Mushroom Cup

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The Mushroom Cup logo in Mario Kart 8.

The Mushroom Cup (transliterated as Kinoko Cup on one occasion[1]) 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 The map for Mario Circuit 1.
Mario Circuit 1
The map for Donut Plains 1.
Donut Plains 1
The map for Ghost Valley 1.
Ghost Valley 1
Bowser Castle 1
Bowser Castle 1
The map for Mario Circuit 2.
Mario Circuit 2
Mario Kart 64 The icon for Luigi Raceway, from Mario Kart 64.
Luigi Raceway
The icon for Moo Moo Farm, from Mario Kart 64.
Moo Moo Farm
The icon for Koopa Troopa Beach, from Mario Kart 64.
Koopa Troopa Beach
The icon for Kalimari Desert, from Mario Kart 64.
Kalimari Desert
N/A
Mario Kart: Super Circuit Peach Circuit
Peach Circuit
The preview image of Shy Guy Beach from Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Shy Guy Beach
Riverside Park
Riverside Park
Bowser Castle 1
Bowser Castle 1
N/A
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! The icon for Luigi Circuit, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!
Luigi Circuit
The icon for Peach Beach, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
Peach Beach
The icon for Baby Park, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
Baby Park
The icon for Dry Dry Desert, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
Dry Dry Desert
N/A
Mario Kart DS Screenshot of Figure-8 Circuit from Mario Kart DS
Figure-8 Circuit
Yoshi Falls
Yoshi Falls
Panorama of Cheep Cheep Beach seen in Mario Kart DS.
Cheep Cheep Beach
Luigi's Mansion
Luigi's Mansion
N/A
Mario Kart Wii View of Luigi Circuit in Mario Kart Wii
Luigi Circuit
View of Moo Moo Meadows in Mario Kart Wii.
Moo Moo Meadows
View of Mushroom Gorge in Mario Kart Wii
Mushroom Gorge
View of Toad's Factory in Mario Kart Wii
Toad's Factory
N/A
Mario Kart 7 Toad Circuit
Toad Circuit
.
Daisy Hills
Daisy Hills
.
Cheep Cheep Lagoon
Cheep Cheep Lagoon
Cheep Cheep Cape
Shy Guy Bazaar
Shy Guy Bazaar
.
N/A
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Mario Kart Stadium
Mario Kart Stadium
Water Park
Water Park
Big Piranha Plant
Sweet Sweet Canyon
Thwomp Ruins
Thwomp Ruins
N/A
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Live Circuit course icon from Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Live Circuit
Lightning Lagoon course icon from Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Lightning Lagoon
Piped Wetlands course icon from Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Piped Wetlands
N/A N/A

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]

  • Mushroom and Flower Cups: Star Cup
  • 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]

Mario Kart Wii trading card of the Mushroom Cup.

"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."

Gallery[edit]

Emblems[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • 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 Classic 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) issue 51, page 26.