Merry Mountain

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Merry Mountain
View of Merry Mountain in Mario Kart Tour
Appears in Mario Kart Tour (2020)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Booster Course Pass) (2022)
Cup(s) Moon Cup
Based on Christmas, the North Pole, and Santa's workshop
Staff Ghost 2:09.693 by Nin★Elena (8 Deluxe)
(Shy Guy with the Flame Rider, Off-Road, Super Glider) (150cc)
1:31.642 by Nin★Mark (8 Deluxe)
(Luigi with the Mach 8, Slim, Super Glider) (200cc)
Online play Available (Switch)
Music sample
Mario Kart TourMario Kart 8 DeluxeMario Kart 8 Deluxe (frontrunning)
Course map
Mario Kart Tour
The map of Merry Mountain from Mario Kart Tour
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Merry Mountain map in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Merry Mountain is a race course in Mario Kart Tour. The course takes place around a small, festive village by a foggy mountain decorated with Christmas presents and candy canes. Merry Mountain debuted as the featured course in the 2020 Winter Tour. This was the first new course in the game that is not based on a real-life city or a previous course, and as of the Sundae Tour, it is also one of three courses with this distinction alongside Ninja Hideaway and Sky-High Sundae. It is also the first original course that is not based on a previous course to appear in normal tours.

Several Toads, Yoshis, and Shy Guys act as audience members in the village segment of the course. There are several flying sleighs pulled by locomotives with audience members in the course, flying around the mountain and riding the course's railroad. At the time of the course's release, Merry Mountain was one of four courses in the game that appeared in a tour with festive trees to not have any of them, presumably due to the course already having a Christmas theme.

This course is a favorite of Penguin Luigi, Cat Peach, Luigi (Classic), Captain Toad, Peach (Halloween), Luigi (Lederhosen), Mario (Tuxedo), Luigi (Painter), and Bowser (Santa). It can also be a favorite of Light-blue Toad (Pit Crew) and Fire Rosalina when they reach level 3, and Cat Toad and Penguin Toadette when they reach level 6.

Merry Mountain reappears as a classic course in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass, being the third course of the Moon Cup.[1]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Course layout[edit]

The race course begins at the snowy village on the mountain's base, with a couple of bends in the road before moving into the rocky cliffside area. There is a split in the road at the cliffside; the lower path features a dirt road with coins, and the upper path features a railroad bridge, which lets the driver boost on a Dash Panel onto another suspended ramp, allowing them to trick a second time. After the split path, there is a wooden bridge which takes the driver further up the mountain, which is decorated with candles, Christmas presents, and candy canes. After several turns in the road, there is a large bump in the road allowing the player to trick. There is a tower of large presents at the top of the mountain, where a gondola lift of presents feeds into. The peak of the mountain features a super half-pipe giving the player a speed boost, at which point the race track goes down the mountain's steep slope. The road to the finish line features a wide Dash Panel beginning the descend down the mountain, with a snowy ramp and two Dash Panels on each side of the road following after. Finally, the track ends with a ramp allowing the player to jump over a bottomless pit beneath the mountain's base, and onto the finish line back at the village.

The course also appears as Merry Mountain R (reverse), Merry Mountain T (with ramps), as well as Merry Mountain R/T (reverse and with ramps) which debuted later in the 2021 Holiday Tour.

In the reverse and reverse/trick variants, the player can hit a candy cane with an Item Box on it via the super half-pipe.


For this course's tour appearances, see List of Merry Mountain tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

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Merry Mountain as it appears in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Merry Mountain returns in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as part of the third wave of the Booster Course Pass. It is the third course of the Moon Cup. First shown in the September 2022 Nintendo Direct, it and DS Peach Gardens were the first two courses to be revealed for the wave; the wave's December release timing ties in with Merry Mountain's Christmas theming. The course has received visual upgrades from Mario Kart Tour. An anti-gravity panel has been added on top of the snowy ramp before the half-pipe, fitting the road leading up to and down from the hilltop workshop with anti-gravity, complete with Spin Boost Pillars on the downwards slope. The half-pipe at the mountain's apex is retained, introducing the mechanic to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the first time alongside Wii Maple Treeway. Rather than featuring arrows as in previous games, the half-pipe panel has the appearance of an Antigravity Panel. Double Item Boxes now appear in the air above the half-pipe. A Glide Ramp has also been added to the jump near the end of the downwards slope that appears beginning on lap 2.[2][3][1] The minimap has also been rotated 90 degrees clockwise.[4] Merry Mountain is one of four courses in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to contain a map of itself, alongside Water Park, Rainbow Road, and GCN Yoshi Circuit.

Music for this course was used in the initial reveal trailer for the third wave of the Booster Course Pass. Like Ninja Hideaway, the course does not use a "Tour" prefix, but unlike Ninja Hideaway, the course lacked the prefix in promotional material despite being highlighted as being from Mario Kart Tour.[2]

When the player crosses the finish line to begin the next lap, Lakitu is shown on the left side of the player, holding the lap count signs (when holding the start signal, he’s also shown on the left side of the player).

Merry Mountain is one of three courses from Mario Kart Tour to be added in the third wave of the DLC, alongside Tour London Loop and Tour Berlin Byways.


Mario Kart Tour[edit]

  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter:
    • A brand-new course is ready in #MarioKartTour! Welcome to Merry Mountain! This is an original course appearing in a Mario Kart game for the first time. We hope you look forward to the Winter Tour that starts on Dec. 1![5]
    • The Winter Tour starts today and it features the debut of Merry Mountain, a brand-new course lined with candy-like street lamps and gift boxes! And we've brought back the festive trees. They're hidden along courses in #MarioKartTour![6]
    • The new course features holiday sights perfect for winter! Take screenshots in Auto Mode and share with the hashtag #MerryMountain! Number of total posts X10 coins will be gifted to all players! (Max of 5,000 coins) Promotion runs until Dec. 6, 6:59 AM PT. See image for details![7]
    • A photo-sharing campaign is on now in #MarioKartTour! Here's where we'd recommend taking memorable photos on the new course: the main street with its cobbled path and warmly lit storefronts! If you get a good shot in auto mode, share it with the hashtag #MerryMountain![8]
    • A photo-sharing campaign is on now in #MarioKartTour! Here's another spot we'd recommend to take photos on the new course: Stay on the train tracks long enough, and what do you see? If you get a good shot in auto mode, share it with the hashtag #MerryMountain![9]
    • A photo-sharing campaign is on now in #MarioKartTour! Here's the last spot we recommend taking photos on the new course: After nailing the super half-pipe, the slope will take you back to town! If you get a good shot in auto mode, share it with the hashtag #MerryMountain![10]
  • The official home of Super Mario: Jingle all the way to the top of Merry Mountain, a brand-new course making its Mario Kart™ series debut! Race through the streets of a lively and festive town, heading up the train tracks on your way to the top of the present-adorned peak. The super half-pipe at the top is great for catching some air right before you descend back to the warmly lit town.[11]

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

  • Nintendo Magazine 2022 Winter: "This course is set in a city surrounded by mountains and decorated by holiday lights. Trains carrying a haul of presents will boost the holiday atmosphere. Check this out The peak of the mountain has a half-pipe area. Accelerate with Jump Boosts and run down the mountainside, straight to the finish line!"[12]


Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Course icons[edit]


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese メリーメリーマウンテン
Merī Merī Maunten
Merry Merry Mountain
Chinese (Simplified) 欢乐山
Huānlè Shān
Merry Mountain
Chinese (Traditional) 歡樂山
Huānlè Shān
Merry Mountain
Dutch Dennenboomdorp Pine Tree Village
French Mont festif Festive Mountain
German Bergbescherung Mountain Presents
Italian Valico Addobbo Decoration Pass
Korean 메리 마운틴
Meli Mauntin
Merry Mountain
Portuguese (NOA) Vila dos Presentes Presents Village
Portuguese (NOE) Montanha Festiva Festive Mountain
Russian Праздничные горы
Prazdnichnyye gory
Festive Mountains
Spanish Aldea de los Regalos Presents Village


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  2. ^ a b Nintendo (September 13, 2022). Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass Wave 3 – Nintendo Direct 9.13.22 – Nintendo Switch. YouTube. Retrieved September 13, 2022.
  3. ^ Brian (September 13, 2022). Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass wave 3 screenshots. Nintendo Everything. Retrieved September 22, 2022.
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  10. ^ mariokarttourEN (December 5, 2020). Twitter. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
  11. ^ December 3, 2020. Oh, what fun it is to ride through Merry Mountain, an all-new Mario Kart course in the Winter Tour! Retrieved February 4, 2021. (Archived February 4, 2021, 14:55:41 UTC via
  12. ^ Nintendo Magazine 2022 Winter (Digital English edition). Retrieved December 1, 2022. (Archived December 1, 2022, 20:11:43 UTC via Wayback Machine.)