Excitebike Arena

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Excitebike Arena
Overview of the course.
Appearance(s) Mario Kart 8 (DLC Pack 1) (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) it Appears in Egg Cup
Based Upon Excitebike
Staff Ghost 2:06.483 by Nin★Pedro (MK8) (as Mario)
Wi-Fi Available (Wii U, Switch)
Course Map
MK8 Excitebike Arena Map.png

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 in the Egg Cup. As its name implies, the course is strongly based on the NES game Excitebike.


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 its width) with many ramps and mud spots, much like original Excitebike tracks. 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 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 on time trials.[2]

Official descriptions[edit]

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


  • Bowser Oil (Promotion tents, trackside banners)
  • Bullet Bill Speed Trials (Trackside banners)
  • Fuzzy Battery (Promotion tents, trackside banners)
  • Galaxy Air/GXA (Commentator's towers, trackside banners)
  • Mario Automobile Association/MAA (Promotion tents)
  • Mario Kart TV/MKTV (Commentator's towers, promotion tents, screens, van)
  • Mario Motors (Trackside banners)
  • Mario Super Motor Team (Van)
  • Mushroom Piston (Trackside banners)
  • Toad Mushroom Powered (Van)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エキサイトバイク
Spanish Estadio Excitebike Excitebike Stadium
French Arène d'Excitebike Excitebike Arena
Dutch Excitebike-Arena Excitebike Arena
German Excitebike-Stadion Excitebike Stadium
Italian Arena Excitebike Excitebike Arena
Portuguese Arena Excitebike Excitebike Arena
Russian Арена Excitebike
Arena Excitebike
Excitebike Arena


  • 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 four courses to have an opening animation during the countdown (the others are Electrodrome, Twisted Mansion, and Bowser's Castle).
  • During its debut trailer, all of the characters except for Yoshi are given bikes as a reference to the game the track was based off.
  • This is one of three nitro courses in Mario Kart 8 that doesn't have anti-gravity sections with the other two being Animal Crossing and Super Bell Subway. It is also one of three courses that doesn't have any gliding, underwater or anti gravity sections, the others being GCN Yoshi Circuit and SNES Rainbow Road.
  • The player will get a short boost after jumping in the ramps, even without performing a Trick. This is another reference to Excitebike where the bike receives a short boost when jumping off a ramp at top speed.


  1. ^ Mario Kart 8 Director Talks DLC, Hyrule Circuit Secrets, and More -- Interview. GameSpot (November 18, 2014). Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  2. ^ Mario Kart 8 Facebook Page
  3. ^ Wii U - Mario Kart 8 DLC: Excitebike Arena - Youtube