Lightning Cup

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The Lightning Cup logo in Mario Kart 8.

The Lightning Cup (referred as the Thunder Cup in Mario Power Tennis and in the Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Mario Kart 7 instruction manuals) is a cup in the Mario Kart series, as well as Mario Power Tennis. Its first appearance is in Mario Kart: Super Circuit where it was placed between the Flower Cup and Star Cup. It is absent in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, but since Mario Kart DS, it makes a reappearance as a cup with tracks from past Mario Kart games. The emblem of the cup is the Lightning. It mainly features tracks from the Star Cup and the Special Cup, though Mario Kart DS featured a sole track from the Mario Kart: Super Circuit Lightning Cup and Mario Kart Wii featured a sole Flower Cup course. The length and difficulty of the courses in this cup tend to be on par with those in the Special Cup. In Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8, the final track of the Lightning Cup is a past Rainbow Road, very similar to how Special Cup's final course is a new Rainbow Road. The table below lists every track in the Lightning Cup by course order and game installment.

Courses[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart: Super Circuit Luigi circuit icon.png
Luigi Circuit
SkyGarden.png
Sky Garden
CheepCheepIsland.png
Cheep-Cheep Island
SunsetWilds.png
Sunset Wilds
Mario Kart DS ChocoIsland2ds.PNG
SNES Choco Island 2
DSBansheeboardwalk.PNG
N64 Banshee Boardwalk
SkyGardends.PNG
GBA Sky Garden
YoshiCircuitDS.png
GCN Yoshi Circuit
Mario Kart Wii SNESMarioCircuit3-MKWii.png
SNES Mario Circuit 3
MKWii Peach Gardens.png
DS Peach Gardens
DK Mountain.PNG
GCN DK Mountain
N64BowserCastle-MKWii.png
N64 Bowser's Castle
Mario Kart 7 KoopaCapeMK7.png
Wii Koopa Cape
DinoDinoJungleMK7.png
GCN Dino Dino Jungle
AirshipFortressMK7.png
DS Airship Fortress
SNES MK7.png
SNES Rainbow Road
Mario Kart 8 MK8-Course-DS Tick-TockClock.jpg
DS Tick-Tock Clock

MK8-Course-3DS PiranhaPlantSlide.jpg
3DS Piranha Plant Slide
Piranha Plant Pipeway
MK8-Course-Wii GrumbleVolcano.jpg
Wii Grumble Volcano

MK8-Course-N64 RainbowRoad.jpg
N64 Rainbow Road

Mario Kart Wii trading card info[edit]

MKWLightningCupTC.jpg

"You'll be glad to see that all four tracks in the Lightning Cup have made a big comeback! All feature updated graphics and all the fun you can handle. And two of them, GCN DK Mountain and N64 Bowser's Castle, offer up all the challenge you can handle!"

Gallery[edit]

Emblems[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サンダーカップ
Sandā Kappu
Thunder Cup
Spanish Copa Centella Spark Cup
French Coupe Éclair Lightning Cup
Dutch Bliksembeker Lightning Cup
German Blitz-Cup Lightning Cup
Italian Trofeo Fulmine Lightning Trophy
Portuguese Taça Relâmpago Lightning Cup
Russian Кубок молнии
Kubok molnii
Lightning Cup
Korean 번개 컵
Beongae Keop
Lightning Cup
Chinese 閃電盃 (Traditional)[1]
闪电杯 (Simplified)[2]
Shǎndiàn Bēi
Lightning Cup

Trivia[edit]

  • In Mario Kart: Super Circuit, this is the only cup in the game to not feature a Bowser's Castle.
  • Mario Kart 7's Lightning Cup is the only retro cup not to have at least one course from Mario Kart 64.
    • Similarly, Mario Kart 8's Lightning Cup is the only retro cup not to have at least one course from Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nintendo. Mario Kart 7 - 賽道. nintendo.tw. Retrieved January 28, 2017
  2. ^ iQue. 马力欧卡丁车7 : 赛道 (Mario Kart 7: Courses). Retrieved January 28, 2017.