N64 Kalimari Desert

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This article is about the race course from Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart Tour, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. For the location in Paper Mario with the same Japanese name, see Dry Dry Desert (Paper Mario). For the race course from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! with the same Japanese name, see GCN Dry Dry Desert.
Kalimari Desert
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Appears in Mario Kart 64 (1996)
Mario Kart 7 (2011)
Mario Kart Tour (2019 (1), 2020 (2))
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Booster Course Pass, Wave 2) (2022)
Cup(s) Mushroom Cup (64)
Leaf Cup (7)
Turnip Cup (8 Deluxe)
Tour(s)
Distance 753 m
Music sample
Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart 7 / Mario Kart Tour

Mario Kart 7 (frontrunning)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (frontrunning)
Course map
Mario Kart 64
Kalimari-desert.jpgMini map of Kalimari Desert from Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart 7
N64 Kalimari Desert bottom screen mapThe Mini Map for N64 Kalimari Desert
Mario Kart Tour
Kalimari Desert (left) / Kalimari Desert 2 (right)

N64 Kalimari DesertN64 Kalimari Desert 2

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Map of N64 Kalimari Desert in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Staff ghost(s)
7 Nin★Nishim
2:01.932 Shy GuyCact-XMK7 Wood.pngSwoop
7 Expert Nin★KOZ★
1:47.707 Shy GuyBolt BuggyMK7 Red Monster.pngBeast Glider, also known as Ghastly Glider.
8DX 150cc Nin★Pit
1:40.363 Dry Bones's head icon in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.Dry Bones's Standard Kart body from Mario Kart 8 DeluxeMonster from Mario Kart 8Thumbnail of Dry Bones's Super Glider (with 8 icon), in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
8DX 200cc Nin★Juliet
1:10.511 Dry Bowser's icon, from Mario Kart 8.Bone Rattler from Mario Kart 8Monster from Mario Kart 8Thumbnail of Dry Bowser's Super Glider (with 8 icon), in Mario Kart 8.

Kalimari Desert (named Kara Kara Desert on a few occasions)[1][2] is the fourth and final race of the Mushroom Cup in Mario Kart 64. The name of the course is an allusion to Kalahari, a real-life desert in Southern Africa, and likely Mario. In Paper Mario, a train known as the K64 is based on the train in the course, and when the player rides on it, an arrangement of the course's theme plays.

Kalimari Desert returns in Mario Kart 7 as the first race of the Leaf Cup, and in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the third race of the Turnip Cup. The course also appears in Mario Kart Tour, debuting in the Tokyo Tour. In Mario Kart Tour, there exists a rerouted version of this course called Kalimari Desert 2, which takes racers into the tunnel.

Mario Kart 64[edit]

Luigi racing on Kalimari Desert

Course layout[edit]

The course takes place in a vast desert, with a large mesa on the left of the track. On both sides of the track is sand, with darker portions of the sand counting as out of bounds. The course begins with a large gradual U-turn to the left, and the first set of Item Boxes lies in the middle. Racers then cross over some train tracks and take a slight right turn, followed by another item set and a second railroad crossing. There is then one very long and gradual turn to the left, with one last item set at the end. A slight right turn and a slight left turn then bring racers to the finish line. The train track that racers encounter makes a simple loop and can be driven on, however it costs time, and it will prevent a lap from counting if it is taken the entire way around.

The course's most notable feature is the two trains that go through the mesa. The trains constantly move clockwise around the track, often passing through the racers' path. Depending on what mode is being played, the trains may or may not have passenger coaches attached to them: when playing in single-player, the locomotives each have one coal tender and five passenger cars, whereas in two-player mode, the trains are quite short, having an engine, a coal tender and only one passenger car each, and in three-player or four-player mode, the trains consist only of the locomotive/engine, with no coal tender or passenger cars present. If the player runs into one of them, they are thrown in the air. CPU drivers pull their brakes and stop at the railroad crossings when a train passes by. It is possible, but very difficult, to cross the train track while the train is there by driving through the gap between the coaches.

The railroad crossing sounds are taken from real Japanese National Railway railroad crossing signals with electronic bells. In addition, the railroad crossing signs' lettering appears to be mirrored. The signs in later iterations of the course are unlettered.

Shortcuts[edit]

A notable shortcut can be found at the first train track crossing. The player must turn left and follow the train track into the tunnel until they pass where the finish line is on the actual course. Afterwards they must turn around and use a Star before driving forwards to return to the course. If done correctly, the lap will count, skipping almost the entire track. This can only be performed on the first two laps.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Kalimari Desert in Mario Kart 7

Kalimari Desert makes its classic course debut in Mario Kart 7 as the first course of the Leaf Cup. There are now two shortcut ramps near the end of the first corner and before the third corner of the track to accommodate the new gliding feature, allowing racers to glide over the trains. The players can also use mushrooms to gain easy access to these ramps. Several wooden ramps also litter the inside and outside of the track, and as always, can be tricked to gain a small boost. However, the train tunnel can no longer be entered because it is now an out-of-bounds area, making the lap glitch impossible in this game. The trains are also shorter: they have only three passenger carts while they had five in the original version of the track, and they now seem to travel more slowly.

Much like in Mario Kart 64, two trains are present, but only one train is present when doing online multiplayer races. Unlike in Mario Kart 64, the mini-map of this course does not show the path of the train track. The electric crossing bell sounds are also replaced with more appropriate American-style mechanical crossing bell sounds. Later versions of the course would retain this change.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

N64 Kalimari Desert[edit]

N64 Kalimari Desert in Mario Kart Tour
The course in Mario Kart Tour

Kalimari Desert reappears in Mario Kart Tour, starting with the Tokyo Tour. The course's starting line now features a wooden banner with the classic Mario Kart logo on it and a wooden wagon wheel resting along the right side of the post, rather than taking its appearance from Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart 7. Since racers are always moving forward, colliding into the train causes them to launch over it unharmed while they perform a Jump Boost. The train can also be knocked into the air with a Super Horn, a Mega Mushroom or a Bowser's Shell.

The course uses the source quality version of the original N64 music track from Mario Kart 7 rather than the original N64 sequenced music track that has the N64's audio compression.[3]

The course also appears as Kalimari Desert R (reversed), Kalimari Desert T (with ramps), and Kalimari Desert R/T (reversed with ramps). The former two were introduced along with the normal variant in the Tokyo Tour, while the latter was introduced in the 2019 Holiday Tour. In the R variant, a glide ramp along the main route allows racers to glide over the train. In the R and R/T variants, the train itself travels in the opposite direction. In the T variant, Kanaami Roads guide racers over both train crossings. In the R/T variant, the course is now a figure-eight: Racers use Kanaami Road to go across the mesa on two occasions. As a result, racers spend a large portion of the race driving the course forwards despite it being a "reverse"/trick variant.

Appearances[edit]

Combining the totals for the two different iterations together, Kalimari Desert has appeared in forty-six different tours, as of the Night Tour, the most out of any course to date, beating the second most frequent course, DS Waluigi Pinball, by thirty tours.

For this course's tour appearances, see List of N64 Kalimari Desert tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour § N64 Kalimari Desert.

Top-tier and middle-tier items[edit]

Select "show" to reveal the drivers, karts, and gliders for which N64 Kalimari Desert and its variants are always favored or favorite courses. For instances in which additional drivers, karts, and gliders temporarily had this course and its variants as favored or favorite courses, see List of N64 Kalimari Desert tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour.

Course Three-item drivers Bonus points ×2 karts Combo bonus ×3 gliders Two-item drivers Bonus points ×1.5 karts Combo bonus ×2 gliders
N64 Kalimari Desert from Mario Kart Tour
Normal variant
Cat Mario from Mario Kart TourDaisy (Farmer)Gold Mario's icon from Mario Kart Tour.Kamek from Mario Kart TourKoopa Clown Mii Racing SuitLuigi (Vacation)Mario (King)Peach (Explorer)Shy Guy (Pastry Chef)Yoshi (Kangaroo) Badwagon from Mario Kart TourBlack Dozer from Mario Kart TourThe Chain Chomp Chariot from Mario Kart TourCoconut 1 from Mario Kart TourFast Frank from Mario Kart TourFirefly from Mario Kart TourGilded King from Mario Kart Tour.Gold Cupid's Arrow from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Double-Decker from Mario Kart TourGold Paintster from Mario Kart TourGold Train from Mario Kart TourOffroader from Mario Kart TourPink Comet from Mario Kart TourRed Taxi from Mario Kart TourTiger Bruiser from Mario Kart TourWarrior Wagon from Mario Kart Tour Glittering Glider from Mario Kart TourGold Boo Masks from Mario Kart TourGold Checkered Glider from Mario Kart TourGold Crane from Mario Kart TourGold Meteors from Mario Kart TourGold Swooper from Mario Kart TourLava Rocks from Mario Kart TourMeteor Balloons from Mario Kart TourOrigami Glider from Mario Kart TourRed and Gold Umbrella from Mario Kart TourStar-Spangled Glider from Mario Kart TourSunny Surf Master from Mario Kart TourSunset Balloons from Mario Kart TourSurf Master from Mario Kart Tour Bowser Mii Racing SuitDaisy (Thai Dress)Dry Bones (Gold)Dry Bowser (Gold)Lakitu (Party Time)**Mario (Golf)Mario (Halloween)*Meowser from Mario Kart Tour*Para-Biddybud Mii Racing Suit Bruiser from Mario Kart Tour***Choco Macharon from Mario Kart Tour**The Gold Bruiser from Mario Kart TourGold Capsule Kart from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Fish Bone Ferry from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Jingle Bell from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Lunar Cruiser from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Warrior Wagon from Mario Kart TourHuffin Puffin Egg from Mario Kart TourJumbo Jetter from Mario Kart TourSnow Skimmer from Mario Kart Tour**Star-Spangled Flyer from Mario Kart Tour**Sunny Surf Sailer from Mario Kart TourTropical Truck from Mario Kart TourWiggler Egg from Mario Kart Tour*Wild Gold from Mario Kart Tour Barrel Hanafuda from Mario Kart Tour**Butterfly Sunset from Mario Kart TourChocolate Donut from Mario Kart TourDragon Wings from Mario Kart Tour**Dry Bowser Umbrella from Mario Kart TourGold Hard Hat Balloon from Mario Kart TourGold Tulips from Mario Kart TourGold Umbrella from Mario Kart TourNew Year's 2023 from Mario Kart TourPink Checkered Glider from Mario Kart TourRed Checkered Glider from Mario Kart TourThe Red Emblem from Mario Kart TourSmiley Flower Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Birdo (Orange)Green Shy GuyHammer Bro's icon from Mario Kart TourOrange YoshiYellow Toad (Pit Crew) DK Jumbo from Mario Kart TourThe Orange Turbo Birdo from Mario Kart TourThe Yellow Turbo Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour Lightning Oilpaper from Mario Kart Tour MKT Icon Bowser.pngFire Bro's icon from Mario Kart TourRed Toad (Pit Crew)MKT Icon Waluigi.png**Yellow Shy Guy Bolt Buggy from Mario Kart TourChrome DK Jumbo from Mario Kart TourRambi Rider from Mario Kart Tour Bob-omb Parafoil from Mario Kart TourPink Flower Glider from Mario Kart TourWario Wing from Mario Kart Tour
LudwigMorton Dry Bones's icon from Mario Kart Tour.Roy Bullet Blaster from Mario Kart TourWarship from Mario Kart Tour Droplet Glider from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Kalimari Desert R from Mario Kart Tour
R variant
Dry Bowser (Gold)Gold Mii Racing SuitLuigi (Lederhosen)Meowser from Mario Kart TourPara-Biddybud Mii Racing SuitToadette (Explorer)Wario (Hiker)Yoshi (Kangaroo) Bruiser from Mario Kart TourClackety Kart from Mario Kart Tour.Coconut 1 from Mario Kart TourGold Capsule Kart from Mario Kart TourGold Comet from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Lunar Cruiser from Mario Kart TourGold Standard from Mario Kart TourInferno Flyer from Mario Kart TourJumbo Jetter from Mario Kart TourPoison Apple Kart from Mario Kart TourSpicy Zucchini from Mario Kart TourStar-Spangled Flyer from Mario Kart TourTiger Bruiser from Mario Kart TourWarrior Wagon from Mario Kart TourThe Yeehaw Wagon from Mario Kart TourYellow Offroader from Mario Kart Tour 8-Bit Bullet Bill from Mario Kart TourButterfly Sunset from Mario Kart TourFuzzy Kite from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Chocolate Balloons from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Cloud Balloons from Mario Kart TourGold Crane from Mario Kart TourGold Penguin Wingtip from Mario Kart TourGold Tulips from Mario Kart TourGold Umbrella from Mario Kart TourMario Golf Cap from Mario Kart TourOrigami Glider from Mario Kart TourThe Red Emblem from Mario Kart TourStar-Spangled Glider from Mario Kart TourSunset Balloons from Mario Kart Tour Daisy (Yukata)**Daisy Mii Racing SuitDry Bones (Gold)Iggy Mii Racing SuitKoopa Clown Mii Racing SuitLuigi (Classic)Mario (Aviator)Mario (Black Suit)Mario (King)Orange Mii Racing SuitTanooki Mario from Mario Kart TourWaluigi (Bus Driver)**Yellow Mii Racing Suit Black Dozer from Mario Kart Tour***Cream Cat Cruiser from Mario Kart TourCream Classic from Mario Kart TourFirefly from Mario Kart TourGilded King from Mario Kart Tour.Gold Clanky Kart from Mario Kart Tour.**The Gold Double-Decker from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Eagle from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Shielded Speedster from Mario Kart TourLunar Cruiser from Mario Kart TourMach 8-R from Mario Kart TourOffroader from Mario Kart TourThe Red Vampire Flyer from Mario Kart TourSnow Skimmer from Mario Kart Tour* Barrel Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourDragon Wings from Mario Kart TourFestival Wings from Mario Kart Tour**Glittering Glider from Mario Kart TourGold Boo Masks from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Flappy Wings from Mario Kart TourGold Meteors from Mario Kart TourGold Swooper from Mario Kart Tour*Golden Glider from Mario Kart TourGolden Wings from Mario Kart TourLava Rocks from Mario Kart TourRed and Gold Umbrella from Mario Kart TourSunny Surf Master from Mario Kart TourToe-Bean Balloons from Mario Kart Tour
Birdo (Orange)Birdo (Red)Orange Shy GuyRed Toad (Pit Crew)MKT Icon Wario.pngYellow Shy GuyYellow Toad (Pit Crew) Bolt Buggy from Mario Kart TourChrome DK Jumbo from Mario Kart TourRed Turbo Birdo from Mario Kart Tour Lightning Oilpaper from Mario Kart TourPink Flower Glider from Mario Kart Tour Boomerang Bro's icon from Mario Kart Tour**Green Shy GuyOrange YoshiPink Shy GuyWhite Shy Guy Barrel Train from Mario Kart Tour*Cloud 9 from Mario Kart TourKoopa Clown from Mario Kart TourLight-blue Turbo Birdo from Mario Kart TourLight-blue Turbo Yoshi from Mario Kart TourRambi Rider from Mario Kart Tour*The Yellow Turbo Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour Oilpaper Umbrella from Mario Kart TourWario Wing from Mario Kart Tour**
Larry Landship from Mario Kart Tour IggyRoy Parachute
N64 Kalimari Desert T from Mario Kart Tour
T variant
Builder Mario from Mario Kart TourDaisy (Thai Dress)Daisy Mii Racing SuitLakitu (Party Time)Mario (Aviator)Mario (Samurai)Monty Mole Mii Racing SuitOrange Mii Racing SuitPeach (Explorer)Shy Guy (Ninja)Tanooki Mario from Mario Kart TourWiggler (Gold) Cream Cat Cruiser from Mario Kart TourDozer Dasher from Mario Kart TourFirefly from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Bruiser from Mario Kart TourGold Clanky Kart from Mario Kart Tour.The Gold Shielded Speedster from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Warrior Wagon from Mario Kart TourThe Goo-Goo Gold from Mario Kart TourHuffin Puffin Egg from Mario Kart TourLunar Cruiser from Mario Kart TourOffroader from Mario Kart TourRed Comet from Mario Kart TourSunny Surf Sailer from Mario Kart TourTropical Truck from Mario Kart TourWild Gold from Mario Kart Tour Butterfly Sunset from Mario Kart TourCloud Glider from Mario Kart TourDragon Wings from Mario Kart TourGold Hard Hat Balloon from Mario Kart TourGold Meteors from Mario Kart TourGold Penguin Wingtip from Mario Kart TourGold Umbrella from Mario Kart TourGolden Glider from Mario Kart TourGolden Wings from Mario Kart TourLava Rocks from Mario Kart TourNew Year's 2021 from Mario Kart TourNew Year's 2022 from Mario Kart TourPink Checkered Glider from Mario Kart TourYoshi's Cookies from Mario Kart Tour Builder LuigiChargin' Chuck from Mario Kart TourDaisy (Farmer)Dry Bowser's icon from Mario Kart TourDry Bowser (Gold)*Luigi (Lederhosen)Mario (King) Black Dozer from Mario Kart TourBright Girl from Mario Kart TourBruiser from Mario Kart Tour*Gilded King from Mario Kart Tour.Gold Comet from Mario Kart TourGold Cupid's Arrow from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Jingle Bell from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Lunar Cruiser from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Rambi Rider from Mario Kart TourPoison Apple Kart from Mario Kart TourRed Taxi from Mario Kart Tour*The Red Vampire Flyer from Mario Kart TourSpicy Zucchini from Mario Kart TourTiger Bruiser from Mario Kart Tour**The Waluigi Racer Mk. 2 from Mario Kart Tour The Autumn Leaves from Mario Kart TourBarrel Hanafuda from Mario Kart Tour*Bullet Bill Parachute from Mario Kart Tour*Dry Bowser Umbrella from Mario Kart Tour**Gold Bells from Mario Kart TourGold Candlelight Flight from Mario Kart Tour*Gold Crane from Mario Kart TourGold Manta Glider from Mario Kart TourGold Origami Glider from Mario Kart TourMario Golf Cap from Mario Kart TourMeteor Balloons from Mario Kart TourRoy Oilpaper from Mario Kart TourStar-Spangled Glider from Mario Kart TourSunset Balloons from Mario Kart TourSurf Master from Mario Kart Tour
Green Shy GuyPink Shy GuyMKT Icon Wario.png Barrel Train from Mario Kart TourRambi Rider from Mario Kart Tour Birdo (Orange)Boomerang Bro's icon from Mario Kart Tour*Ice Bro's icon from Mario Kart TourOrange Shy GuyRed Toad (Pit Crew)Yellow Toad (Pit Crew) Bolt Buggy from Mario Kart Tour*Chrome DK Jumbo from Mario Kart TourDK Jumbo from Mario Kart TourThe Orange Turbo Birdo from Mario Kart TourThe Orange Turbo Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour Pink Flower Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Roy Blue Biddybuggy from Mario Kart TourLandship from Mario Kart Tour Piranha Plant Parafoil from Mario Kart Tour MKT Icon BabyDaisy.pngLarryMorton Koopa Dasher from Mario Kart Tour Droplet Glider from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Kalimari Desert R/T from Mario Kart Tour
R/T variant
Chargin' Chuck (Gold)Dry Bowser Mii Racing SuitGoomba Mii Racing SuitKamek from Mario Kart TourNabbit Mii Racing SuitPeach (Explorer)Toadette (Explorer) The Blazing Eagle from Mario Kart TourBright Girl from Mario Kart TourBrown Offroader from Mario Kart TourBruiser from Mario Kart TourCact-B from Mario Kart TourCact-R from Mario Kart TourCact-X from Mario Kart TourCream Classic from Mario Kart TourFestival Girl from Mario Kart TourFirefly from Mario Kart TourGold Clanky Kart from Mario Kart Tour.Gold Soft Swerve from Mario Kart TourGreen Lightning from Mario Kart TourPink Comet from Mario Kart TourSunset Cloud from Mario Kart TourTiger Bruiser from Mario Kart TourTuk-Tuk Kart from Mario Kart Tour Banana Wingtip from Mario Kart TourBarrel Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourButterfly Wings from Mario Kart TourGold Bells from Mario Kart TourGold Candlelight Flight from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Flappy Wings from Mario Kart TourLuigi Golf Cap from Mario Kart TourNew Year's 2023 from Mario Kart TourPink Gold Meteors from Mario Kart TourPiranha Plant Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourSmiley Flower Glider from Mario Kart TourSoaring Jack from Mario Kart TourSunny Surf Master from Mario Kart Tour ? Block Mii Racing SuitCaptain Toad from Mario Kart TourChain Chomp Mii Racing SuitDry Bowser's icon from Mario Kart TourLuigi (Gold Knight)Luigi (Golf)Mario (Classic)Monty Mole Mii Racing SuitPokey Mii Racing SuitShy Guy (Pastry Chef)*Wiggler (Gold)Yellow Mii Racing Suit Black Dozer from Mario Kart TourThe Camo Tanooki Kart from Mario Kart TourThe Chain Chomp Chariot from Mario Kart TourClanky Kart from Mario Kart TourDozer Dasher from Mario Kart Tour*Gold Hop Rod from Mario Kart TourGold Paintster from Mario Kart TourPrancer from Mario Kart Tour*Red Comet from Mario Kart TourSurf Sailer from Mario Kart TourThe Swift Talon from Mario Kart TourWild Gold from Mario Kart Tour*The Yeehaw Wagon from Mario Kart TourYellow 8-Bit Pipe Frame from Mario Kart TourYellow Offroader from Mario Kart Tour** The Autumn Leaves from Mario Kart TourCalico Parafoil from Mario Kart TourFuzzy Kite from Mario Kart Tour*Gold Hard Hat Balloon from Mario Kart Tour**Gold Swooper from Mario Kart Tour*Golden Wings from Mario Kart TourNew Year's Kite from Mario Kart TourNinja Scroll from Mario Kart TourRed and Gold Umbrella from Mario Kart TourSafety Glider from Mario Kart TourSunset Balloons from Mario Kart TourSwooperWaluigi's Mustache from Mario Kart TourYoshi's Cookies from Mario Kart Tour
Birdo (Yellow)Bowser Jr. from Mario Kart TourHammer Bro's icon from Mario Kart TourOrange Shy GuyOrange YoshiYellow Yoshi Barrel Train from Mario Kart TourCloud 9 from Mario Kart Tour The Eggshell Glider from Mario Kart TourWario Wing from Mario Kart Tour Birdo (Red)MKT Icon Bowser.png*Yellow Shy Guy Cucumber from Mario Kart TourDK Jumbo from Mario Kart TourKoopa Clown from Mario Kart Tour*Para-Wing from Mario Kart TourYellow Turbo Birdo from Mario Kart Tour Bob-omb Parafoil from Mario Kart Tour*
LarryLudwig MortonRoy Piston Glider from Mario Kart Tour**
* indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 3.
** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 6.
*** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 8 for High-End items.

Bonus challenges[edit]

Ring Race
Icon Course variant Chosen
driver
Chosen
kart
Chosen
glider
Grand Star scores Tour appearances Cup
Thumbnail of the Shy Guy Cup challenge from the 2019 Halloween Tour; a Ring Race challenge set on N64 Kalimari Desert (reused as the Birdo Cup's bonus challenge in the Snow Tour) Regular MKT Icon Yoshi.png
Yoshi
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
  • 10
  • 20
  • 30
Halloween Tour (2019) The icon of the Shy Guy Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Shy Guy Cup
Snow Tour The Birdo Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Birdo Cup
Do Jump Boosts
Icon Course variant Chosen
driver
Chosen
kart
Chosen
glider
Grand Star scores Tour appearances Cup
Thumbnail of the Mario Cup challenge from the Baby Rosalina Tour; a Do Jump Boosts challenge set on N64 Kalimari Desert (reused as the Donkey Kong Cup's bonus challenge in the 2021 Yoshi Tour) Regular Mario's icon from Mario Kart Tour.
Mario
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
  • 5
  • 8
  • 12
Baby Rosalina Tour The icon of the Mario Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Mario Cup
  • 5
  • 9
  • 13
Yoshi Tour (2021) The icon of the Donkey Kong Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Donkey Kong Cup
  • 5
  • 10
  • 14
Pipe Tour Dixie Kong Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Dixie Kong Cup
Big Reverse Race
Icon Course variant Opponents Tour appearances Cup
7th 6th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st Extra
Thumbnail of the Yoshi Cup challenge from the Ice Tour; a Big Reverse Race challenge set on N64 Kalimari Desert Regular Driver Koopa Troopa's icon from Mario Kart Tour.[4] MKT Icon Yoshi.png[4] MKT Icon DonkeyKong.png[4] MKT Icon Bowser.png[4] Peach[4] Toad's icon from Mario Kart Tour[4] Luigi's icon from Mario Kart Tour.[4] Mario's icon from Mario Kart Tour.[5] Ice Tour The icon of the Yoshi Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Yoshi Cup
Kart Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Glider TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Goomba Takedown
Icon Course variant Chosen
driver
Chosen
kart
Chosen
glider
Item Box
type found
Number of item slots Grand Star scores Tour appearances Cup
Thumbnail of the Baby Mario Cup challenge from the 2019 Winter Tour; a Goomba Takedown challenge set on N64 Kalimari Desert (reused as the Hammer Bro Cup's bonus challenge in the 2020 Los Angeles Tour and the Peachette Cup's bonus challenge in the 2023 New Year's Tour) Regular Lakitu from Mario Kart Tour
Lakitu
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
Green Shell from Mario Kart Tour.
Green Shell

Bob-omb from Mario Kart Tour.
Bob-omb

Bullet Bill from Mario Kart Tour.
Bullet Bill
1
  • 10
  • 20
  • 30
Winter Tour (2019) Baby Mario Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Baby Mario Cup
Los Angeles Tour (2020) Hammer Bro Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Hammer Bro Cup
New Year's Tour (2023) Peachette Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Peachette Cup
Steer Clear of Obstacles
Icon Course variant Chosen
driver
Chosen
kart
Chosen
glider
Obstacles Tour appearances Cup
Thumbnail of the Birdo Cup challenge from the Cooking Tour; a Steer Clear of Obstacles challenge set on N64 Kalimari Desert (reused as the Baby Luigi Cup's bonus challenge in the 2021 Trick Tour, the Lakitu Cup's bonus challenge in the Piranha Plant Tour, and the King Bob-omb Cup's bonus challenge in the 2023 Exploration Tour) Regular MKT Icon DonkeyKong.png
Donkey Kong
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
Piranha Plant
Piranha Plant (passive)
Cooking Tour The Birdo Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Birdo Cup
Trick Tour (2021) Baby Luigi Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Baby Luigi Cup
Piranha Plant Tour Lakitu Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Lakitu Cup
Exploration Tour (2023) The King Bob-omb Cup from Mario Kart Tour
King Bob-omb Cup
Vs. Mega Dry Bowser
Icon Course variant Mega opponent information Tour appearances Cup
Driver Kart Glider Items used
The icon of the Dry Bowser Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour. Regular Dry Bowser's icon from Mario Kart Tour
Dry Bowser
Koopa Clown from Mario Kart Tour
Koopa Clown
TBD Bob-omb from Mario Kart Tour.
Bob-ombs
Dry Bones's icon from Mario Kart Tour.
Dry Bones
6
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
TBD N/A Beta Test The icon of the Dry Bowser Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Dry Bowser Cup
Thumbnail of the Dry Bowser Cup challenge from the Tokyo Tour; a Vs. Mega Dry Bowser challenge set on N64 Kalimari Desert Regular Dry Bowser's icon from Mario Kart Tour
Dry Bowser
Koopa Clown from Mario Kart Tour
Koopa Clown
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
Bowser Shell from Mario Kart Tour
Bowser's Shells[6]

Bob-omb from Mario Kart Tour.
Bob-ombs[7]

Mushroom from Mario Kart Tour.
Mushrooms[6]
200cc only
Dry Bones's icon from Mario Kart Tour.
Dry Bones
None at 50cc,
2 at 100cc,
4 at 150cc,
6 at 200cc
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
Bob-omb from Mario Kart Tour.
Bob-ombs
200cc only
Tokyo Tour
Pipe Tour Nabbit Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Nabbit Cup
Smash Small Dry Bones
Icon Course variant Chosen
driver
Chosen
kart
Chosen
glider
Grand Star scores Tour appearances Cup
The icon of the Donkey Kong Cup's challenge from Mario Kart Tour. Regular MKT Icon DonkeyKong.png
Donkey Kong
Bolt Buggy from Mario Kart Tour
Bolt Buggy
The Yellow Super Glider from the beta of  Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
5 Beta Test The icon of the Donkey Kong Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Donkey Kong Cup
Thumbnail of the Baby Rosalina Cup challenge from the Tokyo Tour; a Smash Small Dry Bones challenge set on N64 Kalimari Desert (reused as the Birdo Cup's bonus challenge in the Peach Tour) Morton Koopa Jr.'s icon from Mario Kart Tour.
Morton
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
  • 5
  • 10
  • 15
Tokyo Tour Baby Rosalina Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Baby Rosalina Cup
Peach Tour The Birdo Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Birdo Cup
Break Item Boxes
Icon Course variant Chosen
driver
Chosen
kart
Chosen
glider
Item Box
type found
Number of item slots Grand Star scores Tour appearances Cup
Thumbnail of the Mario Cup challenge from the 2019 Holiday Tour; a Break Item Boxes challenge set on N64 Kalimari Desert (reused as the King Boo Cup's bonus challenge in the New Year's 2021 Tour) Regular Ludwig von Koopa's icon from Mario Kart Tour.
Ludwig
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
Mushroom from Mario Kart Tour.
Mushroom

Mega Mushroom from Mario Kart Tour.
Mega Mushroom

Coin from Mario Kart Tour.
Coin
3
  • 5
  • 10
  • 18
Holiday Tour (2019) The icon of the Mario Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Mario Cup
2
  • 7
  • 12
  • 18
New Year's 2021 Tour The icon of the King Boo Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
King Boo Cup
Thumbnail of the Dry Bowser Cup challenge from the Penguin Tour; a Break Item Boxes challenge set on N64 Kalimari Desert (The challenge is the same as the Mario Cup's challenge from the 2019 Holiday Tour and the King Boo Cup's challenge from the New Year's 2021 Tour, except the thumbnail shows a different perspective.) Penguin Tour The icon of the Dry Bowser Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Dry Bowser Cup
Time Trial
Icon Course variant Chosen
driver
Chosen
kart
Chosen
glider
Grand Star scores Tour appearances Cup
Thumbnail of the Daisy Cup challenge from the 2020 Yoshi Tour; a Time Trial challenge set on N64 Kalimari Desert (reused as the Fire Bro Cup's bonus challenge in the New Year's 2022 Tour) Regular MKT Icon Daisy.png
Daisy
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
  • 2:10.00
  • 1:50.00
  • 1:38.00
Yoshi Tour (2020) The icon of the Daisy Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Daisy Cup
  • 1:55.00
  • 1:42.00
  • 1:32.00
New Year's 2022 Tour Fire Bro Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Fire Bro Cup
Thumbnail of the Metal Mario Cup challenge from the 2021 Los Angeles Tour; a Time Trial challenge set on N64 Kalimari Desert R R Birdo from Mario Kart Tour and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Birdo
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
  • 2:00.00
  • 1:45.00
  • 1:35.00
Los Angeles Tour (2021) The icon of the Metal Mario Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Metal Mario Cup
Combo Attack
Icon Course variant Chosen
driver
Chosen
kart
Chosen
glider
Highest combo counts Tour appearances Cup
Thumbnail of the King Boo Cup challenge from the 2019 Holiday Tour; a Combo Attack challenge set on N64 Kalimari Desert T T Bowser Jr. from Mario Kart Tour
Bowser Jr.
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
  • 8
  • 18
  • 28
Holiday Tour (2019) The icon of the King Boo Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
King Boo Cup

N64 Kalimari Desert 2[edit]

Starting from the Wild West Tour, a rerouted version of this track known as Kalimari Desert 2 (N64 Kalimari Desert 2 in-game when selected) is featured. It has two sections: one that starts on the main route but switches to the railroad section at the second intersection, and the other that starts in the tunnel and goes back to the main route again at the second intersection, after which it continues on like normal. This course is also a favorite of Captain Toad, Toadette (Explorer), and Dixie Kong once they reach level 6.

The first section begins from the regular starting line. The course starts out following the same path as the original, with the first glider shortcut still being accessible. However, a wooden ramp has been added shortly before the first railroad crossing, and ramps with dash panels appear on both sides of the first intersection allowing racers to jump over the railroad. The course continues and curves to the right toward the tracks, though the glider shortcut normally found in this area is blocked off to prevent racers from skipping the railroad section entirely. At the second railroad crossing, racers are rerouted onto the railroad. The course continues on the tracks, with the second section of the course beginning from the entrance of the railroad tunnel near the starting line, and the train starting out right outside the tunnel. Upon reaching the second intersection again, racers are diverted back onto the normal course to continue along the original path. Wooden trick ramps have been added onto the path shortly after this intersection and before the final turn leading to the finish line. Only one train is present on the track in Kalimari Desert 2, moving much slower than the original trains since it now shares the tracks with the racers.

The course also appears as Kalimari Desert 2R (reversed), Kalimari Desert 2T (with ramps), and Kalimari Desert 2R/T (reversed with ramps). The former two debuted alongside the original, while the latter was introduced later in the Toad vs. Toadette Tour. In the R and R/T variants, the train travels in the opposite direction. In the T variant, the first glide ramp shortcut is blocked off, and racers are directed onto the train tracks at the first crossing rather than the second. In the R/T variant, racers are forced to turn around at the first crossing and start going the other way on the train tracks; as a result, racers spend a large portion of the race driving the course forwards despite it being a "reverse"/trick variant. They only turn around again once they have completed the entire loop and approach the same crossing.

Appearances[edit]

For this course's tour appearances, see List of N64 Kalimari Desert tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour § N64 Kalimari Desert 2.

Top-tier and middle-tier items[edit]

Select "show" to reveal the drivers, karts, and gliders for which N64 Kalimari Desert 2 and its variants are always favored or favorite courses. For instances in which additional drivers, karts, and gliders temporarily had this course and its variants as favored or favorite courses, see List of N64 Kalimari Desert 2 tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour.

Course Three-item drivers Bonus points ×2 karts Combo bonus ×3 gliders Two-item drivers Bonus points ×1.5 karts Combo bonus ×2 gliders
N64 Kalimari Desert 2 from Mario Kart Tour
Normal variant
Bowser Jr. (Pirate)Bronze Mii Racing SuitBrown Mii Racing SuitCat Mario from Mario Kart TourCat PeachDaisy (Farmer)Dry Bones (Gold)Hammer Bro Mii Racing SuitLuigi (Lederhosen)Mario (Aviator)Mario (Sunshine)Pauline (Party Time)Peach (Explorer)Poochy from Mario Kart TourWario (Cowboy) Brown Offroader from Mario Kart TourCoconut 1 from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Lunar Cruiser from Mario Kart TourGold Pipe Frame from Mario Kart TourGold Pipes from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Shielded Speedster from Mario Kart TourGold Snow Skimmer from Mario Kart TourHuffin Puffin Egg from Mario Kart TourLunar Cruiser from Mario Kart TourProp Kart from Mario Kart TourRed Taxi from Mario Kart TourStar-Spangled Flyer from Mario Kart TourSweet Ride from Mario Kart TourTaiko Drum Dasher from Mario Kart TourTanooki Kart from Mario Kart TourTiger Bruiser from Mario Kart TourWild Wing from Mario Kart Tour The Autumn Leaves from Mario Kart TourBoo Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourChocolate Banana Crêpe from Mario Kart TourGold Tulips from Mario Kart TourGolden Wings from Mario Kart TourGreat Sail from Mario Kart TourGreen Sprout from Mario Kart TourNew Year's 2021 from Mario Kart TourPiranha Plant Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourRainbow Starchute from Mario Kart TourRainy Balloons from Mario Kart TourRed Checkered Glider from Mario Kart TourSilver-and-Gold Hearts from Mario Kart TourYoshi's Cookies from Mario Kart Tour Blue Mii Racing SuitCaptain Toad from Mario Kart Tour**Castle Mii Racing SuitDixie Kong's icon from Mario Kart Tour**Donkey Kong Mii Racing SuitDry Bowser Mii Racing SuitFire RosalinaGoomba Mii Racing SuitKing Boo (Gold)Nabbit from Mario Kart TourToad (Tourist)Toadette (Explorer)**Yoshi (Kangaroo) Black Kabuki Dasher from Mario Kart TourBlack Turbo Birdo from Mario Kart TourThe Blazing Eagle from Mario Kart TourBruiser from Mario Kart Tour**Cact-X from Mario Kart Tour**The Camo Tanooki Kart from Mario Kart TourCarrot Kart from Mario Kart Tour***Cream Cat Cruiser from Mario Kart TourDesert Rose Wagon from Mario Kart Tour*Dreamy Egg from Mario Kart TourGold Train from Mario Kart Tour**Inferno Flyer from Mario Kart Tour*Karp Kart from Mario Kart TourKoopa King from Mario Kart Tour.Piranha Pipes from Mario Kart TourPrancer from Mario Kart TourRainbow Streetle from Mario Kart TourSakura Sports Coupe from Mario Kart TourSilver Flower Kart from Mario Kart TourSilver King from Mario Kart TourStrawberry Soft Swerve from Mario Kart Tour 8-Bit Bullet Bill from Mario Kart TourBullet Bill Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourButterfly Sunset from Mario Kart TourFireworks Parachute from Mario Kart Tour**Flying Flappers from Mario Kart TourGold Bells from Mario Kart TourGold Checkered Glider from Mario Kart TourLuigi's Mustache from Mario Kart Tour*Nabbit Oilpaper Umbrella from Mario Kart Tour**The Para-Panini from Mario Kart TourPink Gold Paper Glider from Mario Kart TourPretzel Glider from Mario Kart TourStar-Spangled Glider from Mario Kart Tour**Surf Master from Mario Kart TourTreasure Map from Mario Kart Tour.
Yellow Toad (Pit Crew) Cucumber from Mario Kart Tour DaisyRed Toad (Pit Crew)MKT Icon Waluigi.png Flower Glider from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Kalimari Desert 2R from Mario Kart Tour
R variant
Daisy (Farmer)Daisy (Thai Dress)Dixie Kong's icon from Mario Kart TourDry Bones Mii Racing SuitFire RosalinaKing Bob-omb (Gold)King Boo (Gold)Nabbit from Mario Kart TourPink Gold Peach from Mario Kart TourPokey Mii Racing SuitRed Mii Racing SuitRocky Wrench Mii Racing SuitToadette (Explorer)Yellow Shy Guy (Explorer)Yoshi (Kangaroo) Black Dozer from Mario Kart TourBruiser from Mario Kart TourCact-X from Mario Kart TourChoco Macharon from Mario Kart TourGold Comet from Mario Kart TourGold Snow Skimmer from Mario Kart TourGold Sushi Racer from Mario Kart TourGreen SpeederInferno Flyer from Mario Kart TourKoopa King from Mario Kart Tour.Lunar Cruiser from Mario Kart TourMach 8-R from Mario Kart TourThe Pineapple 1 from Mario Kart TourPiranha Pipes from Mario Kart TourRainbow Streetle from Mario Kart TourSilver King from Mario Kart TourStar-Spangled Flyer from Mario Kart TourWhite Fast Frank from Mario Kart TourWiggler Egg from Mario Kart TourYellow Offroader from Mario Kart Tour Boo Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourButterfly Sunset from Mario Kart TourFireworks Parachute from Mario Kart TourFlying Flappers from Mario Kart TourGold Bells from Mario Kart TourMeteor Balloons from Mario Kart TourNew Year's 2021 from Mario Kart TourThe Para-Panini from Mario Kart TourPink Gold Paper Glider from Mario Kart TourPiranha Plant Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourPretzel Glider from Mario Kart TourSunny Surf Master from Mario Kart TourTreasure Map from Mario Kart Tour.Wonderful Diamond from Mario Kart Tour Bronze Mii Racing Suit*Captain Toad from Mario Kart TourDonkey Kong (Gladiator)Dry Bones (Gold)**Dry Bowser Mii Racing SuitGold Mii Racing SuitHammer Bro Mii Racing SuitLuigi Mii Racing SuitMeowser from Mario Kart TourPauline (Party Time)**Peach (Explorer)*Poochy from Mario Kart TourShy Guy (Gold)Wario (Cowboy)** The Blazing Eagle from Mario Kart TourBrown Offroader from Mario Kart Tour***The Camo Tanooki Kart from Mario Kart TourCarrot Kart from Mario Kart Tour**The Chain Chomp Chariot from Mario Kart TourChocolate Banana Minibus from Mario Kart TourCoconut 1 from Mario Kart TourCream Cat Cruiser from Mario Kart TourDark Buggy from Mario Kart Tour.Gold Pipe Frame from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Shielded Speedster from Mario Kart TourGold Train from Mario Kart TourRed Taxi from Mario Kart Tour**Tropical Truck from Mario Kart TourWatermelon Kart from Mario Kart TourWild Wing from Mario Kart Tour**Yellow 8-Bit Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour* Bullet Bill Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourButterfly Prism from Mario Kart TourButterfly Wings from Mario Kart TourChocolate Banana Crêpe from Mario Kart Tour**Green Sprout from Mario Kart TourLava Rocks from Mario Kart TourNabbit Oilpaper Umbrella from Mario Kart TourNabbit Parachute from Mario Kart TourRainbow Starchute from Mario Kart Tour**Rainy Balloons from Mario Kart TourSilver-and-Gold Hearts from Mario Kart TourStar-Spangled Glider from Mario Kart Tour***The Stealth Glider from Mario Kart TourSurf Master from Mario Kart TourYellow Hard Hat Balloon from Mario Kart Tour
Yellow Toad (Pit Crew) Pink Shy GuyRed Toad (Pit Crew)MKT Icon Waluigi.png Birthday Girl Daisy from Mario Kart TourCucumber from Mario Kart TourThe Orange Turbo Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Kalimari Desert 2T from Mario Kart Tour
T variant
Bronze Mii Racing SuitCaptain Toad from Mario Kart TourDr. LuigiDry Bowser Mii Racing SuitGoomba Mii Racing SuitKing Bob-omb (Gold)King Boo (Gold)Luigi Mii Racing SuitNabbit from Mario Kart TourPauline (Cowgirl)Peach (Explorer)Pokey Mii Racing SuitWario (Cowboy)Yoshi (Kangaroo) Black Dozer from Mario Kart TourBlack Kabuki Dasher from Mario Kart TourBlack Turbo Birdo from Mario Kart TourThe Blazing Eagle from Mario Kart TourBrown Offroader from Mario Kart TourCact-X from Mario Kart TourThe Camo Tanooki Kart from Mario Kart TourThe Chain Chomp Chariot from Mario Kart TourCream Cat Cruiser from Mario Kart TourDark Buggy from Mario Kart Tour.Gold Paintster from Mario Kart TourGold Train from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Warrior Wagon from Mario Kart TourInferno Flyer from Mario Kart TourRed Offroader from Mario Kart TourSilver King from Mario Kart TourWatermelon Kart from Mario Kart Tour Boo Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourChocolate Banana Crêpe from Mario Kart TourFireworks Parachute from Mario Kart TourGold Meteors from Mario Kart TourGold Origami Glider from Mario Kart TourGold Swooper from Mario Kart TourGold Umbrella from Mario Kart TourGreat Sail from Mario Kart TourPiranha Plant Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourRoy Oilpaper from Mario Kart TourSilver-and-Gold Hearts from Mario Kart TourSmiley Flower Glider from Mario Kart TourSurf Master from Mario Kart TourVanilla & Chocolate Balloons from Mario Kart TourYellow Hard Hat Balloon from Mario Kart Tour Builder ToadCat Mario from Mario Kart TourDaisy (Farmer)Daisy (Thai Dress)Donkey Kong Mii Racing Suit**Hammer Bro Mii Racing SuitLight-blue Shy Guy (Explorer)Luigi (Lederhosen)Mario (Golf)Mario (Sunshine)*Pauline's icon from Mario Kart Tour.Shy Guy (Gold)Toad (Party Time)**Toadette (Explorer)Yellow Shy Guy (Explorer) Carrot Kart from Mario Kart TourChoco Macharon from Mario Kart Tour**Cream Classic from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Lunar Cruiser from Mario Kart Tour**Gold Pipe Frame from Mario Kart TourGold Snow Skimmer from Mario Kart TourGreen SpeederIce-Cream Minibus from Mario Kart TourKarp Kart from Mario Kart Tour**Lunar Cruiser from Mario Kart TourPink Comet from Mario Kart TourPrancer from Mario Kart Tour**Red Taxi from Mario Kart TourSweet Ride from Mario Kart TourTaiko Drum Dasher from Mario Kart TourWhite Fast Frank from Mario Kart TourWild Wing from Mario Kart TourYellow Offroader from Mario Kart Tour Bullet Bill Hanafuda from Mario Kart Tour**Butterfly Prism from Mario Kart TourButterfly Sunset from Mario Kart TourButterfly Wings from Mario Kart Tour**Flying Flappers from Mario Kart TourGreen Sprout from Mario Kart TourNabbit Oilpaper Umbrella from Mario Kart TourThe Para-Panini from Mario Kart TourPink Gold Paper Glider from Mario Kart Tour**Pretzel Glider from Mario Kart TourRainy Balloons from Mario Kart TourSunny Surf Master from Mario Kart TourTreasure Map from Mario Kart Tour.Vampire Wings from Mario Kart TourWario's Mustache from Mario Kart Tour*
Birdo (Yellow)Red Toad (Pit Crew) Light-blue Turbo Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour PeachToadette's icon from Mario Kart Tour Birthday Girl Daisy from Mario Kart TourCucumber from Mario Kart Tour*
N64 Kalimari Desert 2R/T from Mario Kart Tour
R/T variant
Baby Mario (Koala)Captain Toad from Mario Kart TourCastle Mii Racing SuitChargin' Chuck from Mario Kart TourDonkey Kong (Gladiator)Donkey Kong Jr. (SNES)Iggy Mii Racing SuitLight-blue Shy Guy (Explorer)Mario (Aviator)Mario (Baseball)Mario (Golf)Mario (Samurai)Nabbit Mii Racing SuitToad (Tourist)Toadette (Explorer)Yoshi (Kangaroo) Cact-R from Mario Kart TourChocolate Banana Minibus from Mario Kart TourClackety Kart from Mario Kart Tour.Cream Classic from Mario Kart TourFast Frank from Mario Kart TourGold Bunny from Mario Kart TourGold Egg from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Fish Bone Ferry from Mario Kart TourGold Paintster from Mario Kart TourHuffin Puffin Egg from Mario Kart TourProp Kart from Mario Kart TourRainbow Pipe Buggy from Mario Kart TourSky-Blue B Dasher Mk. 2 from Mario Kart TourSunny Surf Sailer from Mario Kart TourTanooki Kart from Mario Kart TourTiger Bruiser from Mario Kart TourWild Slugger from Mario Kart TourYellow Offroader from Mario Kart Tour Dragon Wings from Mario Kart TourGold Crane from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Flappy Wings from Mario Kart TourGold Umbrella from Mario Kart TourGolden Wings from Mario Kart TourLava Rocks from Mario Kart TourNabbit Parachute from Mario Kart TourSmiley Flower Glider from Mario Kart TourSunny Surf Master from Mario Kart TourSweetheart Glider from Mario Kart TourTreasure Map from Mario Kart Tour.Wicked Topaz from Mario Kart TourWonderful Wings from Mario Kart TourYoshi's Cookies from Mario Kart TourYukata Ribbon from Mario Kart Tour Bronze Mii Racing SuitBrown Mii Racing SuitCat Mario from Mario Kart TourDaisy (Farmer)Daisy (Thai Dress)***Goomba Mii Racing SuitKamek from Mario Kart TourLuigi (Classic)Luigi (Painter)Mario (Halloween)Mario (Tuxedo)***Meowser from Mario Kart TourPauline (Cowgirl)*Peach (Vacation)Peach (Wedding)Tanooki Mario from Mario Kart Tour The Blooper Shuttle from Mario Kart Tour**Combo Cruiser from Mario Kart Tour***Gold Clanky Kart from Mario Kart Tour.Gold Comet from Mario Kart TourGold Pipes from Mario Kart Tour*Gold Sushi Racer from Mario Kart Tour*Gold Train from Mario Kart Tour***Gold Zucchini from Mario Kart Tour**Green Double-Decker from Mario Kart TourIron Cucumber from Mario Kart TourThe Pineapple 1 from Mario Kart TourRed Crawly Kart from Mario Kart TourSilver King from Mario Kart Tour***Star-Spangled Flyer from Mario Kart TourTropical Truck from Mario Kart Tour**Vampire Flyer from Mario Kart TourWatermelon Kart from Mario Kart Tour* The Autumn Leaves from Mario Kart TourBoo Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourBullet Bill Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourFlying Easel from Mario Kart TourGold Meteors from Mario Kart Tour**Jolly Bells from Mario Kart Tour***Magic Parasol from Mario Kart TourMint & Berry Balloons from Mario Kart TourMosaic Starchute from Mario Kart Tour*Nabbit Oilpaper Umbrella from Mario Kart Tour***Roy Oilpaper from Mario Kart Tour**Silver Surf Master from Mario Kart TourSunset Balloons from Mario Kart TourVanilla & Chocolate Balloons from Mario Kart TourWaluigi's Mustache from Mario Kart TourWonderful Diamond from Mario Kart Tour
Fire Bro's icon from Mario Kart TourWhite Shy Guy Birthday Girl Daisy from Mario Kart TourLight-blue Turbo Yoshi from Mario Kart TourRambi Rider from Mario Kart Tour
Mushmellow from Mario Kart Tour
* indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 3.
** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 6.
*** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 8 for High-End items.

Bonus challenges[edit]

vs. Mega King Bob-omb
Icon Course variant Mega opponent information Tour appearances Cup
Driver Kart Glider Items used
Thumbnail of the Dry Bones Cup challenge from the Wild West Tour; a Vs. Mega King Bob-omb challenge set on N64 Kalimari Desert 2 (reused as the Fire Bro Cup's bonus challenge in the 2021 Cat Tour and the Ice Mario Cup's bonus challenge in the Bangkok Tour) Regular King Bob-omb from Mario Kart Tour
King Bob-omb
Barrel Train from Mario Kart Tour
Barrel Train
TBD Bob-omb from Mario Kart Tour.
Bob-ombs[8]

Giga Bob-omb from Mario Kart Tour
Giga Bob-ombs
Wild West Tour Dry Bones Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Dry Bones Cup
Cat Tour (2021) Fire Bro Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Fire Bro Cup
Bangkok Tour Ice Mario Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Ice Mario Cup
Time Trial
Icon Course variant Chosen
driver
Chosen
kart
Chosen
glider
Grand Star scores Tour appearances Cup
Thumbnail of the Baby Mario Cup challenge from the Berlin Tour; a Time Trial challenge set on N64 Kalimari Desert 2 (reused as the Morton Cup's bonus challenge in the Toad vs. Toadette Tour) Regular Lakitu from Mario Kart Tour
Lakitu
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
  • 1:35.00
  • 1:25.00
  • 1:18.00
Berlin Tour Baby Mario Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Baby Mario Cup
  • 1:30.00
  • 1:23.00
  • 1:17.00
Toad vs. Toadette Tour Morton Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Morton Cup
Space Tour (2023) Fire Rosalina Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Fire Rosalina Cup
Thumbnail of the Wendy Cup challenge from the Bowser vs. DK Tour; a Time Trial challenge set on N64 Kalimari Desert 2R (reused as the Wario Cup's bonus challenge in the 2022 Mii Tour and the Larry Cup's bonus challenge in the 2023 Bowser Tour) R MKT Icon DonkeyKong.png
Donkey Kong
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
  • 1:30.00
  • 1:24.00
  • 1:18.00
Bowser vs. DK Tour Wendy Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Wendy Cup
  • 1:35.00
  • 1:25.00
  • 1:19.00
Mii Tour (2022) The icon of the Wario Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Wario Cup
Bowser Tour (2023) Larry Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Larry Cup
Combo Attack
Icon Course variant Chosen
driver
Chosen
kart
Chosen
glider
Highest combo counts Tour appearances Cup
Thumbnail of the Hammer Bro Cup challenge from the Sunset Tour; a Combo Attack challenge set on N64 Kalimari Desert 2T (reused as the Toad Cup's bonus challenge in the Wedding Tour and the Baby Luigi Cup's bonus challenge in the Sky Tour) T Lemmy Koopa's icon from Mario Kart Tour.
Lemmy
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
  • 5
  • 8
  • 13
Sunset Tour Hammer Bro Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Hammer Bro Cup
  • 4
  • 7
  • 14
Wedding Tour The icon of the Toad Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Toad Cup
Sky Tour Baby Luigi Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Baby Luigi Cup
  • 4
  • 8
  • 12
Pipe Tour The icon of the Toad Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Toad Cup
Snap a Photo
Icon Course variant Chosen
driver
Chosen
kart
Chosen
glider
Other driver information Objectives Tour appearances Cup
Driver Kart Glider
Thumbnail of the Toadette Cup challenge from the Toad vs. Toadette Tour; a Snap a Photo challenge set on N64 Kalimari Desert 2R/T R/T Captain Toad from Mario Kart Tour
Captain Toad
Clanky Kart from Mario Kart Tour
Clanky Kart
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
Toadette (Explorer) from Mario Kart Tour
Toadette (Explorer)
Clackety Kart from Mario Kart Tour.
Clackety Kart
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
  • 3 or more drivers
  • A Jump Boost
  • Take a photo
Toad vs. Toadette Tour The icon of the Toadette Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Toadette Cup
Mario's icon from Mario Kart Tour.
Mario
Clanky Kart from Mario Kart Tour
Clanky Kart
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
Luigi's icon from Mario Kart Tour.
Luigi
Clanky Kart from Mario Kart Tour
Clanky Kart
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
Peach's icon from Mario Kart Tour
Peach
Clackety Kart from Mario Kart Tour.
Clackety Kart
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
MKT Icon Daisy.png
Daisy
Clackety Kart from Mario Kart Tour.
Clackety Kart
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

N64 Kalimari Desert as it appears in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
View of the course

Kalimari Desert reappears in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as part of Wave 2 of the Booster Course Pass. It is the third course of the Turnip Cup. It is based on its Mario Kart Tour design, but has been given a major graphical update. This time, in a similar vein to the city races from Mario Kart Tour, Kalimari Desert combines both the original along with Kalimari Desert 2 from Tour into one race, with the layout changing between laps. This makes it the first course in the game that is not a course from Mario Kart Tour to change its layout between laps/sections and start and end in the same place. This version of Kalimari Desert is also the first course in the series to use both laps and sections, as well as the only course in the game to use both the classic and modern Mario Kart logos for the banners.

The first lap takes the player around the standard Kalimari Desert route, though arrow fields can be seen blocking off the path to the train tracks and train tunnel entrance that's next to the first railroad crossing. When the second lap begins, the route starts following that of Kalimari Desert 2, where a Kanaami Road appears at the second railroad crossing to divert the player onto the tracks (similar to Kalimari Desert 2R/T, but on the opposite side of where that ramp would appear). Like the arrow fields, the ramp is independent to each player in multiplayer, meaning that it only appears for each player on their second lap, while it is invisible to players that are on the first or third lap. The third lap begins after the player enters the tunnel. After exiting the tunnel, the route finishes as normal.

In all three laps, upon reaching the first railroad crossing, the player can choose to either continue going on the main route, or go along the train tracks. However, the Item Box placements do change with each lap, with two Double Item Boxes only being present on the train tracks during the final lap. Regardless of the player's decision though, the two paths meet at the second railroad crossing.

Like Kalimari Desert 2, there is only one train instead of two, though the train moves much faster and once again hurts racers who come in contact with it, like the versions prior to Tour. The fence on the left side of the train tracks has been removed, and the Glide Ramp after the first railroad crossing was moved up and is also closer to the track, presumably to accommodate Kalimari Desert 2's layout (as in Tour, the ramp is blocked off). Inside the tunnel, lights have been added onto the walls. The eagles seen in Shy Guy Falls now fly above the course. The music has been rearranged with more live instruments, as well as trumpets in place of the whistles in the original. The minimap again shows the glider ramp locations on it, as was the case in Mario Kart 7, as well as showing the train track, much like Mario Kart 64 and Kalimari Desert 2's minimap in Mario Kart Tour. Pipes have been added to the tops of some mesas.

Unlike the other courses in the Booster Course Pass that change routes every lap (aside from Tour London Loop), Kalimari Desert allows racers to drive the whole length of the track in reverse without any obstructions or being picked up by Lakitu; if this is done, the game loads various course elements in advance as racers traverse the course backwards, including arrow fields and the ramp that leads players onto the train tracks during lap 2.

Sponsors[edit]

Mario Kart 64[edit]

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Mario Kart Tour / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Profiles[edit]

Mario Kart 64[edit]

  • Instruction manual bio: The trick is to time it so that the steam locomotive that crosses the course won't block you. If the train is crossing in front of you, you should temporarily stop. It's very dangerous to enter the train tunnel, even if it is a shortcut...
  • Webpage bio: A desert race with frequent run-ins with a old-fashioned iron horse.[9]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter: It's time for the Wild West Tour! What says "Wild West" more than the N64 Kalimari Desert 2 course? Trek through the tunnel or coast along train tracks. Just ensure the sandstorm doesn't choke your engine![10]

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

  • Nintendo Switch News app (US):
    • This course first appeared in the Mario Kart 64 game.
    • It's an offroad style course that takes place in a wide desert. Be mindful of the train that's steaming on through.
    • Starting with the second lap, the route will place you directly on the train tracks. Yeah, we probably don't need to say, "Watch out!" (But...watch out!)

Gallery[edit]

Mario Kart 64[edit]

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Kalimari Desert[edit]

Course icons[edit]
Screenshots[edit]

Kalimari Desert 2[edit]

Course icons[edit]
Screenshots[edit]

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カラカラさばく
Karakara Sabaku
Dry Dry Desert

Chinese (simplified) 干旱沙漠
Gānhàn Shāmò
Dry Desert

Chinese (traditional) 乾旱沙漠
Gānhàn Shāmò
Dry Desert

Dutch Wildwestwoestijn
Wild West Desert
French Désert Kalimari
Kalimari Desert
German Kalimari-Wüste
Kalimari Desert
Italian Deserto Kalimari
Kalimari Desert
Korean 바싹바싹 사막
Bassak-bassak Samak
Dry Dry Desert

Portuguese Deserto Kalimari
Kalimari Desert
Russian Пустыня Калимари
Pustynya Kalimari
Kalimari Desert

Spanish Desierto Kalimari
Kalimari Desert

Trivia[edit]

  • Six years prior to Kalimari Desert being added to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, in June 2016, the official Nintendo UK Twitter account posted a screenshot of Toad and Wario crashing into the train on the course in Mario Kart 64 captioned "Good things come to those who wait", though it was tagged with the hashtag "#MK8".[11]
  • The original English patch notes for Version 2.3.0 of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe erroneously misnamed N64 Kalimari Desert as N64 Dry Dry Desert, a translation of the course's Japanese name.[12] This was later corrected.
  • The Nintendo Switch's News app's Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Channel in the United Kingdom never made a post highlighting N64 Kalimari Desert or DS Waluigi Pinball, unlike every other course in the first five waves of the Booster Course Pass.
  • N64 Kalimari Desert, Big Blue, and Tour Singapore Speedway are the only sectioned courses in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to not show all of their finish line locations on their mini-maps, with each instead only showing its main finish line.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) issue 51, page 28.
  2. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (Australia) issue 49, page 40.
  3. ^ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YmgFibm99C2r7q-OzXrufNHQgXQBYli3V0M7APTQ4OQ/edit#heading=h.yx3o1ihvn54t
  4. ^ a b c d e f g TheMadWeazel (January 16, 2020). Ice Tour “Yoshi Cup” - Mario Kart Tour. YouTube. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  5. ^ Fion The BTS & TXT Lover 2001 (January 15, 2020). Mario Kart Tour Gameplay Ice Tour Yoshi Cup 50cc. YouTube. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  6. ^ a b Mult Me Me (October 21, 2019). Mario Kart Tour - Tokyo - Dry Bowser Cup (200cc) - Gameplay Walkthrough Part 21. YouTube. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  7. ^ TheMadWeazel (October 12, 2020). Tokyo Tour “Dry Bowser Cup” - Mario Kart Tour. YouTube. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  8. ^ Shena Gameplay (August 2, 2020). Wild West Tour | Larry and Dry Bones Cups | Race with Mega King Bob-Omb | Mario Kart Tour. YouTube. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  9. ^ Mario Kart 64: Mushroom Cup. nintendo.com. February 5, 1998, 06:51:49 UTC snapshot on Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  10. ^ mariokarttourEN (July 29, 2020). Twitter. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  11. ^ @NintendoUK (June 4, 2016). "Good things come to those who wait. #MK8" Twitter. Retrieved August 30, 2022.
  12. ^ How to Update Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. nintendo.com. Archived from the original on March 9, 2023, 01:09:36 UTC via Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 9, 2023. "Fixed an issue when changed into Bullet Bill in N64 Dry Dry Desert, where the character would slip into the ground."