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A new course[1][2] is the term used to refer to an original course in the Mario Kart series that is new to the series and has never appeared before. They often took the name of the game they were derived from: in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, the original tracks are called Super Circuit Tracks to distinguish them from the tracks originating from Super Mario Kart, called Extra Tracks. In Mario Kart DS, the new courses are known as Nitro Courses from the project codename for the Nintendo DS, Project Nitro. In Mario Kart Wii the new courses are known as Wii courses. Some of them have reappeared in later Mario Kart games as classic courses. In all the console games, at least one Mario Circuit, Bowser's Castle, Rainbow Road, a beach- or water-themed course, and a snow-themed course have appeared as a new course. While Mario Kart Tour does have its own Mario Circuit and Rainbow Road courses, they have only been in the form of remix courses thus far.

Courses[edit]

Super Mario Kart[edit]

Cup Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5
Mushroom Cup The map for Mario Circuit 1.
Mario Circuit 1
The map for Donut Plains 1.
Donut Plains 1
The map for Ghost Valley 1.
Ghost Valley 1
Bowser Castle 1
Bowser Castle 1
The map for Mario Circuit 2.
Mario Circuit 2
Flower Cup The map for Choco Island 1.
Choco Island 1
The map for Ghost Valley 2.
Ghost Valley 2
The map for Donut Plains 2.
Donut Plains 2
An aerial view of Bowser Castle 2.
Bowser Castle 2
The map for Mario Circuit 3.
Mario Circuit 3
Star Cup The map for Koopa Beach 1.
Koopa Beach 1
The map for Choco Island 2.
Choco Island 2
The map for Vanilla Lake 1.
Vanilla Lake 1
The map for Bowser Castle 3.
Bowser Castle 3
The map for Mario Circuit 4.
Mario Circuit 4
Special Cup The map for Donut Plains 3.
Donut Plains 3
The map for Koopa Beach 2.
Koopa Beach 2
The map for Ghost Valley 3.
Ghost Valley 3
The map for Vanilla Lake 2.
Vanilla Lake 2
The map for Rainbow Road.
Rainbow Road

Mario Kart 64[edit]

Cup Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mushroom Cup The icon for Luigi Raceway, from Mario Kart 64.
Luigi Raceway
The icon for Moo Moo Farm, from Mario Kart 64.
Moo Moo Farm
The icon for Koopa Troopa Beach, from Mario Kart 64.
Koopa Troopa Beach
The icon for Kalimari Desert, from Mario Kart 64.
Kalimari Desert
Flower Cup The icon for Toad's Turnpike, from Mario Kart 64.
Toad's Turnpike
The icon for Frappe Snowland, from Mario Kart 64.
Frappe Snowland
The icon for Choco Mountain, from Mario Kart 64.
Choco Mountain
The icon for Mario Raceway, from Mario Kart 64.
Mario Raceway
Star Cup The icon for Wario Stadium, from Mario Kart 64.
Wario Stadium
The icon for Sherbet Land, from Mario Kart 64.
Sherbet Land
The icon for Royal Raceway, from Mario Kart 64.
Royal Raceway
The icon for Bowser's Castle, from Mario Kart 64.
Bowser's Castle
Special Cup The icon for DK's Jungle Parkway, from Mario Kart 64.
DK's Jungle Parkway
The icon for Yoshi Valley, from Mario Kart 64.
Yoshi Valley
The icon for Banshee Boardwalk, from Mario Kart 64.
Banshee Boardwalk
The icon for Rainbow Road, from Mario Kart 64.
Rainbow Road

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Cup Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mushroom Cup Peach Circuit
Peach Circuit
The preview image of Shy Guy Beach from Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Shy Guy Beach
Riverside Park
Riverside Park
Bowser Castle 1
Bowser Castle 1
Flower Cup Mario Circuit
Mario Circuit
Boo Lake
Boo Lake
Cheese Land
Cheese Land
Preview image of Bowser Castle 2 from Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Bowser Castle 2
Lightning Cup Luigi Circuit
Luigi Circuit
Sky Garden
Sky Garden
The preview image for Cheep-Cheep Island from Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Cheep-Cheep Island
Localized Sunset Wilds course icon.
Sunset Wilds
Star Cup Snow Land
Snow Land
Ribbon Land MKSC icon.png
Ribbon Road
Yoshi Desert MKSC icon.png
Yoshi Desert
Bowser's Castle 3 MKSC icon.png
Bowser Castle 3
Special Cup Lakeside Park
Lakeside Park
The preview image for Broken Pier in Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Broken Pier
Bowser Castle 4
Bowser Castle 4
Rainbow Road
Rainbow Road

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

Cup Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mushroom Cup The icon for Luigi Circuit, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!
Luigi Circuit
The icon for Peach Beach, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
Peach Beach
The icon for Baby Park, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
Baby Park
The icon for Dry Dry Desert, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
Dry Dry Desert
Flower Cup The icon for Mushroom Bridge, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
Mushroom Bridge
The icon for Mario Circuit, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!
Mario Circuit
The icon for Daisy Cruiser, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!
Daisy Cruiser
The icon for Waluigi Stadium, from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Waluigi Stadium
Star Cup The icon for Sherbet Land, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
Sherbet Land
The icon for Mushroom City, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
Mushroom City
The icon for Yoshi Circuit, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
Yoshi Circuit
The icon for DK Mountain, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
DK Mountain
Special Cup The icon for Wario Colosseum, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
Wario Colosseum
The icon for Dino Dino Jungle, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
Dino Dino Jungle
The icon for Bowser's Castle, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
Bowser's Castle
The icon for Rainbow Road, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
Rainbow Road

Mario Kart DS[edit]

Cup Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mushroom Cup Screenshot of Figure-8 Circuit from Mario Kart DS
Figure-8 Circuit
Yoshi Falls
Yoshi Falls
Panorama of Cheep Cheep Beach seen in Mario Kart DS.
Cheep Cheep Beach
Luigi's Mansion
Luigi's Mansion
Flower Cup Desert Hills
Desert Hills
Delfino Square from Mario Kart DS
Delfino Square
Waluigi Pinball
Waluigi Pinball
Shroom Ridge
Shroom Ridge
Star Cup DK Pass
DK Pass
The race track Tick Tock Clock in Mario Kart DS.
Tick-Tock Clock
Mario Circuit
Mario Circuit
Airship Fortress
Airship Fortress
Special Cup Screenshot of Mario Kart DS game featuring the Wario Stadium.
Wario Stadium
Panorama of Peach Gardens seen in Mario Kart DS
Peach Gardens
Bowser's Castle
Bowser Castle
Rainbow Road (DS)
Rainbow Road

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Cup Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mushroom Cup View of Luigi Circuit in Mario Kart Wii
Luigi Circuit
View of Moo Moo Meadows in Mario Kart Wii.
Moo Moo Meadows
View of Mushroom Gorge in Mario Kart Wii
Mushroom Gorge
View of Toad's Factory in Mario Kart Wii
Toad's Factory
Flower Cup Mario Kart Wii: An overview of Mario Circuit, seeing the castle surrounded by houses as residence
Mario Circuit
View of Coconut Mall in Mario Kart Wii.
Coconut Mall
DK Summit in Mario Kart Wii
DK Summit
DK's Snowboard Cross
Wario's Gold Mine in Mario Kart Wii
Wario's Gold Mine
Star Cup Daisy Circuit
Daisy Circuit
Koopa Cape
Koopa Cape
Overview of Maple Treeway
Maple Treeway
Grumble Volcano
Grumble Volcano
Special Cup Dry Dry Ruins (race course)
Dry Dry Ruins
Moonview Highway
Moonview Highway
Bowser's Castle
Bowser's Castle
Rainbow Road
Rainbow Road

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Cup Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mushroom Cup Toad Circuit
Toad Circuit
Daisy Hills
Daisy Hills
Cheep Cheep Lagoon
Cheep Cheep Lagoon
Cheep Cheep Cape
Shy Guy Bazaar
Shy Guy Bazaar
Flower Cup Wuhu Loop
Wuhu Loop
Wuhu Island Loop
Mario Circuit
Mario Circuit
Music Park
Music Park
Melody Motorway
Rock Rock Mountain
Rock Rock Mountain
Alpine Pass
Star Cup Piranha Plant Slide
Piranha Plant Slide
Piranha Plant Pipeway
Wario Shipyard
Wario Shipyard
Wario's Galleon
Neo Bowser City
Neo Bowser City
Koopa City
Maka Wuhu
Maka Wuhu
Wuhu Mountain Loop
Special Cup DK Jungle
DK Jungle
Rosalina's Ice World
Rosalina's Ice World
Bowser Castle
Bowser's Castle
Rainbow Road
Rainbow Road

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Cup Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mushroom Cup Mario Kart Stadium
Mario Kart Stadium
Water Park
Water Park
Big Piranha Plant
Sweet Sweet Canyon
Thwomp Ruins
Thwomp Ruins
Flower Cup Mario Circuit
Mario Circuit
Toad Harbor
Toad Harbor
Toad Harbour
Twisted Mansion
Twisted Mansion
Shy Guy Falls
Shy Guy Falls
Star Cup Sunshine Airport
Sunshine Airport
MK8-Course-DolphinShoals.jpg
Dolphin Shoals
MK8-Course-Electrodrome.jpg
Electrodrome
MK8-Course-MountWario.jpg
Mount Wario
Special Cup Cloudtop Cruise
Cloudtop Cruise
MK8-Course-Bone-DryDunes.png
Bone-Dry Dunes
Bone Dry Dunes
The exterior of Bowser's Castle.
Bowser's Castle
Rainbow Road in Mario Kart 8.
Rainbow Road

DLC courses[edit]

Cup Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Egg Cup Excitebike Arena from Mario Kart 8 - The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content.
Excitebike Arena
An overview of Dragon Driftway from Mario Kart 8
Dragon Driftway
MK8-DLC-Course-MuteCity-section.jpg
Mute City
Triforce Cup Ice Ice Outpost from Mario Kart 8 - The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8.
Ice Ice Outpost
Hyrule Circuit
Hyrule Circuit
Crossing Cup Wild Woods, from Mario Kart 8 - Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content.
Wild Woods
Preview art for all four seasons of Animal Crossing in Mario Kart 8.
Animal Crossing
Bell Cup Super Bell Subway from Mario Kart 8 - Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content.
Super Bell Subway
Big Blue, from Mario Kart 8 - Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content.
Big Blue

Booster Course Pass courses[edit]

Cup Course 4
Propeller Cup Sky-High Sundae in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Sky-High Sundae

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

A subset of Mario Kart Tour's new courses are referred to as city courses and are specifically set in real life cities. These courses typically appear in tours themed after their pertinent city, such as London Loop in the London Tour. There are up to four different layouts of city courses, with the fourth layout typically being a 1-lap circuit that incorporates most of the routes of the three previous layouts.

Since the content of each cup changes periodically in Mario Kart Tour, courses below are simply listed in the order in which they were introduced to the game.

Platform codes[edit]

Since Mario Kart 7, every course in the console Mario Kart games and in Mario Kart Tour features a specific platform code prepended to its internal name, indicating the platform on which the game that had said courses as new courses was released. As the courses become classic courses the platform code receives a game text counterpart that depends on the language set and is prepended to the course name.

Platform code English game text counterpart Platform Game
sfc SNES Super Nintendo Entertainment System Super Mario Kart
n64 N64 Nintendo 64 Mario Kart 64
agb GBA Game Boy Advance Mario Kart: Super Circuit
gc GCN Nintendo GameCube Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
ds DS Nintendo DS Mario Kart DS
wii Wii Wii Mario Kart Wii
3ds 3DS Nintendo 3DS Mario Kart 7
u N/A Wii U Mario Kart 8
mob Tour (city courses)
None (other courses)
Mobile devices Mario Kart Tour
nsw N/A Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
(first used in the Booster Course Pass)

Gallery[edit]

Cup emblems[edit]

Mushroom Cup[edit]

Flower Cup[edit]

Lightning Cup[edit]

Star Cup[edit]

Special Cup[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

In Mario Kart Tour, the cups are named after characters rather than items. Most of the unique characters in the game have a cup named after them, and the cup's associated character gets raised one shelf on that cup's courses (unless it is already one of their favorite courses). The cups are listed below in order of their first appearance.

Cup trophies[edit]

Mushroom Cup[edit]

Flower Cup[edit]

Star Cup[edit]

Special Cup[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Super Circuit Tracks[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese GBAコース
GBA kōsu
GBA Course

Trivia[edit]

  • The four worlds after World Bowser in Super Mario 3D World resemble the new cups (World Mushroom for Mushroom Cup, World Flower for Flower Cup, World Star for Star Cup, and World Crown for Special Cup).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Musa, Alexander (May 30, 2014). Mario Kart 8 PRIMA Official Game Guide. The section about the new courses on page 44 is known as "THE NEW TRACKS".
  2. ^ new internal name of the folder containing the data about the newly introduced courses in Mario Kart Tour
  3. ^ From the iQue localization prototype.