Retro Course

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Not to be confused with Nitro Course or Extra Course.

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, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, and Mario Kart 8. 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, most 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 and/or remastered music. In Mario Kart: Super Circuit, all songs were in 8-Bit. In the Retro Courses (i.e. Mario Kart Wii's GBA Bowser Castle 3), the music was remastered to remove the 8-Bit sound, although some courses, like GBA Shy Guy Beach, do have a touch of 8-Bit. In Mario Kart DS, all the Retro Courses have their music redone to support the small speakers of the console, with the SNES and GBA courses having the biggest changes to music.

Courses[edit]

Shell Cup[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart DS MKDS Mario Circuit 1.PNG
SNES Mario Circuit 1
MooMooFarmds.PNG
N64 Moo Moo Farm
Peach CircuitDS.PNG
GBA Peach Circuit
LuigiCircuitDS.PNG
GCN Luigi Circuit
Mario Kart Wii Mkw peachbeach.jpg
GCN Peach Beach
MKwii Yoshifalls.jpg
DS Yoshi Falls
GhostValleyWii.jpg
SNES Ghost Valley 2
MarioRacewayWii.jpg
N64 Mario Raceway
Mario Kart 7 LuigiracewayMK7.png
N64 Luigi Raceway
GBA Bowser Castle 1.jpg
GBA Bowser Castle 1
MushroomGorgeMK7.png
Wii Mushroom Gorge
LuigiMansionMK7.png
DS Luigi's Mansion
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe MK8-Course-Wii MooMooMeadows.jpg
Wii Moo Moo Meadows
MK8-Course-GBA MarioCircuit.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.PNG
SNES Donut Plains 1
FrappeSnowlandDS.PNG
N64 Frappe Snowland
BowserCastle2ds.PNG
GBA Bowser Castle 2
BabyParkds.PNG
GCN Baby Park
Mario Kart Wii SherbetWii.jpg
N64 Sherbet Land
ShyGuyBeach MKWii.jpg
GBA Shy Guy Beach
MKWii DelfinoSquare.jpg
DS Delfino Square
WaluigiStadium MKWii.jpg
GCN Waluigi Stadium
Mario Kart 7 KoopaTroopaBeachMK7.png
N64 Koopa Beach
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach
MK7-SFC-MC.png
SNES Mario Circuit 2
.
Wii Coconut Mall.png
Wii Coconut Mall
.
MK7-DS-WP.png
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
ChocoMountainDS.PNG
N64 Choco Mountain
LuigiCircuit2.PNG
GBA Luigi Circuit
MushroomBridgeDS.PNG
GCN Mushroom Bridge
Mario Kart Wii Desert Hills.PNG
DS Desert Hills
GBABowserCastle3-MKWii.png
GBA Bowser Castle 3
D.K.'s Jungle Parkway.PNG
N64 DK's Jungle Parkway
GCNMarioCircuit-MKWii.png
GCN Mario Circuit
Mario Kart 7 KalimariDesertMK7.png
N64 Kalimari Desert
DKPassMK7.png
DS DK Pass
DaisyCruiserMK7.png
GCN Daisy Cruiser
MapleTreewayMK7.png
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 ChocoIsland2ds.PNG
SNES Choco Island 2
DSBansheeboardwalk.PNG
N64 Banshee Boardwalk
SkyGardends.PNG
GBA Sky Garden
YoshiCircuitDS.png
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
N64BowserCastle-MKWii.png
N64 Bowser's Castle
Mario Kart 7 KoopaCapeMK7.png
Wii Koopa Cape
DinoDinoJungleMK7.png
GCN Dino Dino Jungle
AirshipFortressMK7.png
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

Retro

MK8-DLC-Course-ExcitebikeArena.jpg
Excitebike Arena

Nitro

MK8-DLC-Course-DragonDriftway.jpg
Dragon Driftway

Nitro

MK8-DLC-Course-MuteCity-section.jpg
Mute City

Nitro

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

Retro

Mk8-DLC-Course-SNES RainbowRoad.jpg
SNES Rainbow Road

Retro

MK8-DLC-Course-IceIceOutpost.jpg
Ice Ice Outpost

Nitro

MK8-DLC-Course-HyruleCircuit.jpg
Hyrule Circuit

Nitro

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

Retro

MK8-DLC-Course-GBA CheeseLand.jpg
GBA Cheese Land

Retro

MK8-DLC-Course-WildWoods.jpg
Wild Woods

Nitro

MK8-DLC-Course-AnimalCrossing.jpg
Animal Crossing

Nitro

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

Retro

MK8-DLC-Course-GBA RibbonRoad01.jpg
GBA Ribbon Road
.

Retro

MK8-DLC-Course-SuperBellSubway.jpg
Super Bell Subway
.

Nitro

MK8-DLC-Course-BigBlue-overview.jpg
Big Blue
.

Nitro

List of Retro Courses[edit]

Course MKSC MKDS MKW MK7 MK8/MK8D
SNES Mario Circuit 1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Donut Plains 1 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Ghost Valley 1 Check mark.svg
SNES Bowser Castle 1 Check mark.svg
SNES Mario Circuit 2 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Choco Island 1 Check mark.svg
SNES Ghost Valley 2 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Donut Plains 2 Check mark.svg
SNES Bowser Castle 2 Check mark.svg
SNES Mario Circuit 3 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Koopa Beach 1 Check mark.svg
SNES Choco Island 2 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Vanilla Lake 1 Check mark.svg
SNES Bowser Castle 3 Check mark.svg
SNES Mario Circuit 4 Check mark.svg
SNES Donut Plains 3 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Koopa Beach 2 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
SNES Ghost Valley 3 Check mark.svg
SNES Vanilla Lake 2 Check mark.svg
SNES Rainbow Road Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
N64 Luigi's Raceway Check mark.svg
N64 Moo Moo Farm Check mark.svg
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach Check mark.svg
N64 Kalimari Desert 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 Statdium
N64 Sherbet Land Check mark.svg
N64 Royal Raceway Check mark.svg
N64 Bowser's Castle Check mark.svg
N64 DK's Jungleway 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
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
GCN DK Mountain Check mark.svg
GCN Wario Colesseum
GCN Dino Dino Jungle 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
DS Desert Hills Check mark.svg
DS Delfino Square Check mark.svg
DS Waluigi Pinball Check mark.svg
DS Shroom Ridge
DS DK Pass 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
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
3DS Daisy Hills
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar
3DS Wuhu Loop
3DS Mario Circuit
3DS Music Park Check mark.svg
3DS Rock Rock Mountain
3DS Piranha Plant Slide Check mark.svg
3DS Wario Shipyard
3DS Neo Bowser City Check mark.svg
3DS Waka Wuhu
3DS DK Jungle Check mark.svg
3DS Rosalina's Ice World
3DS Bowser's Castle
3DS Rainbow Road


Gallery[edit]

Cups emblems[edit]

Cups trophies[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Mario Kart 8 is the only game with retro tracks in the series that does not feature a retro Bowser's Castle.
  • N64 Wario Stadium is the only track from Mario Kart 64 that has not been remade into a Retro Course as of Mario Kart 8.