Mount Wario

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Mount Wario
Appearance(s) Mario Kart 8 (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) Star Cup
Staff Ghost 2:06.283 by Nin★Elena (8) (as Waluigi)
2:03.483 by Nin★Elena (8 Deluxe) (as Waluigi) (150cc)
1:37.266 by Nin★Massim (8 Deluxe) (as Wario) (200cc)
Wi-Fi Available (Wii U, Switch)
Ryo Nagamatsu
Course map
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Map of Mount Wario in Mario Kart 8.Map of Mount Wario in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Mount Wario is the fourth and final race track in the Star Cup of Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This course takes place on a mountain summit and ski resort themed after Wario, where players must race from the top to the bottom (similar to DK Summit in Mario Kart Wii, DK Mountain in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Merry Mountain in Mario Kart Tour).

This is one of the three courses in the game (the others being N64 Rainbow Road and Big Blue) to be divided into three sections rather than three laps. Mount Wario, along with Big Blue, is one of the only two courses in the Mario Kart series to not be a looped race course, so when the racer finishes the race, they will simply sit at the end of the course. As well, these two courses have separate music tracks for each section instead of playing a sped-up, higher-pitched version of the course's music for the final lap/section. The second segment of the course is the only section that has two separate music tracks, with the first version playing in the cave and dam section and the second version playing from just after the dam until the end of the section.

Course layout[edit]

The course as seen from the starting line

The course is a three section race down a snowy mountain, split between three sections (like Wuhu Loop, Maka Wuhu, and Rainbow Road from Mario Kart 7, the remake of Rainbow Road from Mario Kart 64, and Big Blue in Mario Kart 8).

Section one starts in a large plane hovering over the top of the mountain, with the racers driving off a ramp before landing on a path at the summit of the mountain. After a few icy downhill turns, the course enters a cave, as well as passes the checkpoint marking the start of the second segment.

Section two starts inside the cave, with two anti-gravity sections ending with a hang-glider segment. Two flat rocks with Dash Panels are placed just after, before a boost ramp leads the racers into a hydroelectric dam. After two 90° turns, there is another anti-gravity section with racers driving along the side of the dam, with Dash Panels going down the streams (like in Shy Guy Falls). The player must steer the kart at the direction of the Dash Panels in order to get the speed boost.

After that, racers soon enter a snowy forest, that splits into two paths to start off. These two paths meet up to an area with rocks sticking out of the snow, which can provide a boost via Tricks. Eventually, the track exits the forest and reaches the top of a chairlift inside a ski area, as well as the checkpoint for the start of section three.

Section three starts by traveling down a slalom and mogul course, with cheering Toads, Yoshis, and Shy Guys alongside the track. After a few turns, racers enter the final anti-gravity section, which goes down a ski jumping ramp with Dash Panels placed on various parts of the ramp. The section ends with a hang-glider section off the jump, where three rings are placed to help racers out. After two more turns at the landing area, the track reaches the finish line.

Like Twisted Mansion, Electrodrome, Bowser's Castle, and Excitebike Arena, this course has an opening animation, which is the front of the plane opening up and the ramp being lowered. However, unlike in the aforementioned four courses, where the animation occurs during the race countdown, this course's animation starts as the course intro ends and finishes right before the countdown.


  • Right by the starting line, one can skip a couple of turns of the track using a Mushroom.
  • Just before the start of the second section, one can hit a small ramp and jump over a pit, cutting off the turn.
  • In the forest, one can cut in between the two paths to a hidden Glide Ramp by using a Mushroom.
  • One can cut off the last turn by Mushroom-boosting through the snow in the corner.

Staff ghost[edit]

The staff ghost for this track is Waluigi on The Duke, with a time of 2:06.283. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 200cc, the staff ghost is Wario with a time of 1:37.266.


Mario Kart 8 Original Soundtrack liner notes[edit]

"This circuit starts with an exhilarating jump, and continues with you sliding down the mountain, leaving a graceful trail in your wake. You'll pass through valleys, caves, and slalom through trees before hitting the final ski jump. The music accompanies you through all these different stages."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ワリオスノーマウンテン
Wario Sunō Maunten
Wario Snow Mountain
Chinese 瓦利歐雪山 (Traditional)
瓦力欧雪山 (Simplified)
Wǎlìōu Xuěshān
Wario Snow Mountain
Dutch Wario's Winterberg Wario's Winter Mountain
French (NOA) Descente Givrée Frosted Downhill (can also mean "Crazy Downhill")
French (NOE) Descente givrée Frosted Downhill
German Wario-Abfahrt Wario Downhill
Italian Monte Wario Mount Wario
Korean 와리오 스노 마운틴
Wario Seuno Mauntin
Wario Snow Mountain
Portuguese Monte Wario Mount Wario
Russian Гора Варио
Gora Vario
Mount Wario
Spanish Cumbre Wario Wario Summit


  • The original Mario Kart 8 is the only game to have a Wario-themed course without Wario as the staff ghost, with it instead being Waluigi.