N64 Mario Raceway

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This article is about the race course from Mario Kart 64 and retro course in Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart Tour. For other race tracks with similar names, see Mario Circuit.
Mario Raceway
Mario Raceway from Mario Kart 64.
Information
Appears in Mario Kart 64 (1996)
Mario Kart Wii (2008)
Mario Kart Tour (2023)
Cup(s) Flower Cup (64)
Shell Cup (Wii)
Tour(s)
Distance 567 m
Online play No longer available (Wii)
Music sample
Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart Tour
Course map
Mario Kart 64
An aerial view of Mario Raceway.Mini map of Mario Raceway from Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart Wii
WiiMarioCircuit64.png
Mario Kart Tour
N64 Mario Raceway from Mario Kart Tour
Staff ghost(s)
64
1:20.44 Placement icon for Mario in Mario Kart 64
Wii Nin★Ichiro
2:14.799 Sprite of Baby MarioThe model for Baby Mario's Bit Bike from Mario Kart Wii
Wii Expert Nin★Yuuki
1:59.053 Sprite of Baby MarioThe model for Baby Mario's Mini Beast from Mario Kart Wii

Mario Raceway, alternatively named Mario Circuit[1][2] (which is also its Japanese name), is the fourth and last course of the Flower Cup in Mario Kart 64 and is Mario's home track of the game. It is the second shortest course of the game after Moo Moo Farm, measuring at 567m. It shares its music with Luigi Raceway, Wario Stadium and Royal Raceway.

Mario Raceway reappears in Mario Kart Wii as the fourth and final course of the Shell Cup, and in Mario Kart Tour starting from the 2023 Mario vs. Luigi Tour.

Mario Kart 64[edit]

Course layout[edit]

The course begins near a grand stand full of cheering audience, atop which is a large model of the Mario Cap, and it takes place on a simple asphalt road with grass on both sides. Racers first take two right turns, with the first set of Item Boxes in between. Afterwards there is a gradual U-turn to the left, with a large hill on the inside of the turn. A much sharper U-turn to the right follows, with a big toadstool on the inside of the turn. After passing another item set, racers take a left turn followed by a slight right turn and a brief straightaway. To the left of the straightaway is a giant rotating sign with text reading "Go" and Mario's artwork from Super Mario World; running into this sign while using a Star causes it to rise into the air.[3] After the straightaway is another right U-turn followed by a left turn, with the last item set in the middle of the left turn. Racers then drive along a straightaway that goes through a giant Warp Pipe tunnel. A 90° turn to the right then brings racers to the finish line.

While no obstacles appear on the track itself, trees and stationary Piranha Plants appear along the sides of the track. The course also has no specific notable shortcuts, but racers can use Mushrooms or a Star to drive through the large amount of off-road along the course and cut off turns.

The player can press the R Button Button on the title screen to display the best time recorded for Mario Raceway.

Staff Ghost[edit]

If a player beats the time of 1:30:00 on this course in Time Trial mode, they unlock a Mario staff ghost.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

View of N64 Mario Raceway in Mario Kart Wii
Mario Raceway in Mario Kart Wii

Mario Raceway makes its classic course debut in Mario Kart Wii as the fourth and last race of the Shell Cup. Some of the new elements added to the track are a ramp to perform tricks in the middle of the rough grass past the toadstool, and Shine Sprites can be seen on the "Mario Star" advertisements on the side of the course near the finish line. The rotating signs feature new artwork of Mario which is later used for Mario's Nintendo 3DS AR Card and the king card in the NAP-02 deck of Mario Playing Cards. The Piranha Plants have been updated to match their modern appearance. The Warp Pipe tunnel also allows tricking off the sides as the racer comes out. The first Mario Kart Wii tournament of November 2008 was on this course, with extra obstacles such as Pokeys from DS Desert Hills and Dry Dry Ruins, and oil slicks from SNES Mario Circuit 3.

Tournaments[edit]

The N64 Mario Raceway tournament

November 2008's second tournament required players to complete a Time Trial on a version of Mario Raceway with more obstacles: The road now has many oil slicks, more Piranha Plants appear in the grass, and several Pokeys appear in the sand just before the tunnel. Players start the Time Trial with no items, but there are several sets of Item Boxes which will always yield a Golden Mushroom. The tournament was later repeated as the second tournament of November 2010, the second tournament of March 2012, and the first tournament of June 2013.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

N64 Mario Raceway in Mario Kart Tour
Mario Raceway in Mario Kart Tour

Mario Raceway returns in Mario Kart Tour starting from the 2023 Mario vs. Luigi Tour. It was the final N64 course added to the game. Visually, the course resembles the Mario Kart Tour iteration of Luigi Raceway, with the grandstand, the starting banner and the trees having the same design of the mentioned course. Hot-air balloons have been added to the background, akin to N64 Yoshi Valley. The rotating signs' design is retained from Mario Kart Wii, except the "Go" is in a different font and the background has a checkered pattern. A glass wall now runs along the entire stretch of the hill in the top half of the course. Like N64 Choco Mountain, the proportions of the course differ notably from the original version of the track - most notably, the track has been condensed vertically. The U-turn around the mushroom is more banked and no longer has any offroad between it and the wall. The brick wall now has indented sections. Goombas now appear in the pipe section; the pipe itself is now designed like the one present in 3DS Mario Circuit, and has rocks blocking off the offroad areas on either side of it, making it now mandatory to drive through. Like N64 Royal Raceway and N64 Luigi Raceway, the course uses the Mario Kart 7 arrangement of the Mario Kart 64 raceway music.

The course also appears as Mario Raceway R (reversed), Mario Raceway T (with ramps), and Mario Raceway R/T (reversed with ramps). In the R variant, some of the Piranha Plants to the side of the track are no longer passive. In the T and R/T variants, racers drive across several mushroom trampolines. In the R/T variant, the mushroom at the U-turn is used as an additional mushroom trampoline, and a glide ramp allows racers to drive on top of the pipe on lap 2.

Appearances[edit]

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

Top-tier and middle-tier items[edit]

Select "show" to reveal the drivers, karts, and gliders for which N64 Mario Raceway 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 Mario Raceway 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 Mario Raceway from Mario Kart Tour
Normal variant
Gold Mii Racing SuitMario (Samurai)Mario (Sunshine)Monty Mole Mii Racing SuitMoo Moo Mii Racing SuitPeach Mii Racing SuitToadette (Astronaut)White Tanooki Mario from Mario Kart Tour Capsule Kart from Mario Kart TourCream Cat Cruiser from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Warrior Wagon from Mario Kart TourHuffin Puffin Egg from Mario Kart TourThe Pineapple 1 from Mario Kart TourPink Capsule Kart from Mario Kart TourPiranha Pipes from Mario Kart TourSilver Flower Kart from Mario Kart TourWarrior Wagon from Mario Kart Tour 8-Bit Super Glider from Mario Kart TourFlybrary Book from Mario Kart TourNabbit Parachute from Mario Kart TourOrigami Glider from Mario Kart TourThe Para-Panini from Mario Kart TourThe Red Emblem from Mario Kart TourSilver Starchute from Mario Kart TourSmiley Flower Glider from Mario Kart TourVanilla & Chocolate Balloons from Mario Kart Tour Baby Peach (Cherub)Blue Mii Racing SuitChargin' Chuck (Gold)Daisy (Thai Dress)Dr. PeachLuigi (Gold Knight)Mario Mii Racing SuitPauline (Rose)Penguin ToadPetey Piranha (Gold) Bumble V from Mario Kart TourCream Classic from Mario Kart TourCupid's Arrow from Mario Kart TourFlowery Badwagon from Mario Kart TourGold Hop Rod from Mario Kart TourGold Sushi Racer from Mario Kart TourRed Comet from Mario Kart TourRed Taxi from Mario Kart TourThe Silver Warrior Wagon from Mario Kart TourSneeker from Mario Kart TourTropical Truck from Mario Kart Tour 8-Bit Goomba from Mario Kart TourBright Balloons from Mario Kart TourCream Toe-Bean Balloons from Mario Kart TourGift Glider from Mario Kart TourGold Bells from Mario Kart TourGold Checkered Glider from Mario Kart TourMario's Hat Balloon from Mario Kart TourMario's Mustache from Mario Kart TourPink Magniflying Glass from Mario Kart TourPlanet Glider from Mario Kart TourTropical Glider from Mario Kart TourTulip Corsage from Mario Kart TourWonderful Diamond from Mario Kart TourYoshi's Cookies from Mario Kart Tour
Birdo (Red)Red Toad (Pit Crew) Blue Seven from Mario Kart TourRed Turbo Birdo from Mario Kart Tour Light-blue YoshiMario's icon from Mario Kart Tour. Mach 8 from Mario Kart TourThe Pink Turbo Yoshi from Mario Kart TourThe Super 1 from Mario Kart Tour
Minion Paper Glider from Mario Kart Tour
N64 Mario Raceway R from Mario Kart Tour
R variant
Daisy (Thai Dress)Larry (Wintertime)Penguin Mario from Mario Kart TourPenguin ToadetteToad (Tourist) Bright Girl from Mario Kart TourCheership from Mario Kart TourCoral Jet Cruiser from Mario Kart TourCream Classic from Mario Kart TourCupid's Arrow from Mario Kart TourFlowery Badwagon from Mario Kart TourGold Hop Rod from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Quickshaw from Mario Kart TourPink Comet from Mario Kart Tour Glittering Parasol from Mario Kart TourGold Bells from Mario Kart TourGold Tulips from Mario Kart TourGold Umbrella from Mario Kart TourMario's Hat Balloon from Mario Kart TourMint & Berry Balloons from Mario Kart TourThe Para-Panini from Mario Kart TourSmiley Flower Glider from Mario Kart TourTulip Corsage from Mario Kart TourThe White Waves Origami Glider from Mario Kart Tour Cat Mario from Mario Kart TourDonkey Kong Mii Racing SuitMoo Moo Mii Racing SuitPastry Chef Mii Racing SuitPeach (Yukata)Petey Piranha (Gold)Pink Mii Racing SuitPoochy from Mario Kart TourSanta Mii Racing SuitWhite Mii Racing SuitYellow Shy Guy (Explorer) The Blue Speeder from Mario Kart TourCapsule Kart from Mario Kart TourClassic B Dasher Mk. 2 from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Warrior Wagon from Mario Kart Tour***Huffin Puffin Egg from Mario Kart TourPink B Dasher Mk. 2 from Mario Kart TourRainbow Streetle from Mario Kart TourSakura Sports Coupe from Mario Kart TourSilver Flower Kart from Mario Kart TourStrawberry Soft Swerve from Mario Kart TourWatermelon Kart from Mario Kart Tour 8-Bit Block Glider from Mario Kart TourBowser Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourBright Ribbon from Mario Kart TourFlybrary Book from Mario Kart TourGolden Glider from Mario Kart TourMKT Icon GoombaHanafuda.pngGreen Sprout from Mario Kart TourIcy Mario's Mustache from Mario Kart TourPiranha Plant Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourThe Red Emblem from Mario Kart TourThe Stealth Glider from Mario Kart TourWonderful Diamond from Mario Kart Tour
Koopa (Freerunning)Light-blue YoshiOrange YoshiPink Toad (Pit Crew) The Pink Turbo Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour Birdo (Red)Daisy Blue Seven from Mario Kart TourTurbo Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour
MKT Icon BabyMario.png
N64 Mario Raceway T from Mario Kart Tour
T variant
Cat Mario from Mario Kart TourCheep Cheep Mii Racing SuitDr. PeachGreen Mii Racing SuitPara-Biddybud Mii Racing SuitPeach (Yukata)Santa Mii Racing SuitToadette (Sailor)White Mii Racing SuitYellow Shy Guy (Explorer) Gold Cupid's Arrow from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Shielded Speedster from Mario Kart TourLightning Streamliner from Mario Kart TourThe Moo Moo Offroader from Mario Kart TourThe Pink Sneeker from Mario Kart TourRainbow Streetle from Mario Kart TourRed Comet from Mario Kart TourStrawberry Soft Swerve from Mario Kart TourThe Streetle from Mario Kart TourThe Swift Talon from Mario Kart Tour The Autumn Leaves from Mario Kart TourGold Checkered Glider from Mario Kart TourGolden Glider from Mario Kart TourIcy Mario's Mustache from Mario Kart TourMario's Hat Balloon from Mario Kart TourPink Checkered Glider from Mario Kart TourThe Stealth Glider from Mario Kart TourYellow Hard Hat Balloon from Mario Kart TourYoshi's Cookies from Mario Kart Tour Daisy Mii Racing SuitGoomba Mii Racing SuitLarry (Wintertime)Mario (Sunshine)Penguin ToadettePink Mii Racing SuitRosalina Mii Racing SuitToad (Astronaut)Toad (Tourist)Toadette (Astronaut)White Tanooki Mario from Mario Kart Tour Bumble V from Mario Kart TourCheership from Mario Kart TourCoral Jet Cruiser from Mario Kart TourThe Flaming Speeder from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Quickshaw from Mario Kart TourGold Standard from Mario Kart TourIce-Cream Minibus from Mario Kart TourJumbo Jetter from Mario Kart TourPink Comet from Mario Kart TourThe Pink Speeder from Mario Kart TourSilver Bullet Blaster from Mario Kart TourThe Silver Warrior Wagon from Mario Kart Tour*** 8-Bit Super Glider from Mario Kart TourBarrel Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourCream Toe-Bean Balloons from Mario Kart TourGlittering Parasol from Mario Kart TourGold Meteors from Mario Kart TourNabbit Parachute from Mario Kart TourThe Para-Panini from Mario Kart TourRed Checkered Glider from Mario Kart TourSky-High Flyer from Mario Kart TourSmiley Flower Glider from Mario Kart TourStarry Great Sail from Mario Kart TourThe Wonderful Garnet from Mario Kart Tour
Blue Koopa (Freerunning) Red Turbo Birdo from Mario Kart TourThe Tea Coupe from Mario Kart Tour
MKT Icon BabyPeach.png
N64 Mario Raceway R/T from Mario Kart Tour
R/T variant
Daisy Mii Racing SuitDr. LuigiLemmy Mii Racing SuitLuigi (Chef)Mario (King)Poochy from Mario Kart TourRoy Mii Racing SuitToad (Astronaut)Toad (Tourist) The Gold Shielded Speedster from Mario Kart TourGreen Lightning from Mario Kart TourJumbo Jetter from Mario Kart TourPink B Dasher Mk. 2 from Mario Kart TourThe Pink Speeder from Mario Kart TourSakura Sports Coupe from Mario Kart TourThe Silver Warrior Wagon from Mario Kart TourSweet Ride from Mario Kart Tour 8-Bit Block Glider from Mario Kart TourThe Autumn Leaves from Mario Kart TourBright Ribbon from Mario Kart TourCream Toe-Bean Balloons from Mario Kart TourThe Green Emblem from Mario Kart TourGreen Sprout from Mario Kart TourRed Checkered Glider from Mario Kart TourThe Wonderful Garnet from Mario Kart Tour Builder ToadCat ToadCheep Cheep Mii Racing SuitDixie Kong's icon from Mario Kart TourLarry Mii Racing SuitMario (Aviator)Mario (Samurai)Monty Mole Mii Racing SuitPauline's icon from Mario Kart Tour.Peach (Yukata)Penguin Mario from Mario Kart TourPiranha Plant Mii Racing Suit The Black Shielded Speedster from Mario Kart TourBright Girl from Mario Kart TourGold Capsule Kart from Mario Kart TourGold Cupid's Arrow from Mario Kart TourThe Gold Sweet Ride from Mario Kart TourLightning Streamliner from Mario Kart TourPink Capsule Kart from Mario Kart TourThe Pink Sneeker from Mario Kart TourRed Offroader from Mario Kart TourThe Waluigi Racer Mk. 2 from Mario Kart Tour Bullet Bill Hanafuda from Mario Kart TourGold Tulips from Mario Kart TourGold Umbrella from Mario Kart TourMagic Parasol from Mario Kart TourMint & Berry Balloons from Mario Kart TourPink Checkered Glider from Mario Kart TourThe Red Emblem from Mario Kart Tour***Wonderful Wings from Mario Kart TourYellow Hard Hat Balloon from Mario Kart Tour
Pink Toad (Pit Crew)MKT Icon Yoshi.png The Orange Turbo Yoshi from Mario Kart TourSoda Jet from Mario Kart Tour 8-Bit Jumping Mario from Mario Kart Tour
Parachute
* 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]

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 Fire Bro Cup challenge from the 2023 Mario vs. Luigi Tour; a Break Item Boxes challenge set on N64 Mario Raceway Regular MKT Icon Wario.png
Wario
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
Mega Mushroom from Mario Kart Tour.
Mega Mushroom

Coin from Mario Kart Tour.
Coin
2
  • 12
  • 18
  • 24
Mario vs. Luigi Tour (2023) Fire Bro Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Fire Bro Cup
Big Reverse Race vs. 100
Icon Course variant Opponents Player Grand Star placements Tour appearances Cup
Thumbnail of the Luigi Cup challenge from the 2023 Mario vs. Luigi Tour; a Big Reverse Race vs. 100 challenge set on N64 Mario Raceway Regular Driver Koopa Troopa's icon from Mario Kart Tour. Shy Guy's icon from Mario Kart Tour. Dry Bones's icon from Mario Kart Tour. Red Koopa (Freerunning) Black Shy Guy from Mario Kart Tour Monty Mole from Mario Kart Tour Hammer Bro's icon from Mario Kart Tour Peach's icon from Mario Kart Tour
Peach
  • 80th
  • 40th
  • 1st
Mario vs. Luigi Tour (2023) The icon of the Luigi Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Luigi 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
Pipe Frame
Glider Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider

Profiles[edit]

Mario Kart 64[edit]

  • Instruction manual: Although the distance of one lap is fairly short, it has complex corners and numerous hairpin curves. The course, named after our mascot, is highly recommended by the game designers as their favorite Time Trials course.
  • Website: The "official" course in Mario Kart 64, Mario Raceway is a quick circuit track with a variety of turns to test your Kart handling skill.[4]

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

The N64 Mario Raceway card from the Mario Kart Wii trading cards
Trading Card
  • Websites
    • Flag of USA.png "A back-to-basics drifter's paradise with a single ramp perfectly placed for shortcuts across the grass."
    • Flag of Europe.png "Drift your way around wide turns and through the pipe tunnel as you dart in-between the lush green hills of Mario Raceway. That's what the sell-out crowd came to see!"
  • Trading Card bio: "Certainly one of Mario's favorite stomping grounds, N64 Mario Raceway makes another appearance on the Mario Kart circuit. May not be an overly difficult track, but it's definitely one that has a lot of opportunities to define, practice and refine your driving strategies. You should be boosting out of every turn."

Sponsors[edit]

Mario Kart 64[edit]

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Mario Kart 64[edit]

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Course icons[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオサーキット
Mario Sākitto
Mario Circuit

Chinese (simplified) 马力欧赛道
Mǎlìōu Sàidào
Mario Speedway

Chinese (traditional) 瑪利歐賽道
Mǎlìōu Sàidào
Mario Speedway

French Autodrome Mario
Mario Motordrome
German Marios Rennpiste
Mario's Racetrack
Italian Pista di Mario
Mario's Track
Korean 마리오 서킷
Mario Seokit
Mario Circuit

Portuguese Pista Mario
Mario Track
Spanish (NOA) Pista Mario
Pista de Mario (Mario Kart Wii)
Mario Track
Mario's Track
Spanish (NOE) Pista Mario
Mario Track

Trivia[edit]

  • In an early build of Mario Kart 64, the first rotating "Go" sign was absent, and in its place was a Nintendo sign.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) issue 51, page 28.
  2. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (Australia) issue 49, page 40.
  3. ^ Supper Mario Broth (November 16, 2018). Supper Mario Broth Blog. Tumblr. Retrieved April 28, 2023.
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/19980205065149/http://www.nintendo.com:80/n64/mario_kart64/flwrcup.html