Bowser Castle 2 (SNES)

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This article is about the race course from Super Mario Kart and retro course in Mario Kart: Super Circuit. For the race course from Mario Kart: Super Circuit and retro course in Mario Kart DS, see Bowser Castle 2 (GBA). For more information about Bowser Castle 2, see Bowser Castle 2.
Bowser Castle 2
Appearance(s) Super Mario Kart (1992)
Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)
Cup(s) it appears in Flower Cup (SMK)
Extra Lightning Cup (MKSC)
Super Mario Kart
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Course map
Super Mario Kart
SNES Bowser Castle 2 map.png

Mario Kart: Super Circuit
GBA Bowser Castle 2 SNES.png

Bowser Castle 2 is a race course in Super Mario Kart, the fourth course of the Flower Cup. It was subsequently reused in Mario Kart: Super Circuit as the first track in the Extra Lightning Cup. It is a stone road set in a pool of lava.


Luigi approaching a split path at Bowser Castle 2.

It features all the elements typical of Bowser Castle courses. These include Thwomps (which will only start going up and down in the second round), jump lines and the lava pool. Characteristic of this track are the forks, where the player can choose one way to go. This offers them the possibility to use a zipper or an extra Item Box. At one point, however, the wrong decision leads to a trap: Where there are a lot of coins, there's one way forward and one left. Choosing the left one leads to a plank which says "STOP"; driving on will result in falling into the lava. The player can try, however, to reach the opposite plank with a Cape Feather jump, or by using a mushroom boost and hopping, however this is very difficult. When falling into the lava, they may be placed on the other side by Lakitu. This is the longest course in the game.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Bowser racing at Bowser Castle 2. Note the lack of Thwomps.

The course reappeared in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and is the first track in the Extra Lightning Cup. It uses the background from that game's own Bowser Castle 2. The Thwomps and Zipper were removed from the track.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クッパじょうコース2
Kuppa Jō Kōsu 2
Bowser Castle Course 2
Chinese 酷霸王城堡2[1]
Kùbàwáng Chéngbǎo 2
Bowser Castle 2


  1. ^ From the unreleased iQue Mario Kart: Super Circuit