GBA Bowser's Castle 4

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Bowser Castle 4
Bowser's Castle 4
MKSC Bowser Castle 4 Starting Line.png
Information
Appears in Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)
Mario Kart Tour (2023)
Cup(s) Special Cup
Tour(s)
Music sample
Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Mario Kart Tour
Course map
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
MKSC Bowser Castle 4 Map.png
MKSC Bowser Castle 4 Mini Map.png
Mario Kart Tour
GBA Bowsers Castle 4s map in Mario Kart Tour

Bowser's Castle 4 (known as Bowser Castle 4 prior to Mario Kart Tour) 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, and 3.

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.

This course makes its classic course debut in Mario Kart Tour as part of the 2023 Bowser Tour.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

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.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

GBA Bowser's Castle 4 in Mario Kart Tour
The course in Mario Kart Tour

Bowser's Castle 4 makes its classic course debut in Mario Kart Tour, starting with the 2023 Bowser Tour, making this the first Special Cup course from Mario Kart: Super Circuit to return in another Mario Kart game. Though it is visually fashioned after the aesthetic of GBA Bowser's Castle 1 instead of keeping its original visuals, the castle is now depicted as ruined, with the castle situated within a lava lake bordered by two volcanoes, and the lava inside the castle now flows into a large chasm in the middle. A large throne area has been added near the bottom section of the course, though players cannot reach it. The track has been given elevation and regular road portions, bringing it closer to other GBA courses in Tour. While the layout remains relatively faithful to the original, some of the turns are simplified, the section with the holes of lava has fewer holes (all of which have ramps in front of them allowing them to be jumped over), and the section involving jumping between platforms is streamlined. New obstacles and elements have been added, like metal balls which are dropped from dispensers with propellers keeping them afloat and bounce down a stretch of road that was previously a small split path. The Mechakoopas are removed in this version. Two new gliding sections have been added, with one leading into a new split route in the bottom section of the course with pillars that can be tricked off of and a second one along the final stretch on the other route.

The course is also now a section-based course, similar to Wii Rainbow Road. Unlike that course, the beginning of lap 2 is clearly marked with a banner, which rests along the horizontal path in the upper-left portion of the course. This is the first section-based Bowser's Castle course in the series. Two parts of the road that overlap each other are depicted as connecting on the minimap.

The course also appears as Bowser's Castle 4R (reversed), in which the metal balls are gone, and there are instead Bone Piranha Plants throughout the course. Bowser's Castle 4 was not only the first track since the Battle Tour to not have an R/T variant upon launch, but also the first track overall to not feature a T variant at launch. It is one of 2 courses overall to never receive an R/T variant, alongside 3DS Rock Rock Mountain. It is also the only course to have never received a T variant.

Appearances[edit]

For this course's tour appearances, see List of GBA Bowser's Castle 4 tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour.

Top-tier and middle-tier items[edit]

Select "show" to reveal the drivers, karts, and gliders for which GBA Bowser's Castle 4 and its variants are always favored or favorite courses. For instances in which additional drivers, karts, and gliders temporarily had this course and its variants as favored or favorite courses, see List of GBA Bowser's Castle 4 tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour.

Course Three-item drivers Bonus points ×2 karts Combo bonus ×3 gliders Two-item drivers Bonus points ×1.5 karts Combo bonus ×2 gliders
GBA Bowser's Castle 4 from Mario Kart Tour
Normal variant
Bowser Mii Racing SuitCastle Mii Racing SuitDonkey Kong (Gladiator)Iggy Mii Racing SuitKitsune LuigiLuigi (Chef)Luigi (Golf)Pauline (Cowgirl)Spike Mii Racing SuitToadette (Sailor)Waluigi Mii Racing Suit Armored Rider from Mario Kart TourThe Black Carriage from Mario Kart TourThe Black Shielded Speedster from Mario Kart TourThe Blazing Eagle from Mario Kart TourDK Maximum from Mario Kart TourDry Bones Dasher from Mario Kart TourThe Fish Bone Ferry from Mario Kart TourThe Hot Pot Hot Rod from Mario Kart TourMach 8-R from Mario Kart TourMetal B Dasher Mk. 2 from Mario Kart TourRed Comet from Mario Kart TourRed Crawly Kart from Mario Kart TourThe Silver Warrior Wagon from Mario Kart TourThe Streetle from Mario Kart Tour 8-Bit 1-Up Mushroom from Mario Kart Tour8-Bit Bullet Bill from Mario Kart Tour8-Bit Super Glider from Mario Kart TourBlack Starchute from Mario Kart TourGreen Cat Parafoil from Mario Kart TourThe Mario Bros. Parafoil from Mario Kart TourMario's Hat Balloon from Mario Kart TourThe Red Emblem from Mario Kart TourTulip Corsage from Mario Kart Tour Daisy (Yukata)Ludwig Mii Racing Suit***Mario (Baseball)Monty Mole Mii Racing SuitMoo Moo Mii Racing SuitPastry Chef Mii Racing SuitPeach (Yukata)Peachette's icon from Mario Kart Tour.Pokey Mii Racing SuitPoochy from Mario Kart TourPurple Mii Racing SuitRosalina (Volendam)Roy Mii Racing Suit Black Jingle Bell from Mario Kart TourBronze Cucumber from Mario Kart TourCleanup Hitter from Mario Kart TourCoral Jet Cruiser from Mario Kart TourCupid's Arrow from Mario Kart TourDaikon Rocket from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Fish Bone Ferry from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Sweet Ride from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Warrior Wagon from Mario Kart TourHuffin Puffin Egg from Mario Kart TourThe Pineapple 1 from Mario Kart TourPink B Dasher Mk. 2 from Mario Kart TourThe Purple Rattle Buggy from Mario Kart Tour***Rainbow Pipe Buggy from Mario Kart TourSilver Flower Kart from Mario Kart TourSky-Blue B Dasher Mk. 2 from Mario Kart TourStar Broom from Mario Kart TourTuk-Tuk Kart from Mario Kart Tour Black Great Sail from Mario Kart TourBright Ribbon from Mario Kart TourThe Chocolate Pretzel from Mario Kart TourGold Boo Masks from Mario Kart TourGold Checkered Glider from Mario Kart TourGold Manta Glider from Mario Kart TourGold Origami Glider from Mario Kart TourGold Piranha Plant Balloons from Mario Kart TourGold Tulips from Mario Kart TourRainbow Fare Flier from Mario Kart TourThe Silver Candlelight Flight from Mario Kart TourTropical Balloons from Mario Kart TourThe White Waves Origami Glider from Mario Kart TourWonderful Wings from Mario Kart Tour
8-Bit Jumping Luigi from Mario Kart Tour
Ludwig Warship from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Bowser's Castle 4 from Mario Kart Tour
R variant
Dr. PeachLuigi (Golf)Mario (Satellaview)Para-Biddybud Mii Racing SuitPauline (Rose)Petey Piranha (Gold)Poochy from Mario Kart TourRosalina Mii Racing SuitRoy Mii Racing SuitWhite Tanooki Mario from Mario Kart TourYoshi (Gold Egg) Black Jingle Bell from Mario Kart TourThe Blazing Eagle from Mario Kart TourThe Blooper Shuttle from Mario Kart TourCream B Dasher Mk. 2 from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Driver from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Eagle from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Fish Bone Ferry from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Rambi Rider from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Warrior Wagon from Mario Kart TourGreen Cat Cruiser from Mario Kart TourIce-blue Poltergust from Mario Kart TourPurple Bunny from Mario Kart TourStar Broom from Mario Kart TourTropical Truck from Mario Kart TourTuk-Tuk Kart from Mario Kart Tour 8-Bit Super Mushroom from Mario Kart TourThe Autumn Leaves from Mario Kart TourBright Balloons from Mario Kart TourCandlelight Flight Cake from Mario Kart TourGold Candlelight Flight from Mario Kart TourGold Checkered Glider from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Cloud Balloons from Mario Kart TourGold Manta Glider from Mario Kart TourGold Origami Glider from Mario Kart TourGold Piranha Plant Balloons from Mario Kart TourGold Tulips from Mario Kart TourLuigi Parafoil from Mario Kart TourLuigi's Mustache from Mario Kart Tour Cat Mii Racing SuitDonkey Kong (Gladiator)Dolphin Mii Racing SuitIggy Mii Racing Suit***King Boo Mii Racing SuitKitsune LuigiLarry (Wintertime)Luigi (Gold Knight)Mario (Golf)Moo Moo Mii Racing SuitPauline (Cowgirl)Toadette (Sailor)Waluigi Mii Racing SuitWhite Mii Racing SuitYellow Shy Guy (Explorer) The Black Carriage from Mario Kart TourThe Black Shielded Speedster from Mario Kart TourBlue Crawly Kart from Mario Kart TourCoral Jet Cruiser from Mario Kart TourDK Maximum from Mario Kart TourDry Bones Dasher from Mario Kart Tour**The Fish Bone Ferry from Mario Kart TourFlower Kart from Mario Kart TourGreen B Dasher Mk. 2 from Mario Kart TourMetal B Dasher Mk. 2 from Mario Kart TourThe Pink Speeder from Mario Kart TourThe Rainbow Taxi from Mario Kart TourRed Comet from Mario Kart TourRed Crawly Kart from Mario Kart TourSports Coupe 2022 from Mario Kart TourThe Streetle from Mario Kart TourThe Swift Talon from Mario Kart TourThe Yellow Sub Scooter from Mario Kart Tour 8-Bit Goomba from Mario Kart TourFestival Wings from Mario Kart TourThe Festive Holly from Mario Kart TourFire Manta Glider from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Flappy Wings from Mario Kart TourGold Umbrella from Mario Kart TourGolden Wings from Mario Kart TourIcy Mario's Mustache from Mario Kart TourThe Mario Bros. Parafoil from Mario Kart TourRecord Setter from Mario Kart TourThe Red Emblem from Mario Kart TourSmiley Flower Glider from Mario Kart TourTulip Corsage from Mario Kart TourWonderful Diamond from Mario Kart Tour
MKT Icon Bowser.pngLakitu from Mario Kart Tour The Orange Turbo Birdo from Mario Kart Tour White Shy Guy The Pink Turbo Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour
Lemmy Larry Bullet Blaster from Mario Kart Tour
* indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 3.
** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 6.
*** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 8 for High-End items.

Bonus challenges[edit]

Time Trial
Icon Course variant Chosen
driver
Chosen
kart
Chosen
glider
Grand Star scores Tour appearances Cup
Thumbnail of the Mii Cup challenge from the 2023 Bowser Tour; a Time Trial challenge set on GBA Bowser's Castle 4 Regular Kamek from Mario Kart Tour
Kamek
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
  • 1:42.00
  • 1:35.00
  • 1:28.00
Bowser Tour (2023) Mii Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Mii Cup

Gallery[edit]

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Course icons[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

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 (simplified) 酷霸王城堡 4
Kùbàwáng Chéngbǎo 4
Bowser Castle 4

Chinese (traditional) 庫巴城堡 4
Kùbā Chéngbǎo 4
Bowser Castle 4

French Château de Bowser 4
Bowser’s Castle 4
German Bowsers Festung 4
Bowser’s Castle 4
Italian Castello di Bowser 4
Bowser's Castle 4
Korean 쿠파 성 4
Kupa Seong 4
Bowser Castle 4

Portuguese Castelo do Bowser 4
Bowser's Castle 4
Spanish Castillo de Bowser 4
Bowser's Castle 4