Banana Cup

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The Banana Cup logo in Mario Kart 8.

The Banana Cup comprises four courses, each of which is taken from the nitro cups of previous Mario Kart games, mostly the Mushroom Cup and Flower Cup, although occasionally Star Cup and Special Cup tracks are featured. The cup's symbol is a Banana Peel, and the cup's tracks are slightly more difficult and/or longer when compared to those of the Shell Cup. Its length and difficulty is on par with the Flower Cup. The Banana Cup also returns in Mario Tennis Open for the Nintendo 3DS. It appears after the Flower Cup and before the Champions Cup.


Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart DS Screenshot of Donut Plains 1 in Mario Kart DS
SNES Donut Plains 1
Screenshot of Frappe Snowland
N64 Frappe Snowland
Screenshot of <small>GBA</small> Bowser Castle 2
GBA Bowser Castle 2
Screenshot of Baby Park
GCN Baby Park
Mario Kart Wii View of Sherbet Land in Mario Kart Wii
N64 Sherbet Land
View of Shy Guy Beach in Mario Kart Wii
GBA Shy Guy Beach
View of Delfino Square in Mario Kart Wii
DS Delfino Square
View of Waluigi Stadium in Mario Kart Wii
GCN Waluigi Stadium
Mario Kart 7 KoopaTroopaBeachMK7.png
N64 Koopa Beach
Koopa Troopa Beach
SNES Mario Circuit 2
SNES Mario Circuit 2

Wii Coconut Mall
Wii Coconut Mall

<small>DS</small> Waluigi Pinball
DS Waluigi Pinball

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe MK8-Course-GCN DryDryDesert.jpg
GCN Dry Dry Desert
MK8-Course-SNES DonutPlains3.jpg
SNES Donut Plains 3
MK8-Course-N64 RoyalRaceway.jpg
N64 Royal Raceway
<small>3DS</small> DK Jungle, Mario Kart 8.
3DS DK Jungle
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Mushroom Fields course icon from Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Mushroom Fields
Boo Fortress course icon from Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Boo Fortress
Tornado Tundra course icon from Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Tornado Tundra

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

Donkey Kong winning the Banana Cup

In Mario Tennis Open, the Banana Cup is the third cup in the World Open series. It is played on the DK Jungle court, and matches have one set for the starting round, three sets for the semifinals, and five sets for the finals. This cup can be unlocked by beating the Flower Cup, and once beaten will unlock the Champions Cup. The CPU difficulty is one step harder than that of the Flower Cup's.

Trading Card info[edit]

The Lightning Cup card from the Mario Kart Wii trading cards

"The Retro Cup racing festival peels off four challenging drives with the Banana Cup. It consists of one track from N64, one from Game Boy Advance, one from DS and one from GameCube...all with somewhat challenging levels of difficulty for Grand Prix or Time Trials competition."





Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バナナカップ
Banana Kappu
Banana Cup
Chinese 香蕉盃 (Traditional)
香蕉杯 (Simplified)
Xiāngjiāo Bēi
Banana Cup
Dutch Bananenbeker Banana Cup
French Coupe Banane Banana Cup
German Bananen-Cup Banana Cup
Italian Trofeo Banana Banana Trophy
Korean 바나나 컵
Banana Keop
Banana Cup
Portuguese (NOA) Copa Banana Banana Cup
Portuguese (NOE) Taça Banana Banana Cup
Russian Кубок банана
Kubok banana
Banana Cup
Spanish Copa Plátano Banana Cup


  • In Mario Kart 8, this is the only cup in the game with all courses taking place in the daytime, and is the only Banana Cup so far to have this trait. It is also one of two cups in the game to use the same character as Staff Ghosts in two tracks of the same cup (being Peach in Dry Dry Desert and Royal Raceway), the other being the Egg Cup (being Mario in Excitebike Arena and Mute City).