Special Cup

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The Special Cup logo in Mario Kart 8

The Special Cup is the final cup in Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, and Mario Kart: Double Dash, as well as the last of the Nitro cups since Mario Kart DS. In Mario Kart: Super Circuit is it the last of the "standard" courses with the Extra cups being unlocked after and Extra Special Cup being the final cup. In Super Mario Kart, the player may unlock it by winning all three cups in 100cc (though it will be unavailable for the 50cc class); in Mario Kart: Super Circuit it is available by winning the four previous cups, each by class; in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, it appears after the player finished first in the Star Cup in 100cc; from Mario Kart DS onwards, it is unlocked once the player claims a gold trophy in the Star Cup. Special Cup consists of long, difficult courses. It normally has a Bowser's Castle course in all games except the first two games and always ends with Rainbow Road. Bowser's Castle is the penultimate course before Rainbow Road. The emblem of the Special Cup is currently a crown (seen to the right), although in Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart Super Circuit it is represented by the letter "S", the initial of "special." In Super Mario Kart it is a combination of the three emblems used for the Mushroom Cup, Flower Cup, and Star Cup.

List of Courses[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5
Super Mario Kart SNES Donut Plains 3.png
Donut Plains 3
SNES Koopa Beach 2.png
Koopa Beach 2
SNES Ghost Valley 3.png
Ghost Valley 3
SNES Vanilla Lake 2.png
Vanilla Lake 2
SNES Rainbow Road.png
Rainbow Road
Mario Kart 64 DK'sJungleParkway.png
D.K.'s Jungle Parkway
Yoshi Valley
Banshee Boardwalk
Rainbow Road
Mario Kart: Super Circuit LakesidePark.png
Lakeside Park
Broken Pier
Bowser Castle 4
Rainbow Road
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! WarioColosseumIcon-MKDD.png
Wario Colosseum
Dino Dino Jungle
Bowser's Castle
Rainbow Road
Mario Kart DS Estadiowario.PNG
Wario Stadium
Peach GardensDS.PNG
Peach Gardens
Castillo Bowser.PNG
Bowser Castle
Rainbow RoadDS.PNG
Rainbow Road
Mario Kart Wii Dry Dry Ruins.PNG
Dry Dry Ruins
Moonview Highway
Bowser's Castle
Rainbow Road
Mario Kart 7 DKJungle.png
DK Jungle
Rosalina's Ice World
Bowser's Castle
Rainbow Road
Mario Kart 8 MK8 Cloudtop Cruise.png
Cloudtop Cruise
Bone-Dry Dunes course.png
Bone-Dry Dunes
MK8 Bowser'sCastle.png
Bowser's Castle
MK8 RainbowRoad.png
Rainbow Road

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

Mario winning the Champions Cup.
The Special Cup reappears in Mario Tennis Open. In this game it is called the Champions Cup. It is the last cup in World Open tournament series. Players can unlock this cup when they clear the Banana Cup. When players clear this cup, their character earns a star rank, which boosts their stats and grants them access to the Star Open tournament series. The court played here is the grass, clay and hard courts in Mario Stadium.




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スペシャルカップ
Supesharu Kappu
Special Cup
Spanish Copa Especial Literal translation
French Coupe Spéciale Literal translation
Dutch Speciale Beker Literal translation
German Spezial-Cup Literal translation
Italian Trofeo Speciale Special Trophy
Portuguese Taça Especial Literal translation
Russian Особый кубок Special Cup
Korean 스페셜 컵
Seupesheol Keop
Special Cup


  • The Special Cup is the only cup that does not use an item usable in the Mario Kart series as its emblem. Previously, the Leaf Cup and Flower Cup used emblems that were not Mario Kart items until Mario Kart 7 was released.
  • Mario Kart 64 is the only game in the series that does not require the player to unlock the Special Cup in order for it to be playable.
  • In the Chinese version of Mario Kart 64, the Special Cup is called the "iQue Cup", named after of the home console iQue Player, which is not available outside China.