Bowser's Castle (race course)

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Bowser's Castle in its latest appearance in Mario Kart 8

Bowser's Castle (also called Bowser Castle in some games) is a common race course found in the Mario Kart series. The course usually features hazards such as lava pits, Thwomps, fireballs and sharp turns. Due to these hazards, it is one of the most difficult courses in each game, similar to Rainbow Road.

In Mario Kart: Super Circuit and its succeeding games, Bowser's Castle is the penultimate course of the Special Cup. In Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart 64, Vanilla Lake 2 and Banshee Boardwalk were the penultimate courses in the Special Cup. In Super Mario Kart, there were multiple versions of this track, as with all the other courses except for Rainbow Road. Multiple versions of Bowser Castle are also featured in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, this time being the only course to do so. Also unlike Super Mario Kart, this game gives each of them an individual background.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クッパキャッスル
Kuppa Kyassuru
Bowser Castle
Spanish Castillo de Bowser Bowser's Castle
French Château de Bowser Bowser's Castle
Dutch Bowsers Kasteel Bowser's Castle
German Bowsers Festung Bowser's Fortress
Italian Castello di Bowser Bowser's Castle
Portuguese Castelo do Bowser Bowser's Castle
Russian Замок Боузера
Zamok Bouzera
Bowser Castle
Korean 쿠파 성
Kupa Seong
Bowser Castle
Chinese 庫巴城堡 (Traditional)
Kùbā Chéngbǎo
酷霸王城堡 (Simplified)
Kùbàwáng Chéngbǎo
Bowser Castle


  • Bowser's Castle, Mario Circuit (named Mario Raceway in Mario Kart 64), and Rainbow Road are the only courses that appear in each Mario Kart game to date.
    • Among all courses, Bowser's Castle is the only course to appear in the entire Mario Kart series so far, including the Arcade GP series.