SNES Vanilla Lake 2

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Vanilla Lake 2
Vanilla Lake 2 from Super Mario Kart.
Appears in Super Mario Kart (1992)
Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)
Mario Kart Tour (2021)
Cup(s) Special Cup (Super Mario Kart)
Extra Special 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 2.
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
MKSC SNES Vanilla Lake 2 Map.png
Minimap as seen on the menu.Minimap as seen in the race.
Mario Kart Tour
Map of SNES Vanilla Lake 2 from Mario Kart Tour.

Vanilla Lake 2 is the fourth course of the Special Cup in Super Mario Kart. It was subsequently reused in Mario Kart: Super Circuit as the third track of the Extra Special Cup, and in Mario Kart Tour starting with the 2021 Holiday Tour. It is a circle course going around a lake. The course is icy, meaning bad control for Princess Peach and Yoshi, according to the manual. Along with snow blocks, Warp Pipes appear in the track. This track shares its music with Vanilla Lake 1.

Course layout[edit]

Mario racing on the course in Super Mario Kart

The race starts on the east side of the lake. Shortly after the first left turn is a set of ? Panels and four pipes followed by another left turn. After that, the edge of the lake juts outwards, forcing the racers to drive around it. Immediately ahead of this section are three clusters of ice blocks with narrow gaps in between. Upon reaching the southwest corner of the lake, the racers can either drive around the edge or take advantage of a small fragment of ice in the water and hop across it. After this is a section with gaps of water in the road as well as more pipes. The racers can either hop over the gaps or drive around them. There is a hole in the colored wall which can be used as a shortcut; players with a Mushroom can cut through the snow without slowing down. The southeast corner of the lake is narrow enough to hop over, and right after it is the final turn, which features patches of snow next to the water and ice blocks scattered in the middle of the road.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Luigi racing on the course in Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Vanilla Lake 2 reappears in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and is the third track of the Extra Special Cup. It uses the background from Snow Land. The pipe hazards were removed from the track and an extra Item Box can be found on the small ice island near the hole in the wall.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The course in Mario Kart Tour

Vanilla Lake 2 reappears in Mario Kart Tour starting from the 2021 Holiday Tour. The walls within the course are thinner, and the clusters of snow blocks in the west side of the course were replaced with a new line of Item Boxes. Seven snow blocks in a zigzag line replace the original Item Boxes' location (they are now directly in front of the finish line), and the ones before the finish line were reduced to five, which are on the other side of the snow patch, allowing for a clear path to the finish. Players can now perform Jump Boosts off the bigger fragments of ice in the south side of the course, similar to the fractured ice present in RMX Vanilla Lake 1. Just before the finish line, a ramp shortcut was added. The course now has a starting banner with the classic Mario Kart logo. This course is a favorite of Blue Koopa (Freerunning), Rosalina (Halloween), Mario (Santa), Daisy (Holiday Cheer), Yoshi (Reindeer), Peach (Wintertime), Tanooki Rosalina, Mario (Satellaview), Dr. Luigi, Birdo (White), and the Silver, King Boo, and Reindeer Mii Racing Suits. It is also a favorite of Penguin Toadette when she reaches level 3, and Birdo (Black) when she reaches level 8. As with other courses in the game, Vanilla Lake 2 has a reverse variant and a trick variant, referred to as Vanilla Lake 2R and Vanilla Lake 2T respectively.

If the player falls into the deep, inaccessible water during the course's Glider Challenge, they will enter a brief underwater state before falling out of the screen.

For this course's tour appearances, see List of SNES Vanilla Lake 2 tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour.


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2 (Super Mario Kart)
Banira Reiku Kōsu 2
Banira Reiku 2
Vanilla Lake Course 2

Vanilla Lake 2
Chinese 香草湖2
Xiāngcǎo Hú 2
Vanilla Lake 2
French Lac Vanille 2 Vanilla Lake 2
German Vanille-See 2 Vanilla Lake 2
Italian Lago Vaniglia 2 Vanilla Lake 2
Korean 바닐라 호수 2
Banilla Hosu 2
Vanilla Lake 2
Portuguese Lago Baunilha 2 Vanilla Lake 2
Spanish Lago Vainilla 2 Vanilla Lake 2