N64 Skyscraper

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This article is about the battle course from the Mario Kart series. For the home of several Nintendo characters in the comic "Super Mario in Die Nacht des Grauens", see Nintendo Skyscraper.
The icon for Skyscraper, from Mario Kart 64.
The course icon in Mario Kart 64.
Appears in Mario Kart 64 (1996)
Mario Kart Wii (2008)
Cup(s) Battle Mode
Online play No longer available (Wii)
Music sample
Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart Wii
Course map
Mario Kart 64
An aerial view of N64 Skyscraper.Mini map of Skyscraper from Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart Wii
The course map for N64 Skyscraper from Mario Kart Wii.

Skyscraper is a battle course in Mario Kart 64. As its name implies, the course takes place on the roof of a giant skyscraper. It is the currently the only battle course in the Mario Kart series to have a one-word name, and one of two courses in general with this distinction (the other being Electrodrome, a race course from Mario Kart 8).

Mario Kart 64[edit]

The course's layout is octagon-shaped and composed of an outer ring and a much wider inner ring, separated by a large gap. There is also a hole at the center of the inner ring. Four bridges connect the inner and outer rings and have walls on the side, however there are no other walls anywhere on the course, making it easy for players to fall off the map and lose balloons.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Skyscraper returns in Mario Kart Wii. In the stage's Wii version, it was made larger to accommodate 12 players. The edges of the gaps in the roof became ramps on which players can perform tricks. Areas 1-4 are also re-ordered clockwise instead of having 1-2 and 3-4 parallel to each other (based on players' starting positions), and have become color-coded yellow, green, cyan, and magenta.


The tournament.

September 2008's first tournament required players to complete a Time Trial on a version of Skyscraper that has been turned into a race track: Players must drive three laps counterclockwise around the outer ring, though there are now fourteen Bob-omb Cars and four Item Boxes traveling clockwise. Players start the Time Trial with no items, but each Item Box would guarantee either a Mushroom, Mega Mushroom, or Star. The control scheme was restricted to Wii Wheel users. The tournament was later repeated as the first tournament of September 2010, the first tournament of February 2012, and the second tournament of April 2013.


Mario Kart 64[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: "It's a wild battle on top of the skyscraper! If you fall off the building, you will lose one balloon. There are no guardrails to keep you from falling, so don't speed too much. A highly effective strategy for attacking your opponents is to crash into them in an attempt to knock them off instead of relying simply on the use of items."
  • Web page: "The Skyscraper arena is situated high atop a skyscraper. If you fall off the building, you will lose one of your balloons. Heavier Karts can knock lighter ones off the roof without using an item. Since this arena is the smallest of all, you can't hide, and it's a good idea to keep your speed down. It's also easy to ambush you opponent when he is put back on the course by Lakitu."[1]

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

  • European website: "It's a long way down from up here, so take care as you race over rooftops. Don't get dazzled by those giant searchlights!"


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese まてんろう

Chinese 摩天大楼
Mótiān Dàlóu

French Gratte-ciel
German Wolkenkratzer
Italian Grattacielo
Korean 마천루

Spanish Rascacielos


  • In Mario Kart Wii, the 2D texture for the distant skyscrapers in the background of this course is a crudely edited version of a background texture from Mushroom City in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, with the buildings being made square instead of having rounded tops and several artifacts from the original texture surviving, like a smiley faced block and a small mushroom.


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