Retro Course

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Not to be confused with Nitro Course or Extra Cup.

A Retro Course is a past Mario Kart game's Nitro Course, not counting the Extra Courses from Mario Kart: Super Circuit. They appear in Mario Kart DS and all subsequent Mario Kart games. They come in the Shell Cup, Banana Cup, Leaf Cup, and Lightning Cup. A Mario Kart course has rarely returned as a Retro Course more than once. Until Mario Kart 8, Retro Courses were identical to their original counterparts, receiving only graphical updates. For example, in Mario Kart 7, courses appear almost identical to the originals, the only differences being the added underwater and gliding sections, while in Mario Kart DS, some Retro Courses appear to be scaled down in graphics due to system limitations of the Nintendo DS. Starting from Mario Kart 8, most Retro Courses are completely redesigned for HD graphics. They usually include new mechanics, new details for the race tracks, and completely new backgrounds, and also support the anti-gravity, underwater, and gliding mechanics. Also new to Mario Kart 8, most Retro Courses have new remixed or remastered music, whereas Retro Courses from older Mario Kart games retain their original music (although there are exceptions).


Shell Cup[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart DS MKDS Mario Circuit 1.png
SNES Mario Circuit 1
MKDS Moo Moo Farm Intro.png
N64 Moo Moo Farm
MKDS Peach Circuit Intro.png
GBA Peach Circuit
MKDS Luigi Circuit GCN Intro.png
GCN Luigi Circuit
Mario Kart Wii Peach Beach MKWii.png
GCN Peach Beach
Yoshi Falls MKWii.png
DS Yoshi Falls
Ghost Valley 2 MKWii.png
SNES Ghost Valley 2
Mario Raceway 64 MKWii.png
N64 Mario Raceway
Mario Kart 7 LuigiracewayMK7.png
N64 Luigi Raceway
GBA Bowser Castle 1.jpg
GBA Bowser Castle 1
Wii Mushroom Gorge
DS Luigi's Mansion
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe MK8-Course-Wii MooMooMeadows.jpg
Wii Moo Moo Meadows
MK8 GBA Mario Circuit Overview.jpg
GBA Mario Circuit
MK8-Course-DS CheepCheepBeach.jpg
DS Cheep Cheep Beach
MK8-Course-N64 ToadsTurnpike.jpg
N64 Toad's Turnpike

Banana Cup[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart DS MKDS Donut Plains 1.png
SNES Donut Plains 1
N64 Frappe Snowland
MKDS Bowser Castle 2 GBA Intro.png
GBA Bowser Castle 2
MKDS Baby Park Intro.png
GCN Baby Park
Mario Kart Wii Sherbet Land N64 MKWii.png
N64 Sherbet Land
Shy Guy Beach MKWii.png
GBA Shy Guy Beach
Delfino Square MKWii.png
DS Delfino Square
Waluigi Stadium MKWii.png
GCN Waluigi Stadium
Mario Kart 7 KoopaTroopaBeachMK7.png
N64 Koopa Beach
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach
SNES Mario Circuit 2
Wii Coconut Mall.png
Wii Coconut Mall
DS Waluigi Pinball
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe MK8-Course-GCN DryDryDesert.jpg
GCN Dry Dry Desert
MK8-Course-SNES DonutPlains3.jpg
SNES Donut Plains 3
MK8-Course-N64 RoyalRaceway.jpg
N64 Royal Raceway
MK8-Course-3DS DKJungle.png
3DS DK Jungle

Leaf Cup[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart DS Koopabeach2SNES.png
SNES Koopa Beach 2
N64 Choco Mountain
MKDS Luigi Circuit GBA Intro.png
GBA Luigi Circuit
GCN Mushroom Bridge
Mario Kart Wii Desert Hills.png
DS Desert Hills
MKW GBA Bowser Castle 3 Intro.png
GBA Bowser Castle 3
D.K.'s Jungle Parkway.png
N64 DK's Jungle Parkway
MKWii GCNMario.png
GCN Mario Circuit
Mario Kart 7 KalimariDesertMK7.png
N64 Kalimari Desert
DS DK Pass
GCN Daisy Cruiser
Wii Maple Treeway
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe MK8-Course-DS WarioStadium.png
DS Wario Stadium
MK8-Course-GCN SherbetLand.png
GCN Sherbet Land
MK8-Course-3DS MusicPark.png
3DS Music Park
3DS Melody Motorway
MK8-Course-N64 YoshiValley.png
N64 Yoshi Valley

Lightning Cup[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart DS MKDS Choco Island 2 Intro.png
SNES Choco Island 2
N64 Banshee Boardwalk
MKDS Sky Gardens Intro.png
GBA Sky Garden
GCN Yoshi Circuit
Mario Kart Wii SNESMarioCircuit3-MKWii.png
SNES Mario Circuit 3
MKWii Peach Gardens.png
DS Peach Gardens
DK Mountain.png
GCN DK Mountain
N64 Bowser's Castle
Mario Kart 7 KoopaCapeMK7.png
Wii Koopa Cape
GCN Dino Dino Jungle
DS Airship Fortress
SNES MK7.png
SNES Rainbow Road
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe MK8-Course-DS Tick-TockClock.jpg
DS Tick-Tock Clock
MK8-Course-3DS PiranhaPlantSlide.jpg
3DS Piranha Plant Slide
3DS Piranha Plant Pipeway
MK8-Course-Wii GrumbleVolcano.jpg
Wii Grumble Volcano
MK8-Course-N64 RainbowRoad.jpg
N64 Rainbow Road

DLC Cups[edit]

Egg Cup[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe MK8-DLC-Course-GCN YoshiCircuit.jpg
GCN Yoshi Circuit
Excitebike Arena
Dragon Driftway
Mute City

Triforce Cup[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe MK8-DLC-Course-Wii Wario'sGoldMine.jpg
Wii Wario's Gold Mine
Mk8-DLC-Course-SNES RainbowRoad.jpg
SNES Rainbow Road
Ice Ice Outpost
Hyrule Circuit

Crossing Cup[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe MK8-DLC-Course-GCN BabyPark.jpg
GCN Baby Park
MK8-DLC-Course-GBA CheeseLand.jpg
GBA Cheese Land
Wild Woods
Animal Crossing preview MK8 art.png
Animal Crossing

Bell Cup[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe MK8-DLC-Course-3DS NeoBowserCity.jpg
3DS Neo Bowser City
3DS Koopa City
MK8-DLC-Course-GBA RibbonRoad01.jpg
GBA Ribbon Road
Super Bell Subway
Big Blue

Table of Retro Courses[edit]

Courses highlighted in red have yet to appear as Retro Courses in a later Mario Kart installment. A hyphen (-) indicates that the course appears as a Nitro Course in its respective game and therefore can not appear as a Retro Course in it or in a previous installment.

SNES Mario Circuit 1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Donut Plains 1 Check mark.svg
SNES Ghost Valley 1 Check mark.svg
SNES Bowser Castle 1
SNES Mario Circuit 2 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Choco Island 1
SNES Ghost Valley 2 Check mark.svg
SNES Donut Plains 2
SNES Bowser Castle 2
SNES Mario Circuit 3 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Koopa Beach 1
SNES Choco Island 2 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Vanilla Lake 1
SNES Bowser Castle 3
SNES Mario Circuit 4
SNES Donut Plains 3 Check mark.svg
SNES Koopa Beach 2 Check mark.svg
SNES Ghost Valley 3
SNES Vanilla Lake 2
SNES Rainbow Road Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
N64 Luigi Raceway Check mark.svg
N64 Moo Moo Farm Check mark.svg
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
N64 Kalimari Desert Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
N64 Toad's Turnpike Check mark.svg
N64 Frappe Snowland Check mark.svg
N64 Choco Mountain Check mark.svg
N64 Mario Raceway Check mark.svg
N64 Wario Stadium
N64 Sherbet Land Check mark.svg
N64 Royal Raceway Check mark.svg
N64 Bowser's Castle Check mark.svg
N64 DK's Jungle Parkway Check mark.svg
N64 Yoshi Valley Check mark.svg
N64 Banshee Boardwalk Check mark.svg
N64 Rainbow Road Check mark.svg
GBA Peach Circuit Check mark.svg
GBA Shy Guy Beach Check mark.svg
GBA Riverside Park
GBA Bowser Castle 1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
GBA Mario Circuit Check mark.svg
GBA Boo Lake
GBA Cheese Land Check mark.svg
GBA Bowser Castle 2 Check mark.svg
GBA Luigi Circuit Check mark.svg
GBA Sky Garden Check mark.svg
GBA Cheep-Cheep Island
GBA Sunset Wilds
GBA Snow Land
GBA Ribbon Road Check mark.svg
GBA Yoshi Desert
GBA Bowser Castle 3 Check mark.svg
GBA Lakeside Park
GBA Broken Pier
GBA Bowser Castle 4
GBA Rainbow Road
GCN Luigi Circuit Check mark.svg
GCN Peach Beach Check mark.svg
GCN Baby Park Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
GCN Dry Dry Desert Check mark.svg
GCN Mushroom Bridge Check mark.svg
GCN Mario Circuit Check mark.svg
GCN Daisy Cruiser Check mark.svg
GCN Waluigi Stadium Check mark.svg
GCN Sherbet Land Check mark.svg
GCN Mushroom City
GCN Yoshi Circuit Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
GCN DK Mountain Check mark.svg
GCN Wario Colosseum
GCN Dino Dino Jungle Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
GCN Bowser's Castle
GCN Rainbow Road
DS Figure-8 Circuit -
DS Yoshi Falls - Check mark.svg
DS Cheep Cheep Beach - Check mark.svg
DS Luigi's Mansion - Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
DS Desert Hills - Check mark.svg
DS Delfino Square - Check mark.svg
DS Waluigi Pinball - Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
DS Shroom Ridge -
DS DK Pass - Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
DS Tick-Tock Clock - Check mark.svg
DS Mario Circuit -
DS Airship Fortress - Check mark.svg
DS Wario Stadium - Check mark.svg
DS Peach Gardens - Check mark.svg
DS Bowser Castle -
DS Rainbow Road -
Wii Luigi Circuit - -
Wii Moo Moo Meadows - - Check mark.svg
Wii Mushroom Gorge - - Check mark.svg
Wii Toad's Factory - -
Wii Mario Circuit - -
Wii Coconut Mall - - Check mark.svg
Wii DK Summit/DK's Snowboard Cross - -
Wii Wario's Gold Mine - - Check mark.svg
Wii Daisy Circuit - -
Wii Koopa Cape - - Check mark.svg
Wii Maple Treeway - - Check mark.svg
Wii Grumble Volcano - - Check mark.svg
Wii Dry Dry Ruins - -
Wii Moonview Highway - -
Wii Bowser's Castle - -
Wii Rainbow Road - -
3DS Toad Circuit - - - Check mark.svg
3DS Daisy Hills - - - Check mark.svg
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon/Cheep Cheep Cape - - - Check mark.svg
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar - - - Check mark.svg
3DS Wuhu Loop/Wuhu Island Loop - - -
3DS Mario Circuit - - - Check mark.svg
3DS Music Park/Melody Motorway - - - Check mark.svg
3DS Rock Rock Mountain/Alpine Pass - - - Check mark.svg
3DS Piranha Plant Slide/Piranha Plant Pipeway - - - Check mark.svg
3DS Wario Shipyard/Wario's Galleon - - -
3DS Neo Bowser City/Koopa City - - - Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
3DS Maka Wuhu/Wuhu Mountain Loop - - -
3DS DK Jungle - - - Check mark.svg
3DS Rosalina's Ice World - - -
3DS Bowser's Castle - - -
3DS Rainbow Road - - -


Cup emblems[edit]

Cup trophies[edit]