GBA Snow Land

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Snow Land
MKSC Snow Land Starting Line.png
Appears in Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Booster Course Pass, Wave 2) (2022)
Mario Kart Tour (2022)
Cup(s) Star Cup (Super Circuit)
Propeller Cup (8 Deluxe)
Online play Available (Switch)
Music sample
Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (frontrunning)

Mario Kart Tour
Course map
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
MKSC Snow Land Map.png
MKSC Snow Land Mini Map.png

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Map of <small>GBA</small> Snow Land in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Mario Kart Tour
GBA Snow Land from Mario Kart Tour

Staff ghost(s)
8DX 150cc Nin★Maria
1:46.763 Tanooki Mario's icon from Mario Kart 8Tanooki Kart, from Mario Kart 8.Standard tiresThumbnail of Tanooki Mario's Super Glider (with 8 icon), in Mario Kart 8.
8DX 200cc Nin★Leonel
1:21.826 King Boo's head icon in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.The black Circuit Special.Monster tiresThumbnail of King Boo's Super Glider (with 8 icon), in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Not to be confused with Ice Land.
“Qui taquine les pingouins, finit par tomber dans le ravin. (Who teases the penguins, ends up falling into the ravine.)
Official French Mario Kart Facebook page[1]

Snow Land is the first course of the Star Cup in Mario Kart: Super Circuit. Like most ice courses from the Mario Kart series, Snow Land is a very slippery track which requires accurate steering. Similar to Frappe Snowland, snowmen appear as obstacles on this course, though bumping into them does not cause the player to spin out. Spinning penguins also appear as obstacles, which can cause the player to spin out. A portion of this course's music resembles a section from Choco Mountain's music from Mario Kart 64. In Mario Kart: Super Circuit, the course's background is used on SNES Vanilla Lake 1 and 2 from Super Mario Kart.

Snow Land returns in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the second course of the Propeller Cup in the Booster Course Pass DLC and in Mario Kart Tour starting from the 2022 Holiday Tour.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Course layout[edit]

The course first starts out in a straight blue road that leads into a right turn that is almost a right angle, followed by another right angle turn, this time to the left. Past the left turn is a sharp curve to the right that leads into a long, straight road. This long road (and the adjacent shortcut) contain the course's only coins. All coins down this route are positioned in a straight line, making them easy to collect in one lap. As a result, the player should collect all of the coins in order to obtain a better rank and to prevent them from spinning out of contact with another player. Past the long road is a curve to the right that leads straight into a slight right, before a sharp U-turn, on the inside of the U-turn is a small pond that the player may fall in to if they aren't careful. Past the sharp bend is a large area littered with water ponds, penguins, and slippery ice to slow the player down.

Following the ponds, the player reaches a right angled turn to the right that has two item boxes and a boost pad. After that, the road turns right, then immediately left again which may be difficult to maneuver around due to the ice. The player must then make a right angle turn to the right, then drive down the straight road that leads to the finish/starting line.


  • After the third turn, players can take a detour to the right to enter a secondary route. While the road itself is longer than the normal route, the boost panels result in this route being slightly faster.
  • Immediately after the fourth turn, players can drive along an ice path, separated from the main road by thick snow. A similar ice path is found towards the end of the course on the far right-side of the road.
  • Players can skip the small hump towards the end of the course using a Dash Mushroom and using ramps positioned by a thin wall.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Snow Land in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Snow Land makes its classic course debut in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as part of Wave 2 of the Booster Course Pass. It appears as the second course of the Propeller Cup. The course has received dramatic visual upgrades, and now features more elevated portions, similar to GBA Cheese Land. The course's starting line is now on a bridge that connects the first and last bends of the course together, and the U-turn in the middle is now a sheet of ice with a water hole in the middle, replacing the smaller water holes in the main road. The first part of the course is now set in a forested area, and the snowmen reappear there. Penguins now roam around the course, and act similar to the Skating Shy Guys in GCN Sherbet Land. The ice spires in the course's background now have a slight purple hue, like the sky. Additionally, unlike GBA Ribbon Road in Mario Kart 8 and designs for GBA courses in Mario Kart Tour, the original layout was recreated relatively faithfully despite the elevation changes, though the ice paths and shortcut in the upper right portion of the course were removed. The latter has been replaced by a different shortcut that involves boosting through an elevated portion of snow signified by a snowman that skips the turn after the straight away. The shortcut located on the second final straight away now features an opening in the wall rather than two ramps before it, the Dash Panel previously in this area was removed, and an additional ramp has been added at the final turn. The course's music has also received an additional intro that was not present in the original. Curiously, the minimap does not reflect the hole in the ice being rough and jagged, with it looking round as in Mario Kart Tour.

Barring the Mario Kart Tour tracks, Snow Land is the only course added in the second wave of the Booster Course Pass that had never appeared outside of its debut, and is one of two courses in the DLC so far with this distinction, alongside DS Shroom Ridge.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

View of the course in Mario Kart Tour

Snow Land returns in Mario Kart Tour starting in the 2022 Holiday Tour. While the layout of the track does not change, the course features several differences compared to its appearance in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, making it resemble its original counterpart as well. For example, the main road is no longer shiny and has been reverted to the more ice-like design of the original rather than the frozen road design in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The large shards of ice in the background do not have a purple hue anymore. The penguins have been moved to the first part of the track, as opposed to appearing in the ending section. The hole in the iced-over lake has been filled in with a snow patch, a ramp is added before that section and the ramp ending it now has a Dash Panel. The blocks separating the road before and after the U-turn have been removed. Additionally, the Item Boxes are no longer moving from the road to the end of the U-turn, instead being placed above the ramp before the latter. The player can no longer pass through the trees in the forest section of the course.

This course also appears as Snow Land R (reversed), Snow Land T (with ramps) and Snow Land R/T (reversed with ramps). In the R variant of the course, the Penguins can slide around instead of walk, and Skating Shy Guys are added to the course.

The course is a favorite of Mario (Santa), Peach (Yukata), Luigi (Chef), Kitsune Luigi, Light-blue Shy Guy (Explorer), and the Cheep Cheep, Ice-Cream, and Goomba Mii Racing Suits. It can also be a favorite of Larry (Wintertime) if he reaches level 8. Much like other GBA courses excluding the Bowser's Castle courses and Cheep-Cheep Island, Snow Land's theme has a new arrangement with synthesized instruments, instead of using the original theme or its Mario Kart 8 Deluxe arrangement, although it retains the intro from the latter.

For this course's tour appearances, see List of GBA Snow Land tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour.


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

  • Nintendo Switch Newsfeed (US):
    • This course first appears in Mario Kart: Super Circuit game[sic] on the Game Boy Advance system.
    • As the name implies, this course is covered in snow and ice. Snow and ice? That sounds mighty slippery!
    • You can crash into the penguins on the course, so keep an eye out.
  • Nintendo Switch Newsfeed (UK): Slide into pole position in Snow Land! This course first appeared in the Game Boy Advance title Mario Kart: Super Circuit. As you might guess from the name, most of its surfaces are bound in snow and ice, making for rather slippery road conditions. Crashing into one of the penguins that inhabit the track will cause you to spin out, so you'll want to do your best to try and avoid them as you skate and jostle for first place!
  • Nintendo Magazine 2022 Winter: "Like its name, a course covered in ice and snow The roads are very slippery, and bumping into the penguins in the course will make you crash. Be sure to dodge them as you race past."[2]


Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Course icons[edit]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スノーランド
Sunō Rando
Snow Land
Chinese (Simplified) 白雪天地
Báixuě Tiāndì
冰天雪地 (Mario Kart: Super Circuit)[3]
Bīngtiān Xuědì
Snowy World

Ice and Snow World
Chinese (Traditional) 白雪天地
Báixuě Tiāndì
Snowy World
Dutch Sneeuwland Snow Land
French Pays Neigeux Snowy Land
German Schneeland Snow Land
Italian Terra delle nevi Snow Land
Korean 스노우 랜드
Seunou Raendeu
Snow Land
Portuguese Terra Nevada Snowy Land
Russian Снежные края
Snezhnyye kraya
Snowy Edges
Spanish (NOA) Tierra Nevada Snowy Land
Spanish (NOE) Tierra Nevada
Tierra nevada (Mario Kart: Super Circuit)[4]
Snowy Land


  1. ^ MarioKartFR (August 17, 2022). Proverbe du Pays Neigeux : « Qui taquine les pingouins, finit par tomber dans le ravin. » Facebook. Retrieved November 27, 2022. (Archived November 27, 2022, 21:58:50 UTC via
  2. ^ Nintendo Magazine 2022 Winter (Digital English edition). Retrieved December 1, 2022. (Archived December 1, 2022, 20:11:43 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  3. ^ From the iQue localization prototype.
  4. ^ Mario Kart Super Circuit European instruction booklet