Top 10 Best Mario Kart Courses

Almost everyone has heard of the chaotic, racing game series known as Mario Kart. From the 8 main titles, there are more than 200 courses to play and choose from Mario Circuit 1, the course that started it all, or Daisy Cruiser, where the ship turns side-to-side while items and furniture follow. This list includes some of the best courses in Mario Kart history from Super Mario Kart on the SNES to Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U. Feel free to vote! If you add a course please put the name and system (SNES, N64, GBA, GCN, DS, Wii, 3DS, Wii U, Switch).

The Top Ten

1 Waluigi Pinball DS

Mario, Luigi and Wario are the more popular characters, but Waluigi has one of the most well-known courses in the series, and deservedly! Waluigi Pinball is a course filled with action, intensity and adrenaline to the full!
And the music... It brings back SO MANY fond memories!

Uh oh, here comes WALUIGI! Unpopular opinion: I like Choco Mountain more than this. But I do love this track. Waluigi Pinball is a wonderful experience to go through flippers and surpass pinballs. It's fun, and the music suits in too! Waluigi Pinball is my favorite DS track (no retros).

I like the concept of the track: racing in a pinball machine. But they could have made things better, I suppose. If they would let it look like Bowser's Pinball Machine from Mario Party DS, I would like it a bit more. After all, it is an awesome track, and it was even more awesome in Mario Kart 7.

Waluigi pinball is a masterpiece and will always be. Unlike everyone else I actually like Waluigi. He finally gets the spotlight he deserves. Everyone says that he has no personality and doesn't belong because he doesn't have a game of his own. But it's Nintendo's fault that he doesn't.

2 Coconut Mall Wii

Now, This is my type of frantic (the type that doesn't get popularity off of being an oval with seven laps and how items work). Piantas, Water fountains, Escalators, Mii Cars, little shops, etc. Make this track such fun! Honestly, I think it deserves more than just a rank 15 in someone's list every time, And I think Sunshine Airport referenced off of it slightly due to the type of concept it is (of course, is also based on Mario Sunshine), And sadly ranks lower than it (woah calm down I have nothing against Sunshine Airport, In fact it's my 2nd favorite track of all-time, And take a WILD guess of 1st).

Get that on 1st Place, because Coconut Mall is the best!
Why? Well...
#1. We get to race in a shopping place!
#2. The Music!
#3. The originality!
#4. Get some Miis in cars at the end to make it harder!
#5. Everything!
#6. EVEN MORE, SOMEHOW!
So, how cool is that?

Nintendo made a stroke of genius introducing Coconut Mall for the Wii system. Why? Because there are MII's everywhere. It was the right time they added it and it is awesome too.

Here we go to the mall. In this course you are driving through the mall, and once you exit, there are Mii's trying to hit you before the finish line. This course is a must play!

3 DK Mountain GCN

I really liked that track, and no, the remake is even worse. According to Nathanial Bandy, the ramps Nintendo added from the remake make no sense to be here.

Got to go with the fantastic DK Mountain. It brings me back to one christmas when I got my GC, with Double Dash as the game to come with it. I remember I spent my evening going through Star-Cup, and first lay my eyes on this track... First of the bat, you get slung into a cannon, and after that you are running down a mountain/volcano, with funny swings (I absolutley loved them when I learned them). Perhaps one of the (if not) the greatest track in Mario Kart ever.

This is hands down the best track in mario kart history. The presentation and design of the track is excellent with you getting fired out a cannon to a volcano going down the twists and turns of the mountain and jungle below. The rope bridge at the end is cool too. I spent hours playing this track enjoying its perfection.

It definitely was the best retro track in Mario Kart WII. Maybe it even was the best track of all! Maybe not, OK, but it is so awesome! DK tracks have always been awesome: DK Jungle Parkway, DK Summit, DK Pass, DK Jungle, and the best of all was this one: DK Mountain. Wonder what the next DK track is gonna look like?

4 Maple Treeway WII

Make sure you beat the Mushroom and Flower cups to unlock this one! Driving across a tree branch, over the leaves and inside the tree trunk is just insane! But watch out for the Wigglers because if you hit them your race will be more than stuffed up. Try to take the shortcut to the right at the start (left in Mirror), and you'll do well. It always gets me in first.

Maple Treeway is the most vibrant, colorful and fun to race on track in Mario kart. It has always stood out to me as a nice relaxing track at first glance, but as relaxing it looks the fast paced action matches up to it.

This track is AWE-SOME! It's just awesome, I don't have much of an explanation. The only thing I would do better is removing those stupid Wigglers. Why would you put Wiggler on top of a tree?

Maple Treeway is my favorite Wii race! It is so fun to race on and is an original idea. What game would come up with this? I also like the autumny theme to it! The Wigglers are also pretty cool!

5 Yoshi Valley N64

A pretty fun course. Branching paths are really cool, and even the N64 couldn't tell who was in first! It was super crazy! But there aren't really any mini-battles on the road cause' of so many paths. I don't wish every track were like this, but I'm glad there is one!

I get dizzy of the track having so many paths! It sometimes appears to me like a maze, I can't get out of a maze quick either. But the track is cool, it fits Yoshi well and the Mario Kart 8 version was also really superb.

The course is great. It's crazy! It's funny! It's amazing! Anyway, this course has heaps of paths and believe it or not, the computer can't tell who's in first! Just watch out for the giant spinning egg!

I love this stage! Specifically the original one. I love the mystery of not knowing which place your in. It always feels rewarding to see that bridge and know that you've found a way out of the maze!

6 Airship Fortress DS

Super Mario bros 3. I always loved the airship levels and I just loved the idea of having a track completely based on these levels. As soon as you start the track, you're already in the action with bullet bills charging at you right off the bat, weaving past rocky wrenches, dodging fire torches and a breathtaking canon ride. Not to mention a tower which is a brilliant area for powersliding. Best track in ds, best track in mk7 and best track ever.

In my opinion, mkds had the most interesting ideas for new tracks. A pinball machine, a clock, luigi's masion, a chomp-filled garden, delfino plaza and the airships from smb3! I have always wanted an airship-themed track and here we have it. The perfect no. Of obstacles, memorable layout, epic music and an awesome canon. Best track in mkds, best track in mk7 and... Best track of all time, next to 3ds rainbow road.

You get shot into cannons. You avoid bullets. Nothing could be better. Nothing except having to go down a tower for more than 5 seconds. The most boring part for sure. It's still the best bullet-shooting, airship level there is in Mario Kart!

Ah, the nostalgia. When I was 6, this and Waluigi Pinball were my favorite courses of all time. Airship Fortress has an awesome song, and Pinball is a really fun course to play.

7 Koopa Cape Wii

This and Maple Treeway should be in Mario Kart Tour. Specifically their Wii versions since the 3DS versions aren't as fun to play on. I want them in because currently in Mario Kart Tour there are no Mario Kart Wii tracks.

Music is pure nostalgia for anyone who grew up with Mario Kart Wii. The Course is creative. I wish it was brought back of 8 instead of 7 though.

Hands down the most beautiful track of MArio Kart Wii and the second best in the game (Warioo's Gold Mine is slightly better), but this was overall more gorgeous!

Music is one of my favorite thigns. You drive on a... Yeh, some kind of water surrounded by nature and then you drive underwater pipe. Cool

8 Rainbow Road GCN

I L-O-V-E-D- IT
1. It was Mario Kart Double Dash!
2. You go through rainbow pipes which was my FAVE part of the track
3. This track is just AWESOME, I mean, It has rainbow curly roads, which is perfect for something like Rainbow Road!

I like this track and have recently got better at this track. Very hard, but when you practise it, not as Hard

This course is, well, phenomenal! You go into rainbow pipes and the course is perfect Rainbow Road length (3:30:000). Not much to say, but, phenomenal! One of the best courses in Mario Kart!

The thing that I love the most about this course is the backround. I love that there is a city and we can see it from very high!

9 Rainbow Road 3DS

Seriously! This track has the best song in Mario Kart history! The music keeps on getting stuck in my head. Now, the problem with this track is some of the roads, the fact that you can drive on Saturn's rings makes no sense.

Absolute best track in the series. Not only is it sectioned, but it features racing on Saturn, the moon, and a spinning tube. It also features star rings and vertical driving at the end. This track takes advantage of Mario Kart 7's gliding, and I love that. Not to mention the music. Best Mario Kart track and music of all-time.

This rainbow road was absolutely amazing! It had the best music in the series, first of all. Then, lets just say this rainbow road is an adventure. You can drive on planets, rings, you can glide, there's a section where you dodge asteroids! You also ride in a spinning tube of fun! And at the end, an awesome vertical section!

Rainbow road has sections?! My favourite rainbow road of all time. There are parts which aren't rainbow coloured and you can go on the moon?! My favourite part of it is the rolling cylinder. The rainbow road is the only one that has a mushroom. I love the music. Why is this track number 11? It's the best track of the series.

10 Bowser's Castle N64

This course is like an adventure, I JUST LOVE IT, the music fits perfect and the yards is beautiful.

N64 Bowser's Castle sucks so much. 2nd worst Bowser's Castle ever.

Hands down the best Bowser's Castle

Best bowser castle of all

The Contenders

11 Wario Colosseum GCN

The course with twists and turns is the ultimate Mario Kart course. Everything is great about it and the tricks are endless. The course is so tantalizingly long there's only 2 laps!

They absolutely NEED to put this as a retro track in the next Mario Kart game. Same goes for the Bowser's Castle from that game.

This is the best absolute choice for next Mario kart game along with Bowser castle from gcn

Never played it, but it sounds great. I am desperate to get double dash

12 Mushroom Gorge Wii

I don't see why people don't like the course sometimes! It's a GORGE! And the only way to cross is bouncing across! However the course is challenging, and shouldn't be in the mushroom cup. Huh that's ironic mushroom gorge in the mushroom cup.

This course is great. It's fun. it's challenging, it's glitchy, and it has lot's of cool shortcuts. Also I love how there are many different routes you could take. Not as much as Yoshi valley but still a lot. This track will always be my favorite!

It is a fun course but the ultra shortcut always ruins the fun. I have no idea why people think it is so hard. One time I was playing 150 cc and my game glitched and made a com player take the ultra shortcut a and I was ticked off

I think I know why this is in the mushroom cup, listen to the name now, Mushroom Gorge, the word mushroom, that's it, Mushroom Gorge belongs to the mushroom cup because of the name.

13 Mount Wario 8 Wii

Sorry bois, you ain't gettin' your Mount Wario in Mario Kart 9/Switch/3DS 2. Maka Wuhu will make it to the 3rd last course of the Lightning Cup.

3rd course of Retro Lightning Cup:
MKWii: GCN Dino Dino Jungle, 4rd track of Double Dash's Star Cup
MK7: DS Airship Fortress, 4th track of DS's Star Cup
MK8: Wii Grumble Volcano, 4th track of Wii's Star Cup
MK9: 3DS Maka Wuhu, 4th track of 7's Star Cup
MK10: U Mount Wario, 4th track of 8's Star Cup.

Of course, they can suddenly end that pattern and add Mount Wario in, but it's better for Mount Wario to wait. Maybe it will be in better HD graphics when 9 makes it to 3DS again.

This course has so much going on in it, cruising on the mountain, driving through a dam, "skiing", and more! This is my second favorite course in Mario Kart 8.

Amazing Course. Had to search for it as I was too lazy to check to see where it was at, which is disappointing. Best Track in my opinion in Mario Kart

Nintendo really outdid themselves with this track. It passes DK Mountain as my favorite Mario Kart track of all time.

14 Baby Park GCN

Hey, yes you! Have you ever wanted to play a battle track (a cramped one at that) in race mode?
Well, you're in luck. This track got it's popularity from items. For a short amount of time, I despised this track and had it as my least favorite track (145th).

I thought 'This should've been called Baby Krap', but I realized this track wasn't all bad. As it is fairly unique to be honest.
This track is a 4/10 for me (In the 'Okay-Tier').

This course is short, and simple, but the overall chaotic feeling with bananas, shells, bombs, etc, everywhere causes this course to be very chaotic. But of course in the MK8 remake I didn't like the statue of Baby pink gold peach.

From simple track to item minefield in 3 seconds. This was one of the reasons I learned to love Princess Daisy. Her (And Peach's) heart special was really nice to get on this course. Once stole a Bowser shell.

Ye sure it's just a big circle but it has 6 LAPS also it's harder to dodge the items that get left out so it's worth getting all the crap items. Not my favorite stage but it's intense and that's what racing games are all about

15 Rainbow Road WII

The course that makes people turn off their game consoles. Believe it or not, I always use it for challenging Wi-Fi racers. Going through Launch stars and seeing Star Bits, this course is based off Super Mario Galaxy. And that's one of the best games I've ever played. This course couldn't be programmed better.

RAINBOWS! I mean, *cough*, yeah. I loved Super Mario Galaxy and was thrilled when I went on this course. First of all, the time trail ghost is Rosalina, who I love. All the floating star bits and stuff make me think of that awesome game...

This track has to be one of the best rainbow roads! The music is very unique, as well as the whole scary thought that your going to fall off the edge, which is very constant, packs chills and thrills!

I was told if I did not vote for this my face would be bashed against the keyboard. Oh wait, I just realized that I voted for the wrong Rainbow Road. No wait efsdsdfsdfsdsdfhnlsduifhnuilasuidfsdffddfsdfdvsdfvdsgvzdfgherrgre

16 Rainbow Road SNES

Great music, but the track is heavily overrated. It's got too many remakes: Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Mario Kart Tour. Does it have to return that many times? Is it gonna return to every future installment? Well it's the worst on the SNES. The CPUs cheat and noclip through the super thwomps. The best remake is the 3DS. The music being enhanced was great. But then MK8 and onward ruined it.

I know it isn't the most creative compared to the other rainbow roads, n64 for example, but I always love playing this course and I like the music and the setting.

Why isn't this track even in the top ten? If you like this on No.14, and if you played Mario Kart 8, you obviously don't know what the hell you're thinking. I love this track, especially the WII U remake.

Sometimes simple is better! This course expresses that statement.its just a rainbow road with no rails, and a few ramps, and thwomps, this course may be short, but it's better than dolphin shoals! And that course is amazing!

17 Tick-Tock Clock DS

The remake actually is better, the background looks like that we are in a clockwork, but the problem is that the arrows aren't hazards anymore.

I really like Tick-Tock Clock. It's music is great! Not gonna lie it's better than Waluigi Pinball's theme. I've just somehow managed to love Tick-Tock Clock's theme and feeling. I like the DS one better.

The ds one was pretty good but the Wii U one is my favorite track of all time. With the visuals and riding the clock hands in mariokart 8 it is so much fun. I actually got mariokart 8 about 3 and a half years before mariokart ds. I just got mariokart ds recently.

Okay guys, this course should be in the top 10 not 34.

18 Music Park 3DS

Musical journey! Music Park is one of my favorite 3DS tracks. You must go through a world of instruments and avoid piranha plants and bouncing notes. I love it mainly for the music. Awesome track!

My favorite map of all time. The colors and lights are very aesthetically pleasing and the track is neither too long or too short in my opinion. There's no annoying places to accidentally fall off of and no annoying enemies to move in your way other than the black music note guys. A great map really.

Of course a music park has to be awesome. The instruments galore, the cute music notes, and although it got a remake. It didn't really need it! It's good enough already!

Awesome course! I love music, I love Mario Kart, what do you get? Music Park! One of my favorite courses of all time! (Melody Motorway is a remake of Music Park)

19 Rainbow Road N64

Taking the original N64 version, this track is bad. But in the Wii U version, I like the track because awesome music, hard challenge and looping rainbow tiles for the track. I want it to become even 3rd place. N64 Rainbow Road is awesome!

This track is very beautiful at its time and you even get to see all of the characters faces all over the sky. Although its pretty though, but hey, thanks nintendo for bringing such joy

The music is as gorgeous as the course itself. It's probably the easiest Rainbow Road course seeing than it has guard rails, but it's fun. Something makes me come back to it.

It is so saddent, but I love when all the characters come and its like oh I want to so badly do it! But I've only done it for time trials because it is like impossible to beat Yoshi's Valley.

20 Toad's Harbor Wii U

One of the best from Mario Kart 8

21 Neo Bowser City 3DS

This track felt like you were a true street racer. The Rain effects were amazing and there were some sharp turns so this course was pretty hard. But it is a very fun track indeed.

Why is this Top 14!?!? It's literally one of the worst courses ever (in my sister's opinion) this course has some turns that can even lead you to death! In fact, a very overrated track.

This course has the most banking in ALL Mario Kart courses. Watch out for cars and oil spots. This is a dangerous course for any skill level!

The music, enough said, however other than that it's the weakest of the 3DS Star Cup

22 Mario Circuit 1 SNES

The course that started it all! Without this course Mario Kart might not be the way it is today. This course is a course that is perhaps the most underrated of Mario Kart!

"Without this course Mario Kart might not be the way it is today." HOW? HOW?

I've never played the original, but I enjoy speedrunning this stage on the DS

Just because it started it all doesn't make it good!

23 Toad's Factory Wii

This is, without a doubt, the single most underrated course in the entire series.

The Music is great, the course is fun in Time Trails, and it has an interesting "Over the Lake" shortcut that I love doing. This is overall a fan favorite course and many players want this to return.

It should have been remade(no major changes other than maybe a glider section) in Mario Kart 7 instead of Mushroom Gorge in the Shell Cup. Instead, Nintendo made Mario Kart 7 a failure. The retro selection from MKWii in MK7 was all the overrated courses anyway. There was even ANOTHER chance to put it in MarioKart 8 which only had 2 courses from MKWii(they were actually 2 of my favorite nitros from MKWii so I guess I don't mind). THEY EVEN HAD ANOTHER CHANCE TO PUT IT IN THE DLC WITH MK8 BUT INSTEAD PUT IN THE RETARDED WARIO'S GOLD MINE.

This course better come back in MarioKart 9. If you are listening to this Nintendo, you better be smart about the retro course selection. Personally, I ...more

Awesome course!

Toad's factory is definitely a track worth playing.

From the stompers to the items, it's perfect in anyway and everyway.

I'm not very good at this track, so I'm not the biggest fan of it.

Why has this not returned yet?

24 Kalimari Desert N64

Very underrated track! I love the trains and music! Also it's possible on the original N64 to go into the tunnel on the left with a star and turn around, use the star and that counts a lap. It's a great track and glad to see it in Tour.

This course is so nostalgic for me. I can remember when I was five on a road trip, my family rented Mariokart 64 and paper Mario. Surprisingly, all I could remember about renting Mariokart was how I played on the course kalimari desert. I waited so long to play it again, but when they finally unveiled it in Mariokart 7, I was so happy.

I enjoy the western theme a lot, how simple the track is, and the neat challenge of the train. Pretty funny to see all the AI stop at the first train crossing too. My favorite track in MK7.

A fun course to play on with friends! The train going by gives some challenge. A fun thing to do sometimes is race the train!

25 Luigi Mansion DS

Luigi Mansion is a course you can never get sick of! Watch out for the walking trees and the spooky ghosts. This course also has a lot of drifting, and in the 3ds shortcuts. This is a killer course that anything can happen on at the end.

Welcome to the Mansion! This course has a lot of banking on turns, mud, and a bunch of ghosts and walking trees. Great in the DS and 3DS Mario Karts.

Ghost Mansion (Pac-Man World Rally) is 3 times better! Stronger graphics, a lack of annoying characters, much more speed, etc...

I know that this courss is based on the game Luigi's Mansion, but it also reminds me of Castlevania.

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