Bone-Dry Dunes

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Bone-Dry Dunes
Bone Dry Dunes
Appears in Mario Kart 8 (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) Special Cup
Online play Available (Wii U, Switch)
Music sample
Shiho Fujii

Course map
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Map of Bone-Dry Dunes in Mario Kart 8.Map of Bone-Dry Dunes in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Staff ghost(s)
8 Nin★Elena
2:13.391 MortonTri-Speeder body from Mario Kart 8MonsterThumbnail of Morton Koopa Jr.'s Super Glider (with 8 icon), in Mario Kart 8.
8DX 150cc Nin★Elena
2:15.338 MortonTri-Speeder body from Mario Kart 8MonsterThumbnail of Morton Koopa Jr.'s Super Glider (with 8 icon), in Mario Kart 8.
8DX 200cc Nin★Pavel
1:39.330 Dry Bones's head icon in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.Thumbnail of a light-blue Pipe Frame (with 8 icon), in Mario Kart 8.Wood tires from Mario Kart 8Plane Glider from Mario Kart 8

Bone-Dry Dunes (written as Bone Dry Dunes in the British English version) is the second race track of the Special Cup in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This course takes place on a desert and canyon place with shifting sand rivers and bones. Several ships ridden by Shy Guys and Toads sail through quicksand during the race, occasionally throwing out coins onto the track, similar to the train in N64 Rainbow Road.

Course layout[edit]

Bone-Dry Dunes, from Mario Kart 8.
The course as seen from the starting line

The course starts in an area with a small audience and tents. The road turns right before a sinuous section, and briefly splits into two paths (a ramp is placed between them). After a winding path, racers will find a wooden bridge which leads to a canyon filled with giant bones.

The road now is sandy, and begins with a right turn. The characters encounter a Bone Piranha Plant (which behaves just like a regular Piranha Plant, biting whoever is near). The following area has two distinct road options: the one to the left keeps the sand ground, and features several more Bone Piranha Plants; the one to the right is an anti-gravity section where characters race along a wall made up of ribs, featuring some spin boosters. Both end with a glider segment, which takes racers across the starting straightaway and into a cave, with the mouth being a giant skull and hands resembling Dry Bowser.

Entering the cave, there is a higher and a lower path to choose. The higher path is a narrow and rather short wooden catwalk, which is accessible via bouncing off a sand spout that may appear. Item Boxes can be found on this path. The lower one is the soil of the cave. Inside it, some Dry Bones wander around on the road. A left turn marks the exit of the cave right before the finish line.


  • Players can use a Mushroom to use the ramp between the two paths near the start of the track.
  • To the left of the last curve, there is an opening between a line of bones which players can cut across via a Mushroom.


Mario Kart 8[edit]

  • Mario Kart Facebook page (United States): Pardon our dust! Race along rivers of sand and bone-filled canyons in Bone Dry Dunes in Mario Kart 8 for Wii U.[1]

Mario Kart 8 Original Soundtrack liner notes[edit]

We asked the guitarist to strum the strings in such a way as to create the atmosphere of a dry wind blowing across the desert. The violin and bass then combine to give a really emotional performance.

References to the Super Mario franchise[edit]

  • The pots on the course depict enemies, scenery, and coins from Super Mario Bros..
  • In one piece of fabric found in tents near the finish line, the Angry Sun enemy from Super Mario Bros. 3 appears.
  • The staff ghost for this course being Morton may reference his role as the boss of the desert world in Super Mario games.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ホネホネさばく
Hone Hone Sabaku
Bone Bone Desert
Chinese 骨骨沙漠
Gǔ Gǔ Shāmò
Bone Bone Desert
Dutch Dry Bowsers Woestijn Dry Bowser's Desert. This is the only name for the course that involves Dry Bowser.
French Désert Toussec All Dry Desert (can refer to Ossec, Dry Bones' early French name)
German Knochentrockene Dünen Bone-Dry Dunes (Knochentrocken, meaning "bone-dry", is also Dry Bones' German name)
Italian Deserto di Tartosso Dry Bones' Desert
Korean 뼈다귀 사막
Ppyeodagwi Samak
Bone Desert
Portuguese Dunas Caveirinha Dry Bones Dunes
Russian Дюны скелетов
Dyuny skeletov
Skeleton Dunes
Spanish Dunas Huesitos Dry Bones Dunes


  1. ^ MarioKartEN (August 18, 2014). Facebook. Retrieved June 29, 2023. (Archived June 5, 2023, 22:16:54 UTC via Wayback Machine.)