SNES Donut Plains 3

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This article is about the race course introduced in Super Mario Kart. For the level in Super Mario World, see Donut Plains 3.
Donut Plains 3
Donut Plains 3
Appearance(s) Super Mario Kart (1992)
Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)
Mario Kart 8 (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) Special Cup (Super Mario Kart)
Extra Star Cup (Super Circuit)
Banana Cup (8, 8 Deluxe)
Battle Mode (8)
Based on Donut Plains
Staff Ghost 1:39.148 by Nin★Frank (8) (as Lakitu)
1:35.564 by Nin★Frank (8 Deluxe) (as Lakitu) (150cc)
1:11.794 by Nin★Mizuho (8 Deluxe) (as Koopa Troopa) (200cc)
Wi-Fi Available (Wii U, Switch)
Super Mario Kart: Soyo Oka

Mario Kart: Super Circuit: Nishimaki/Matsunaga/Hamano Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Yasuaki Iwata

Course map
Super Mario Kart
The map for Donut Plains 3.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit

MKSC SNES Donut Plains 3 Map.png
Minimap as seen on the menu.Minimap as seen in the race.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Map of <small>SNES</small> Donut Plains 3 in Mario Kart 8.Map of <small>SNES</small> Donut Plains 3 in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Donut Plains 3 is the first course in the Special Cup in Super Mario Kart, as well as the second course in the Banana Cup in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It is a dirt course set around a large lake with several Monty Moles.

Course layout[edit]

Yoshi crossing the first bridge

Donut Plains 3 features a giant lake, a peninsula jutting far into the water, and two broken bridges without side-rails. The racers must hop over the crack in the second bridge to avoid falling into the lake. Gophers live in this stage as well; both on land and in water.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Luigi near the extra item box that was added to this version of the track

The course reappears in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and is the fourth track in the Extra Star Cup. It uses the background from Riverside Park. A jump pad was placed on the second bridge before the crack, and the small hole before it was filled in, making it easier to cross. The Monty Moles were removed, and an extra Item Box was added before the final S-curve.


A shortcut requires a Mushroom at the start of the second bridge. The player must use the item when they get on the bridge so they are still going fast at the ramp and can do a high jump. The player must then aim slightly to the left so they overshoot the barrier separating the bridge from the starting line and land in front of the starting line. If the player then turns and crosses the starting line, it registers that a lap was completed. Using this shortcut, it is possible to complete a lap in under nine seconds.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Donut Plains 3 in Mario Kart 8 with upgraded HD visuals

Donut Plains 3 reappears in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the second track in the Banana Cup and the only classic track from Super Mario Kart from among the base Mario Kart 8 content. It now features a starting banner composed of Super Mario Bros. 3 styled blocks. One notable difference is that the graphics do not resemble the original SNES style, unlike Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, and Mario Kart 7, instead featuring bushes, Toad Houses, Brick Blocks, and ? Blocks in the background, as well as a lesser number of hills, which only one is brown, more resembling the backdrop of 3DS Piranha Plant Slide. A Super Mario World styled fortress with Toads and Yoshis is also added, beside the first bridge. The trees are now on the track itself, in the second half of the course. It is also one of the selectable battle courses in Mario Kart 8. The starting point has the Mario Kart logo's letters in four colors (red, green, yellow, and blue) on the top of a series of yellow blocks held up by larger, different-colored blocks.

The course, as seen from the starting line

One of the new features included is the ability to race underwater in the lake below the bridges. The breaks in the bridges are encountered a bit earlier than they originally were, and the end of the second bridge has collapsed. The lake is much smaller than it used to be, and there is no water on the other side after the second bridge; thus, the peninsula no longer exists. The track's width has been evened out; it is also banked at various points. Monty Moles now act as they do in Wii Moo Moo Meadows, moving underground before popping out, instead of just hiding inside holes and popping out. The Monty Moles in the lake are now replaced by Cheep Cheeps. Thus, there are only two Monty Moles present, rather than nineteen. The mud patches in the last half of the course are now wide puddles. The walls within the course are thinner, and the one near the last S-curve has a gap in it. In this game, the whistles and beeps from the original theme only play when the player is in first place, alongside the normal first-place beats.[1]

Staff ghost[edit]

The staff ghost for this course is Lakitu on the Pipe Frame, with a time of 1:39.148. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 200cc, the staff ghost is Koopa Troopa with a time of 1:11.794.


Mario Kart 8[edit]

  • Facebook page: Drive the vast vistas of Donut Plains in Mario Kart 8, a favorite getaway for Toads and Yoshis alike.[2]

Mario Kart 8 Original Soundtrack liner notes[edit]

"This is a track from the original Mario Kart. We've used live instrumentation, but made every effort to retain a familiar feel to the sound."


Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドーナツへいやコース3
Dōnatsu Heiya Kōsu 3
Donut Plain Course 3
Chinese 甜圈平原3
Tiánquān Píngyuán 3
Donut Plains 3
Dutch Donutvlakte 3 Donut Plains 3
French (NOA) Plaines Beigne 3 Donut Plains 3
French (NOE) Plaine Donut 3 Donut Plain 3
German Donut-Ebene 3 Donut Plain 3
Italian Pianura Ciambella 3 Donut Plain 3
Korean 도넛 평야 3
Doneot Pyeongya 3
Donut Plains 3
Portuguese Planície Donut 3 Donut Plain 3
Russian Бубликовые поля 3
Bublikovye polya 3
Bagel Field 3
Spanish Prado Rosquilla 3 Doughnut Meadow 3


  • This track and DK Jungle are the only courses that have been in both the Special and Banana Cup as classic courses. Coincidentally, both are the first courses of their original games' Special Cups, and both return in the same game, Mario Kart 8.
  • This track and Dry Dry Desert are the only non-DLC classic courses in Mario Kart 8 to not involve air gliding. Coincidentally, both take place in the Banana Cup, and are ran back-to-back.
  • In Mario Kart 8, one of the Yoshis in the audience will occasionally hum Totaka's Song.[3] This also occurs in other courses featuring Yoshis in the audience (Sweet Sweet Canyon, N64 Yoshi Valley, GCN Yoshi Circuit, GCN Baby Park, and Super Bell Subway).