GCN Mario Circuit

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This article is about the race course from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and retro course in Mario Kart Wii. For other race tracks with similar names, see Mario Circuit.
Mario Circuit
The icon for Mario Circuit, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!
The course icon
Appears in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003)
Mario Kart Wii (2008)
Cup(s) Flower Cup (Double Dash!!)
Leaf Cup (Wii)
Online play No longer available (Wii)
Music sample
Kenta Nagata
Course map
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
The map of Mario Circuit.

Mario Kart Wii
GCN Mario Circuit.png

Staff ghost(s)
1:41.384 Mario's icon in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!Luigi's icon in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!Red Fire
Wii Nin★♪Miz
1:59.771 Sprite of MarioThe model for Mario's Standard Bike M from Mario Kart Wii
Wii Expert Nin★Dai8
1:49.939 Sprite of MarioThe model for Mario's Wild Wing from Mario Kart Wii

Mario Circuit is the second race course of the Flower Cup in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. It is Mario's home track of the game. This version of the course features many of the typical elements of a Mario Circuit, such as Warp Pipes, Piranha Plants and giant mushrooms, visually similar to World 1 in various games from the Super Mario series. It also introduces the new element of Peach's Castle around which the course takes place, an element that appears in all later Mario Circuits, and also features Goombas, Piranha Plants, and a Chain Chomp as obstacles. This course appears at the end of the credits in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, as well as in the "Thanks for playing!" image seen after completing the Special Cup or All-Cup Tour. In Mushroom Bridge, Peach's Castle from this track can be seen in the background. This Mario Circuit was originally going to reappear as a retro track in Mario Kart DS but was removed from the final game, later reappearing as the fourth and final course of the Leaf Cup in Mario Kart Wii.

Mario Circuit shares its music with Luigi Circuit and Yoshi Circuit. An arrangement of it appears in Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix under the title "Rollercoasting". An arrangement of the music for these courses also appears as one of the selectable songs that can be played during events in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Nintendo DS version), Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii version), and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

Course layout[edit]

Mario Circuit (GCN)
Bird's eye view of Mario Circuit in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.

The starting line for the course is situated alongside Peach's Castle, from which the player drives straight for a short distance to a left turn, followed by a hairpin bend towards the right. This is followed by a long and gentle left turn around a patch of grass with a Chain Chomp, which will occasionally come out and attack the player, who will spin out if hit. This is followed by a gentle S-curve within a tunnel, followed by a straight level bridge. This then leads to another short stretch of straight road with a pair of Piranha Plants on each side, which attempt to bite the player and cause them to flip over if caught. The player must then drive around a left hairpin bend and a right turn, where they approach a bumpy section of road with Goombas, which follows another gentle S-curve shape. After another left turn the player then jumps over an arched bridge towards the finish line, where there is another Piranha Plant on each side of the road.


  • Part of the circular curve can be skipped and the Chain Chomp avoided by using a Mushroom or speed-boosting item to cut across the grass behind it.

Mario Kart DS[edit]

Mario Circuit (GCN) in Mario Kart DS's kiosk demo.
A screenshot of the course with textures in Mario Kart DS

Mario Circuit was originally planned to reappear as a classic course in Mario Kart DS, but was removed prior to the game's release. The course would have used the textures "BeachTree1", "kuribo", and "mario_tree", which still remain in the game's files. There were no Goombas present toward the end of the track, and the graphics were reduced due to the limitations of the system. It can still be accessed in the game's data, and can be found by Action Replay without textures or through ROM Hacking with textures.[1]

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Mario Circuit makes its classic course debut in Mario Kart Wii as the fourth and last race of the Leaf Cup, though no major changes have been made apart from a slight design update. The player can now perform tricks off of the bumps in the road and the arched bridge approaching the finish line.


The tournament

October 2009's first tournament required players to complete a Time Trial on a version of Mario Circuit with more obstacles: There are now two Chain Chomps near the beginning of the track, and there are now eighteen Piranha Plants all throughout the course, with some positioned directly in the middle of the track. Players start the Time Trial with no items, but there is one Item Box at the beginning of the track which always contains a Mushroom. The tournament was later repeated as the second tournament of July 2011, the first tournament of October 2012 and the second tournament of December 2013.


Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

  • Instruction booklet bio: "This is the main circuit in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Familiar denizens of the Mushroom Kingdom can be spotted here and there. The road’s filled with curves, so this is a good place to practice drifting."
  • North American website bio: "Mario Circuit features lots of tight corners, a Chain Chomp, Piranha Plants, Peach’s Castle, and several Goombas, not to mention seven other racers trying to upend your kart."
  • European website bio: "Dodge the waddling Goombas and snapping Piranha Plants, and say hi to Peach as you cruise by her castle."

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

  • European website bio: "With pipes rising out of the surrounding hills and Goombas and giant Chain Chomps littering the track, this is classic Mario Kart action in all its glory."



Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオサーキット
Mario Sākitto
Mario Circuit

French Circuit Mario
Mario Circuit
German Marios Piste
Mario's Circuit
Italian Circuito di Mario
Mario's Circuit
Spanish (NOA) Circuito de Mario
Mario's Circuit
Spanish (NOE) Circuito Mario
Mario Circuit