SNES Vanilla Lake 1

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This article is about the race course in Super Mario Kart. For the first Vanilla Lake remix course in Mario Kart Tour, see RMX Vanilla Lake 1.
Vanilla Lake 1
Vanilla Lake 1 map
Appears in Super Mario Kart (1992)
Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)
Mario Kart Tour (2020)
Cup(s) Star Cup (Super Mario Kart)
Extra Star Cup (Super Circuit)
Music sample
Super Mario Kart / Mario Kart Tour

Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Course map
Super Mario Kart
The map for Vanilla Lake 1.
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
MKSC SNES Vanilla Lake 1 Map.png
Minimap as seen on the menu.Minimap as seen in the race.
Mario Kart Tour
Map of SNES Vanilla Lake 1 from Mario Kart Tour.

Vanilla Lake 1 is the third course of the Star Cup in Super Mario Kart. It was subsequently reused in Mario Kart: Super Circuit as the first track of the Extra Star Cup and in Mario Kart Tour starting with the Ice Tour. It is a short course taking place on a frozen lake. This track shares its music with Vanilla Lake 2.

Super Mario Kart[edit]

The slippery ground makes it harder to control the kart. At the edge of the track, the lake is snow-covered; driving here will slow the kart down. There are many obstacles along the way, such as pipes, and at some parts of the track, the ice is broken and exposes water. In addition, there are many ice block tiles blocking the way, which break if bumped into to.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Mario racing on the course in Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Vanilla Lake 1 reappears in Mario Kart: Super Circuit and is the first race of the Extra Star Cup. It uses the background from Snow Land. The pipe hazards are removed from the track, and an extra Item Box is added on the left side of the small pool.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The course in Mario Kart Tour

Vanilla Lake 1 reappears as a classic course for the first time in Mario Kart Tour, debuting in the Ice Tour. In this rendition, most of the snow blocks were removed, a Glide Ramp was added left of the now-first Item Box set, the walls within the course are thinner, and the wall to the right of the second set of Item Boxes (which replace most of the second set of snow blocks) has a break in it, as well as another Item Box. The course now has a starting banner with the classic Mario Kart logo. This course is a favorite of Lemmy, Blue Koopa (Freerunning), Penguin Luigi, Ice Mario, Daisy (Fairy), Penguin Mario, Tanooki Rosalina, Daisy (Farmer), Daisy (Sailor), Dixie Kong, Bowser (Santa), and the Cheep Cheep Mii Racing Suit. It is also a favorite of Mario (Classic) and Wario (Hiker) if they reach level 3, the Ice-Cream Mii Racing Suit if it reaches level 6, and Yoshi (Reindeer) if he reaches level 8. Like other courses in the game, Vanilla Lake 1 has a reverse variant, a trick variant, and a reverse and trick variant, referred to as Vanilla Lake 1R, Vanilla Lake 1T, and Vanilla Lake 1R/T respectively. The former two were introduced alongside the normal variant in the Ice Tour, while the latter was introduced in the 2020 Trick Tour.

Due to the Vanilla Lake setting returning in this game for the first time (besides its Mario Kart: Super Circuit reappearance), this course, along with SNES Donut Plains 1 and SNES Koopa Troopa Beach 2, is one of the few Super Mario Kart courses to retain their original music, rather than reusing a cover from a later Mario Kart game.

Excluding the R/T variant, Vanilla Lake 1 currently has the second longest gap between reappearances in tours, with the N, R, and T variants being absent from the New Year's 2022 Tour up until the Sundae Tour sixteen tours later, only behind GBA Bowser's Castle 1's N, R, and T variants from the 1st Anniversary Tour until the Wedding Tour seventeen tours later.

For this course's tour appearances, see List of SNES Vanilla Lake 1 tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour.


Super Mario Kart[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Course icons[edit]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バニラレイクコース1 (Super Mario Kart)
Banira Reiku Kōsu 1
Banira Reiku 1
Vanilla Lake Course 1

Vanilla Lake 1
Chinese 香草湖1
Xiāngcǎo Hú 1
Vanilla Lake 1
French Lac Vanille 1 Vanilla Lake 1
German Vanille-See 1 Vanilla Lake 1
Italian Lago Vaniglia 1 Vanilla Lake 1
Korean 바닐라 호수 1
Banilla Hosu 1
Vanilla Lake 1
Portuguese Lago Baunilha 1 Vanilla Lake 1
Spanish Lago Vainilla 1 Vanilla Lake 1