Mario Circuit

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Mario Circuit in its latest appearance in Mario Kart 8
“It’s a race to the finish line! Start your engines!”
Mario, Fortune Street

Mario Circuit is the name given to various race courses attributed to Mario as his own home course in the Mario Kart series. These courses generally contain features associated with the hero, such as his red cap, Mushrooms, Peach's Castle, Warp Pipes, Goombas, Chain Chomps, and Piranha Plants. Various banners bearing his name can also be seen along the tracks. Mario Circuit is usually featured in the Flower Cup. Apart from Mario Kart, the Mario Circuit has iterations in other games such as Itadaki Street DS and the Super Smash Bros. series.


Mario Kart series[edit]

Super Mario Kart[edit]

In Super Mario Kart, four Mario Circuit racetracks appear, with a look similar to typical go-kart racetracks, aside from having some obstacles such as Warp Pipes, located normally on the road, blocking the vehicles' path and oil slicks that cause vehicles to spin out of control while running over one.

Each Mario Circuit course appears numbered in order of the time it appears: two Mario Circuits in the Mushroom Cup, another in the Flower Cup, and one more in the Star Cup. The first course of the Mushroom Cup, Mario Circuit 1, is the simplest and most basic track in the game, having open corners and few obstacles. In contrast to that course is Mario Circuit 2, the fifth and last course of the same cup. This stage is notable by its great jump before the finish line, where the racers need to cross the zone by getting a speed boost over Dash Panels and jump over speed humps to reach the other side, finally passing the line. Mario Circuit 3 is the last track of the Flower Cup. This course is notable for its sharp curve in the middle of the track, and contains an area where the player must make a sharp turn, potentially getting stuck or slowing down. Finally, there's Mario Circuit 4, the longest of all Super Mario Kart's Mario Circuits. This track contains more sharp bends and obstacles scattered around the track.

The Mario Circuit courses, along with the other tracks from Super Mario Kart, reappear in the Game Boy Advance installment Mario Kart: Super Circuit, as hidden classic race courses. However, in the recent Mario Kart games, only three of these stages reappear. Mario Kart DS features Mario Circuit 1, known as SNES Mario Circuit 1, as the first course of the Shell Cup. In Mario Kart Wii, Mario Circuit 3, known as SNES Mario Circuit 3, appears in the Lightning Cup, bearing an enhanced graphical look compared to its appearance in Super Mario Kart. In Mario Kart 7, Mario Circuit 2 appears as the second course of Banana Cup. In Mario Kart Tour, Mario Circuit 1, Mario Circuit 2, and Mario Circuit 3 appear as classic courses, introduced in the New York Tour, Tokyo Tour, and 2019 Paris Tour, respectively.

Later games[edit]

Since Super Mario Kart, Mario Circuit has appeared as multiple iterations in the Mario Kart series:

Fortune Street series[edit]

Main article: Mario Circuit (board)
Mario Circuit's appearance in Fortune Street.

Mario Circuit is a playable game board in Itadaki Street DS and Fortune Street. The design of the board is based on Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Mario Kart DS, and Mario Kart Wii, though the route of the track is identical to its appearance in both games.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Main article: Figure-8 Circuit (stage)

A Mario Circuit stage similar to the layout of the Figure-8 Circuit appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The stage has two platforms resembling a jump platform and a road pavement in the center. Shy Guy racers will appear and damage players from both the jump and the central road. However, they themselves can be damaged causing them to spin out and be harmless. The stage is later renamed to "Figure-8 Circuit" in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Main article: Mario Circuit (Super Smash Bros. for Wii U)

Mario Circuit appears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, this time based on the course featured in Mario Kart 8. The stage is a moving stage in which a platform carries the fighters around the track and stopping at various points. Shy Guys are also racing on the track and can damage the fighters if they are hit by them, similar to the Mario Circuit in the previous game.

The Mario Circuit from Super Smash Bros. Brawl also returns in this game.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games[edit]

Mario Circuit as it appears in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.

Mario Circuit appears in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games which is heavily based on the version in Mario Kart Wii and is used for the individual and team versions Dream Ski Cross with the road now being covered entirely with snow and more ramps being carved out of the snow on the track itself. While the general layout of the first half of the course is identical to it is in the aforementioned game albeit with a much steeper descent, the second half of the track is entirely different, where they are linked by two Warp Pipes which split the track into two, the path on the left has a more wavy shape while the path on the right is filled with Coins but a Goomba and Piranha Plant serve as obstacles. Once the paths join back up together there a few tight downhill turns and Piranha Plants until the racers reach a DK Cannon taking them back to the starting line for a second lap.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

The level Mount Must Dash in Super Mario 3D World is based on the Mario Circuit courses from Super Mario Kart. The level also uses an arrangement of the courses' music from that game.


Fortune Street[edit]

  • North American website bio: "A race track built within the Mushroom Kingdom. There's a never-ending drone of white-hot engines whizzing around the track."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオサーキット
Mario Sākitto
Mario Circuit
Chinese 瑪利歐賽道 (Traditional)
马力欧赛道 (Simplified)
Mǎlìōu Sàidào
Mario Speedway
Dutch Mario's Circuit Mario's Circuit
French Circuit Mario
Circuit de Mario (Super Mario Kart)[1]
Mario Circuit
Mario's Circuit
German Marios Piste Mario's Track
Italian Circuito di Mario Mario's Circuit
Korean 마리오 서킷
Mario Seokit
Mario Circuit
Portuguese (NOA) Circuito Mario Mario Circuit
Portuguese (NOE) Circuito do Mario Mario's Circuit
Russian Трасса Марио
Trassa Mario
Mario's Track
Spanish Circuito Mario Mario Circuit


  • Outside of Mario Kart Tour, Mario Circuit has appeared in all cups with the exception of the Special Cup, as Super Mario Kart has at least one Mario Circuit in Mushroom, Flower and Star Cups. Every installment except Mario Kart DS has a Mario Circuit in their Flower Cup. Mario Kart DS has its Mario Circuit in the Star Cup and SNES Mario Circuit 1 in the Shell Cup, Mario Kart Wii has the N64, GCN and SNES (Mario Circuit 3) versions in the Shell, Leaf and Lightning Cups respectively, Mario Kart 7 has SNES Mario Circuit 2 in the Banana Cup and Mario Kart 8 has GBA Mario Circuit in the Shell Cup.


  1. ^ Super Mario Kart French instruction manual, page 27