Mario Circuit (Mario Kart 8)

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This article is about the race course from Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. For other race tracks with similar names, see Mario Circuit.
Mario Circuit
Mario Circuit
Appearance(s) Mario Kart 8 (2014)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Cup(s) Flower Cup
Battle Mode (8)
Staff Ghost 2:07.436 by Nin★Sho (8) (as Mario)
2:08.501 by Nin★Sho (8 Deluxe) (as Mario) (150cc)
1:23.243 by Nin★Joost (8 Deluxe) (as Pink Gold Peach) (200cc)
Wi-Fi Available (Wii U, Switch)
Shiho Fujii
Course map
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Map of Mario Circuit in Mario Kart 8.Map of Mario Circuit in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

The Mario Kart 8 incarnation of Mario Circuit appears as the first course of the Flower Cup. This Mario Circuit's layout is designed after the Möbius strip (a closed surface consisting of only one side) to make full use of the new anti gravity aspect of the game. It is placed around Peach's Castle which happens to be on floating islands. Like the Figure-8 Circuit and Toad's Turnpike, the track is shaped like the number eight. There are Goomba Towers near the finish line that can spin out the player. The track is lush and green, surrounded by the blue sky and white clouds, as well as waterfalls below. There are twenty-two Coins located on this track. Mario Kart Stadium's music contains a part from this course's music in a different arrangement. In Mario Kart 8, it is a selectable battle course.

Course layout[edit]

The course as seen from the starting line

Being designed after a Möbius strip, the track follows a single path that twists around near the beginning. The track remains fairly simple in terms of design. Players start on the straightaway of the Möbius strip and shortly after, there is a turn to the left. A white bridge is a short ways away of the turn which starts the Anti gravity section. The track turns to the right shortly after and start racing underneath the finish line. After a left turn, the racers cross the white bridge, which twists the track back to normal and after another right turn, the racers approach the finish line. A gliding ramp and Goomba Towers appear at the stretch to the finish. Mario's Standard Kart can be seen in the pit area, alongside ? Blocks.

The course's starting banner can be interacted with by gliding racers; the other two courses to share this feature are DS Wario Stadium and 3DS Neo Bowser City. It is the only one of these three courses to be a Nitro Course.


  • On the final turn to the finish line, the racer can go through the pipes and grass by using Mushrooms or a Star.

Staff ghost[edit]

The staff ghost for this track is Mario on the Standard Kart, with Normal tires and the Super Glider, with a time of 2:07.436. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 200cc, the staff ghost is Pink Gold Peach with a time of 1:23.243.

Appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

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

The track appears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as a new stage. The stage takes place on several platforms that move around the stage, stopping at certain intervals around the stage similar to Rainbow Road in the 3DS version. Shy Guys can drive into the fight like in the aforementioned stage and the other Mario Circuit stage, however because of the anti-gravity element they can drive on other surfaces such as on the wall to the right of the players or from the background albeit upside-down. The default music is a medley of the Circuit theme and Neo Bowser City's music from Mario Kart 7, though the original versions of numerous songs from Mario Kart 8 including Mario Circuit are also available.

Mario Circuit returns as a playable stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Mario Kart 8 Original Soundtrack liner note[edit]

"This track takes the form of a kind of Möbius Strip and also suggests the number eight, to signify its place in the series. The synthesiser sound we used for the melody here was meant to give the feel of the anti-gravity effect which features in this title."'


Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

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 Circuit
Dutch Mario's Circuit Mario's Circuit
French Circuit Mario Mario Circuit
German Marios Piste Mario's Track
Italian Circuito di Mario Mario's Circuit
Korean 마리오 서킷
Mario Seokit
Mario Circuit
Portuguese Circuito do Mario Mario's Circuit
Russian Трасса Марио
Trassa Mario
Mario's Track
Spanish Circuito Mario Mario Circuit


  • This is one of the three courses (along with Toad Harbor and Twisted Mansion) that were playable at E3 2013. Incidentally, all three take place in the Flower Cup, in the same order as the original demo.