Mario Kart Stadium

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Mario Kart Stadium
Mario Kart Stadium
Appears in Mario Kart 8 (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) Mushroom Cup
Online play Available (Wii U until early April 2024, Switch)
Music sample
Yasuaki Iwata

Course map
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Map of Mario Kart Stadium in Mario Kart 8.Map of Mario Kart Stadium in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Staff ghost(s)
8 Nin★Chris
1:59.781 Mario's head icon in Mario Kart 8Sports Coupe body from Mario Kart 8StandardSuper Glider from Mario Kart 8
8DX 150cc Nin★Chris
1:53.191 Mario's head icon in Mario Kart 8Sports Coupe body from Mario Kart 8StandardSuper Glider from Mario Kart 8
8DX 200cc Nin★Sophia
1:21.984 Gold Mario's icon from Mario Kart 8 DeluxeGold Standard from Mario Kart 8Gold Tires from Mario Kart 8Gold Glider, in Mario Kart 8.

Mario Kart Stadium is the introductory track of Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and is the first race of the Mushroom Cup. It is a basic circuit taking place in an autodrome stadium full of advertisements and banners of the players with fireworks in the background. The course also has a big city in the background. This is the first course to be named after the Mario Kart series itself. This course also makes Mario Kart 8 the first game in the series (excluding the arcade games) where the first course in the game is not a circuit, despite the overall design still being a circuit-type track.

Part of this course's music is reused for the theme of Mario Circuit, albeit in a different arrangement, making Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the only games in the series where the first course does not share music with another course. This course's music reappears in Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit as the music for Live Circuit.

Course layout[edit]

Mario Kart Stadium, from Mario Kart 8.
The course as seen from the starting line.

The course begins with a short pit straight followed by a right turn. The track then turns right with three colored paths that stay together: an inner blue path (with an apex), a yellow path in the center that says "Mushroom Cup" on it, and an outer red path with Dash Panels and coins. The track then approaches the anti-gravity part followed by a left turn. Next, the course goes up and down a raised hairpin turn, followed by a gliding area before ending with one more left turn to the finish line, which also has an outer red path with three Dash Panels and a ramp at the end.

It is the only course in the Mushroom Cup to not have an underwater section.

At the start of the course, various pit areas can be seen, with each one of them containing a screen of the course's map on it. Other courses containing their own map are Water Park, Rainbow Road, GCN Yoshi Circuit, and, in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Merry Mountain.


  • Just before the path splits in three, the player can use a boosting item to make a sharp turn between the pipes.
  • Players can boost through the grass on the right to cut off the next turn as well.
  • After the split path section, there is a dirt section that the player can boost through.
  • Right after the first anti-gravity strip, on the left, there is a ramp that cuts off the corner just before the huge turn.
  • It is possible to boost through the grass to skip the turn before the big U-turn.
  • Near the end of the course, just after the gliding ramp, a boost can be used across the gravel trap to cut the final turn. It is easy to notice the shortcut because there are pipes in the sand.


Mario Kart 8 Original Soundtrack liner note[edit]

"The idea for this track was to make it sound like the type of music in the opening ceremony. It's worth paying special attention to the bassline. As I'm sure you'll notice, we based this track on the Mario Circuit music in the Flower Cup."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオカートスタジアム
Mario Kāto Sutajiamu
Mario Kart Stadium
Chinese (Simplified) 马力欧卡丁车竞技场
Mǎlìōu Kǎdīngchē Jìngjìchǎng
Mario Kart Arena
Chinese (Traditional) 瑪利歐賽車競技場
Mǎlìōu Sàichē Jìngjìchǎng
Mario Kart Arena
Dutch Mario Kart-Stadion Mario Kart Stadium
French Champidrome From "champignon" (mushroom) and "autodrome"
German Mario Kart-Stadion Mario Kart Stadium
Italian Stadio Mario Kart Mario Kart Stadium
Korean 마리오 카트 스타디움
Mario Kateu Seutadium
Mario Kart Stadium
Portuguese Estádio Mario Kart Mario Kart Stadium
Russian Стадион Mario Kart
Stadion Mario Kart
Mario Kart Stadium
Spanish Estadio Mario Kart Mario Kart Stadium