N64 Big Donut

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Big Donut
The icon for Big Donut, from Mario Kart 64.
Appears in Mario Kart 64 (1996)
Mario Kart 7 (2011)
Cup(s) Battle Mode
Online play Available (3DS until early April 2024, Switch via Nintendo 64 - Nintendo Switch Online)
Music sample
Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart 7
Course map
Mario Kart 64
The map for Big Donut.Mini map of Big Donut from Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart 7
N64 Big Donut bottom screen mapN64 Big Donut Minimap

Big Donut is a battle course in Mario Kart 64. As its name implies, the course is in the shape of a large donut. It later reappears in Mario Kart 7 as a retro battle course.

Mario Kart 64[edit]

The layout of Big Donut is quite simple. Walls line the outside of the course, but in the center hole of the donut is a pool of lava. If the players fall in it, they lose a balloon, and a Lakitu brings them out. There are also four rectangle-shaped blocks located around the course that provide a means to evade opposing racers and their items. The course is also slightly sloped inwards.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

The course as seen in Mario Kart 7

The course's music is now the Mario Kart Wii arrangement of N64 Skyscraper. In the game, the stage is given new elements. The blocks are now color-coded (red, blue, green, and yellow). There are jumping ramps so that players can use the gliders to fly over the pool of lava. The added Koopa Clown Car, floating in the center of the course, makes air currents so players can glide even higher. Lava Geysers often rise from the pool to plummet the players while gliding and make them fall into the lava. This is the only battle course in the game to activate the gliders.


Mario Kart 64[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: "This map is in the shape of a big donut. Because there is no guardrail along the inside, should you make a mistake, you will dive into the lava. Use the four walls to hide and ambush your opponents."
  • Web page: "As its name suggests, Big Donut is shaped like a circle with a large hole in the middle. The course surface slopes up and away from the fiery central pit, and there are sections of wall situated around the track. Use these walls to hide from your opponent."[1]


Mario Kart 64[edit]

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビッグドーナツ
Biggu Dōnatsu
Big Donut

Chinese (simplified) 大面包圈
Dà Miànbāoquān
Big Donut

Chinese (traditional) 大甜甜圈
Dà Tiántiánquān
Big Donut

Dutch Reuzenring
Giant Ring
French (NOA) Gros beigne
Big Donut
French (NOE) Gros Donut
Big Donut
German Riesendonut
Giant Donut
Italian Ciambellona
Big Donut
Korean 빅 도넛
Bik Doneot
Big Donut

Portuguese Grande Donut
Big Donut
Russian Большой бублик
Bolshoy bublik
Big Bagel

Spanish (NOA) Rosca Enorme
Enormous Doughnut
Spanish (NOE) Gran Donut
Great Donut


  • In Mario Kart 64, two misplaced Item Boxes can be seen under the course.


  1. ^ (February 5, 1998) Nintendo: Mario Kart 64: Battle Mode (Internet Archive). Retrieved February 24, 2018.