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.

Courses[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart DS Screenshot of <small>SNES</small> Mario Circuit 1 featured in Mario Kart DS
SNES Mario Circuit 1
Moo Moo Farm
N64 Moo Moo Farm
Peach Circuit seen in Mario Kart DS.
GBA Peach Circuit
Luigi Circuit
GCN Luigi Circuit
Mario Kart Wii View of Peach Beach in Mario Kart Wii
GCN Peach Beach
View of Yoshi Falls in Mario Kart Wii
DS Yoshi Falls
View of Ghost Valley 2 in Mario Kart Wii
SNES Ghost Valley 2
View of Mario Raceway in Mario Kart Wii
N64 Mario Raceway
Mario Kart 7 Luigi Raceway
N64 Luigi Raceway
GBA Bowser Castle 1.jpg
GBA Bowser Castle 1
MushroomGorgeMK7.png
Wii Mushroom Gorge
LuigiMansionMK7.png
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 Work Zone course icon from Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Work Zone
Cheep Cheep Reef course icon from Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Cheep Cheep Reef
Bowser's Castle course icon from Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Bowser's Castle
N/A

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]

The Shell Cup card from the Mario Kart Wii trading cards

"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."

Gallery[edit]

Emblems[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

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