DS Wario Stadium

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This article is about the race course from Mario Kart DS and classic course in Mario Kart 8. For the race course from Mario Kart 64, see Wario Stadium.
Wario Stadium
Screenshot of Mario Kart DS game featuring the Wario Stadium.
Appears in Mario Kart DS (2005)
Mario Kart 8 (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) Special Cup (DS)
Leaf Cup (8, 8 Deluxe)
Staff Ghost 2:14:868 by Ninten★マトゥ (DS)
(Wario in the Brute)
2:14.213 by Nin★Mizuho (8)
(Wario with the Tri-Speeder, Off-Road, and Wario Wing)
2:09.171 by Nin★Mizuho (8 Deluxe)
(Wario with the Tri-Speeder, Off-Road, and Wario Wing) (150cc)
1:39.724 by Nin★Massim (8 Deluxe)
(Waluigi with the Varmint, Hot Monster, and Wario Wing) (200cc)
Online play No longer available (DS)
Available (Wii U, Switch)
Music sample
Mario Kart DS: Shinobu Tanaka Mario Kart DS (Course Intro) Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Yasuaki Iwata Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (frontrunning)
Course map
Mario Kart DS
Wario Stadium map
Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Map of <small>DS</small> Wario Stadium in Mario Kart 8.Map of <small>DS</small> Wario Stadium in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Wario Stadium is the first race course of the Special Cup in Mario Kart DS. The track has its own introduction music in the single-player Grand Prix. The course contains numerous mud puddles, Dash Panels, jumps, twists, Fire Chains and Bars. This version is more reminiscent of Waluigi Stadium than its N64 counterpart and shares the same music with Waluigi Pinball. It returns as the first course of the Leaf Cup in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, making it the first Wario-themed retro course.

Mario Kart DS[edit]

The course starts with a 180 degree left turn, followed by a right turn and a left U-turn. The player then climbs up a ramp and uses a Dash Panel to jump over the end of the course (a mesh platform prevents racers from falling down). The player turns left into a mud pit that slows racers down. Dash Panels on islands in the mud serve as a path to navigate the mud. Then, racers climb up a pair of ramps with spinning Fire Chains. The path narrows and passes a mud pit with Fire Bars. Next, racers climb a giant ramp before passing several small humps. Racers take one more U-turn before jumping off another ramp to the finish line.

With skillful use of lightweight characters combined with high-handling karts, the ramps with Dash Panels can be used carefully to avoid a Spiny Shell by boosting with precise timing when jumping over them.

This course's unique introduction music may be a reference to the baseball organ, based on its sounds and due to the fact that the course is a stadium.


Mission 7-5 takes place on Wario Stadium. The mission involves the player having to collect twenty coins in fifty-five seconds.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Wario Stadium in Mario Kart 8

Wario Stadium returns in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the first course of the Leaf Cup. While the layout is mostly the same, some changes have been made in the Fire Bars section. Rather than driving through a mud path, racers now drive on a raised platform that acts as an anti-gravity section (similar to Mario Kart Stadium and GBA Mario Circuit). Soon after, racers encounter a new underwater section instead of continuing on the dirt path from the previous version, which then leads to a Glide Ramp instead of a Dash Panel. This part of the track, compared to the original section, has been modified to just a simple U-turn. Other major changes include the addition of a statue of Wario and the time of day, which has been changed from night to day. All the Dash Panels on the ramps are also smaller compared to their original appearance, but are more powerful, and racers can perform tricks when driving over one. In addition, the crowd can be heard cheering if the player performs a trick in both the Fire Chain jump and at the end of the anti-gravity section. Like its first appearance, it shares its music with DS Waluigi Pinball, making these courses the only courses to share the same music in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

The starting banner (which now has the modern Mario Kart logo) can be interacted with by playable characters gliding out of the underwater section, causing it to swing. The course is one of five with this feature; the other four courses are Mario Circuit, 3DS Neo Bowser City, Tour Tokyo Blur and 3DS Rock Rock Mountain.

Staff ghost[edit]

The staff ghost for this course is Wario on the Tri-Speeder, with a time of 2:14.213. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 200cc, the staff ghost is Waluigi with a time of 1:39.724.


Mario Kart DS[edit]

  • North American website bio: "Hit the dirt in Wario Stadium, where huge jumps and bone-rattling bumps make for an action-packed race."
  • European website bio: "Wario's tricky track is just as tricky and dirty as the man himself. It's a bump-ridden speedway-style course packed with pitfalls like mud to slow you down and spinning wheels of fire to burn unwary drivers. How this passed the safety inspection we'll never know..."

Mario Kart 8 Original Soundtrack liner notes[edit]

"For this track, we've tried to represent Wario's nasty nature in sound. We've actually put most of the emphasis on the beat itself, rather than the original tune."


Mario Kart DS[edit]

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]


Mario Kart DS[edit]

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ワリオスタジアム
Wario Sutajiamu
Wario Stadium
Chinese (Simplified) 瓦力欧竞技场
Wǎlìōu Jìngjìchǎng
Wario Arena
Chinese (Traditional) 瓦利歐競技場
Wǎlìōu Jìngjìchǎng
Wario Arena
Dutch Wario's Stadion Wario's Stadium
French Stade Wario Wario Stadium
German Wario-Arena Wario Arena
Italian Stadio di Wario Wario's Stadium
Korean 와리오 스타디움
Wario Seutadium
Wario Stadium
Portuguese Estádio Wario Wario Stadium
Russian Стадион Варио
Stadion Vario
Wario's Stadium
Spanish Estadio Wario Wario Stadium