GBA Bowser's Castle 1

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This article is about the race course from Mario Kart: Super Circuit and retro course in Mario Kart 7. For the race course from Super Mario Kart and extra course in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, see Bowser Castle 1.
Bowser Castle 1
Bowser's Castle 1
MKSC Bowser Castle 1 Starting Line.png
Appears in Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)
Mario Kart 7 (2011)
Mario Kart Tour (2019)
Cup(s) Mushroom Cup (Super Circuit)
Shell Cup (7)
Staff Ghost 1:31.030 by Nin★Hayata (7)
(Bowser with the Pipe Frame, Standard tires, and Beast Glider)
Expert Staff Ghost 1:22.221 by Nin★hokwai (7)
(Bowser with the Koopa Clown, Roller tires, and Super Glider)
WFC Available (3DS)
Music sample
Mario Kart: Super Circuit Mario Kart 7 / Mario Kart Tour Mario Kart 7 (frontrunning)
Course map
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
MKSC Bowser Castle 1 Map.png
MKSC Bowser Castle 1 Mini Map.png
Mario Kart 7
<small>GBA</small> Bowser Castle 1 bottom screen mapThe Mini Map for GBA Bowser Castle 1
Mario Kart Tour
Map of GBA Bowser's Castle 1 from Mario Kart Tour.

Bowser's Castle 1 (previously known as Bowser Castle 1) is a race course in Mario Kart: Super Circuit as the last race of the Mushroom Cup, and it is the first in a series of various Bowser Castles raced at the end of each cup except of the Lightning Cup. The course is relatively short and contains only five Thwomps, a lot of coins, and a few item boxes. The course takes place inside the castle, as can be seen by the windows and large Bowser-symboled door in the background. It shares its music with the game's other 3 Bowser Castles: 2, 3, 4.

Bowser's Castle 1 returns in Mario Kart 7 as the second course in the Shell Cup and also in Mario Kart Tour, where it debuted in the New York Tour.

Course layout[edit]

The course in Mario Kart: Super Circuit

After the start, there are two turns to the left. After a long straight piece there is a turn to the right with two Thwomps, with a mud-pool after it on the right. Then there is a swing curve left-right followed with three Thwomps and a bit later two turns to the left. Then there are five gaps with Lava Bubbles jumping out. After that there's a turn to the left and a swing curve right-left to the finish line.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

The course in Mario Kart 7

Bowser Castle 1 reappears in Mario Kart 7 as the only GBA retro race course in the game, where it is the second race in the Shell Cup. The track is virtually identical to the original course, but has the addition of 3D graphics like the retro courses from Super Mario Kart. To make further use of this, there are some stone pillars poking out of the lava. One of the gaps in the five-gap area has been removed, and the platforms were lengthened accordingly. Also, a Glide Ramp appears at the first jump after 36 seconds of the race have elapsed. The glider can also be used to reach a small platform within the lava to the left. There are also some added coins on the track.[1] In addition, the flashing signs that tell which direction to go from Mario Kart: Super Circuit are now billboards attached to the track. The course now has a starting banner. This is also the only course in the Shell Cup not to be in the same order as its appearance in its original cup.

Update history[edit]

Version 1.1 (May 15, 2012)
Removed shortcut exploit which allowed players to skip the second 180-degree turn. The shortcut is still viable offline.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The course in Mario Kart Tour

Bowser's Castle 1 reappears once more in Mario Kart Tour, first appearing in the New York Tour. It generally retains its layout from Mario Kart 7. It is a favorite of Ludwig, Bowser, Green Shy Guy, Captain Toad, King Boo (Luigi's Mansion), Dry Bones (Gold), Shy Guy (Ninja), Waluigi (Vampire), and the King Bob-omb Mii Racing Suit. This course is also a favorite of Wario (Hiker) and the Wario Mii Racing Suit if they reach level 3 and Dry Bones if he reaches level 6. Like other courses in the game, Bowser's Castle 1 has a reversed variant, a trick variant and a reversed/trick variant, referred to as Bowser's Castle 1R, Bowser's Castle 1T and Bowser's Castle 1R/T respectively.

This course also uses the Mario Kart 7 version of its music, while most other classic courses in the game uses the original versions of their themes. It also shares its music with GBA Bowser's Castle 2, GBA Bowser's Castle 3, and RMX Bowser's Castle 1.

Prior to the 2019 Halloween Tour, no kart or glider had Bowser's Castle 1R listed as a favorite course. Instead, its appearance in the Dry Bowser Cup relied on the spotlight bonus to raise the Badwagon and Swooper up one level.

For this course's tour appearances, see List of GBA Bowser's Castle 1 tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour.


Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Course icons[edit]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クッパキャッスル1
Kuppa Kyassuru 1
Bowser Castle 1
Chinese (Simplified) 酷霸王城堡1
Kùbàwáng Chéngbǎo 1
Bowser Castle 1
Chinese (Traditional) 庫巴城堡1
Kùbā Chéngbǎo 1
Bowser Castle 1
Dutch Bowsers Kasteel 1 Bowser's Castle 1
French Château de Bowser 1
Château Bowser 1 (Mario Kart: Super Circuit)[2]
Bowser's Castle 1
Bowser Castle 1
German Bowsers Festung 1 Bowser´s Fortress 1
Italian Castello di Bowser 1 Bowser's Castle 1
Korean 쿠파 성 1
Kupa Seong 1
Bowser Castle 1
Portuguese (NOA) Castelo do Bowser 1 Bowser's Castle 1
Portuguese (NOE) Castelo 1 do Bowser Bowser's Castle 1
Russian Замок Боузера 1
Zamok Bouzera 1
Bowser's Castle 1
Spanish Castillo de Bowser 1 Bowser's Castle 1



  1. ^ マリオカート7 : コース : こうらカップ. GBAクッパキャッスル1. Retrieved October 9, 2013. (Archived October 9, 2019, 09:12:05 UTC via Internet Archive: Wayback Machine.)
  2. ^ Mario Kart: Super Circuit instruction booklet (EU). Page 53. Retrieved July 18, 2018.