GCN Mario Circuit

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This article is about the race course from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, unused retro course in Mario Kart DS, 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.
Information
Appearance(s) Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003)
Mario Kart Wii (2008)
Cup(s) Flower Cup (Double Dash!!)
Leaf Cup (Wii)
Staff Ghost 01:41.384 (Double Dash!!)
(Mario and Luigi in the Red Fire)
01:59.771 by Nin★♪Miz (Wii)
(Mario on the Standard Bike M)
Expert Staff Ghost 01:49.939 by Nin★Dai8 (Wii)
(Mario in the Wild Wing)
Wi-Fi No longer available (Wii)
Music
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Mario Kart Wii
Course map
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
The map of Mario Circuit.

Mario Kart Wii
GCN Mario Circuit.png

Mario Circuit is the second race course of the Flower Cup in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. 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 All-Cup Tour. In Mushroom Bridge, Peach's Castle from this track can be seen in the background. This course was originally going to appear as a retro track in Mario Kart DS but was removed from the final game, later appearing as the final course of the Leaf Cup in Mario Kart Wii.

This track shares the same music with Luigi Circuit and Yoshi Circuit. An arrangement of the music for these courses 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.

Course layout[edit]

The course map

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.

Shortcuts[edit]

  • 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]

A screenshot of the course with textures in Mario Kart DS

Mario Circuit was originally planned as a retro 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 had reduced graphics 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]

To make up for being scrapped from Mario Kart DS, the course reappears in Mario Kart Wii as the fourth track of the Leaf Cup. Although 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.

Tournaments[edit]

The tournament

The tournament for this course was a time trial race, with an increased number of Piranha Plants and Chain Chomps. It was the first tournament of October 2009, and was repeated as the second tournament of July 2011, the first tournament of October 2012 and the second tournament of December 2013.

Profiles[edit]

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."

Sponsors[edit]

Gallery[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • The Mario Kart from Nintendogs plays the theme from this course when used.

References[edit]