Bowser Castle 3

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This article is about the race course from Super Mario Kart and extra course in Mario Kart: Super Circuit. For the race course from Mario Kart: Super Circuit and retro course in Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart Tour, see GBA Bowser's Castle 3.
Bowser Castle 3
Bowser Castle 3 from Super Mario Kart.
Appears in Super Mario Kart (1992)
Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)
Cup(s) Star Cup (Super Mario Kart)
Extra Star Cup (Super Circuit)
Music sample
Super Mario Kart

Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Course map
Super Mario Kart
The map for Bowser Castle 3.
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
MKSC SNES Bowser Castle 3 Map.png
MKSC SNES Bowser Castle 3 Extra Cup Map.pngMKSC SNES Bowser Castle 3 Mini Map.png

Bowser Castle 3 is the fourth track of the Star Cup in Super Mario Kart. It was subsequently reused in Mario Kart: Super Circuit as the second track of the Extra Star Cup. Like every Bowser Castle course, the entire race is held inside a large castle room filled with a big lava pool.

Course layout[edit]

Luigi approaching a split path on Bowser Castle 3

Typical elements of Bowser Castles, including falling Thwomps, zippers, jump lines and forks, are all to be found here. One major fork allows the player to choose one of three ways. The leftmost has six coins and one zipper, but is farthest away and narrows the following turn into a hairpin. The easiest path to reach is the right one, which has a jump line and a zipper directly behind such that a player who hits the jump line passes over the zipper. To reach the zipper, the player must time a hop over the jump line and activate the zipper. The middle path has six coins and two jump lines with Item Boxes positioned behind them.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Bowser near an item box

Bowser Castle 3 reappeared in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and is the second track of the Extra Star Cup. It uses the background from that game's Bowser Castle 1. The Thwomps and zippers were removed from the track, along with the jump pad in the rightmost path at the end. Also, the ? Panels in the first split path were reduced to just three Item Boxes (one on both sides early on, and one in the middle afterwards).

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クッパじょうコース3 (Super Mario Kart)
Kuppa Jō Kōsu 3
Kuppa Jō 3
Bowser Castle Course 3

Bowser Castle 3
Chinese 庫巴城堡3 (Traditional)
Kùbā Chéngbǎo 3
酷霸王城堡 3 (Simplified)
Kùbàwáng Chéngbǎo 3[1]
Bowser Castle 3


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