GBA Sunset Wilds

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Sunset Wilds
MKSC Sunset Wilds Starting Line.png
Appears in Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)
Mario Kart Tour (2020)
Cup(s) Lightning Cup
Music sample
Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Mario Kart Tour

Course map
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
MKSC Sunset Wilds Map.gif
MKSC Sunset Wilds Mini Map.png
Mario Kart Tour
Map of GBA Sunset Wilds from Mario Kart Tour

Sunset Wilds is the fourth and final course of the Lightning Cup in Mario Kart: Super Circuit and returns in Mario Kart Tour, first appearing in the Sunset Tour. The course is desert-themed and the sun is setting in the background. One of the most notable features of the track is that the evening progresses as the sun sets when each lap is completed, and the third lap is completed in the night. If the course takes place in five laps on Quick Run or VS. mode, the course remains in night for the duration of the race from the third lap.

This course also contains Shy Guy Tents housing Shy Guys that can grab karts, making them lose coins and become slower. In the Japanese version of the game, these Shy Guys wear Native American headdresses, which were removed in international versions, possibly to avoid racial controversy with the Native American culture, though they still are found in tipis. This was further altered in its Mario Kart Tour appearance, as the Shy Guy Tents and Shy Guy obstacles, Exploring Shy Guys, now take on an explorer theme.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Course layout[edit]

Sunset Wilds begins on a straightaway, which is followed by a U-turn. Throughout this section, a few rocks can be spotted along the track, and a few cacti as well. The rocks and cacti, however, do not serve as obstacles, and will only knock the driver back slightly. After the U-turn, the player approaches a less sharp turn. On this turn is a section with some mud and bumps of land. The player is recommended to hit the land as much as possible, as the mud is slightly slower, although not by much. After this turn, the player will reach a section with four Dash Panels which have bumps before them, making them harder to access. The player will then go onto the path, which has large animal tracks, which lead to another mud section, this time, with some Dash Panels placed on the land areas, to help the player make it past the section quickly. The player approaches a few more turns, before reaching a section with many Shy Guy Tents with Shy Guys inside. Other features around this area are totem poles depicting Shy Guys, Snifits, and Toadies stacked up to the sides. The section with the tents has many Dash Panels, which can be used to gain speed, but are risky due to the fact hitting the tents will make a Shy Guy pop out, which will slow the player down and make them lose coins. After a few more U-turns, the player returns to the straightway in which the track begins, and moves on to the second lap as the sun goes down. The course's layout is very similar to Yoshi Desert.


  • Towards the end of the track, at the sharp U-turn section, there is a ramp. If players use a mushroom and drive up the ramp, they can skip the whole turn.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The course in Mario Kart Tour

Sunset Wilds makes its classic course debut in Mario Kart Tour, starting with the Sunset Tour. The Shy Guys are now depicted as prospectors (named Exploring Shy Guys in-game), with the tents being redesigned to resemble prospector tents instead of tipis. The two totem poles were replaced by more cacti. The rocks were moved to the off-road and the bumps were removed. The archway that appears in the background of the original course is now on the road, and can be driven under. The mud after the second turn was moved to the side of the road and all Dash Panels except for the ones on the second mud part were removed. The two U-turns before the finish line were removed and replaced with a part with hills and Swoops that appear at night. The course now changes to night after a set period of time, approximately the time required to complete one lap, due to the course now only having two laps. Starting on version 3.0.0., replaying the track after finishing a previous race causes the ground to keep its night palette from the start of the course. The course also now has a proper starting banner with the classic Mario Kart logo that is supported by two flagpoles that are sprouting up from Warp Pipes. It is the first classic course in the game not from Mario Kart 7 and the first Mario Kart: Super Circuit course in the game to have not been remade in another Mario Kart game prior to its return, the first Super Circuit course that is not a Bowser's Castle course, and the first classic course to receive a new arrangement for its music. The course is a favorite of Blue Yoshi, Luigi (Classic), Black Yoshi, Peach (Explorer), Baby Mario (Koala), Daisy (Swimwear), Cat Rosalina, Daisy (Farmer), King Bob-omb, Shy Guy (Gold), Shy Guy (Ninja), and the Birdo Mii Racing Suit. It can also be a favorite of Tanooki Mario and Kamek if they are at level 6, and Mario (Halloween) if he is at level 8. Like other courses in the game, Sunset Wilds has a reverse variant, a trick variant, and a reverse/trick variant, referred to as Sunset Wilds R, Sunset Wilds T, and Sunset Wilds R/T, respectively. The reverse/trick variant was introduced in the 2020 Mario vs. Luigi Tour, and contains many Monty Moles.

For this course's tour appearances, see List of GBA Sunset Wilds tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour.


Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Course icons[edit]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サンセットこうや
Sansetto Kōya
Sunset Wilds
Chinese (Simplified) 日落荒野
Rìluò Huāngyě
夕阳荒漠 (Mario Kart: Super Circuit)[1]
Xīyáng Huāngmò
Sunset Wilderness

Sunset Desert
Chinese (Traditional) 日落荒野
Rìluò Huāngyě
Sunset Wilderness
French Pays Crépuscule Twilight Land
German Sonnenuntergangs-Wüste Sunset Desert
Italian Riserva naturale al tramonto Natural reserve at sunset
Korean 선셋 황야
Seonses Hwang-ya
Sunset Wilderness
Portuguese Deserto Poente Sunset Desert
Spanish (NOA) Reserva Natural del Poniente Sunset Natural Reserve
Spanish (NOE) Reserva Natural del Poniente
Reserva natural del poniente (Mario Kart: Super Circuit)[2]
Sunset Natural Reserve


  1. ^ From the iQue localization prototype.
  2. ^ Mario Kart Super Circuit European instruction booklet