Bowser Castle 4

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Bowser Castle 4
MKSC Bowser Castle 4 Starting Line.png
Appears in Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)
Cup(s) Special Cup
Music sample
Course map
MKSC Bowser Castle 4 Map.png
MKSC Bowser Castle 4 Mini Map.png

Bowser Castle 4 is the third course of the Special Cup in Mario Kart: Super Circuit. It is the first Bowser's Castle course to appear as the third course of the Special Cup before Rainbow Road, a trait that would later be shared by every new Bowser's Castle course in future main-series installments. It is the longest course in the game and shares its music with the game's other three Bowser Castles: 1, 2, 3. It is the only GBA Bowser Castle course that has yet to become a classic course in a later Mario Kart game, as Bowser Castle 1, 2, and 3 would later return in Mario Kart 7, DS, and Wii respectively, along with Mario Kart Tour for all three.

This course features many dangerous jumps over lava pits, several Thwomps blocking the way, and Mechakoopas at the end of the race. What appears to be a large generator with Bowser's emblem on it can be seen in the background. Unlike most stages with Thwomps, some of the Thwomps on this stage are capable of moving horizontally, moving further down the track and back at regular intervals before slamming down.

Course layout[edit]

Initially, there is a left-right turn followed by two normal left turns, after which there is a long, wide stretch of ground littered with square pools of lava that let out Lava Bubbles. This ends with a left turn, three right turns (with Thwomps near the last) and a left turn that leads into a thinner pathway. After another right turn the player is given the choice to take the right, narrow and (due to the boost panels) speedier route forwards or the left, wide and slower route forwards. Afterwards there are two more right turns, another split path filled with jumps, followed by a larger jump over an earlier portion of the track. The subsequent right-left turn has several Mechakoopas before the upcoming left turn. There is another left turn, two right turns and a final U-turn (with two Thwomps right in the middle of it) before the finish line is reached. Overall there are eight (a group of three, two, a lone one and another pair) item boxes on this course.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クッパキャッスル4
Kuppa Kyassuru 4
Bowser Castle 4
Chinese 酷霸王城堡4[1]
Kùbàwáng Chéngbǎo 4
Bowser Castle 4


  1. ^ From the iQue localization prototype.