Excitebike Arena

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Excitebike Arena
Excitebike Arena from Mario Kart 8 - The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content.
Appears in Mario Kart 8 (DLC Pack 1) (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) Egg Cup
Based on Excitebike
Online play No longer available (Wii U)
Available (Switch)
Music sample
Shiho Fujii (arrangement)
Akito Nakatsuka (original)

Course map
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Map of Excitebike Arena in Mario Kart 8.Map of Excitebike Arena in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Staff ghost(s)
8 Nin★Pedro
2:06.483 Mario's head icon in Mario Kart 8Standard Bike body from Mario Kart 8SlimSuper Glider from Mario Kart 8
8DX 150cc Nin★Pedro
1:58.808 Mario's head icon in Mario Kart 8Standard Bike body from Mario Kart 8SlimSuper Glider from Mario Kart 8
8DX 200cc Nin★Akira
1:29.202 Inkling GirlOrange Inkling Girl's Inkstriker body from Mario Kart 8 DeluxeLeaf TiresThumbnail of Inkling Girl's Super Glider (with 8 icon), in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Excitebike Arena is a racecourse included with The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content in Mario Kart 8 as well as the base content of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the second course of the Egg Cup. The course is based on the NES game Excitebike. The music for this course is featured in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a track.

Course layout[edit]

Four views of Excitebike Arena, split into four screens
Screenshot showing some different patterns of the elements of the track.

The racecourse is simply a huge oval (much like Baby Park, but longer and larger in width) with many ramps and mud spots, much like race tracks in the original Excitebike. Signs featuring the Japanese & European box art for Excitebike can be seen throughout the course, as well as a large statue of an 8-bit biker sprite on one end of the track. This track is unique in the fact that the track changes every time a race starts. There are many different segments with jumps, ramps and mud spots that can change position and height; according to Mario Kart 8 director Kosuke Yabuki, there are over 200 different patterns of such elements.[1] A standard pattern is used in Time Trials to help keep consistency between time trial records.[2] In Mario Kart Tour, brown variants of the ramps in this course are found in RMX Choco Island 1 and RMX Choco Island 2 and their respective variants.

This is one of three new courses in Mario Kart 8 without anti-gravity sections, the other two being Animal Crossing and Super Bell Subway. It is also one of nine courses without any gliding, underwater, or anti-gravity sections, the others being GCN Yoshi Circuit, SNES Rainbow Road, SNES Mario Circuit 3, GBA Snow Land, Tour London Loop, GBA Riverside Park, DS Mario Circuit, and GBA Sunset Wilds. Out of those tracks, it is the only one that is a new course.


Mario Kart 8[edit]

  • Course trailer: Get ready for high-octane racing and high-flying hurdles![3]

Mario Kart 8 Original Soundtrack liner notes[edit]

"We worked the original NES Excitebike music in as a motif here. We used the old NES sound for the melody and accompanied it with a band. We were aiming to create a track that would be familiar while also having a fresh new feel."



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エキサイトバイク

Chinese (simplified) 越野摩托
Yuèyě Mótuō

Chinese (traditional) 越野摩托車
Yuèyě Mótuōchē
Excitebike Motocross

Dutch Excitebike-Arena
Excitebike Arena
French Arène d'Excitebike
Excitebike Arena
German Excitebike-Stadion
Excitebike Stadium
Italian Arena Excitebike
Excitebike Arena
Korean 익사이트 바이크
Iksaiteu Baikeu
Excite Bike

Portuguese Arena Excitebike
Excitebike Arena
Russian Арена Excitebike
Arena Excitebike
Excitebike Arena

Spanish Estadio Excitebike
Excitebike Stadium


  • The opening animation during the countdown to the race is the lowering of the bars, which allow the characters to drive, like the starting line from the Excitebike series. This is one of six courses to have an opening animation during the countdown (the others are Twisted Mansion, Electrodrome, Mount Wario, Bowser's Castle and Piranha Plant Cove).
    • Out of these tracks, it is the only DLC course to have this feature.
  • During its debut trailer, all of the characters except for Yoshi (who is given an ATV) are given bikes as a reference to the game the track was based on.
  • This is the only track based on a video game outside of the Super Mario franchise not to be the last course of a cup.
  • At the lower end of the course, along the turn leading to the finish line, there are two sets of doors with textures that have been mirrored by mistake, made obvious by the Mario Kart logos situated on top of them.