Mario Circuit (GCN)

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This article is about the race course from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, unused course in Mario Kart DS, and retro course in Mario Kart Wii. For information about other race tracks with similar names, see Mario Circuit.
Mario Circuit
MKDD MarioCircuit.jpg
Appearance(s) Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003)
Mario Kart DS (2005, as an unused course in its game files)
Mario Kart Wii (2008)
Cup(s) it Appears in Flower Cup (MKDD)
None (unused course) (MKDS)
Leaf Cup (MKW)
Staff Ghost Nin*♪Miz (01:59.771) (MKW)
Expert Staff Ghost Nin*Dai8 (01:49.939) (MKW)
Wi-Fi No longer available (Wii)
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Mario Kart DS
Course Map

GCN Mario Circuit.png

Mario Circuit is the second race course of the Flower Cup in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. For this installment, the circuit surrounds Princess Peach's Castle, while in the background some Warp Pipes, tall toadstools, smiling trees, and a Mushroom-shaped hot-air balloon midair can be seen, overviewing the track. A giant Chain Chomp guards a piece of rough terrain, ramming into any vehicle that passes near it. Some Piranha Plants appear, attacking the karts and bikes that pass too close to them, causing the racers to roll over and drop their items onto the road. However, they are vulnerable to being hit by some items, such as Green Shells, which leave them stunned for a while. Another obstacle is the Goombas crossing the track before the finish line, which makes the racers spin out. By using certain items against these enemies, a Mushroom pops out of them. The track also appeared at the end of the "true" credits where everyone gets to celebrate.

Course layout[edit]

The course contains many curves and corners. Employing drifting is the main hint given to clear this circuit. After the first turn and another tight turn, the racers will encounter the Chain Chomp wandering the zone, biting the trespassers. Players then enter a curved tunnel, crossing a bridge upon leaving it and discovering a soil road with Piranha Plants on both sides. After turning into another corner, racers face Goombas crossing a bumpy road. After crossing another bridge, where two Piranha Plants await racers to attack indiscriminately, the racers reach the finish line.

Appearance in Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii[edit]

This Mario Circuit version was going to appear in Mario Kart DS. There are no enemies, trees, or item boxes, and the player can drive on grass as if it was road. Additionally, the bumpy road is now flat. A version of this track exists in the Demo Version (where it can be played textured by default) and the Final Version (where one must copy the textures from the model file to a texture file to play textures or use a action replay which don't load texture) of that game's data. However, the track was taken out before the game's release (most likely to avoid using all of the character-themed circuits from the same game). The race course officially reappears in Mario Kart Wii as the fourth track of the Leaf Cup, the exact same as it was slated to be in Mario Kart DS.

The GCN Mario Circuit tournament.


In Mario Kart Wii, a tournament took place on this track. It was a time trial race, with an increased number of Piranha Plants and Chain Chomps. It was the first tournament of October 2009, and it was repeated as the second tournament of July 2011, the first tournament of October 2012, and the second tournament of December 2013.

Official descriptions[edit]

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

  • Instruction booklet: “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.”
  • Official website: “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.”
  • Official European website: “Dodge the waddling Goombas and snapping Piranha Plants, and say hi to Peach as you cruise by her castle.”

Mario Kart Wii

  • Official European website: "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."


GCN appearance[edit]

DS appearance[edit]

Wii appearance[edit]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Circuito de Mario Mario Circuit
French Circuit Mario Mario Circuit
German Marios Piste Mario's Circuit