GBA Mario Circuit

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This article is about the race course originally from Mario Kart: Super Circuit and featured as a classic course in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. For other race courses with similar names, see Mario Circuit.
Mario Circuit
MKSC Mario Circuit Starting Line.png
Appears in Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)
Mario Kart 8 (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) Flower Cup (Super Circuit)
Shell Cup (8, 8 Deluxe)
Staff Ghost 1:49.158 by Nin★Rie (8)
(Baby Mario with the Yoshi Bike, Standard, and Super Glider)
1:44.593 by Nin★Rie (8 Deluxe)
(Baby Mario with the Yoshi Bike, Standard, and Super Glider) (150cc)
1:10.475 by Nin★Pit (8 Deluxe)
(Baby Luigi with the Sport Bike, Slick, and Parachute) (200cc)
Online play Available (Wii U, Switch)
Music sample
Mario Kart: Super Circuit: Kenichi Nishimaki, Masanobu Matsunaga, Minako Hamano
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Yasuaki Iwata
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (frontrunning)
Course map
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
MKSC Mario Circuit Map.png
MKSC Mario Circuit Mini Map.png

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Map of <small>GBA</small> Mario Circuit in Mario Kart 8.Map of <small>GBA</small> Mario Circuit in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Mario Circuit is the first race course of the Flower Cup in Mario Kart: Super Circuit. This Mario Circuit is a rather plain stage and short in length, with few obstacles and Item Boxes to deal against rivals. It contains winding paths, however, such as a hairpin bend, or a curl path found before the home stretch. Next to the checked line there is a detour where racers can get a speed boost by running onto a Dash Panel located there. This course shares its music with Peach Circuit and Luigi Circuit.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Mario Circuit in Mario Kart 8

This Mario Circuit reappears in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the second course in the Shell Cup. Much like GBA Bowser Castle 1 in Mario Kart 7, this is the only GBA classic course in the base Mario Kart 8 content. It now features a starting banner with the classic Mario Kart logo in red, black-and-white tires around the posts, various stacked tires and advertisements, and huts both filled with Toad and Yoshi spectators and oil cans. The large U-turn near the beginning of the track is slanted and separated from the track to act as an anti-gravity section. This section is balanced on what appear to be giant car jacks (which are named “Ultra Arm”, a reference to the Ultra Hand), which can be seen rising to lift the section into its position in the course's preview, with many large Brick Blocks and Empty Blocks visible in the pit where the U-turn was originally. There are also oil slicks near the end of the track that cause players who collide with them to spin out, alongside some traffic cones that are knocked away when players collide with them. The detour near the finish line also contains an added Item Box in addition to the Dash Panel. Compared to the original, the road is also slightly banked through the curves.

The music has been modified to a slightly lower pitch and plays in A#/B♭ major on the first two laps and then in B major on the final lap, as opposed to C major in the original. Overall, the arrangement appears to be based on that of the Mario Kart: Super Circuit prototype.[1]

When the player crosses the finish line to start another lap, Lakitu is shown on the right side of the player, holding the lap count signs (when holding the start signal, he is also shown on the right side of the player).


  • To the right of the second line of Item Boxes, there is a Glide Ramp hidden by some trees that can be accessed by using a Mushroom or Super Star.

Staff ghost[edit]

The staff ghost for this track is Baby Mario on the Yoshi Bike, and Baby Luigi on the Sport Bike in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's 200cc Time Trial.


Mario Kart 8 Original Soundtrack liner notes[edit]

"This circuit has been dramatically reworked, so we reflected that in the music by rearranging it and making generous use of a horn section."


Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオサーキット
Mario Sākitto
Mario Circuit
Chinese (Simplified) 马力欧赛道
Mǎlì'ōu Sàidào
Mario Speedway
Chinese (Traditional) 瑪利歐賽道
Mǎlì'ōu Sàidào
Mario Speedway
Dutch Mario's Circuit Mario's Circuit
French Circuit Mario Mario Circuit
German Marios Piste Mario's Track
Italian Circuito di Mario Mario's Circuit
Korean 마리오 서킷
Mario Seokit
Mario Circuit
Portuguese Circuito do Mario Mario's Circuit
Russian Трасса Марио
Trassa Mario
Mario's Track
Spanish Circuito Mario Mario Circuit


  • This is the only Mario Circuit to not feature any Warp Pipes.
  • The course was originally known as Big Tree Circuit and was in the Mushroom Cup in an early prototype of Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and also had a different musical arrangement not present in the final build. The side route right before the finish line was also absent.[2]