Wii Mushroom Gorge

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Mushroom Gorge
View of Mushroom Gorge in Mario Kart Wii
Information
Appears in Mario Kart Wii (2008)
Mario Kart 7 (2011)
Mario Kart Tour (2022)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Booster Course Pass, Wave 2) (2022)
Cup(s) Mushroom Cup (Wii)
Shell Cup (7)
Propeller Cup (8 Deluxe)
Tour(s)
Online play No longer available (Wii)
Available (3DS until April 8, 2024, Switch)
Music sample
Mario Kart Wii / Mario Kart 7 / Mario Kart Tour
Asuka Ohta, Ryo Nagamatsu

Mario Kart 7 (frontrunning)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (frontrunning)
Course map
Mario Kart Wii
Mushroom Gorge from Mario Kart Wii.
Mario Kart 7
Wii Mushroom Gorge bottom screen map
Wii Mushroom Gorge
Mario Kart Tour
Map of Wii Mushroom Gorge from Mario Kart Tour
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Map of Wii Mushroom Gorge in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Staff ghost(s)
Wii Nin★Murak
2:16.110 Sprite of ToadetteThe model for Toadette's Quacker from Mario Kart Wii
Wii Expert Nin★Miki
2:01.011 Sprite of ToadetteThe model for Toadette's Mini Beast from Mario Kart Wii
7 Nin★Kataok
2:02.292 Sprite of ToadCloud 9MushroomParaglider, also known as Parafoil.
7 Expert Ret★Jay
1:50.526 Sprite of ToadBlue Pipe Frame from Mario Kart 7MonsterToad's Super Glider in Mario Kart 7
8DX 150cc Nin★Massim
1:50.666 Toadette's head icon in Mario Kart 8Bear Rider body from Mario Kart 8Wood tires from Mario Kart 8Thumbnail of Toadette's Super Glider (with 8 icon), in Mario Kart 8.
8DX 200cc Nin★Chris
1:21.194 Toad's head icon in Mario Kart 8Toad and blue Mii's Standard ATV body from Mario Kart 8StandardThumbnail of Toad's Super Glider (with 8 icon), in Mario Kart 8.

Mushroom Gorge is the third course of the Mushroom Cup in Mario Kart Wii. The course is located on a mountainous zone with tall Mushroom Platforms rising over cloudy pits. Racers travel the course mainly on land; however, on a part of the course, they enter a cave where they find a pit full of Mushroom Trampolines, which are mushrooms the racers use as platforms. Players can drive two different ways over these mushrooms to cross the cave. Red Mushroom Trampolines cause drivers to bounce, so players can do a trick while they are in the air to get a small boost of speed later. The green-capped Mushroom Trampolines, however, do not cause vehicles to bounce. Some Goombas appear serving as obstacles on the track.

Mushroom Gorge reappears in Mario Kart 7 as the third course of the Shell Cup, in Mario Kart Tour starting with the 2022 Mii Tour, and in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the third course of the Propeller Cup. It, alongside Coconut Mall, Koopa Cape, and Maple Treeway have appeared in four games in a row (every game since their debuts) if one counts the two Mario Kart 8 titles as the same game.

The background music of this course is available as a selectable music track on the Mario Circuit stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and on any Mario Kart stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as well as Battlefield, Big Battlefield, Small Battlefield, and Final Destination as of the version 8.1.0 update of the latter. A court based on Mushroom Gorge appears in Mario Tennis Open, called Mushroom Valley.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Course layout[edit]

Mushroom Gorge
Toadette in the beginning part of the track

The course begins on a dirt road with mushroom trampolines and mushroom platforms in the background. After a brief straightaway there is a slight turn to the right and a turn to the left, where racers encounter the first set of Item Boxes. To the left of the first two turns is a pair of mushroom trampolines that acts as a shortcut and is not on the minimap. Racers then drive onto a wooden bridge that curves right, followed by a ramp that leads to a single mushroom trampoline, hanging over an abyss. The ramps on this course are notable because they visually resemble dash panel ramps, but their actual effect is much closer to that of mushroom trampolines.

After the first mushroom trampoline, there is a left turn which brings racers to a fork in the road: If racers turn left, the road will then curve right and racers encounter several moving Item Boxes and dash panels. This route is the longer and slower of the two. If racers go straight ahead, there is a ramp followed by a mushroom platform in between two mushroom trampolines, once again hanging over an abyss. A set of Item Boxes floats in midair between the first mushroom trampoline and the mushroom platform. This route is usually taken by CPUs.

The two routes then join and racers enter a cave, taking a gradual left turn before reaching a ramp and another split path. This time, both routes are composed of mushroom trampolines and mushroom platforms, leaving no other road for racers to drive on. If racers take the left route, they use three mushroom trampolines to gain height and reach a mushroom platform that is very high up. They then use two more mushroom trampolines before falling down to the height they were at before, where one more mushroom trampoline will bring them to the end of the section. If racers take the right route, they use two mushroom trampolines followed by a pair of mushroom platforms and then three mushroom trampolines, bringing them to the end of the section. All mushrooms on the right route are about the same height. While the right route is once again faster, it only has a single pair of Item Boxes, found between the first two mushroom trampolines, while the left route has two sets of Item Boxes, making it much easier for racers to acquire items. Both routes are also relatively straight but require racers to make small turns to correct their trajectory.

After the long cave section, racers exit the cave and return to the dirt road, where there is a slight right turn and then a left U-turn around an abyss. There are three Goombas along this U-turn. Afterwards, racers reach the finish line.

Shortcuts[edit]

Daisy grinding on the mountain in Mushroom Gorge.
Daisy grinding on the mountain

The first notable shortcut can be achieved by turning to the left at the beginning of the track and using a Mushroom (or jumping over the grass) to drive off the cliff and bounce off of the mushroom trampolines below, landing on the wooden bridge. This shortcut is utilized in a glitch where the player can turn around and bounce off of the first mushroom trampoline and lean back to climb on the cliff, moving left for a while before being dropped onto the track before the finish line. The pair of mushroom trampolines was removed in the Mario Kart 7 version of the course, possibly because of this glitch. The mushroom trampolines return in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but if the player attempts this glitch, Lakitu will simply pull them back to where they last were on the track.

The second notable shortcut can be found by the U-turn at the end of the track. By cutting through the grass on the U-turn without falling into the abyss, a second or two of time can be saved. However, with a Mushroom it is also possible to jump across the gap entirely to save more time. It is also possible to bounce off of the final mushroom trampoline on the left side of the cave and climb on the left wall and get onto the other side of the gap; a Mushroom is required for this.

Lastly, there is a glitch on this course that allows racers to cut through the grass without items: If the player uses one of the course's ramps without touching a mushroom trampoline afterwards, the off-road collision is changed to not slow the player down anymore. The easiest way to achieve this is by using a Mushroom at the first ramp to jump over the first mushroom trampoline. The player can then cut through the grass on the following turn, take the left route at the fork in the road, and then cut through a bit of off-road along the gradual left turn in the cave. The other way is by using a Bullet Bill: The player can either use it at the second or third ramp, depending on whether it will end early or not. If done correctly, the player will be dropped off just after the cave's exit and can then cut through the grass on the U-turn, as well as a bit of grass on the left turn near the first item set.

Tournaments[edit]

The second tournament of June 2008

June 2008's second tournament required players to complete a Time Trial in reverse on Mushroom Gorge. There are several ramps added and the positions of mushroom trampolines and mushroom platforms are changed to make this possible. Players start the Time Trial with a set of Triple Mushrooms. The tournament was later repeated as the second tournament of June 2010, the first tournament of December 2011, the second tournament of February 2013, and finally the only tournament of May 2014, the final tournament before the discontinuation of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Mushroom Gorge in Mario Kart 7

Mushroom Gorge makes its classic course debut in Mario Kart 7 as the third race of the Shell Cup. Due to graphical limitations, the Mushroom Trampolines are flat and larger than in Mario Kart Wii, and most of the ones in the background have been removed. The arrows at the first split paths have been changed from brown to red. Some of the Dash Panels have been shifted around, with an extra one being added to the first split track section, and the one on the right at the split paths has been moved forward.

The most significant changes to the course are that the shortcut near the start of the track with the Mushroom Trampolines has been removed, five of the red Mushroom Trampolines inside the cave have been removed, and the Mushroom Platform on the left route is now a blue Mushroom Trampoline that acts as a Glide Ramp.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

View of the split path in Wii Mushroom Gorge
View of the course

Mushroom Gorge returns in Mario Kart Tour as a classic course starting from the 2022 Mii Tour. It is the third Wii course to be included in the game and the first since Wii DK Summit in the Snow Tour twenty-seven tours prior. The course has received a graphical update. The starting line has been redesigned into a stone archway with the modern Mario Kart logo. Most Mushroom Trampolines have been restored to the background. Certain elements, like the elevation of the Mushroom Trampolines and the types of ramps used in some locations, had to be changed to accommodate for Mario Kart Tour's physics; there is also an additional Mushroom Trampoline in the cave section compared to the Mario Kart 7 incarnation of the track. Players can also now perform Jump Boosts by dropping off Mushroom Platforms. There is no longer a Dash Panel on the first or second ramp of the course. One of the three Goombas near the end of the course has also been removed.

The course also appears as Mushroom Gorge R (reversed), Mushroom Gorge T (with ramps), and Mushroom Gorge R/T (reversed with ramps). The former two debuted alongside the normal variant in the 2022 Mii Tour, while the latter debuted in the 2023 Mii Tour. In all three variants, the number of mushrooms is significantly reduced; in the R variant, the only mushrooms remaining in the cave are blue mushroom trampolines. In the R/T variant, a glide ramp is placed at the left path after the cave.

Appearances[edit]

For this course's tour appearances, see List of Wii Mushroom Gorge tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour.

Top-tier and middle-tier items[edit]

Select "show" to reveal the drivers, karts, and gliders for which Wii Mushroom Gorge and its variants are always favored or favorite courses. For instances in which additional drivers, karts, and gliders temporarily had this course and its variants as favored or favorite courses, see List of Wii Mushroom Gorge tour appearances in Mario Kart Tour.

Course Three-item drivers Bonus points ×2 karts Combo bonus ×3 gliders Two-item drivers Bonus points ×1.5 karts Combo bonus ×2 gliders
Wii Mushroom Gorge from Mario Kart Tour
Normal variant
Daisy (Farmer)Daisy (Thai Dress)Donkey Kong Jr. (SNES)Dr. BowserLudwig Mii Racing SuitMario (Golf)Silver Mii Racing SuitToad (Tourist)Toadette (Astronaut)Toad Mii Racing SuitWaluigi (Vampire)Yoshi (Gold Egg) Black Dozer from Mario Kart TourBlue-Green Capsule Kart from Mario Kart TourThe Blue Speeder from Mario Kart TourCupid's Arrow from Mario Kart TourDaikon Rocket from Mario Kart TourGreen B Dasher Mk. 2 from Mario Kart TourGreen Cat Cruiser from Mario Kart TourIce-Cream Minibus from Mario Kart TourPumpkin Kart from Mario Kart TourRoaring Racer from Mario Kart TourSakura Hop Rod from Mario Kart TourSilver Flower Kart from Mario Kart TourStar Broom from Mario Kart TourThe Swift Talon from Mario Kart TourWarrior Wagon from Mario Kart TourWhite Fast Frank from Mario Kart Tour Flying Flappers from Mario Kart TourGold Origami Glider from Mario Kart TourGold Toe-Bean Balloons from Mario Kart TourGolden Wings from Mario Kart TourLuigi Parafoil from Mario Kart TourMario's Mustache from Mario Kart TourMeteor Balloons from Mario Kart TourMint & Berry Balloons from Mario Kart TourRoyal Parachute from Mario Kart TourTulip Corsage from Mario Kart TourWicked Topaz from Mario Kart TourWonderful Diamond from Mario Kart Tour Brown Mii Racing Suit*Captain Toad from Mario Kart TourCat Luigi**Cat RosalinaCat Toad***Gold Mii Racing Suit**Mario (Aviator)Mario Mii Racing SuitPeach (Yukata)***Penguin Mario from Mario Kart TourRosalina (Halloween)Tanooki Mario from Mario Kart TourToadette (Explorer)White Tanooki Mario from Mario Kart TourYellow Shy Guy (Explorer)* Armored Rider from Mario Kart Tour**B Dasher Mk. 2 from Mario Kart TourBrown Offroader from Mario Kart TourDark Trickster from Mario Kart TourGold Clanky Kart from Mario Kart Tour.Gold Standard from Mario Kart Tour*Green Lightning from Mario Kart TourThe Holiday Speeder from Mario Kart TourMagma Broom from Mario Kart TourThe Moo Moo Offroader from Mario Kart TourProp Kart from Mario Kart TourSports Coupe 2022 from Mario Kart TourStrawberry Soft Swerve from Mario Kart TourWhite Turbo Birdo from Mario Kart Tour**Wild Slugger from Mario Kart TourYellow 8-Bit Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour 8-Bit Super Mushroom from Mario Kart TourBlack Starchute from Mario Kart Tour**Boo Masks from Mario Kart Tour*Glitter Glider from Mario Kart TourGlittering Parasol from Mario Kart TourIcy Mario's Mustache from Mario Kart TourMario's Hat Balloon from Mario Kart Tour*Luigi's Mustache from Mario Kart Tour***New Year's 2022 from Mario Kart TourOrigami Glider from Mario Kart Tour**Pink Checkered Glider from Mario Kart Tour**Record Setter from Mario Kart TourSky-High Flyer from Mario Kart TourWonderful Wings from Mario Kart Tour***
Pink Toad (Pit Crew) Light-blue Toad (Pit Crew)Toadette's icon from Mario Kart Tour Light-blue Turbo Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour
Mushmellow from Mario Kart Tour
Wii Mushroom Gorge R from Mario Kart Tour
R variant
Captain Toad from Mario Kart TourCat RosalinaChargin' Chuck from Mario Kart TourLuigi (Knight)Meowser from Mario Kart TourMoo Moo Mii Racing SuitPeach Mii Racing SuitPurple Mii Racing SuitSilver Mii Racing SuitToad (Astronaut)Toadette (Explorer)White Tanooki Mario from Mario Kart Tour Armored Rider from Mario Kart TourB Dasher Mk. 2 from Mario Kart TourCact-B from Mario Kart TourCact-R from Mario Kart TourCupid's Arrow from Mario Kart TourGold Kiddie Kart from Mario Kart TourGold Standard from Mario Kart TourGray Cat Cruiser from Mario Kart TourThe Moo Moo Offroader from Mario Kart TourPink B Dasher Mk. 2 from Mario Kart TourPink Capsule Kart from Mario Kart TourSneeker from Mario Kart TourStrawberry Soft Swerve from Mario Kart TourWatermelon Kart from Mario Kart Tour Black Starchute from Mario Kart TourGalaxy Glider from Mario Kart TourGlitter Glider from Mario Kart TourGold Candlelight Flight from Mario Kart TourIcy Mario's Mustache from Mario Kart TourMario's Hat Balloon from Mario Kart TourOrigami Glider from Mario Kart TourRecord Setter from Mario Kart TourSky-High Flyer from Mario Kart TourSpider Glider from Mario Kart TourTreasure Map from Mario Kart Tour.Wonderful Wings from Mario Kart Tour Chargin' Chuck (Gold)**Daisy (Thai Dress)Dr. BowserFunky Kong's icon from Mario Kart TourIggy Mii Racing SuitPink Gold Peach from Mario Kart TourToad Mii Racing Suit**Wario Mii Racing SuitYoshi (Gold Egg)*** Black Turbo Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour***Brown Offroader from Mario Kart TourCheermellow from Mario Kart TourClackety Kart from Mario Kart Tour.Dragonfly from Mario Kart TourFlower Kart from Mario Kart TourGoo-Goo Black from Mario Kart Tour**Green B Dasher Mk. 2 from Mario Kart TourGreen Cat Cruiser from Mario Kart Tour**The Hot Pot Hot Rod from Mario Kart TourRainbow Streetle from Mario Kart TourRoaring Racer from Mario Kart TourSakura Hop Rod from Mario Kart Tour*Star Broom from Mario Kart Tour***Warrior Wagon from Mario Kart Tour**Yellow 8-Bit Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour**Yellow Offroader from Mario Kart Tour Candlelight FlightCream Toe-Bean Balloons from Mario Kart Tour**Dream Glider from Mario Kart TourFlying Flappers from Mario Kart TourGold Eggshell Glider from Mario Kart Tour**Luigi Parafoil from Mario Kart TourMeteor Balloons from Mario Kart TourNew Year's 2022 from Mario Kart TourRoyal Parachute from Mario Kart TourSakura Origami Glider from Mario Kart Tour***The Silver Candlelight Flight from Mario Kart TourSnow Crystals from Mario Kart TourThe Wonderful Garnet from Mario Kart Tour
Rambi Rider from Mario Kart Tour Green Toad (Pit Crew)Ice Bro's icon from Mario Kart TourPink Toad (Pit Crew)Toad's icon from Mario Kart Tour The Pink Turbo Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour
Wii Mushroom Gorge T from Mario Kart Tour
T variant
Builder LuigiCat RosalinaCat ToadChargin' Chuck from Mario Kart TourChargin' Chuck (Gold)Daisy (Farmer)Gold Mii Racing SuitMario (Baseball)Mario Mii Racing SuitPeach (Halloween)Peach (Yukata)Yellow Shy Guy (Explorer) Black Turbo Yoshi from Mario Kart TourBlue-Green Capsule Kart from Mario Kart TourThe Blue Speeder from Mario Kart TourCact-R from Mario Kart TourClackety Kart from Mario Kart Tour.Combo Cruiser from Mario Kart TourDragonfly from Mario Kart TourGoo-Goo Black from Mario Kart TourThe Holiday Speeder from Mario Kart TourThe Hot Pot Hot Rod from Mario Kart TourGray Cat Cruiser from Mario Kart TourGreen Lightning from Mario Kart TourThe Swift Talon from Mario Kart TourWhite Turbo Birdo from Mario Kart TourYellow 8-Bit Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour 8-Bit Super Mushroom from Mario Kart TourBright Ribbon from Mario Kart TourCandlelight FlightCream Toe-Bean Balloons from Mario Kart TourGlittering Parasol from Mario Kart TourLuigi's Mustache from Mario Kart TourNew Year's 2022 from Mario Kart TourPink Checkered Glider from Mario Kart TourRed Checkered Glider from Mario Kart TourSakura Origami Glider from Mario Kart TourThe Silver Candlelight Flight from Mario Kart TourSnow Crystals from Mario Kart TourThe Wonderful Garnet from Mario Kart Tour Builder Mario from Mario Kart TourFunky Kong's icon from Mario Kart TourLemmy Mii Racing SuitLudwig Mii Racing SuitMario (Golf)Moo Moo Mii Racing Suit**Peach Mii Racing Suit*Pink Shy Guy (Ninja)**Purple Mii Racing SuitRosalina Mii Racing Suit***Toad (Astronaut) Armored Rider from Mario Kart Tour*Bright Girl from Mario Kart TourCream Classic from Mario Kart TourDaikon Rocket from Mario Kart TourDark Trickster from Mario Kart TourGold Clanky Kart from Mario Kart Tour.Ice-Cream Minibus from Mario Kart TourMagma Broom from Mario Kart TourThe Moo Moo Offroader from Mario Kart Tour**Pinch Hitter from Mario Kart Tour***Sakura Hop Rod from Mario Kart Tour**Sneeker from Mario Kart TourSports Coupe 2022 from Mario Kart TourSunny Surf Sailer from Mario Kart TourWarrior Wagon from Mario Kart Tour*** Aurora Balloons from Mario Kart TourThe Autumn Leaves from Mario Kart Tour**Cat Parafoil from Mario Kart TourDream Glider from Mario Kart TourGold Candlelight Flight from Mario Kart Tour**Gold Penguin Wingtip from Mario Kart TourGolden Wings from Mario Kart TourMario's Mustache from Mario Kart Tour***Spider Glider from Mario Kart TourTulip Corsage from Mario Kart TourWario's Mustache from Mario Kart TourThe White Waves Origami Glider from Mario Kart TourWicked Topaz from Mario Kart TourWonderful Diamond from Mario Kart Tour
Green Toad (Pit Crew) The Pink Turbo Yoshi from Mario Kart Tour MKT Icon Bowser.pngIce Bro's icon from Mario Kart Tour Rambi Rider from Mario Kart Tour
Pink Mushmellow from Mario Kart Tour
MKT Icon Wii Mushroom Gorge RT.png
R/T variant
Dr. LuigiLarry Mii Racing SuitLemmy Mii Racing SuitLight-blue Shy Guy (Explorer)Luigi (Chef)Penguin ToadetteToad (Astronaut) The Blazing Eagle from Mario Kart TourBright Girl from Mario Kart TourCream Classic from Mario Kart TourThe Pineapple 1 from Mario Kart TourThe Pink Speeder from Mario Kart TourRainbow Streetle from Mario Kart TourTaiko Drum Dasher from Mario Kart TourWhite Turbo Birdo from Mario Kart Tour 8-Bit Super Mushroom from Mario Kart TourThe Autumn Leaves from Mario Kart TourCream Toe-Bean Balloons from Mario Kart TourGlittering Parasol from Mario Kart TourMint & Berry Balloons from Mario Kart TourSecret Scroll from Mario Kart TourYoshi's Cookies from Mario Kart Tour Dr. Mario from Mario Kart TourGoomba Mii Racing SuitHammer Bro Mii Racing SuitMario (SNES)Toad (Tourist)Toadette (Sailor) The Flaming Speeder from Mario Kart TourFrost Wing from Mario Kart TourGold Bullet Blaster from Mario Kart TourGoo-Goo Pink from Mario Kart TourMach 8-R from Mario Kart TourThe Pink Sneeker from Mario Kart TourRed Comet from Mario Kart Tour***Sakura Sports Coupe from Mario Kart TourShielded Speedster from Mario Kart TourSilver Flower Kart from Mario Kart TourThe Swift Talon from Mario Kart TourWild Gold from Mario Kart Tour 8-Bit 1-Up Mushroom from Mario Kart Tour8-Bit Goomba from Mario Kart TourAurora Balloons from Mario Kart TourBlack Starchute from Mario Kart TourBright Ribbon from Mario Kart TourThe Chocolate Pretzel from Mario Kart TourGold Origami Glider from Mario Kart Tour***Red Checkered Glider from Mario Kart TourSilver Surf Master from Mario Kart Tour
Light-blue Shy GuyLight-blue YoshiMario's icon from Mario Kart Tour.
Pink Mushmellow from Mario Kart Tour Minion Paper Glider from Mario Kart Tour
* indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 3.
** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 6.
*** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 8 for High-End items.

Bonus challenges[edit]

Ring Race
Icon Course variant Chosen
driver
Chosen
kart
Chosen
glider
Grand Star scores Tour appearances Cup
Thumbnail of the Luigi Cup challenge from the 2022 Mii Tour; a Ring Race challenge set on Wii Mushroom Gorge Regular Toadette's icon from Mario Kart Tour
Toadette
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
  • 15
  • 25
  • 32
Mii Tour (2022) The icon of the Luigi Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Luigi Cup
Mii Tour (2023) Fire Bro Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Fire Bro Cup
Do Jump Boosts
Icon Course variant Chosen
driver
Chosen
kart
Chosen
glider
Grand Star scores Tour appearances Cup
Thumbnail of the Pink Gold Peach Cup challenge from the Samurai Tour; a Do Jump Boosts challenge set on Wii Mushroom Gorge (reused as the Kamek Cup's bonus challenge in the 2022 Mario vs. Luigi Tour) Regular Dry Bones's icon from Mario Kart Tour.
Dry Bones
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
  • 12
  • 18
  • 22
Samurai Tour Pink Gold Peach Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Pink Gold Peach Cup
Mario vs. Luigi Tour (2022) Kamek Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Kamek Cup
Goomba Takedown
Icon Course variant Chosen
driver
Chosen
kart
Chosen
glider
Item Box
type found
Number of item slots Grand Star scores Tour appearances Cup
Thumbnail of the Diddy Kong Cup challenge from the 2022 Mii Tour; a Goomba Takedown challenge set on Wii Mushroom Gorge Regular Toad (Pit Crew) from Mario Kart Tour
Toad (Pit Crew)
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
Bob-omb from Mario Kart Tour.
Bob-omb

Mega Mushroom from Mario Kart Tour.
Mega Mushroom

Mario Kart Tour Bob-omb Frenzy Item Box, Valentine's Tour, Toad Cup, Goomba Takedown challenge
Frenzy
(Bob-omb)
1
  • 12
  • 20
  • 30
Mii Tour (2022) Diddy Kong Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Diddy Kong Cup
  • 12
  • 22
  • 32
Exploration Tour (2023) The icon of the Shy Guy Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Shy Guy Cup
Smash Small Dry Bones
Icon Course variant Chosen
driver
Chosen
kart
Chosen
glider
Grand Star scores Tour appearances Cup
Thumbnail of the Funky Kong Cup Challenge from the 2022 Yoshi Tour; a Smash Small Dry Bones challenge set on Wii Mushroom Gorge (reused as the Pauline Cup's bonus challenge in the Animal Tour) Regular Toad (Pit Crew) from Mario Kart Tour
Toad (Pit Crew)
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
  • 8
  • 12
  • 16
Yoshi Tour (2022) Funky Kong Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Funky Kong Cup
Animal Tour The Pauline Cup from Mario Kart Tour
Pauline Cup
Break Item Boxes
Icon Course variant Chosen
driver
Chosen
kart
Chosen
glider
Item Box
type found
Number of item slots Grand Star scores Tour appearances Cup
Thumbnail of the Koopa Troopa Cup challenge from the 2022 Bowser Tour; a Break Item Boxes challenge set on Wii Mushroom Gorge Regular Roy Koopa's icon from Mario Kart Tour.
Roy
Pipe Frame from Mario Kart Tour
Pipe Frame
Super Glider from Mario Kart Tour
Super Glider
Mega Mushroom from Mario Kart Tour.
Mega Mushroom

Coin from Mario Kart Tour.
Coin
2
  • 12
  • 18
  • 22
Bowser Tour (2022) The icon of the Koopa Troopa Cup from Mario Kart Tour.
Koopa Troopa Cup

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Wii Mushroom Gorge as it appears in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mushroom Gorge in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mushroom Gorge reappears in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as part of the second wave of the Booster Course Pass. It is the third course of the Propeller Cup. It uses its appearance from Mario Kart Tour, albeit with graphical updates, such as the road now being orange colored instead of yellow. Several features of the original Mario Kart Wii version of the course that were not in the Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart Tour versions return in this game, such as the shortcut at the beginning with two lower Mushroom Trampolines appearing leading up to the bridge (though the first mushroom now requires the aid of a Mushroom or a Super Star to reach it), along with the ability to jump across the gap at the last U-turn of the track using a speed boost. The mushrooms in the cave section are placed at different elevations again, like the versions prior to Tour, and the layout of the mushrooms in the cave section is now based on the original version, albeit with the green Mushroom Platform on the left path being replaced by another Mushroom Trampoline, as well as replacing one of the mushrooms with Mario Kart 7's glider mushroom. One of the red mushrooms on the right side of the split path before the cave was removed. Several Toads and Koopa Paratroopas have been added as spectators on the course, and the eagles from Shy Guy Falls are visible flying above the track. Some Toad spectators are seen sitting, standing, jumping and waving on top of some Mushroom Platforms. The mushroom shortcut at the beginning of the course is now shown on the minimap.

In a similar vein to Wii Grumble Volcano, 3DS Neo Bowser City, and 3DS DK Jungle, the music is almost the same as the original Wii version, save for the addition of a reverb effect and different mixing, which notably makes the backing guitar louder and adjusts the volume of certain sections of the song. It is one of two courses in the Booster Course Pass to have music tracks left relatively unchanged from their original versions, the other being Tour Madrid Drive (which has a new rendition of its main song, but near-identical versions of its stadium and museum song variants). Additionally, the final lap version of the music is much faster compared to the normal version (as well as the final lap version of the Wii, 3DS and Tour renditions) than other retro courses.

Sponsors[edit]

Mario Kart Wii / Mario Kart 7[edit]

Mario Kart Tour / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Profiles[edit]

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

The Mushroom Gorge card from the Mario Kart Wii trading cards
Trading Card
  • Website bios:
    • Flag of USA.png "Bouncing and pulling tricks off the red mushrooms is crazy fun, but it's tricky to keep your car out of the chasms."
    • Flag of Europe.png "Bounce your way through an underground cavern on top of giant mushrooms that double as trampolines. Whatever route you take, just make sure you land safely!"
  • Prima Guide: "This is the first course to offer a multitude of tricks, as well as precarious edges and bottomless drops to avoid-or jostle your opponents into! The trick here is to figure out the quickest route when the course branches into two different paths, all the while avoiding the roaming Goombas, staying on the dirt track, and using the famous giant mushrooms as trampolines!"[1]
  • Trading Card bio: "Get ready for some precision mushroom-bouncing action on this track! Upon entering the cavern, staying to the right seems to be the path most racers will travel. However, taking the path to the left will surely allow you to get a better shot at scoring a useful Item from the plentiful Item Boxes."

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

  • Nintendo Switch News app (US):
    • This course first appeared in the Mario Kart™ Wii game.
    • The course is a mountainous area with lots of mushrooms sprinkled throughout the landscape.
    • There are many Trampoline Mushrooms along the track. The key is to use your Jump Boost on these to get a small mid-air speed boost.
  • Nintendo Switch News app (UK): Bounce your way to victory - introducing Mushroom Gorge!
    Now, we'd like to present to you a course released as part of the second wave, which is available now: Mushroom Gorge.
    This course first appeared in the Wii title Mario Kart Wii and takes place in mountainous terrain sprouting with all sorts of fabulous fungi. It even features lots of mushrooms that work like trampolines, bouncing you into the air when you drive over them and giving you ample opportunity to utilise Jump Boosts for an extra kick of speed. That's a little tip for you - be sure to use it to your advantage!

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Mario Kart Wii[edit]

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Course icons[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キノコキャニオン
Kinoko Kyanion
Mushroom Canyon

Chinese (simplified) 蘑菇峡谷
Mógū Xiágǔ
Mushroom Canyon

Chinese (traditional) 蘑菇峽谷
Mógū Xiágǔ
Mushroom Canyon

Dutch Paddenstoelengrot
Mushroom Cave
French Gorge Champignon
Mushroom Gorge
German Pilz-Schlucht
Mushroom Canyon
Italian Gola Fungo
Mushroom Gorge
Korean 버섯 캐니언
Beoseot Kaenieon
Mushroom Canyon

Portuguese Ravina Cogumelo
Mushroom Ravine
Russian Грибное ущелье
Gribnoye ushchelye
Mushroom Gorge

Spanish Barranco Champiñón
Mushroom Gorge

Trivia[edit]

  • Excluding Mario Kart Tour, Mushroom Gorge is one of two courses in the Mario Kart series to have returned more than once to occupy the same slot in a cup each time it has appeared (in this case, the third one). The other is DS Peach Gardens.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hogson, David. 2008. Mario Kart (Wii): Prima Official Game Guide, pg 44.