Figure-8 Circuit

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This article is about the race course from Mario Kart DS. For the Super Smash Bros. stage based on the course, see Figure-8 Circuit (stage).
Figure-8 Circuit
Screenshot of Figure-8 Circuit from Mario Kart DS
Appears in Mario Kart DS (2005)
Cup(s) Mushroom Cup
Online play No longer available (DS)
Music sample
Course map
Figure-8 Circuit mapMario Kart DS
Staff ghost(s)
DS Ninten★たなか
1:36:481 Mario MKDS record icon.pngThe model of the Standard MR from Mario Kart DS

Figure-8 Circuit, also titled Figure-Eight Circuit in the kiosk demo, is the introductory course of Mario Kart DS, serving as the first race course of the Mushroom Cup. The course is named for having a layout in the shape of an 8. It is the only "circuit" in the Mario Kart series that is not associated with a character. The Figure-8 Circuit is comparable to several Luigi Circuit courses throughout the Mario Kart games for having a simple, straightforward layout with no unique gimmicks and no obstacles. Figure-8 Circuit is where the awards ceremony is held after every cup.

Figure-8 Circuit has a different introduction fanfare on Grand Prix, which is shared with Waluigi Pinball, Mario Circuit (which uses the same music theme as Figure-8 Circuit) and GCN Luigi Circuit.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there is a Mario Kart-themed stage titled Mario Circuit; it is based on Figure-8 Circuit, which became the stage's name in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Course layout[edit]

A Mini-Turbo used in Mario Kart DS.
Yoshi power-sliding in Figure-8 Circuit

Figure-8 Circuit has a basic wide layout with prolonged turns, allowing racers to perform several power-slides. The finish line is right after where the track crosses under the upper part of the course. Most of Figure-8 Circuit's details are in the background, starting with the bleachers that consist of a full crowd, which are heard cheering as racers drive by. The bleachers start from the race line and end at a background pit stop to the right. There are no obstacles in the course except for grass surrounding the boundaries. The pit stop is immediately followed by a straightforward path. From there, a few large Warp Pipes and platform blocks resembling those from Super Mario Bros. 3 can be seen on grassy hills in the distance. After the straight path is a loop, which takes racers around and then overlaps beneath a bridge that is supported by some bricks. The road on top of the bridge is the center of the straight path, which reveals that the straight path is slightly slanted downward. The lap ends after going under the bridge.


There are two missions that take place on Figure-8 Circuit:

  • Mission 1-1: The player controls Mario, who must pass through 5 gates within 35 seconds, with the help of some ground Mushrooms.
  • Mission 2-2: The player controls Yoshi, who must collect 10 coins scattered along the course within 30 seconds. One coin is behind where the player starts.


Mario Kart DS[edit]

  • Instruction booklet bio: "This course is laid out in the shape of the number 8. The road is wide and the corners are broad, so you can run through the whole thing at high speed."
  • North American website bio: "This figure-eight shaped course boasts a wide racetrack with easy corners. It’s ideal for constant top-speed racing."
  • European website bio: "With just two straights and two bends, your first stop in the Mushroom Cup season is as simple as they come (with the exception of Baby Park’s basic loop). So hit the gas, impress the crowds and save your strengths for the harder tracks to come."



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エイトクロスサーキット
Eito Kurosu Sākitto
Eight-Cross Circuit

French Circuit en 8
Circuit in 8
German Achterpiste
Italian Ottotornante
Eight Hairpin; also a pun on "ottovolante" (an 8-shaped rollercoaster)
Korean 8자 서킷
8-Ja Seokit
8-Shaped Circuit

Spanish Circuito en 8
Circuit in 8