Donut Plains 3 (course)

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Donut Plains 3
Appearance(s) Super Mario Kart (1992)
Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)
Mario Kart 8 (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) it Appears in Special Cup (SMK)
Extra Star Cup (MKSC)
Banana Cup (MK8)
Based Upon Donut Plains
Staff Ghost 1:39.148 by Nin★Frank (MK8) (as Lakitu)
Wi-Fi Available (Wii U, Switch)
Super Mario Kart
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Mario Kart 8
Course Map
SNES Donut Plains 3.png


GBA Donut Plains 3.png
Minimap as seen on the menu.Minimap as seen in the race.

MK8 SNES Donut Plains 3 Map.png

Donut Plains 3 is the first course in the Special Cup in Super Mario Kart. It is a dirt course set around a large lake.

Course layout[edit]

Yoshi crossing the first bridge.

Donut Plains 3 features a giant lake, a peninsula jutting far into the water, and two broken bridges without side-rails. The racers must hop over the crack in the second bridge to avoid falling into the lake. Monty Moles live in this stage as well; both on land and in water.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Luigi near the extra item box that was added to this version of the track.

The course reappears in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and is the fourth track in the Extra Star Cup. It uses the background from Riverside Park. A bump was placed on the second bridge before the crack, making it easier to cross. The Monty Mole hazards were removed, and an extra item box was added before the final S-curve. If the player uses a Mushroom before the jump on the second bridge and turns left, they can skip half the course and land near the finishing line.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Donut Plains 3 in Mario Kart 8 with upgraded HD visuals

Donut Plains 3 reappears in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the second track in the Banana Cup and the only retro track from Super Mario Kart from among the base Mario Kart 8 content. It now features a starting banner composed of Super Mario Bros. 3 styled blocks. One notable difference is that the graphics don't resemble the original SNES style, unlike Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, and Mario Kart 7, instead featuring bushes, Toad Houses, Brick Blocks, and ? Blocks in the background, as well as a lesser number of hills, which only one is brown. A Super Mario World styled fortress with Toads and Yoshis is also added, beside the first bridge. The trees are now on the track itself, in the second half of the course. It is also one of the selectable battle courses in Mario Kart 8.

The course, as seen from the starting line.
One of the new features included is the ability to race underwater in the lake below the bridges. The breaks in the bridges are encountered a bit earlier than they originally were, and the end of the second bridge has collapsed. The lake is much smaller than it used to be, and there is no water on the other side after the second bridge; thus, the peninsula no longer exists. The track's width has been evened out; it is also banked at various points. Monty Moles now act as they do in Moo Moo Meadows, moving underground before popping out, instead of just hiding inside holes and popping out. The Monty Moles in the lake are now replaced by Cheep-Cheeps. Thus, there are only two Monty Moles present, rather than nineteen. The mud patches in the last half of the course are now wide puddles. In the game, the whistles and beeps from the original soundtrack will play with the soundtrack when the player is in first place, alongside the normal first-place beats.[1]

Official descriptions[edit]

Mario Kart Facebook Page: Drive the vast vistas of Donut Plains in Mario Kart 8, a favorite getaway for Toads and Yoshis alike. [2]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドーナツへいや3
Dōnatsu Heiya 3
Donut Plain 3
Spanish Prado Rosquilla 3 Doughnut Meadow 3
French (NOA) Plaines Beigne 3 Donut Plains 3
French (NOE) Plaine Donut 3 Donut Plain 3
Dutch Donutvlakte 3 Donut Plains 3
German Donut-Ebene 3 Donut Plains 3
Italian Pianura Ciambella 3 Donut Plain 3
Portuguese Planície Donut 3 Donut Plain 3
Russian Бубликовые поля 3
Bublikovye polya 3
Bagel Field 3


  • This track and DK Jungle are the only tracks that have been in both the Special and Banana Cup as retro tracks. Coincidentally, both are the first tracks of their original games' Special Cups, and both return in the same game, Mario Kart 8.
  • This track and Dry Dry Desert are the only non-DLC retro courses in Mario Kart 8 to not involve air gliding. Coincidentally, both take place in the Banana Cup.
  • In Mario Kart 8, one of the Yoshis in the audience will occasionally hum Totaka's Song. [3] This also occurs in other courses featuring Yoshis in the audience (Sweet Sweet Canyon, N64 Yoshi Valley, GCN Yoshi Circuit, GCN Baby Park, and Super Bell Subway).


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  2. ^ Mario Kart Facebook Page
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