Star Cup

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Not to be confused with Rosalina Cup, another cup with a similar-looking Grand Star as the emblem.
Artwork of the Star Cup logo, from Mario Kart 8.
The Star Cup logo in Mario Kart 8.

The Star Cup is a cup in the Super Mario franchise, most notably appearing as the third cup in the Mario Kart series; however, in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, it is the fourth cup of that game, after the Lightning Cup. It exclusively features new courses, and in most Mario Kart games, it must be completed to unlock the Special Cup. The cup's courses tend to be of slightly increased difficulty compared to the Flower Cup (and Lightning Cup in Mario Kart: Super Circuit), and its emblem is a Super Star.


Mario Kart series[edit]

List of courses[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5
Super Mario Kart The map for Koopa Beach 1.
Koopa Beach 1
The map for Choco Island 2.
Choco Island 2
The map for Vanilla Lake 1.
Vanilla Lake 1
The map for Bowser Castle 3.
Bowser Castle 3
The map for Mario Circuit 4.
Mario Circuit 4
Mario Kart 64 The icon for Wario Stadium, from Mario Kart 64.
Wario Stadium
The icon for Sherbet Land, from Mario Kart 64.
Sherbet Land
The icon for Royal Raceway, from Mario Kart 64.
Royal Raceway
The icon for Bowser's Castle, from Mario Kart 64.
Bowser's Castle
Mario Kart: Super Circuit Super Circuit tracks Snow Land
Snow Land
Ribbon Land MKSC icon.png
Ribbon Road
Yoshi Desert MKSC icon.png
Yoshi Desert
Bowser's Castle 3 MKSC icon.png
Bowser Castle 3
Extra tracks MKSC Vanilla Lake 1 Extra Cup Map.png
Vanilla Lake 1
MKSC SNES Bowser Castle 3 Extra Cup Map.png
Bowser Castle 3
MKSC Mario Circuit 4 Extra Cup Map.png
Mario Circuit 4
MKSC SNES Donut Plains 3 Extra Cup Map.png
Donut Plains 3
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! The icon for Sherbet Land, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
Sherbet Land
The icon for Mushroom City, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
Mushroom City
The icon for Yoshi Circuit, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
Yoshi Circuit
The icon for DK Mountain, from Mario Kart Double Dash!!.
DK Mountain
Mario Kart DS DK Pass
DK Pass
The race track Tick Tock Clock in Mario Kart DS.
Tick-Tock Clock
Mario Circuit
Mario Circuit
Airship Fortress
Airship Fortress
Mario Kart Wii Daisy Circuit
Daisy Circuit
Koopa Cape
Koopa Cape
Overview of Maple Treeway
Maple Treeway
Grumble Volcano
Grumble Volcano
Mario Kart 7 Piranha Plant Slide
Piranha Plant Slide
Piranha Plant Pipeway
Wario Shipyard
Wario Shipyard
Wario's Galleon
Neo Bowser City
Neo Bowser City
Koopa City
Maka Wuhu
Maka Wuhu
Wuhu Mountain Loop
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Sunshine Airport
Sunshine Airport
Dolphin Shoals
Mount Wario
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Royal Highway course icon from Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Royal Highway
Wibble Woods course icon from Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Wibble Woods
Windswept Prairie course icon from Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Windswept Prairie

Super Mario sports games[edit]

The Star Cup also appears in other Super Mario games, such as Super Mario Strikers and Mario Superstar Baseball.

Mario Tennis series[edit]

The Star Cup makes regular appearances in the Mario Tennis series. Usually, it is the third, last cup of the Open Tournament. When players clear the Star Cup, they receive a star ranking, which rewards them with stronger stats while allowing them to participate in the Special Tournaments. In Mario Tennis Open, however, the Star Cup is called the Final Cup, and it is the last cup of the Star Open series and the whole game, with the Champions Cup replacing it as the fourth cup in the game and last cup of the World Open series. This version of the Star Cup is held in the Galaxy Arena morph court, and its matches have three sets for the starting round, three sets for the semifinals, and five sets for the finals. After this cup is played, the credits roll, and they cannot be skipped unless it is not the first time the cup has been played. In Mario Tennis Aces, the Star Cup is the third and final cup of the COM Tournament mode, featuring the highest CPU difficulty of all cups.

Super Mario Strikers[edit]

In Super Mario Strikers, the Star Cup has eight teams, seven rounds, and uses the table system. When the player finishes in the top three, the Bowser Cup and The Battle Dome are unlocked. A similar cup is the Super Star Cup.

Mario Sports Mix[edit]

The Star Cup appears in Mario Sports Mix as a more difficult cup. It includes the final match against the Final Fantasy team, and it is followed by a battle against Behemoth or Behemoth King. Star Road is also found in this cup, which is an alternate path available once players complete the Star Cup.

Completion awards in the Mario Kart series[edit]

Winning the Star 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: Double Dash!![edit]

Mario Kart DS[edit]

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

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

  • 50cc Star Cup: King Boo
  • 1 star rank or higher on all nitro cups (includes Star Cup) on 50cc: Baby Daisy
  • 100cc Star Cup: Shooting Star
  • 1 star rank or higher on all nitro cups (includes Star Cup) on 100cc: Sneakster
  • 150cc Star Cup: Quacker
  • 1 star rank or higher on all nitro cups (includes Star Cup) on 150cc: Dry Bowser
  • All cups on 150cc: 150cc Mirror class
  • Mirror Star Cup: Dolphin Dasher
  • 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 Star Cup: Rosalina
  • 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 Star 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 Star 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 non-DLC cups on 150cc Mirror: Gold Standard
  • All non-DLC cups on 200cc: Gold Mario


Mario Kart Wii trading card of the Star Cup.
  • Mario Kart 64 website: "The Star Cup is for pros, and each course offers its own unique challenge."
  • Mario Kart Wii trading card: "The action REALLY starts to heat up when you tackle the Star Cup. Four new tracks will test your racing mettle. Daisy Circuit is a very scenic track, while the others (Koopa Cape, Maple Treeway, and Grumble Volcano) offer up some serious challenges and difficult racing conditions."


Emblems and Logos[edit]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スターカップ
Sutā Kappu
Star Cup

Chinese (simplified) 星星杯
Xīngxīng Bēi
Star Cup

Chinese (traditional) 星星盃
Xīngxīng Bēi
Star Cup

Dutch Sterrenbeker
Star Cup
French Coupe Étoile
Star Cup
German Stern-Cup
Star Cup
Italian Trofeo Stella
Coppa stella (Mario Kart: Super Circuit)
Star Trophy
Star Cup
Korean 스타 컵
Seuta Keop
Star Cup

Portuguese (NOA) Copa Estrela
Star Cup
Portuguese (NOE) Taça Estrela
Star Cup
Russian Кубок звезды
Kubok zvezdy
Star Cup

Spanish Copa Estrella
Star Cup


  • Mario Kart 64's Star Cup is the only Star Cup to feature two courses with the same background music.
  • Mario Kart: Double Dash!!'s Star Cup is the only cup in the Mario Kart series not to feature Dash Panels in any of its courses.
  • Mario Kart 7's Star Cup is the only cup in the game to have all of its courses differ in name between the American English and British English versions.
  • All of the Star Cup's courses from Mario Kart Wii reappear as classic courses in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This makes it one of three cups in the entire series to have all its courses return together in another Mario Kart game. The other two cups are the Lightning Cup from Mario Kart: Super Circuit and the Mushroom Cup from Mario Kart 7, which both have all of their courses in Tour.
    • The Star Cup courses were added to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in reverse chronological order as well, with Grumble Volcano being part of the original Mario Kart 8, Maple Treeway releasing in Wave 3 of the Booster Course Pass, Koopa Cape releasing in Wave 5, and Daisy Circuit releasing in Wave 6. This is also the case for the Lightning Cup of Super Circuit within Tour.