Mushroom Cup

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The Mushroom Cup logo in Mario Kart 8.

The Mushroom Cup is a tournament cup in Mario franchise spin-offs, most notably appearing as the first and easiest cup in the Mario Kart series (later alongside the Shell Cup). It is represented by a Super Mushroom.

The tracks in this cup are the least challenging in the game and often begins with a circuit other than Mario Circuit. They have few hazards and gimmicks, few turns, and are the shortest in every game. In addition, most games usually include a beach-themed course.

List of Mario Kart courses[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5
Super Mario Kart SNES Mario Circuit 1 map.png
Mario Circuit 1
SMK Donut Plains 1 Overhead Map.png
Donut Plains 1
SMK Ghost Valley 1 Overhead Map.png
Ghost Valley 1
SMK Bowser Castle 1 Overhead Map.png
Bowser Castle 1
SNES Mario Circuit 2.png
Mario Circuit 2
Mario Kart 64 MK64 Luigi Raceway Icon.png
Luigi Raceway
MK64 Moo Moo Farm Icon.png
Moo Moo Farm
MK64 Koopa Troopa Beach Icon.png
Koopa Troopa Beach
MK64 Kalimari Desert Icon.png
Kalimari Desert
Mario Kart: Super Circuit Peach Circuit MKSC icon.png
Peach Circuit
Shy Guy Beach MKSC icon.png
Shy Guy Beach
Riverside Park MKSC icon.png
Riverside Park
Bowser's Castle 1 MKSC icon.png
Bowser Castle 1
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! LuigiCircuitIcon-MKDD.png
Luigi Circuit
Peach Beach
Baby Park
Dry Dry Desert
Mario Kart DS MKDS Figure-8 Circuit Intro.png
Figure-8 Circuit
Yoshi Falls.png
Yoshi Falls
MKDS Cheep Cheep Beach Intro.png
Cheep Cheep Beach
MKDS Luigi's Mansion Intro.png
Luigi's Mansion
Mario Kart Wii Luigi Circuit MKWii.png
Luigi Circuit
Moo Moo Meadows MKWii.png
Moo Moo Meadows
Mushroom Gorge MKWii.png
Mushroom Gorge
Toad's Factory MKWii.png
Toad's Factory
Mario Kart 7 Toad Circuit.png
Toad Circuit
Daisy Hills
Cheep Cheep Lagoon
Cheep Cheep Cape
Shy Guy Bazaar
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe MK8-Course-MarioKartStadium.png
Mario Kart Stadium
Water Park
Sweet Sweet Canyon
Thwomp Ruins
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit MKLHC Live Circuit Course Icon.png
Live Circuit
MKLHC Lightning Lagoon Course Icon.png
Lightning Lagoon
MKLHC Piped Wetlands Course Icon.png
Piped Wetlands

Completion rewards in the Mario Kart series[edit]

Winning the Mushroom Cup in the Mario Kart series can award the player with various bonuses, depending on the game. Additional cups unlocked are excluded from this list.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

Mario Kart DS[edit]

  • All nitro cups (includes Mushroom Cup) on 50cc: Dry Bones
  • All nitro cups (includes Mushroom Cup) on 100cc: Three karts for each playable character
  • All nitro cups (includes Mushroom Cup) or all retro cups (excludes Mushroom Cup) on 150cc: Seven karts for each playable character
  • All cups on 150cc: 150cc Mirror class
  • All nitro cups (includes Mushroom Cup) or all retro cups (excludes Mushroom Cup) on 150cc Mirror: R.O.B.
  • All cups on 150cc Mirror: All karts for each playable character

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

  • 1 star rank or higher on all nitro cups (includes Mushroom Cup) on 50cc: Baby Daisy
  • 1 star rank or higher on all nitro cups (includes Mushroom Cup) on 100cc: Sneakster
  • 1 star rank or higher on all nitro cups (includes Mushroom Cup) on 150cc: Dry Bowser
  • All cups on 150cc: 150cc Mirror class
  • 1 star rank or higher on all cups on 150cc Mirror: Rosalina

Mario Kart 7[edit]

  • All cups on a single cc class: Mii
  • 150cc Mushroom Cup: Daisy
  • All cups on 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc: 150cc Mirror class

Mario Kart 8[edit]

Most unlockable characters in Mario Kart 8 are unlocked at random upon winning Grand Prix cups (separate cups must be played to unlock characters), which includes the Mushroom Cup. Characters that can be unlocked include Rosalina, Metal Mario, Lakitu, Toadette, Baby Rosalina, Pink Gold Peach, Iggy Koopa, Roy Koopa, Lemmy Koopa, Larry Koopa, Wendy O. Koopa, Ludwig von Koopa, Morton Koopa Jr., and Mii. Mii is unlocked upon the eighth Grand Prix cup victory, unless an amiibo is used to unlock Mii beforehand.

In addition, the Gold Standard body can be unlocked by getting a 1 star rank or higher on all non-DLC cups (including the Mushroom Cup) on any one engine class, and the 150cc Mirror class can be unlocked by winning all 150cc cups.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

  • 1 star rank or higher on all cups on 150cc Mirror: Gold Standard
  • All cups on 200cc: Gold Mario

Other appearances[edit]

Not only is this cup in the Mario Kart series but also in other Mario sports games like Mario Power Tennis and Mario Superstar Baseball. In Super Mario Strikers, the Mushroom Cup has four teams and three rounds. When the player places in the top three, the Flower Cup and the Konga Coliseum are unlocked. A similar cup is the Super Mushroom Cup. In Mario Sports Mix, it's the first cup to be played in the tournament.

The Mushroom Cup also makes an appearance in Mario Tennis Open as the first tournament of the World Open. It is played on the Mushroom Valley court, and the CPU difficulty is the easiest in the World Open. The cup is the only one to be unlocked from the start, and matches for this tournament have one set each for the starting round and semifinals, and three sets for the finals.

The Mushroom Cup reappears as the first cup in the COM Tournament mode of Mario Tennis Aces.

Trading Card info[edit]

MKW Mushroom Cup Trading Card.jpg

"Long-time Mario Kart fans may experience déjà vu when checking out the first two tracks of the Mushroom Cup. Luigi Circuit looks a lot like Luigi's tracks from other Mario Kart games and Moo Moo Meadows harkens back to Moo Moo Farm. But rest assured, the layouts are new."




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キノコカップ
Kinoko kappu
Mushroom Cup
Spanish Copa Champiñón Mushroom Cup
French Coupe Champignon Mushroom Cup
Dutch Paddenstoelbeker Mushroom Cup
German Pilz-Cup Mushroom Cup
Italian Trofeo Fungo Mushroom Trophy
Portuguese (NOA) Copa Cogumelo Mushroom Cup
Portuguese (NOE) Taça Cogumelo Mushroom Cup
Russian Кубок гриба
Kubok griba
Mushroom Cup
Korean 버섯 컵
Beoseot Keop
Mushroom Cup
Chinese 蘑菇盃 (Traditional)
蘑菇杯 (Simplified)
Mógū Bēi
Mushroom Cup


  • Through all of the games, Mushroom Cup has never had a snow or ice-themed course.
  • All of the Mushroom Cup courses from Mario Kart 7 have reappeared as Retro Courses in Mario Kart Tour, and have been available since the game's launch.
  • All of the Mushroom Cup courses from Mario Kart 64 have reappeared as Retro Courses exclusively in handheld Mario Kart games: one in Mario Kart DS, and the remaining three in Mario Kart 7.