N64 Block Fort

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Block Fort
The icon for Block Fort, from Mario Kart 64.
The course icon in Mario Kart 64
<small>N64</small> Block Fort icon, from Mario Kart DS.
The course icon in Mario Kart DS
Appearance(s) Mario Kart 64 (1996)
Mario Kart DS (2005)
Cup(s) Battle Mode
Mario Kart 64
Kenta NagataMario Kart DS
Shinobu Tanaka
Course map
Mario Kart 64
Block Fort.png
Mario Kart DS
Block Fort map

Block Fort is a battle course in the Mario Kart series. It first appeared in Mario Kart 64 with four structures in each corner of the level. Ramps lead up to the first level, where thin bridges lead to the other forts. Another ramp leads to the top level, with longer bridges to the other forts roofs. Item Boxes are on the ground levels edge-wall, and on both of the forts' levels.

This battle course reappears in Mario Kart DS. Block City from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Block Plaza from Mario Kart Wii appear to be based on Block Fort.

In mission 6-4 in Mario Kart DS, as Mario, the player must destroy the 10 Item Boxes that move around the stage.


Mario Kart 64[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: "The map consists of a series of floors, each three levels high. The four blocks are colored red, yellow, green and blue so you can quickly check your opponents' screens to find their locations."
  • Web page: "Block Fort is a multi-level arena with three levels of platforms linked by ramps and elevated roads. The four blocks that make up the arena are color coded so you can tell where your opponents with a glance at their screen."[1]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブロックとりで
Burokku Toride
Block Fort
Chinese 四色堡垒
Sìsè Bǎolěi
Four Color Fort
French Bloc Fort Block Fort
German Block-Fort Block Fort
Italian Forte Blocco Block Fort
Korean 블록 요새
Beullok Yosae
Block Fort
Spanish Ciudad Bloque Block City


  • In the Nintendo 64 version, the entire battle course appears to be surrounded by a sea of water, as shown in the icon in the battle stage selection. In the Nintendo DS version, the Touch Screen indicates the course to be surrounded by a field of grass.
  • Despite N64 Choco Mountain returning in Mario Kart DS and using the same music as Block Fort in Mario Kart 64, the latter uses the same music for every other battle course in the DS version. The same also applies to GCN Pipe Plaza.


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