Star Cup

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The Star Cup logo in Mario Kart 8.

The Star Cup is one of the cups in the Mario Kart series, and its symbol is a Star. In most Mario Kart games, it is the third Nitro cup (except in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, where it is the fourth), and the completion of this cup is required to unlock the Special Cup. This cup usually consists of courses that are designed to be slightly more challenging than the previous cups, as there are more gimmicks in the courses. The tracks are usually as long as the ones from the Flower Cup.


Mario Kart series[edit]

List of courses[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5
Super Mario Kart SMK Koopa Beach 1 Overhead Map.png
Koopa Beach 1
SMK Choco Island 2 Overhead Map.png
Choco Island 2
SMK Vanilla Lake 1 Overhead Map.png
Vanilla Lake 1
SMK Bowser Castle 3 Overhead Map.png
Bowser Castle 3
SMK Mario Circuit 4 Overhead Map.png
Mario Circuit 4
Mario Kart 64 MK64 Wario Stadium Icon.png
Wario Stadium
MK64 Sherbert Land Icon.png
Sherbet Land
MK64 Royal Raceway Icon.png
Royal Raceway
MK64 Bowser Castle Icon.png
Bowser's Castle
Mario Kart: Super Circuit Snow Land MKSC icon.png
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
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! SherbetLandIcon-MKDD.png
Sherbet Land
Mushroom City
Yoshi Circuit
DK Mountain
Mario Kart DS DK Pass.png
DK Pass
MKDS Tick Tock Clock.png
Tick-Tock Clock
MKDS Mario Circuit DS Intro.png
Mario Circuit
Airship Fortress MKDS preview.png
Airship Fortress
Mario Kart Wii Daisy circuit1.png
Daisy Circuit
MKW Koopa Cape.png
Koopa Cape
MKW Maple Treeway Overlook.png
Maple Treeway
Grumble Volcano.png
Grumble Volcano
Mario Kart 7 PPS2.png
Piranha Plant Slide
Piranha Plant Pipeway
Wario Shipyard
Wario's Galleon
Neo Bowser City
Koopa City
Maka Wuhu
Wuhu Mountain Loop
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe MK8-Course-SunshineAirport.jpg
Sunshine Airport
Dolphin Shoals
Mount Wario
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit MKLHC Royal Highway Course Icon.png
Royal Highway
MKLHC Wibble Woods Course Icon.png
Wibble Woods
MKLHC Windswept Prairie Course Icon.png
Windswept Prairie

Trading Card info[edit]

MKW Star Cup Trading Card.jpg

"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."

Mario sports games[edit]

The cup appeared also in certain Mario sports games like 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 entire game. This cup is held in the Galaxy Arena morph court, and matches in this cup 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 cannot be skipped if the tournament is won for the first time. The Champions Cup replaces the Star Cup as the last cup of the World Open series, and fourth in the game.

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 also appeared in Mario Sports Mix as a harder difficulty, like the other series. The Star Cup in Mario Sports Mix includes the final match against the Final Fantasy team and Behemoth or Behemoth King after the players have completed the cup. Star Road is also found on this cup, which is an alternate path available once players clear the Star Cup.




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スターカップ
Sutā Kappu
Star Cup
Spanish Copa Estrella Star Cup
French Coupe Étoile Star Cup
Dutch Sterrenbeker Star Cup
German Stern-Cup Star Cup
Italian Trofeo Stella Star Trophy
Portuguese (NOA) Copa Estrela Star Cup
Portuguese (NOE) Taça Estrela Star Cup
Russian Кубок звезды
Kubok zvezdy
Star Cup
Korean 스타 컵
Seuta Keop
Star Cup
Chinese 星星盃 (Traditional)
星星杯 (Simplified)
Xīngxīng Bēi
Star Cup


  • Mario Kart 64's Star Cup is the only Star Cup that has two courses that share the same background music.
  • Mario Kart: Double Dash!!'s Star Cup is the only cup not to contain any dash panels whatsoever.
  • Mario Kart 7's Star Cup is the only cup without a single track that has the same name in the American English and British English versions of the game.