SNES Battle Course 1

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This article is about the first battle course in Super Mario Kart. For other uses of the name "Battle Course", see Battle Course.
Battle Course 1
Battle Course 1 from Super Mario Kart.
Appears in Super Mario Kart (1992)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) Battle Mode
Online play Available (Switch)
Music sample
Super Mario Kart
Soyo Oka

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Course map
Super Mario Kart
Battle Course 1

Mario Kart: Super Circuit (unused)
MKSC Unused SNES Battle Course 1 Map.png
MKSC Unused SNES Battle Course 1 Mini Map.png
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Normal (left) / Renegade Roundup (right)

<small>SNES</small> Battle Course 1 minimap,from Mario Kart 8 DeluxeRenegade Roundup's version of SNES Battle Course 1's minimap.

Battle Course 1 is a battle course in Super Mario Kart. It uses the background and tilesets of Donut Plains.

Although they did not appear in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, tilemaps and minimaps exist for all four of the Battle Courses from Super Mario Kart. These could have been used as placeholders before the new ones were completed, or it may have been possible to unlock these courses like the tracks at one point. Unlike all other tracks and battle courses in the game, which are stored in chunks, these are each stored in one piece, as in Super Mario Kart.

Super Mario Kart[edit]

Battle Course 1

Battle Course 1 is a square-shaped course with some multicolored walls. It has a large open place in the middle, where players are more likely to be hit with an item. In the game's instruction booklet, Battle Course 1 is described as a practice course.[1]

In the Super Mario Kart instruction booklet, the course map is upside down.[1] This also applies to the Mario Circuit 1 map.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

<small>SNES</small> Battle Course 1
The course in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The course returns in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The course is paved in this version, as in Battle Course 4, instead of dirt. The bottom outer path is now wider and centered, and the other ones now have the same shape; like the guardrails inside the course, they are also color-coded (red, blue, yellow, and green). Each path has a ramp in the middle; the red, green, and yellow ones have a simple Dash Panel where players can perform tricks, while the blue path has a gliding ramp. The course uses a background similar to that of SNES Donut Plains 3, like in Super Mario Kart. In the middle of the course, where once there was a simple dirt puddle, now there is an inclining square grass plain with four wooden bridges leading to a wooden square in the center, with a starting banner-like structure made of colored blocks (much like the one in SNES Donut Plains 3) above the square with the name of the course written on a metal plate on each side. The colored guardrails inside the course now have ramps on their edges, in order to let players drive on them and trick off of them; the red and yellow ones swapped colors.

Outside the course, in the red corner, is a gate leading to the dirt roads on the hills outside. The sign above the gate reads "Battle Course 1".

During Renegade Roundup, the four wooden bridges in the grass plain are gone. As well, this stage only has one designated jail cell location, under the structure in the center of the arena, meaning that Renegades will be sent into it no matter where they're caught.

In the course's background, there is a billboard with the character teams on it (Mario Super Motor Team, Luigi Gusters, Yoshi Runners, and Lord Bowser), with the billboard itself modeled after the player select screen from Super Mario Kart. Mario's team is red, Luigi's team is green, Yoshi's team is blue, and Bowser's team is yellow. Toad Mushroom Powered and the Princess Peach team only appear on the billboard/scoreboard with the other four. The billboard also indicates which teams are present in the track by emitting an orange light above the team.

Although it received a remix (like other classic courses), Battle Course 1 is the only classic battle course to not receive a completely different music piece as well as the only retro battle course to receive a change in layout. It is also the only battle course in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe overall to feature a gliding ramp.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

While Battle Course 1 itself does not appear in Mario Kart Tour, the music that plays in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe version of the course is reused for the battle courses. Barring smaller jingles like the "All cups cleared" theme, it is notably the only course music from Mario Kart 8 or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe that is featured in Mario Kart Tour, as all classic courses either use their original themes, an arrangement from Mario Kart DS, Wii, or 7, or a new arrangement with synthetic instruments (in the case of several GBA tracks and DS Mario Circuit).


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バトルコース1
Batoru Kōsu 1
Battle Course 1
Chinese (Simplified) 对战赛道1
Duìzhàn Sàidào 1
Battle Track 1
Chinese (Traditional) 對戰賽道1
Duìzhàn Sàidào 1
Battle Track 1
Dutch Gevechtsarena 1 Battle Arena 1
French Arène Bataille 1 Battle Arena 1
German Kampfkurs 1 Battle Course 1
Italian Percorso di guerra 1 War Course 1
Korean 배틀 코스 1
Baeteul Koseu 1
Battle Course 1
Portuguese Batalha 1 Battle 1
Russian Боевая трасса 1
Boyevaya trassa 1
Battle Track 1
Spanish Circuito de Batalla 1 Battle Circuit 1


  1. ^ a b Super Mario Kart instruction booklet. Page 32.