Lightning Cup

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The Lightning Cup logo in Mario Kart 8.

The Lightning Cup is a cup in the Mario Kart series. Its first appearance is in Mario Kart: Super Circuit where it was placed 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. As of Mario Kart 7, the 2nd last track is a Bowser themed track that is not Bowser Castle and the final track of the Lightning Cup is a past Rainbow Road. 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
Mario Kart 8 MK8 DS-Tick-Tock Clock.jpg
DS Tick-Tock Clock
MK8 3DS-PiranhaPlantSlide.jpg
3DS Piranha Plant Slide
MK8 Wii-GrumbleVolcano.jpg
Wii Grumble Volcano
MK8 N64-RainbowRoad.jpg
N64 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 Spark Cup
French Coupe Éclair -
Dutch Bliksembeker Lightning Trophy
German Blitz-Cup -
Italian Trofeo Fulmine Lightning Trophy
Portuguese Taça Relâmpago -
Russian Кубок молнии Lightning Trophy
Korean 번개 컵
Beongae Keop
Lightning Cup


  • In the Mario Kart 7 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. This is due to the Lightning Cup being a nitro cup in Mario Kart: Super Circuit (where Sky Garden first appeared in) and a retro cup in Mario Kart DS (where it appeared as a retro course)
  • As of Mario Kart 8, it is the only retro cup to not have at least one course from Mario Kart 64, as Mario Kart 7 did not include one.