Rainbow Road (SNES)

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Rainbow Road
SMK Rainbow Road Lower-Screen Map.png
Information
Appearance(s) Super Mario Kart (1992)
Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)
Mario Kart 7 (2011)
Mario Kart 8 (DLC Pack 1) (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
WarioWare Gold (2018)
Mario Kart Tour (2019)
Cup(s) it appears in Special Cup (SMK)
Extra Special Cup (MKSC)
Lightning Cup (MK7)
Triforce Cup (MK8/MK8D)
Staff Ghost 1:34.459 by Nin★YABUKI (MK7)
(Lakitu with the Pipe Frame, Slim Tires, & Super Glider)
Nin★Anne (1:46.599) (MK8) (as Cat Peach)
Nin★Anne (1:40.711) (MK8D) (as Cat Peach) (150cc)
Nin★Marie (1:12.762) (MK8D) (as Tanooki Mario) (200cc)
Expert Staff Ghost 1:21.994 by Nin★SRIWtm (MK7)
(Lakitu with the Cloud 9, Roller Tires, & Parafoil)
Wi-Fi Available (3DS, Wii U, Switch)
Music
Super Mario Kart

Mario Kart: Super Circuit Mario Kart 7 Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Course map
Super Mario Kart
SMK Rainbow Road Overhead Map.png
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Super Circuit SNES Rainbow Road.png
Mario Kart 7
MK7 SNESRainbowRoad.png

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

MK8 SNES Rainbow Road Map.pngMK8DX SNES Rainbow Road Map.png

Mario Kart Tour
MKT Map RainbowRoadSNES.png

The original Rainbow Road debuted in Super Mario Kart, as the last course of the Special Cup, starting the Mario Kart series tradition of having Rainbow Road as the last course of the final cup. It is the shortest Rainbow Road to date, and it is the most common retro track in the series, having appeared six times in different games, more than any other Mario Kart track.

This course is unique in Super Mario Kart in the fact that it is the only track in the game that is not numbered compared to the others, and thus it is the game's only unique track. It is the only track in the Special Cup with normal traction, but lacks rails entirely and has only 90-degree turns. Rainbow-colored tiles and a few jumping bumps cover the track's surface, and the yellow tiles conceal Coins. This course features Star Thwomps which can wipe out a racer by touch, unlike regular Thwomps, as well as by crushing, unless the racer uses a Super Star or a Boo.

Course layout[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr. racing on Rainbow Road

The track begins with racers taking a turn to the right, where they will find ? Panels to gather items. There are some Jumps, followed by four Thwomps. After this, racers turn to the right again where they can collect some coins, followed by another turn to the right, where there is once again a path with jumping bumps with an incoming turn that might cause racers to fall. After this turn, the track gets narrower and follows a long path where more coins and Thwomps are found along the way with another turn awaiting the player. It is here where the track gets even more narrow increasing the risk of falling. Before the final turn, the track splits into two roads; the left side contains coins while the right side has two ? Panels, both have a pair of Thwomps near the part where these roads merge. Alternatively, there are two jumping bumps in the middle gap; if any racers use a Mushroom while they are heading for them, they can jump over the gap for a significant shortcut. After the final turn, before the finish line, there is another quartet of Thwomps, but this time there is no space between them to pass, with players only being able to pass them by driving on the side or when the Thwomps are rising.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Minimap as seen
MKSC SNES Rainbow Road Extra Cup Map.png
on the menu.
MKSC SNES Rainbow Road Mini Map.png
in the race.
Luigi racing through the track

Rainbow Road reappeared in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, as the last track of the Extra Special Cup. The background is from that game's own Rainbow Road, but with only the sparkles, foreground clouds, and moon appearing; like that track, this one is also translucent. The Thwomps and jumping bumps are removed. The coins' placement is also changed so that all coins are on blue tiles, making it much easier for players to collect them.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Overview of the track in Mario Kart 7.

Rainbow Road returns again as the last course of the Lightning Cup in Mario Kart 7, being the first Rainbow Road to reappear as a Retro track in another Mario Kart (besides its reappearance in Mario Kart: Super Circuit).

Even though this track is short, and is one of the shortest tracks in the game, there are only three laps instead of five. The course uses a similar background to that of DS Waluigi Pinball.

Unlike previous incarnations, this new version has the characteristic "glistening" sound effect when drifting on it, a common feature of all Rainbow Roads starting from the GCN rendition.

Unlike in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, the Thwomps (now with their New Super Mario Bros. Wii appearance) return. They are now larger (which reduces their number in the track, from sixteen to seven), and now form ripples on the track upon impact, which the player can trick off of. Also, howling noises can be heard near the Super Thwomps.

The tiles' colors are similar to those of Rainbow Road from Mario Kart: Super Circuit, with pink replacing the red tiles and cyan replacing the turquoise tiles. In first-person view, the player can see through the breaks in the tiles. The widest part of the gap in the forked road is two tiles shorter, but the gap itself is also seven tiles shorter, making the shortcut easier to use. Also, the section of tiles before the fork (from the orange tiles on the narrow part of the straight after turn 7 to the purple tiles before the gap) is wider: the first orange, blue, yellow, and last purple tile rows before the gap are now two tiles wider. The finish line is also two tiles long, removing the red tiles that used to be in front of it.

Ramps replace the yellow bumps, though the first two bumps were removed entirely, the last pair at the fork is now a single taller ramp in front of the gap, and a ramp was added on the inside of the second U-turn, adding a new shortcut (requiring a Mushroom or Mini-Turbo to get across); the ramps are only two tiles wide, rather than three, like the bumps.

Like most other SNES and GBA Retro courses, a starting banner stylized after the Mario Kart 64 starting banners is added in this course.

Aside from the addition of cymbals, the music sounds the way it did in the SNES version.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Overview of the track in Mario Kart 8.

Rainbow Road returns for the third time in the Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack of Mario Kart 8 and in the base game of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, appearing as the second course in the Triforce Cup. As a result, for the first time, a Rainbow Road course is not the last track in a cup.

The track's layout is similar to its appearance in Mario Kart 7. The tiles revert to their original colors, though their color pattern is reversed, and they are now flashing LED lights, like on N64 Rainbow Road. There are now eight different colors of tiles, instead of seven from its previous appearances (adding cyan between turquoise and blue), and the tiles the Thwomps land on are now white. The course itself is also larger, wider and banked (namely, the inclined third U-turn). Tiles at the edges of the track now have borders on the outer edges. The forked road is also altered further, with the narrow part of the hole's end filled in, and the ramp in front reverted to the original bumps' height and position. The music is also deeper-pitched and remixed, as with the other retro courses in this game.

The Thwomps work as they do in Mario Kart 7, but they now have sparkles, a mosaic-like appearance, horizontal rainbow lines running from bottom to top of them, and the species' Super Mario Galaxy appearance, like the other Thwomps in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8, rather than their spiked New Super Mario Bros. Wii design in Mario Kart 7. Additionally, all of the Thwomps are bigger except the last two. Unlike before, when they start to crash down, they will create rainbow waves above them. Also, when they shake before falling, and the moment they land, they make metallic glistening sounds. The waves on the track they create are now bigger, move more quickly, and disappear faster than in Mario Kart 7, making tricks more difficult to perform.

The course, as seen at the starting line.

The course now takes place in a cloudy night sky with the moon visible, just like in Super Circuit, but it now has color-changing hills that stick above them. Various Toad Houses litter the landscape below the course, which in itself is similar to SNES Donut Plains 3. The starting banner is now redesigned, with colored blocks with a Star on top of it; the banner also stands on two walled areas, now making the start the only walled part of the course. Also, when a player approaches a turn, two green arrow holograms will appear behind the turn, and indicate in which direction the player must drive (similar to Super Circuit's Nitro courses). Once the player has made the turn, the arrows will disappear.

Staff ghost[edit]

The staff ghost for this track is Cat Peach on the Cat Cruiser, with a time of 1:46.599. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 200cc, the staff ghost is Tanooki Mario with a time of 1:12.762.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The course's icon in Mario Kart Tour

Rainbow Road reappears in Mario Kart Tour, mostly taking on the appearance of its Mario Kart 7 iteration. However, the ramp inside the second U-turn is absent, the hole in the road is even smaller than it was before, the last two Thwomps are further apart, the red tiling on the course and banner returns (in place of the pink ones in Mario Kart 7), the track edges are beveled, the track itself is thicker, and the arrow signs and Thwomp designs from the Mario Kart 8 rendition return. This course is favored by Rosalina, Metal Mario, Pauline (Party Time), and Ice Mario.

Tokyo Tour[edit]

In the Tokyo Tour, Rainbow Road appears as the third course in the Rosalina Cup, the second course in the Peach Cup, the location of the challenge in the Toad Cup, and the location of the challenge in the Wario Cup. It also has a Reverse variant that appears as the second course in the Peachette Cup, and a Trick variant that appears as the first course in the Baby Rosalina Cup.

MKT Icon Rosalina Cup.png Rosalina Cup
SNES Rainbow Road
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon Rosalina.pngMetal Mario MKT Icon Cloud9.pngMKT Icon KabukiDasher.png MKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon SuperGliderGold.png
Two Star MKT Icon ShyGuy.pngLemmyLudwigMario (Hakama)Peach (Kimono) Bull's-Eye BanzaiMKT Icon Daytripper.pngMKT Icon SodaJet.pngMKT Icon GoldBlooper.png MKT Icon Parachute.pngMKT Icon PeachParasol.pngMKT Icon FullFlight.png
MKT Icon Peach Cup.png Peach Cup
SNES Rainbow Road
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon Rosalina.pngMetal MarioPeach (Kimono) MKT Icon Daytripper.pngMKT Icon Cloud9.pngMKT Icon KabukiDasher.png MKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon SuperGliderGold.pngMKT Icon PurpleOilpaperUmbrella.png
Two Star MKT Icon ShyGuy.pngLemmyLudwigPeach Bull's-Eye BanzaiMKT Icon GoldBlooper.pngMKT Icon Quickshaw.png MKT Icon Parachute.png
MKT Icon Baby Rosalina Cup.png Baby Rosalina Cup
SNES Rainbow Road T
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngMetal Mario MKT Icon Royale.pngMKT Icon BlueBadwagon.png MKT Icon BBIAParafoil.pngMKT Icon SuperGliderGold.png
Two Star MKT Icon Bowser.pngMario (Musician)Mario (Hakama) MKT Icon Daytripper.pngMKT Icon SodaJet.pngMKT Icon GoldBlooper.png MKT Icon PaperGlider.pngMKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon LightningOilpaper.png
MKT Icon Peachette Cup.png Peachette Cup
SNES Rainbow Road R
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star LemmyMKT Icon Peachette.png MKT Icon KoopaClown.pngMKT Icon BlackCircuit.png MKT Icon FullFlight.pngMKT Icon BulletBillParachute.png
Two Star MKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngMKT Icon Rosalina.pngMetal MarioPeach (Kimono) MKT Icon CheepCharger.pngMKT Icon Royale.pngMKT Icon Quickshaw.pngMKT Icon BlueBadwagon.png MKT Icon BBIAParafoil.pngMKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon PurpleOilpaperUmbrella.png

Halloween Tour[edit]

In the Halloween Tour, Rainbow Road appears as the third course in the Shy Guy Cup, the second course in the Wario Cup, and the location of the challenge in the Dry Bones Cup. It also has a Reverse variant that appears as the first course in the Metal Mario Cup, and a Trick variant that appears as the third course in the Morton Cup.

MKT Icon Shy Guy Cup.png Shy Guy Cup
SNES Rainbow Road
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon ShyGuy.pngMKT Icon Rosalina.pngMetal Mario MKT Icon Cloud9.pngMKT Icon KabukiDasher.png MKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon SuperGliderGold.pngMKT Icon RainyBalloons.png
Two Star LemmyLudwigPeach (Kimono)Rosalina (Halloween)King Boo (Luigi's Mansion) Bull's-Eye BanzaiMKT Icon Daytripper.pngMKT Icon GoldBlooper.png ParachutePeach ParasolMKT Icon FullFlight.png
MKT Icon Wario Cup.png Wario Cup
SNES Rainbow Road
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon Rosalina.pngMetal MarioRosalina (Halloween) MKT Icon Cloud9.pngMKT Icon KabukiDasher.png MKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon WaluigiWing.pngMKT Icon SuperGliderGold.png
Two Star MKT Icon ShyGuy.pngLemmyLudwigMKT Icon Wario.pngPeach (Kimono) Bull's-Eye BanzaiMKT Icon Daytripper.pngMKT Icon GoldBlooper.pngMKT Icon Badwagon.pngMKT Icon Quickshaw.png ParachuteMKT Icon PiranhaPlantParafoil.pngMKT Icon RainyBalloons.pngMKT Icon WickedWings.png
MKT Icon Morton Cup.png Morton Cup
SNES Rainbow Road T
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngMKT Icon MetalMario.png MKT Icon Royale.pngMKT Icon BlueBadwagon.png MKT Icon BBIAParafoil.pngMKT Icon SuperGliderGold.png
Two Star MortonMKT Icon Bowser.pngMario (Musician)Mario (HakamaRosalina (Halloween)King Boo (Luigi's Mansion) MKT Icon Daytripper.pngMKT Icon GoldBlooper.pngMKT Icon Trickster.pngMKT Icon GhostRide.png MKT Icon PaperGlider.pngMKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon LightningOilpaper.png
MKT Icon Metal Mario Cup.png Metal Mario Cup
SNES Rainbow Road R
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star LemmyMetal Mario MKT Icon KoopaClown.pngMKT Icon BlackCircuit.png MKT Icon BulletBillParachute.png
Two Star MKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngMKT Icon Rosalina.pngMKT Icon Peachette.pngRosalina (Halloween) MKT Icon CheepCharger.pngMKT Icon CircuitSpecial.pngMKT Icon BlueBadwagon.png MKT Icon BBIAParafoil.pngMKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon SuperGliderGold.pngMKT Icon FullFlight.png

Winter Tour[edit]

In the Winter Tour, Rainbow Road has a Reverse/Trick variant which appears as the first course in the Metal Mario Cup and the third course in the Peachette Cup.

MKT Icon Metal Mario Cup.png Metal Mario Cup
SNES Rainbow Road R/T
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon Rosalina.pngRosalina (Halloween)MKT Icon PinkGoldPeach.pngKing Boo (Luigi's Mansion) MKT Icon Poltergust4000.pngMKT Icon BumbleV.png MKT Icon LeTricolore.pngMKT Icon Starchute.png
Two Star MKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngMKT Icon Pauline.pngMetal MarioMario (Santa) MKT Icon Cloud9.pngMKT Icon CircuitSpecial.pngMKT Icon Macharon.pngMKT Icon GoldTrain.png MKT Icon SuperGliderGold.pngMKT Icon FareFlier.png
MKT Icon Peachette Cup.png Peachette Cup
SNES Rainbow Road R/T
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon Rosalina.pngRosalina (Halloween)MKT Icon PinkGoldPeach.pngKing Boo (Luigi's Mansion) MKT Icon Poltergust4000.pngMKT Icon BumbleV.png MKT Icon LeTricolore.pngMKT Icon Starchute.png
Two Star MKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngMKT Icon Peachette.pngMKT Icon Pauline.pngMario (Santa) MKT Icon Cloud9.pngMKT Icon Macharon.pngMKT Icon WildfireFlyer.pngMKT Icon GoldTrain.png MKT Icon FareFlier.pngMKT Icon StrawberryCrepe.pngMKT Icon RoyalParachute.png

London Tour[edit]

In the London Tour, Rainbow Road appears as the second course in the Toad Cup, the first course in the Mario Cup, and the location of the challenge in the Koopa Troopa Cup. It also has a Reverse variant which appears as the third course in the Luigi Cup and the first course in the Rosalina Cup, and a Trick variant which appears as the second course in the Shy Guy Cup.

MKT Icon Toad Cup.png Toad Cup
SNES Rainbow Road
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon Rosalina.pngMetal Mario MKT Icon Cloud9.pngMKT Icon KabukiDasher.pngMKT Icon Cheermellow.pngMKT Icon RedBDasher.png MKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon SuperGliderGold.png
Two Star MKT Icon ShyGuy.pngLemmyLudwigMKT Icon Toad.pngPeach (Kimono)Rosalina (Halloween)Daisy (Holiday Cheer) Bull's-Eye BanzaiMKT Icon Daytripper.pngMKT Icon GoldBlooper.pngMKT Icon Streamliner.pngMKT Icon RibbonRider.pngMKT Icon GoldTrain.png ParachuteMKT Icon PiranhaPlantParafoil.pngMKT Icon WaluigiWing.pngMKT Icon GlitterGlider.pngMKT Icon CloudGlider.pngMKT Icon RainyBalloons.png
MKT Icon Luigi Cup.png Luigi Cup
SNES Rainbow Road R
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star LemmyMario (Santa) MKT Icon KoopaClown.pngMKT Icon BlackCircuit.pngMKT Icon GoldTrain.png MKT Icon SoaringJack.pngMKT Icon BulletBillParachute.png
Two Star MKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngMKT Icon Rosalina.pngMKT Icon Luigi.pngMetal MarioMKT Icon Peachette.pngRosalina (Halloween)Waluigi (Bus Driver) MKT Icon CheepCharger.pngMKT Icon Poltergust4000.pngMKT Icon DoubleDecker.pngMKT Icon BlueBadwagon.png MKT Icon DropletGlider.pngMKT Icon BBIAParafoil.pngMKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon FullFlight.pngMKT Icon LeTricolore.png
MKT Icon Shy Guy Cup.png Shy Guy Cup
SNES Rainbow Road T
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngMetal MarioMario (Santa)MKT Icon PinkGoldPeach.png MKT Icon Royale.pngMKT Icon RibbonRider.pngMKT Icon BlueBadwagon.png MKT Icon BBIAParafoil.pngMKT Icon SuperGliderGold.pngMKT Icon LeTricolore.png
Two Star MKT Icon ShyGuy.pngMKT Icon Bowser.pngMario (Musician)Mario (Hakama)Rosalina (Halloween)Daisy (Holiday Cheer) MKT Icon BulletBlaster.pngMKT Icon Daytripper.pngMKT Icon GoldBlooper.pngMKT Icon Trickster.pngMKT Icon CarrotKart.png MKT Icon BobombParafoil.pngMKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon LightningOilpaper.pngMKT Icon WaluigiWing.pngMKT Icon GlitterGlider.png
MKT Icon Mario Cup.png Mario Cup
SNES Rainbow Road
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon Rosalina.pngMetal Mario MKT Icon Cloud9.pngMKT Icon KabukiDasher.pngMKT Icon Cheermellow.pngMKT Icon RedBDasher.png MKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon SuperGliderGold.png
Two Star MKT Icon ShyGuy.pngLemmyLudwigMKT Icon Mario.pngPeach (Kimono)Rosalina (Halloween) Bull's-Eye BanzaiMKT Icon Daytripper.pngMKT Icon GoldBlooper.pngMKT Icon BDasher.pngMKT Icon GoldTrain.png MKT Icon SuperGliderRed.pngParachuteMKT Icon PiranhaPlantParafoil.pngMKT Icon WaluigiWing.pngMKT Icon RainyBalloons.png
MKT Icon Rosalina Cup.png Rosalina Cup
SNES Rainbow Road R
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star LemmyMKT Icon Rosalina.pngMario (Santa) MKT Icon KoopaClown.pngMKT Icon BlackCircuit.pngMKT Icon GoldTrain.png MKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon BulletBillParachute.png
Two Star MKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngMetal MarioMKT Icon Peachette.pngRosalina (Halloween) MKT Icon CheepCharger.pngMKT Icon SodaJet.pngMKT Icon BlueBadwagon.png MKT Icon BBIAParafoil.pngMKT Icon FullFlight.pngMKT Icon LeTricolore.pngMKT Icon SoaringJack.png

Valentine's Tour[edit]

In the Valentine's Tour, Rainbow Road appears as the third course in the Daisy Cup, the second course in the Toad Cup, and the location of the challenge in the Bowser Cup. It also has a Trick variant which appears as the third course in the Baby Rosalina Cup, and a Reverse variant which appears as the third course in the Waluigi Cup.

MKT Icon Daisy Cup.png Daisy Cup
SNES Rainbow Road
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon Rosalina.pngMetal MarioIce MarioPauline (Party Time) MKT Icon Cloud9.pngMKT Icon RedBDasher.pngMKT Icon KabukiDasher.pngMKT Icon Cheermellow.png MKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon SuperGliderGold.pngMKT Icon NewYearsKite.png
Two Star MKT Icon ShyGuy.pngLemmyLudwigDaisyPink Shy GuyPeach (Kimono)Rosalina (Halloween)Peach (Vacation)Shy Guy (Pastry Chef) Bull's-Eye BanzaiMKT Icon Daytripper.pngMKT Icon GoldBlooper.pngMKT Icon GoldTrain.png ParachuteMKT Icon PiranhaPlantParafoil.pngMKT Icon WaluigiWing.pngMKT Icon CrimsonCrane.pngMKT Icon RainyBalloons.png
MKT Icon Toad Cup.png Toad Cup
SNES Rainbow Road
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon Rosalina.pngMetal MarioIce MarioPauline (Party Time) MKT Icon Cloud9.pngMKT Icon RedBDasher.pngMKT Icon KabukiDasher.pngMKT Icon Cheermellow.png MKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon SuperGliderGold.pngMKT Icon NewYearsKite.png
Two Star MKT Icon ShyGuy.pngLemmyLudwigMKT Icon Toad.pngPink Shy GuyPeach (Kimono)Rosalina (Halloween)Baby Peach (Cherub) Bull's-Eye BanzaiMKT Icon Daytripper.pngMKT Icon GoldBlooper.pngMKT Icon GoldTrain.pngMKT Icon AppleKart.png ParachuteMKT Icon PiranhaPlantParafoil.pngMKT Icon WaluigiWing.pngMKT Icon CrimsonCrane.pngMKT Icon RainyBalloons.pngMKT Icon SweetheartGlider.png
MKT Icon Baby Rosalina Cup.png Baby Rosalina Cup
SNES Rainbow Road T
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngMetal MarioMario (Santa)MKT Icon PinkGoldPeach.png MKT Icon Royale.pngMKT Icon BlueBadwagon.png MKT Icon BBIAParafoil.pngMKT Icon SuperGliderGold.pngMKT Icon LeTricolore.png
Two Star MKT Icon Bowser.pngMario (Musician)Mario (Hakama)Rosalina (Halloween)Peach (Vacation)Shy Guy (Pastry Chef) MKT Icon Daytripper.pngMKT Icon GoldBlooper.pngMKT Icon Trickster.pngMKT Icon CarrotKart.pngMKT Icon RibbonRider.png MKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon LightningOilpaper.pngMKT Icon WaluigiWing.pngMKT Icon HeartBalloons.pngMKT Icon NewYearsKite.png
MKT Icon Waluigi Cup.png Waluigi Cup
SNES Rainbow Road R
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star LemmyIce MarioMario (Santa)Baby Peach (Cherub) MKT Icon KoopaClown.png MKT Icon BlackCircuit.pngMKT Icon GoldTrain.png MKT Icon CrimsonCrane.pngMKT Icon BulletBillParachute.pngMKT Icon BlizzardParasol.png
Two Star MKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngMKT Icon Rosalina.pngMKT Icon Waluigi.pngMetal MarioMKT Icon Peachette.pngRosalina (Halloween)Peach (Vacation)Shy Guy (Pastry Chef)Pauline (Party Time) MKT Icon CheepCharger.pngMKT Icon BlueBadwagon.pngMKT Icon AppleKart.png MKT Icon BBIAParafoil.pngMKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon FullFlight.pngMKT Icon LeTricolore.pngMKT Icon SoaringJack.png

Vancouver Tour[edit]

In the Vancouver Tour, Rainbow Road appears as the third course in the Mario Cup, the first course in the Toadette Cup, and the location of the challenges in the Rosalina Cup and the Diddy Kong Cup. It also has a Reverse variant which appears as the third course in the Luigi Cup, and a Trick variant which appears as the second course in the Metal Mario Cup.

MKT Icon Mario Cup.png Mario Cup
SNES Rainbow Road
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon Rosalina.pngMetal MarioIce MarioPauline (Party Time) MKT Icon Cloud9.pngMKT Icon RedBDasher.pngMKT Icon KabukiDasher.pngMKT Icon Cheermellow.png MKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon SuperGliderGold.pngMKT Icon NewYearsKite.png
Two Star MKT Icon ShyGuy.pngLemmyLudwigMKT Icon Mario.pngPink Shy GuyPeach (Kimono)Rosalina (Halloween)Wario (Hiker) Bull's-Eye BanzaiMKT Icon Daytripper.pngMKT Icon GoldBlooper.pngMKT Icon GoldTrain.pngMKT Icon SnowSkimmer.png ParachuteMKT Icon PiranhaPlantParafoil.pngMKT Icon WaluigiWing.pngMKT Icon CrimsonCrane.pngMKT Icon RainyBalloons.pngMKT Icon RainbowStarchute.png
MKT Icon Luigi Cup.png Luigi Cup
SNES Rainbow Road R
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star LemmyIce MarioMario (Santa)Baby Peach (Cherub) MKT Icon KoopaClown.png MKT Icon BlackCircuit.pngMKT Icon GoldTrain.png MKT Icon CrimsonCrane.pngMKT Icon BulletBillParachute.pngMKT Icon BlizzardParasol.png
Two Star MKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngMKT Icon Rosalina.pngMKT Icon Luigi.pngMetal MarioMKT Icon Peachette.pngRosalina (Halloween)Pauline (Party Time)Wario (Hiker) MKT Icon CheepCharger.pngMKT Icon BlueBadwagon.pngMKT Icon AppleKart.pngMKT Icon CometTail.pngMKT Icon SnowSkimmer.png MKT Icon BBIAParafoil.pngMKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon FullFlight.pngMKT Icon LeTricolore.pngMKT Icon SoaringJack.pngMKT Icon RainbowStarchute.png
MKT Icon Toadette Cup.png Toadette Cup
SNES Rainbow Road
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon Rosalina.pngMetal MarioIce MarioPauline (Party Time) MKT Icon Cloud9.pngMKT Icon RedBDasher.pngMKT Icon KabukiDasher.pngMKT Icon Cheermellow.png MKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon SuperGliderGold.pngMKT Icon NewYearsKite.png
Two Star MKT Icon ShyGuy.pngLemmyLudwigMKT Icon Toadette.pngPink Shy GuyPeach (Kimono)Rosalina (Halloween) Bull's-Eye BanzaiMKT Icon Daytripper.pngMKT Icon GoldBlooper.pngMKT Icon GoldTrain.png ParachuteMKT Icon PiranhaPlantParafoil.pngMKT Icon WaluigiWing.pngMKT Icon CrimsonCrane.pngMKT Icon RainyBalloons.png
MKT Icon Metal Mario Cup.png Metal Mario Cup
SNES Rainbow Road T
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngMetal MarioMario (Santa)MKT Icon PinkGoldPeach.png MKT Icon Royale.pngMKT Icon BlueBadwagon.pngMKT Icon CometTail.png MKT Icon BBIAParafoil.pngMKT Icon SuperGliderGold.pngMKT Icon LeTricolore.png
Two Star MKT Icon Bowser.pngMario (Musician)Mario (Hakama)Rosalina (Halloween)Rosalina (Aurora) MKT Icon Daytripper.pngMKT Icon GoldBlooper.pngMKT Icon Trickster.pngMKT Icon CarrotKart.pngMKT Icon RibbonRider.png MKT Icon OilpaperUmbrella.pngMKT Icon LightningOilpaper.pngMKT Icon WaluigiWing.pngMKT Icon HeartBalloons.pngMKT Icon NewYearsKite.pngMKT Icon LumaParafoil.png

Mario Bros. Tour[edit]

In the Mario Bros. Tour, Rainbow Road appears as the challenge in the Rosalina Cup. It also has a Reverse variant as the location of the challenge in the Baby Mario Cup, and a Reverse/Trick variant that appears as the first course in the Dry Bowser Cup and the third course in the Pauline Cup.

MKT Icon Dry Bowser Cup.png Dry Bowser Cup
SNES Rainbow Road R/T
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon Rosalina.pngRosalina (Halloween)King Boo (Luigi's Mansion)MKT Icon PinkGoldPeach.png MKT Icon Poltergust4000.pngMKT Icon BumbleV.pngMKT Icon JingleBells.pngMKT Icon CometTail.png MKT Icon HeartBalloons.pngMKT Icon LeTricolore.pngMKT Icon Starchute.pngMKT Icon LumaParafoil.png
Two Star MKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngMKT Icon DryBowser.pngMKT Icon Pauline.pngMario (Santa)Peach (Wintertime)Baby Peach (Cherub)Rosalina (Aurora) MKT Icon Cloud9.pngMKT Icon GoldTrain.pngMKT Icon Macharon.pngMKT Icon PlatinumTaxi.pngMKT Icon SnowSkimmer.png MKT Icon BlueFlowerGlider.pngMKT Icon GoldSwooper.pngMKT Icon FareFlier.pngMKT Icon SweetheartGlider.pngMKT Icon RainbowStarchute.png
MKT Icon Pauline Cup.png Pauline Cup
SNES Rainbow Road R/T
Characters Karts Gliders
Three Star MKT Icon Rosalina.pngMKT Icon Pauline.pngRosalina (Halloween)King Boo (Luigi's Mansion)MKT Icon PinkGoldPeach.png MKT Icon Poltergust4000.pngMKT Icon BumbleV.pngMKT Icon JingleBells.pngMKT Icon CometTail.png MKT Icon HeartBalloons.pngMKT Icon LeTricolore.pngMKT Icon Starchute.pngMKT Icon LumaParafoil.png
Two Star MKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngMKT Icon Luigi.pngMario (Santa)Peach (Wintertime)Baby Peach (Cherub)Rosalina (Aurora)Luigi (Classic) MKT Icon Cloud9.pngMKT Icon DasherII.pngMKT Icon GoldTrain.pngMKT Icon Macharon.pngMKT Icon PlatinumTaxi.pngMKT Icon SnowSkimmer.png MKT Icon BlueFlowerGlider.pngMKT Icon GoldSwooper.pngMKT Icon FareFlier.pngMKT Icon SweetheartGlider.pngMKT Icon RainbowStarchute.png

Gallery[edit]

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Mario Kart 8[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

WarioWare Gold[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese レインボーロード
Reinbō Rōdo
Rainbow Road
Spanish Senda Arco Iris Rainbow Trail
French (NOA) Route arc-en-ciel Rainbow Road
French (NOE) Route Arc-en-ciel Rainbow Road
Dutch Regenboogbaan Rainbow Track
German Regenbogen-Boulevard Rainbow Boulevard
Italian Pista Arcobaleno Rainbow Track
Portuguese (NOA) Avenida Arco-íris Rainbow Avenue
Portuguese (NOE) Estrada Arco-Íris Rainbow Road
Russian Трасса Радуга
Trassa Raduga
Rainbow Track
Korean 무지개 로드
Mujigae Rodeu
Raindow Road
Chinese 彩虹之路
Cǎihóng zhī Lù
彩虹桥 (Simplified, MK7, MKSC prototype)
Cǎihóng Qiáo
Rainbow Road

Rainbow Bridge

Trivia[edit]

  • Super Mario Kart composer Soyo Oka considers this course's theme one of her favorite compositions.[1]
  • SNES Rainbow Road is the only course in Mario Kart 7 not to have a Dash Panel/ramp, and one of four courses not to have a glider pad/ramp; the others are N64 Luigi Raceway, GCN Daisy Cruiser, and Rosalina's Ice World.
    • Also, in Mario Kart 8, it is one of the two only courses that does not have any Dash Panels, glider pads, underwater sections, or anti-gravity sections, with the other being GCN Yoshi Circuit. Coincidentally, both of these courses are part of DLC Pack One.
  • In Mario Kart 8, SNES Rainbow Road, N64 Rainbow Road, the new Rainbow Road and GCN Baby Park are the only courses in the game to have the map in different colors instead of just blue.
  • The track's location has alternated between each of its appearances. In Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 7, and Mario Kart Tour, it is in space, but in Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Mario Kart 8, it is in the night sky.
  • Part of the music for Rainbow Road in Super Mario Kart has been referenced in the theme for Rainbow Road in Mario Kart: Super Circuit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interview between Rocketbaby and Soyo Oka. Retrieved February 12, 2015.