Dolphin Shoals

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Dolphin Shoals
Appearance(s) Mario Kart 8 (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) Star Cup
Staff Ghost 2:19.160 by Nin★Skip (8) (as Wendy)
2:14.832 by Nin★Skip (8 Deluxe) (as Wendy) (150cc)
1:38.911 by Nin★Polly (8 Deluxe) (as Ludwig) (200cc)
Wi-Fi Available (Wii U, Switch)
On Dry Land (Atsuko Asahi)
Sea Depths (Atsuko Asahi)
Course map
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Map of Dolphin Shoals in Mario Kart 8.Map of Dolphin Shoals in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Dolphin Shoals is the second race course of the Star Cup of Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This course takes place on a beach with dolphins swimming around and an undersea cave with a large Unagi. Dolphins here appear and swim by the racers in the shallow waters. Multiple dolphin shaped hills can be seen in the background. It is the last new course in the game with an underwater section.

Only about half of the music is played when racing on this course, while the other half plays only when watching a highlight reel. This feature is shared with Super Bell Subway. On the final lap, the music plays only the faster jazz version of the music, unlike all other lap-based courses where the final lap music is simply a sped up, slightly higher-pitched version of the regular music.

Course layout[edit]

The course as seen from the starting line

The course starts in a lake. There is a left turn coming out of the lake and then leading back underwater with three ramps in the section. One on the left, one on the right, and one straight ahead. There are rings where the players jump over the ramps, where Dolphins also jump through. After that section, still underwater, there is a left turn leading the players to an undersea cave, where two paths split. The left path leads to an area where players float above Pipes generating currents keeping the player floating, where they can also perform a trick on. The right path is a shortcut split with two other paths, one with the current-generating pipes going to a platform with a Dash Panel and one where it leads to a small cave section with two more Dash Panels.

When the two paths meet, there is a Dash Panel where players jump over along with more water bubble pipes, with a big Unagi in front of it. Players can drive over the Unagi's body, where coins appear at the tip of it. If players fall they can just drive under it during the section. After that, players leave the water and go into Anti-gravity and jump off a ramp out of the cave and goes to a platform held with rocks that are tilted almost sideways. There is another ramp on the track after which there is a gliding ramp. Players fly over a water rapid then land back on the track where there is a few more turns, going back underwater and leading to the finish line.

On either side of the finish line, Toads wearing scuba diving gear can be seen floating up and down in the water.


End-of-course shortcut
  • Where the path splits by the entrance of the undersea cave, the right side takes the player to a small cave section with Dash Panels and a ramp leading back to the main section of the track.
  • At the end of the course, just before the Start/Finish line, a Mushroom boost can be used across the sand to bypass the final turn of the lap.

Staff ghost[edit]

The staff ghost for this track is Wendy on the Landship. The time is 2:19.160. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on 200cc, the staff ghost is Ludwig with a time of 1:38.911.


Mario Kart 8[edit]

  • Mario Kart Facebook page: Next stop: Dolphin Shoals – an underwater paradise in Mario Kart 8 where blue Spiny Shells glisten in the sunlight and shortcuts hide behind every reef. [1]

Mario Kart 8 Original Soundtrack liner notes[edit]

Sea Depths[edit]

"On this track we used a nylon-stringed acoustic guitar to give it a gentle feel. We then added the samba rhythms, which I think fit that tone perfectly. The musical arrangement for the depths of the ocean adds a touch of mystery to proceedings.

On Dry Land[edit]

"We made the background music for this course completely change to try to get across the dynamic shifts in the landscape, with that liberating feeling of emerging from the water onto dry land. Kazuki Kasuta's sax is a perfect fit for the seaside vibes, and makes for great driving music."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドルフィンみさき
Dorufin Misaki
Dolphin Cape
Chinese 海豚海角
Hǎitún Hǎijiǎo
Dolphin Cape
Dutch Dolfijnenparadijs Dolphin Paradise
French Lagon Tourbillon Swirl Lagoon
German Delfinlagune Dolphin Lagoon
Italian Laguna Delfino Dolphin Lagoon
Korean 돌핀 케이프
Dolpin Keipeu
Dolphin Cape
Portuguese Lagoa do Golfinho Dolphin's Lagoon
Russian Дельфиньи отмели
Del'fin'i otmeli
Dolphin Shoals
Spanish Cala Delfín Dolphin Cove


  • This is the only Mario Kart course to start underwater.