is in Mario Kart: Super Circuit. It is a cup between the Flower Cup and Star Cup. It is absent in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, but it makes a reappearance in Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, and Mario Kart 8 as a cup with tracks from past Mario Kart games. The emblem of the cup is the Thunderbolt. It features tracks from the previous cups: the Flower Cup, the Lightning Cup (Mario Kart: Super Circuit), the Star Cup, and the Special Cup. The length and difficulty of the courses in the cup tend to be on par with those in the Special Cup. The table below lists every track in the Lightning Cup by course order and game installment.


Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart: Super Circuit Luigi circuit icon.png
Luigi Circuit
Sky Garden
Cheep-Cheep Island
Sunset Wilds
Mario Kart DS ChocoIsland2ds.PNG
SNES Choco Island 2
N64 Banshee Boardwalk
GBA Sky Garden
GCN Yoshi Circuit
Mario Kart Wii SNESMarioCircuit3-MKWii.png
SNES Mario Circuit 3
MKWii Peach Gardens.png
DS Peach Gardens
DK Mountain.PNG
GCN DK Mountain
N64 Bowser's Castle
Mario Kart 7 KoopaCapeMK7.png
Wii Koopa Cape
GCN Dino Dino Jungle
DS Airship Fortress
SNES MK7.png
SNES Rainbow Road


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サンダーカップ
Sandā Kappu
Thunder Cup
Spanish Copa Centella -
French Coupe Éclair -
Dutch Bliksembeker -
German Blitz-Cup -
Italian Trofeo Fulmine Lightning Trophy
Russian Кубок молнии Lightning Trophy


  • In the Mario Kart: Super Circuit manual, the Lightning Cup is called the Thunder Cup.
  • The Mario Kart Wii's Lightning Cup Trophy uses a Thunder Cloud instead of the Thunderbolt.
  • Sky Garden is the only course to appear in the same cup in two different games.