Shell Cup

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The Shell Cup logo in Mario Kart 8.

The Shell Cup is a representation of four cups introduced in Mario Kart DS, each of which consists of four races taken from the previous Mario Kart games. Shell Cup's symbol is a Green Shell and it features courses from previous Mushroom Cups and Flower Cups. The courses are usually quick and simple with little hazards. It is the first of the four Retro Cups. The cup's length and difficulty is on par with the Mushroom Cup.


Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart DS MKDS Mario Circuit 1.png
SNES Mario Circuit 1
MKDS Moo Moo Farm Intro.png
N64 Moo Moo Farm
MKDS Peach Circuit Intro.png
GBA Peach Circuit
MKDS Luigi Circuit GCN Intro.png
GCN Luigi Circuit
Mario Kart Wii Peach Beach MKWii.png
GCN Peach Beach
Yoshi Falls MKWii.png
DS Yoshi Falls
Ghost Valley 2 MKWii.png
SNES Ghost Valley 2
Mario Raceway 64 MKWii.png
N64 Mario Raceway
Mario Kart 7 LuigiracewayMK7.png
N64 Luigi Raceway
GBA Bowser Castle 1.jpg
GBA Bowser Castle 1
Wii Mushroom Gorge
DS Luigi's Mansion
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe MK8-Course-Wii MooMooMeadows.jpg
Wii Moo Moo Meadows
MK8 GBA Mario Circuit Overview.jpg
GBA Mario Circuit
MK8-Course-DS CheepCheepBeach.jpg
DS Cheep Cheep Beach
MK8-Course-N64 ToadsTurnpike.jpg
N64 Toad's Turnpike
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit MKLHC Work Zone Course Icon.png
Work Zone
MKLHC Cheep Cheep Reef Course Icon.png
Cheep Cheep Reef
MKLHC Bowser's Castle Course Icon.png
Bowser's Castle

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

The Shell Cup also appears in Mario Tennis Open as the third cup in the Star Open tournament series, but the shell is a Red Shell instead of the usual green. The trophy is designed as a Red Shell on top of a tower that resembles a feature from Bowser's Castle. This cup is held in the Bowser's Castle court, with the matches having three sets for the starting round, three sets for the semifinals, and five sets for the finals.

Completion rewards in the Mario Kart series[edit]

Winning the Shell Cup in the Mario Kart series can award the player with various bonuses, depending on the game. Additional cups unlocked are excluded from this list.

Mario Kart DS[edit]

  • All retro cups (includes Shell Cup) on 50cc: Daisy
  • All retro cups (includes Shell Cup) on 100cc: Waluigi
  • All retro cups (includes Shell Cup) or all nitro cups (excludes Shell Cup) on 150cc: Seven karts for each playable character
  • All cups on 150cc: 150cc Mirror class
  • All retro cups (includes Shell Cup) or all nitro cups (excludes Shell Cup) on 150cc Mirror: R.O.B.
  • All cups on 150cc Mirror: All karts for each playable character

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

  • 1 star rank or higher on all retro cups (includes Shell Cup) on 50cc: Cheep Charger
  • 1 star rank or higher on all retro cups (includes Shell Cup) on 100cc: Bowser Jr.
  • 1 star rank or higher on all retro cups (includes Shell Cup) on 150cc: Jetsetter
  • All cups on 150cc: 150cc Mirror class
  • 1 star rank or higher on all cups on 150cc Mirror: Rosalina

Mario Kart 7[edit]

  • All cups on a single cc class: Mii
  • 150cc Shell Cup: Shy Guy
  • All cups on 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc: 150cc Mirror class

Mario Kart 8[edit]

Most unlockable characters in Mario Kart 8 are unlocked at random upon winning Grand Prix cups (separate cups must be played to unlock characters), which includes the Shell Cup. Characters that can be unlocked include Rosalina, Metal Mario, Lakitu, Toadette, Baby Rosalina, Pink Gold Peach, Iggy Koopa, Roy Koopa, Lemmy Koopa, Larry Koopa, Wendy O. Koopa, Ludwig von Koopa, Morton Koopa Jr., and Mii. Mii is unlocked upon the eighth Grand Prix cup victory, unless an amiibo is used to unlock Mii beforehand.

In addition, the Gold Standard body can be unlocked by getting a 1 star rank or higher on all non-DLC cups (including the Shell Cup) on any one engine class, and the 150cc Mirror class can be unlocked by winning all 150cc cups.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

  • 1 star rank or higher on all cups on 150cc Mirror: Gold Standard
  • All cups on 200cc: Gold Mario

Trading Card info[edit]

MKW Shell Cup Trading Card.jpg

"The first of four Retro Cups, the Shell Cup is made up of four great blasts from the past. One track from GameCube, one from DS, one from Super NES, and one from N64. It's a great mix, and they all get a face lift with the graphics boost in Mario Kart Wii."




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese こうらカップ
Kōra Kappu
Shell Cup
Spanish Copa Caparazón Shell Cup
French Coupe Carapace Shell Cup
Dutch Schildbeker Shell Cup
German Panzer-Cup Shell Cup
Italian Trofeo Guscio Shell Trophy
Portuguese (NOA) Copa Casco Shell Cup
Portuguese (NOE) Taça Carapaça Shell Cup
Russian Кубок панциря
Kubok pantsirya
Shell Cup
Korean 등껍질 컵
Deungkkeopjil Keop
Shell Cup
Chinese 龜殼盃 (Traditional)
龟壳杯 (Simplified)
Guīké Bēi
Turtle Shell Cup


  • Mario Kart 7's Shell Cup is the only Shell Cup without a returning Mario Circuit, which is instead part of the Banana Cup.