Classic course

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A classic course,[1][2][3] formerly known as Extra Track in Mario Kart: Super Circuit and as Retro course from Mario Kart DS to Mario Kart 7,[4] is a past Mario Kart game's course. In Mario Kart: Super Circuit, the Extra Cups include the Extra Mushroom, Flower, Lightning, Star and Special Cups, each cup containing four courses from Super Mario Kart. Classic courses then systematically appear in every Mario Kart game starting with Mario Kart DS. They come in the Shell Cup, Banana Cup, Leaf Cup, and Lightning Cup. Starting with the DLC cups in Mario Kart 8, classic courses can appear in the same cup as new courses.

Outside of ones that return in Mario Kart Tour, most Mario Kart courses have returned as a classic only once with a few exceptions. Until Mario Kart 8, classic courses were generally identical to their original counterparts, receiving only graphical updates. For example, in SNES and GBA courses, the space is larger and the blocks are taller, and in Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7, courses appear almost identical to the originals, the only differences being the added underwater and gliding sections in the latter game, while in Mario Kart DS, some classic courses appear to be scaled down in graphics due to system limitations of the Nintendo DS.

Starting from Mario Kart 8, most classic courses are completely redesigned for HD graphics. They usually include new mechanics, new details for the race tracks, completely new backgrounds, and also support the underwater sections, gliding mechanics, and (excluding Mario Kart Tour) anti-gravity. Also new to Mario Kart 8, most classic courses have newly arranged or remastered music, whereas classic courses in older Mario Kart games mostly retained their original music (though they were sometimes altered due to platform limitations, primarily for the GBA and DS). Mario Kart Tour features classic courses with both the original general appearances and completely redesigned appearances. The music is almost always either the original arrangement or from Mario Kart 7, with the only exceptions being GBA Sunset Wilds (new arrangement), SNES Ghost Valley 1 and GBA Cheep-Cheep Island (both Wii arrangement), and the Choco Island courses (DS arrangement).

Courses[edit]

Mario Kart: Super Circuit Extra Cups[edit]

Cup Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Extra Mushroom Cup MKSC Mario Circuit 1 Extra Cup Map.png
Mario Circuit 1
MKSC SNES Donut Plains 1 Extra Cup Map.png
Donut Plains 1
MKSC Ghost Valley 1 Extra Cup Map.png
Ghost Valley 1
MKSC SNES Bowser Castle 1 Extra Cup Map.png
Bowser Castle 1
Extra Flower Cup MKSC Mario Circuit 2 Extra Cup Map.png
Mario Circuit 2
MKSC Choco Island 1 Extra Cup Map.png
Choco Island 1
MKSC Ghost Valley 2 Extra Cup Map.png
Ghost Valley 2
MKSC SNES Donut Plains 2 Extra Cup Map.png
Donut Plains 2
Extra Lightning Cup MKSC SNES Bowser Castle 2 Extra Cup Map.png
Bowser Castle 2
MKSC Mario Circuit 3 Extra Cup Map.png
Mario Circuit 3
MKSC Koopa Beach 1 Extra Cup Map.png
Koopa Beach 1
MKSC Choco Island 2 Extra Cup Map.png
Choco Island 2
Extra Star Cup MKSC Vanilla Lake 1 Extra Cup Map.png
Vanilla Lake 1
MKSC SNES Bowser Castle 3 Extra Cup Map.png
Bowser Castle 3
MKSC Mario Circuit 4 Extra Cup Map.png
Mario Circuit 4
MKSC SNES Donut Plains 3 Extra Cup Map.png
Donut Plains 3
Extra Special Cup MKSC Koopa Beach 2 Extra Cup Map.png
Koopa Beach 2
MKSC Ghost Valley 3 Extra Cup Map.png
Ghost Valley 3
MKSC Vanilla Lake 2 Extra Cup Map.png
Vanilla Lake 2
MKSC SNES Rainbow Road Extra Cup Map.png
Rainbow Road

Shell Cup[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart DS Screenshot of <small>SNES</small> Mario Circuit 1 featured in Mario Kart DS
SNES Mario Circuit 1
Moo Moo Farm
N64 Moo Moo Farm
Peach Circuit seen in Mario Kart DS.
GBA Peach Circuit
Luigi Circuit
GCN Luigi Circuit
Mario Kart Wii View of Peach Beach in Mario Kart Wii
GCN Peach Beach
View of Yoshi Falls in Mario Kart Wii
DS Yoshi Falls
View of Ghost Valley 2 in Mario Kart Wii
SNES Ghost Valley 2
View of Mario Raceway in Mario Kart Wii
N64 Mario Raceway
Mario Kart 7 Luigi Raceway
N64 Luigi Raceway
GBA Bowser Castle 1.jpg
GBA Bowser Castle 1
MushroomGorgeMK7.png
Wii Mushroom Gorge
LuigiMansionMK7.png
DS Luigi's Mansion
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe MK8-Course-Wii MooMooMeadows.jpg
Wii Moo Moo Meadows
MK8 GBA Mario Circuit Overview.jpg
GBA Mario Circuit
MK8-Course-DS CheepCheepBeach.jpg
DS Cheep Cheep Beach
MK8-Course-N64 ToadsTurnpike.jpg
N64 Toad's Turnpike

Banana Cup[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart DS Screenshot of Donut Plains 1 in Mario Kart DS
SNES Donut Plains 1
Screenshot of Frappe Snowland
N64 Frappe Snowland
Screenshot of <small>GBA</small> Bowser Castle 2
GBA Bowser Castle 2
Screenshot of Baby Park
GCN Baby Park
Mario Kart Wii View of Sherbet Land in Mario Kart Wii
N64 Sherbet Land
View of Shy Guy Beach in Mario Kart Wii
GBA Shy Guy Beach
View of Delfino Square in Mario Kart Wii
DS Delfino Square
View of Waluigi Stadium in Mario Kart Wii
GCN Waluigi Stadium
Mario Kart 7 KoopaTroopaBeachMK7.png
N64 Koopa Beach
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach
SNES Mario Circuit 2
SNES Mario Circuit 2
.
Wii Coconut Mall
Wii Coconut Mall
.
<small>DS</small> Waluigi Pinball
DS Waluigi Pinball
.
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe MK8-Course-GCN DryDryDesert.jpg
GCN Dry Dry Desert
MK8-Course-SNES DonutPlains3.jpg
SNES Donut Plains 3
MK8-Course-N64 RoyalRaceway.jpg
N64 Royal Raceway
<small>3DS</small> DK Jungle, Mario Kart 8.
3DS DK Jungle

Leaf Cup[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart DS Image of Koopa Beach 2
SNES Koopa Beach 2
Screenshot of Choco Mountain
N64 Choco Mountain
Screenshot of <small>GBA</small> Luigi Circuit
GBA Luigi Circuit
Mushroom Bridge
GCN Mushroom Bridge
Mario Kart Wii Desert Hills.png
DS Desert Hills
<small>GBA</small> Bowser Castle 3
GBA Bowser Castle 3
D.K.'s Jungle Parkway
N64 DK's Jungle Parkway
MKWii GCNMario.png
GCN Mario Circuit
Mario Kart 7 KalimariDesertMK7.png
N64 Kalimari Desert
DKPassMK7.png
DS DK Pass
DaisyCruiserMK7.png
GCN Daisy Cruiser
MapleTreewayMK7.png
Wii Maple Treeway
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <small>DS</small> Wario Stadium, Mario Kart 8.
DS Wario Stadium
.
<small>GCN</small> Sherbet Land, Mario Kart 8.
GCN Sherbet Land
.
A view of Music Park, a retro course in Mario Kart 8.
3DS Music Park
3DS Melody Motorway
<small>N64</small> Yoshi Valley, Mario Kart 8.
N64 Yoshi Valley
.

Lightning Cup[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart DS Screenshot of Choco Island 2
SNES Choco Island 2
Banshee Boardwalk as it is seen in Mario Kart DS
N64 Banshee Boardwalk
Screenshot of <small>GBA</small> Sky Garden
GBA Sky Garden
Screenshot of <small>GCN</small> Yoshi Circuit
GCN Yoshi Circuit
Mario Kart Wii SNES Mario Circuit 3
SNES Mario Circuit 3
Peach Gardens
DS Peach Gardens
DK Mountain
GCN DK Mountain
N64 Bowser's Castle
N64 Bowser's Castle
Mario Kart 7 KoopaCapeMK7.png
Wii Koopa Cape
DinoDinoJungleMK7.png
GCN Dino Dino Jungle
AirshipFortressMK7.png
DS Airship Fortress
SNES MK7.png
SNES Rainbow Road
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe MK8-Course-DS Tick-TockClock.jpg
DS Tick-Tock Clock
.
MK8-Course-3DS PiranhaPlantSlide.jpg
3DS Piranha Plant Slide
3DS Piranha Plant Pipeway
MK8-Course-Wii GrumbleVolcano.jpg
Wii Grumble Volcano
.
MK8-Course-N64 RainbowRoad.jpg
N64 Rainbow Road
.

DLC Cups[edit]

Egg Cup[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <small>GCN</small> Yoshi Circuit classic course in Mario Kart 8 - The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content.
GCN Yoshi Circuit
Classic
Excitebike Arena from Mario Kart 8 - The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content.
Excitebike Arena
New
An overview of Dragon Driftway from Mario Kart 8
Dragon Driftway
New
MK8-DLC-Course-MuteCity-section.jpg
Mute City
New

Triforce Cup[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Wii Wario's Gold Mine from Mario Kart 8 - The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8.
Wii Wario's Gold Mine
Classic
<small>SNES</small> Rainbow Road from Mario Kart 8 - The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8.
SNES Rainbow Road
Classic
Ice Ice Outpost from Mario Kart 8 - The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8.
Ice Ice Outpost
New
Hyrule Circuit
Hyrule Circuit
New

Crossing Cup[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <small>GCN</small> Baby Park from Mario Kart 8 - Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content.
GCN Baby Park
Classic
<small>GBA</small> Cheese Land from Mario Kart 8 - Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content.
GBA Cheese Land
Classic
Wild Woods, from Mario Kart 8 - Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content.
Wild Woods
New
Preview art for all four seasons of Animal Crossing in Mario Kart 8.
Animal Crossing
New

Bell Cup[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <small>3DS</small> Neo Bowser City from Mario Kart 8 - Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content.
3DS Neo Bowser City
3DS Koopa City

Classic
<small>GBA</small> Ribbon Road from Mario Kart 8 - Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content.
GBA Ribbon Road
Classic
Super Bell Subway from Mario Kart 8 - Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content.
Super Bell Subway
New
Big Blue, from Mario Kart 8 - Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content.
Big Blue
New

Classic courses from Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Mario Kart Tour features 37 courses from previous entries, being the most of any Mario Kart game, as well as a reroute of N64 Kalimari Desert named Kalimari Desert 2 which is categorized as a classic course in-game. Courses in Mario Kart Tour are not arranged into set cups like in the other games, as the cups and available courses change between each tour. The courses below are listed in the order in which they were introduced to the game, with 3DS Toad Circuit listed first due to it being the track used for the tutorial before the new players get to access the cups. SNES Ghost Valley 2 is also confirmed for the game[5][6] but it has yet to be featured in a tour.

For a more detailed list of the classic courses on this game, see Mario Kart Tour § Classic.

Table of classic courses[edit]

Courses highlighted in red have yet to appear as classic courses in a later Mario Kart installment. A dash (–) indicates that the course appears as a new course in its respective game and therefore cannot appear as a classic course in it or in a previous installment.

Course Super Circuit DS Wii 7 8 / 8 Deluxe Tour
SNES Mario Circuit 1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Donut Plains 1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Ghost Valley 1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Bowser Castle 1 Check mark.svg
SNES Mario Circuit 2 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Choco Island 1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Ghost Valley 2 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Donut Plains 2 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Bowser Castle 2 Check mark.svg
SNES Mario Circuit 3 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Koopa Beach 1 Check mark.svg
SNES Choco Island 2 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Vanilla Lake 1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Bowser Castle 3 Check mark.svg
SNES Mario Circuit 4 Check mark.svg
SNES Donut Plains 3 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Koopa Beach 2 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Ghost Valley 3 Check mark.svg
SNES Vanilla Lake 2 Check mark.svg
SNES Rainbow Road Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
N64 Luigi Raceway Check mark.svg
N64 Moo Moo Farm Check mark.svg
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
N64 Kalimari Desert Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
N64 Toad's Turnpike Check mark.svg
N64 Frappe Snowland Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
N64 Choco Mountain Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
N64 Mario Raceway Check mark.svg
N64 Wario Stadium
N64 Sherbet Land Check mark.svg
N64 Royal Raceway Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
N64 Bowser's Castle Check mark.svg
N64 DK's Jungle Parkway Check mark.svg
N64 Yoshi Valley Check mark.svg
N64 Banshee Boardwalk Check mark.svg
N64 Rainbow Road Check mark.svg
GBA Peach Circuit Check mark.svg
GBA Shy Guy Beach Check mark.svg
GBA Riverside Park
GBA Bowser Castle 1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
GBA Mario Circuit Check mark.svg
GBA Boo Lake
GBA Cheese Land Check mark.svg
GBA Bowser Castle 2 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
GBA Luigi Circuit Check mark.svg
GBA Sky Garden Check mark.svg
GBA Cheep-Cheep Island Check mark.svg
GBA Sunset Wilds Check mark.svg
GBA Snow Land
GBA Ribbon Road Check mark.svg
GBA Yoshi Desert
GBA Bowser Castle 3 Check mark.svg
GBA Lakeside Park
GBA Broken Pier
GBA Bowser Castle 4
GBA Rainbow Road
GCN Luigi Circuit Check mark.svg
GCN Peach Beach Check mark.svg
GCN Baby Park Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
GCN Dry Dry Desert Check mark.svg
GCN Mushroom Bridge Check mark.svg
GCN Mario Circuit Check mark.svg
GCN Daisy Cruiser Check mark.svg
GCN Waluigi Stadium Check mark.svg
GCN Sherbet Land Check mark.svg
GCN Mushroom City
GCN Yoshi Circuit Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
GCN DK Mountain Check mark.svg
GCN Wario Colosseum
GCN Dino Dino Jungle Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
GCN Bowser's Castle
GCN Rainbow Road
DS Figure-8 Circuit
DS Yoshi Falls Check mark.svg
DS Cheep Cheep Beach Check mark.svg
DS Luigi's Mansion Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
DS Desert Hills Check mark.svg
DS Delfino Square Check mark.svg
DS Waluigi Pinball Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
DS Shroom Ridge
DS DK Pass Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
DS Tick-Tock Clock Check mark.svg
DS Mario Circuit
DS Airship Fortress Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
DS Wario Stadium Check mark.svg
DS Peach Gardens Check mark.svg
DS Bowser Castle
DS Rainbow Road
Wii Luigi Circuit
Wii Moo Moo Meadows Check mark.svg
Wii Mushroom Gorge Check mark.svg
Wii Toad's Factory
Wii Mario Circuit
Wii Coconut Mall Check mark.svg
Wii DK Summit/DK's Snowboard Cross Check mark.svg
Wii Wario's Gold Mine Check mark.svg
Wii Daisy Circuit
Wii Koopa Cape Check mark.svg
Wii Maple Treeway Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Wii Grumble Volcano Check mark.svg
Wii Dry Dry Ruins
Wii Moonview Highway
Wii Bowser's Castle
Wii Rainbow Road
3DS Toad Circuit Check mark.svg
3DS Daisy Hills Check mark.svg
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon/Cheep Cheep Cape Check mark.svg
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar Check mark.svg
3DS Wuhu Loop/Wuhu Island Loop
3DS Mario Circuit Check mark.svg
3DS Music Park/Melody Motorway Check mark.svg
3DS Rock Rock Mountain/Alpine Pass Check mark.svg
3DS Piranha Plant Slide/Piranha Plant Pipeway Check mark.svg
3DS Wario Shipyard/Wario's Galleon
3DS Neo Bowser City/Koopa City Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
3DS Maka Wuhu/Wuhu Mountain Loop
3DS DK Jungle Check mark.svg
3DS Rosalina's Ice World Check mark.svg
3DS Bowser's Castle
3DS Rainbow Road Check mark.svg

Gallery[edit]

Cup emblems[edit]

Cup trophies[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese おまけコース
Omake kōsu
Bonus Courses (Mario Kart: Super Circuit)
Chinese 奖励赛道[7]
Jiǎnglì Sàidào
Bonus Circuits (Mario Kart: Super Circuit)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Musa, Alexander (May 30, 2014). Mario Kart 8 PRIMA Official Game Guide. The section about the old courses on page 142 is titled "RETURNING CLASSICS".
  2. ^ classic internal name of the folder containing the data about the newly introduced courses in Mario Kart Tour
  3. ^ Official North American site of Mario Kart Tour. The old courses are referred to as classic Mario Kart courses. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  4. ^ Official European site of Mario Kart 7
  5. ^ Ghost Valley 2 shown in banner
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ From the unreleased iQue version