Dry Dry Ruins (race course)

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This article is about the Mario Kart Wii racetrack. For the ancient ruins in Paper Mario, see Dry Dry Ruins (Paper Mario).
Not to be confused with GCN Dry Dry Desert.
Dry Dry Ruins
Dry Dry Ruins (race course)
Appears in Mario Kart Wii (2008)
Cup(s) Special Cup
Staff Ghost 02:30.949 by Nin★Kei
(Yoshi in the Classic Dragster)
Expert Staff Ghost 02:14.286 by Nin★Akito
(Yoshi on the Sneakster)
Online play No longer available (Wii)
Music sample
Course map
Mario Kart Wii

Dry Dry Ruins is the first racecourse of the Special Cup in Mario Kart Wii. The course draws influences from both Dry Dry Desert from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Yoshi Desert from Mario Kart: Super Circuit, seen in things like the starting line being a solid arch for the former, and the reappearance of the Yoshi Sphinx from the latter.

Course layout[edit]

The starting line with the Yoshi Sphinx

This course takes place in a desert with Egyptian-themed structures such as obelisks, temples and pyramids, and starts out under some ruins. After a left curve, there is a branching path. The right route is quicker, but the player can also go to the left route, which has a pillar that falls down at a certain point. After passing by some more pillars and a Pokey, the player reaches a narrow bridge over an oasis with another Pokey at the end of the road. There is a left turn past the Pokey, which has two pillars that fall down, again after a certain time passes. The player can then go right into a straight road with three more pillars that usually fall down when the player gets there. The road leads to the entrance of the ruins.

The first part of the ruins is a road that cuts through a dark abyss with Swoops that act as obstacles. There are arrows decorating the walls indicating turns; some are flanked by artwork of Pokeys. After the straight road is a right turn, and half-pipes are located on the sides of the area, which can help the player to pass through the sand on the straight road (as it acts as off-road). After this is a 90-degree left turn which leads into a short and straight path, after which comes another 90-degree right turn into a straight path. After a 90 degree turn, the player enters a large room, which features Pokeys and sand falling from the ceiling. The sand accumulates over time - there are some large sand piles in the center on the second lap, but during the last lap, the center will be mostly covered with sand.

Yoshi reaching the finish line

After this room, there is a ramp with Dash Panels and Swoops. Another ramp with a Dash Panel is present, and after a twist to the left and then to the right, the player will reach the finish line.

When the player is playing as a Mii, the Yoshi heads on the sphinxes will be replaced by Mii heads. On the falling pillars, there are markings showing the respective emblems of (from up to down) Mario, Peach, Luigi, Daisy, Toad, and Yoshi.


Yoshi approaches the off-road shortcut outside the temple, near the end of the course.
  • After getting a Rocket Start, players should drive forward on the right side until the road starts to curve to the right. If they take the first passage to the right, it will save them some time and earn them an Item Box.
  • Before the bridge, if players go to the left, where the oasis is, there is a section of sand where they can cut off track; however, a Mushroom, Star, or Mega Mushroom is needed to do this. During the third lap, a pillar will fall down and act as a ramp to trick off of.
  • A glitch shortcut can be performed with the half-pipe in the temple. By going off the half-pipe on the wall directly opposite the temple entrance, it is possible to stick to the wall around the corner, skipping the turn and therefore not having to go through the sand on the floor.
  • At the very end, there is a twist to the left and right around a cactus and a patch of sand. Players can cut across this patch with some sort of speed boost, or a high off-road stat vehicle, to save a few seconds. In addition, it is possible to get a high enough angle from the start of the shortcut to reach a raised part of the track on the right to cut the first turn and end up at the bridge on the oasis, though three Mushrooms, Golden Mushroom or a Star is required to do this.
  • On the third lap before the Ruins' exit, the center of the last room may be filled with sand, and players can use a Mushroom to pass over it in a straight line.
  • If the player takes the right path at the start, they can release a Mini-Turbo just before they hit the sand and then jump to clear all of it. This can be done without a Mushroom.


The first tournament of November 2009.

The November 2009 tournament 1 took place in Dry Dry Ruins. It was a VS Race, in which all Item Boxes contained Mushroom items; Mushrooms, Triple Mushrooms, Golden Mushrooms, and Mega Mushrooms. Also, some Pokeys were added on some of the usable shortcuts.


Mario Kart Wii[edit]

  • European website bio: "As you race around these ancient ruins you'll have to avoid falling pillars and steer clear of the sand slowly filling up a ruined temple."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カラカラいせき
Kara Kara Iseki
Dry Dry Ruins; shared with Parched Ruins from Mario Party 5
French (NOA) Ruines Sec-Sec Dry Dry Ruins
French (NOE) Ruines Sec Sec Dry Dry Ruins
German Staubtrockene Ruine Dust-Dry Ruins
Italian Rovine desertiche Desert Ruins
Korean 메마른 유적
Memareun Yujeok
Dry Ruins
Spanish Ruinas Seco-Seco Dry Dry Ruins