Top 10 Best Mario Kart Courses

Almost everyone has heard of the chaotic, racing game series known as Mario Kart. From the 9 console titles, there are more than 100 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 Wii. 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 Best Mario Kart Courses

1 Waluigi Pinball DS

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). - hoppingicon

See, Waluigi has his own really cool pinball machine, and Nintendo STILL qualifies him as tennis.

Such a unique and well designed course! It's so much fun to play!

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.

2 Maple Treeway WII

It's the most similar to custom tracks, and it pushed the boundaries of what makes a good track.

THE MUSIC - will_smm2

Very fun

This is a very good track - LimePepsi25

3 DK Mountain GCN

Not the best track in my opinion, but still fun to play - LimePepsi25

Number #3? No, that's way too far if you ask me, it's pretty great but overrated - darthvadern

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 Coconut Mall Wii

This course is very fun to race on! The music also is very upbeat. - Videogamesgal

The best course ever because of the music and plus it is really easy come on make in mario kart 9

Awesome! - will_smm2

BEST COURSE EVER!

5 Airship Fortress DS

This course has so many different sections and is a great rendition of the mario bros level

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.

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!

Airship Fortress is a cool track based on the airship stages of SMB3. Bullet Bills, Rocky Wrenches & Fire Pillars can hurt you. This track is Amazing!

6 Yoshi Valley N64

I love the different paths; once a blue shell went a different path than me and eventually went away without hitting me

Ever since I played this track, it has been my favorite course. Yoshi is my favorite character. This track should be number one.

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!

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!

7 Bowser's Castle N64

One of my favorite remakes on MK Wii - MarioBros11

Hands down the best Bowser's Castle - darthvadern

I LOVE THIS TRACK!

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

8 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.

If you are going to check this out then do the Wii one the 3DS one is awful.

This was my favourite course on the Wii. Then Mario Kart 7 ruined it.

Koopa Cape rocks! It has so much creativity and detail. It is so much fun to race on!

9 Rainbow Road 3DS

This is my second favorite rainbow road. The music is awesome and it can be somewhat challenging. The music even has lyrics! - Videogamesgal

My favorite track in the series. It's unique, emotional, fun, atmospheric, nostalgic, and overall glorious.

HEY! WHY IS THIS BELOW GCN RAINBOW ROAD?!

This is probably my favourite Rainbow Road - LimePepsi25

10 Rainbow Road GCN

I like this track and have recently got better at this track. Very hard, but when you practise it, not as Hard - LimePepsi25

My favourite Rainbow Road, yes I love the 3DS one almost equally but the soundtrack just made this one better - darthvadern

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!

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 Newcomers

? Daisy Circuit Wii

Pretty epik shortcut and Luigi and daisy dancing is SO cute! Cool sidewalk sc

? Hyrule Circuit

Excellent track overall - darthvadern

I love this track. - greenshyguy

Excellent one! - darthvadern

The Contenders

11 Wario Colosseum GCN

Literally the best

Fantastic stage! Favourite in Double Dash! - LimePepsi25

The best track from Double Dash - darthvadern

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.

12 Mount Wario 8 Wii

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.

I especially love this rally race with different kinds of obstacles and land areas, most fitting the adventure chase of Super Mario franchise games

Probably the second best Wario track, I mean Wario gets all the excellent tracks! - darthvadern

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 - CheesyNachos

13 Mushroom Gorge Wii

This one is really fun. The bouncing mushrooms were a nice touch. - Crxme

I love this course because : I love the music, I love the mushrooms, and I love its design. This needs to be higher on the list. - Beth2505

Bouncing on giant mushrooms to get across is really fun and makes it somewhat crazy to ride on the track. Not only that, ut it's simple, which is what I like about it. - RosalinaX

My favorite hot ziggity

14 Rainbow Road WII

Easily the best rainbow road, and the best rainbow road music

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.

So many Galaxy references stand this course out from the other Rainbow Roads.

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...

15 Baby Park GCN

A very fun stage. The remake on the DS isn't very good, as there is only five laps. - LimePepsi25

You mean this forgettable track? Just one loop with seven laps and it's impossible to win yet, at least Figure 8-Circuit is good for snaking, this has none except too much chaos - darthvadern

Remade in MK8 Deluxe - MarioBros11

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'). - Qryzx

16 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! - hoppingicon

the lights the music the action the SONG! the flipping song is just amazing

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. - Crxme

Although I think Alpine Pass is overall a better track, this is a close second! It's so creative! - darthvadern

17 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. - hoppingicon

I've never played the original, but I like the remake in Mario Kart 7 and 8 - LimePepsi25

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.

Very nice music. IN super Mario kart, Mario kart: super circut (win special cup with 100 coins from the 4 races. ), and Mario kart 7(best music)

18 Tick-Tock Clock DS

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. - hoppingicon

Highly overrated, not creative as it's taken from Super Mario 64, unlike Waluigi Pinball which was a brand new idea - darthvadern

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

It's kind of slow but is still top 3 courses

19 Big Blue Wii U

Probably the best track on 200cc. It has a shortcut near the end where you can cut off the entirety of the last section.

This is a really good stage, and I can pull off a shortcut on this stage - LimePepsi25

Waluigi Pinball is cool, but I can't love it because it's in 7 without Waluigi.

Airship Fortress is awesome, but in 7, there's this one section of the track that makes this really annoying sound when you drift on it, so my vote goes to Big Blue.

This and Dry Bowser are why DLC pack 2 is the best. - MrLoser

This track completely nails it out of the park! Big Blue defines everything a perfect Mario Kart track should have: awesome music, fantastic design, beautiful visuals, and a ton of variety all over the place. It's my personal favourite Mario Kart track of all time.

20 Rainbow Road N64

This is my second-favorite Rainbow Road, a close mile away from the MKDD version. - dudely_chaudhary_o2

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.

I hate N64 Rainbow Road. Worst Rainbow Road.

Um, it's 6 minutes long, no obstacles other than occasional chain chomps, you can't fall off, and only loved for nostalgia and music. - Qryzx

While the remake was pretty great the original... not so much. It goes on for way too long and has little to prevent you from getting bored. - EvanWellens

21 Neo Bowser City 3DS

Such an underrated track. Awesome, and one of my favourite tracks on the 3DS. - LimePepsi25

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

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.

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!

22 Mario Circuit 1 SNES

I've never played the original, but I enjoy speedrunning this stage on the DS - LimePepsi25

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? - DKartWoomy

Just because it's the first course in the first game doesn't automatically make it good. Take it off the list. - lamourieparkinson

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

23 Luigi Mansion DS

Easily one of the best tracks in the game. - EvanWellens

One of my all-time favourite tracks due to nostalgia for the most part - darthvadern

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.

24 Sunshine Airport Wii U

This is my all-time favorite course in Mario Kart 8! Probably ever! Super Mario Sunshine is my favorite Mario game! It brings back a lot of memories playing this course, and it's just cool! This needs to be on the top 10!

This is my favorite course in Mario Kart 8! You are literally driving in an airport representing Super Mario Sunshine! I have so many memories with this course!

One of the best from Mario Kart 8 - darthvadern

Not the best track - MarioBros11

25 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. - hoppingicon

This is my favorite mario kart track, sucks on 7 that you can't go in the tunnel

Don't think I played the original, or at least forgotten. by the way, the remake on the 3DS is great - LimePepsi25

This is my favorite track been my favorite ever since I was little

26 Bowser's Castle Wii

The most chaotic Bowser's Castle hands down, followed by the Wii U, and then the 3DS - darthvadern

Easily the best Bowser castle track around

Best Bowser's Castle ever.

All you have to do to beat your friends every time you play Mariokart is get good at this course then only play this course! Only a true PranksterGangster (like me) can beat this course with ease!

27 Grumble Volcano Wii

This is one of my favourite tracks - LimePepsi25

The first non-Bowser's Castle lava track! - darthvadern

What could be more terrifying than driving near volcanoes that are shooting fireballs everywhere while the track falls apart?

This course is so hard. I play it all the time with my older brother.

28 Peach Gardens DS

Underrated - darthvadern

This course is overrated, I mean Challenging? You probably just suck because that should be in the flower cup. And it is incredibly BORING, It lacks creativity. This is the 5th WORST course in all of Mario Kart

You're only saying that because it's a Peach course. And no one likes Peach (and even less people like her metal counterpart). - lamourieparkinson

Peach Gardens is maybe the best Mario Kart course on the DS, and maybe all time. Their are so many Chain Chomps and other enemies creating difficulty at times. The turns are great for drifting, and one second you could be in first and the next you are in last. Truly a winner of a course!

Wait this is in the SPECIAL CUP?! - Tyler730

29 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. - LimePepsi25

Why has this not returned yet? - Tyler730

30 Toad's Harbor Wii U

One of the best from Mario Kart 8 - darthvadern

31 Dino Dino Jungle

Best jungle course and I love it, although the music is subpar

This is the awesomest track of all time! I love the music the bridge the jungle sounds the multi paths and of course the dinosaurs

This course is the HARDEST Mario KART COURSE THAT ISN'T RAINBOW ROAD! The Dinosaur's decide whether you get first or worst. Great Course!

When I wanted to vote for this track it was 20 after I clicked vote it was number 19 YEAH! Best track ever!

32 Mushroom City GCN

I love both mushroom bridge and mushroom city cause the music and how the track looks and plays I also like that there are other cars in the road to make a challenge for example the wiggler train or the bomb car or the mushroom cannon car

Not as good as its bridge counterpart but greater for exploring! - darthvadern

Such an awesome track. Hard, but fun and the music is great. - LimePepsi25

I think this course should be higher on the list. - TheGreenLists

33 Mute City Wii U

I find it overrated in some ways, even though Big Blue gets all the attention - darthvadern

34 Toad's Turnpike N64

I really think this is the best Mari okart 64 track tied with Bowser Castle. The music is excellent and it was the first highway track in the series. I also love the difficulty. Even though the remake is way too easy, I actually found it even better because graphics and music were so improved - darthvadern

It's the first traffic course in the history of Mario Kart. Luckily Nintendo's made it easy first few times around here. The traffic all goes away from you. Avoid it. No shortcuts in this one, but you've got to do it some time. But don't do it in Mirror. You're in trouble then! All the cars come TOWARDS you. Shocking!

This is my second favorite track of all time, only gba sunset wilds is better, but anyway, the soundtrack is pure bad ass, why do everyone hate on this track, it's a great challenge, and wait until you play it on mario kart 8, because some cars on mario kart 8 allows to to do jump boosts and some even allows you to glide!

This course should be higher.

35 Daisy Cruiser GCN

Both versions are great - LimePepsi25

The 3DS version is better but the GCN one is excellent too - darthvadern

One of the best courses in Mario Kart is on Double Dash!, which is the game Daisy Cruiser is in. Furniture (and items) move along with the ship's movements so if Mario and co. aren't careful they could smash into a table! But that's just one reason it is a great, fun course!

Best course on double dash. It is easy and fun to play, and I love the shortcut by going inside the storage area on the ship. It is also fun to play with friends because it is not too hard.

Shortcut? HA! Going through the storage area is actually SLOWER. - lamourieparkinson

36 Rock Rock Mountain 3DS

This is definitely my favourite track from Mario Kart 7 - darthvadern

Super fun! I love gliding, and mountain courses are really fun! The track is a little too short, but a great track overall

Rocks falling everywhere! The hangliding in this course is the some of the best on the 3ds. You never get tried of this course.

This is a great course! This is the big reason why I got Mario Kart 7. The sharp turns needed to do well in this course is nice, and going up the mountain is hard with all the rocks, but it is still hard. This course has the best use of the hangliders in Mario Kart 7, and deserves to be high on this list!

37 Bowser's Castle GCN

Probably my favourite Bowser's Castle. - LimePepsi25

The calmest Bowser's Castle - darthvadern

There's no koopaling courses so this track will do.

heck yea

38 Banshee Boardwalk N64

Very overhated course. They think it's so "scary" WELL IT'S NOT EVEN CLOSE! It's a great feeling to this track. The music fits in and is fun to listen to. I love Banshee Boardwalk! - hoppingicon

I love the remake on the DS. - LimePepsi25

The definition of a creepy track - darthvadern

This needs to be WAY higher!

39 Electrodrome Wii U

What? Toad's Turnpike, Kalimari Desert, N64 Rainbow Road and Mario Circuit 1 are higher than this? HOW? - DKartWoomy

I love this course! It's like I'm inside a speaker and it's really colorful.

It's gone from overrated to overhated when it was great all the time - darthvadern

The best music in Mario kart history

40 Delfino Square DS

I really like the boardwalk shortcut

Second fave from DS - darthvadern

This course for the DS is a blast of fun. The course has lots of shortcuts and it's good for starters. You can use a mushroom to shoot past the grass to the bridge and catch up or shroom through the dirt road. The Isle Delfino course is definitely a winner!

I love this course. It's based on Super Mario Sunshine, one of the best Mario Games ever! My favorite part of this course is the near-ending with the bridge!

41 DK Jungle 3DS

Great course, can't believe Nintendo demoted it to banana cup in mario kart 8

The first course in the special cup may be the best in the game. There are frogs, and a bunch of other wild enemies. The most complete course in this game. Absolutely Perfect!

Quite awesomne track - darthvadern

42 Wario's Gold Mine Wii

There's a shortcut if you follow the mining carts and it has lots of boosters but don't run into the carts - MarioBros11

I really like this track - LimePepsi25

Remade in MK8 Deluxe - MarioBros11

This one's my favourite of all time - darthvadern

43 Cloudtop Cruise Wii U

I love the adventurous feel inside this track. It's definitely one of my favorite nitro tracks in the game. If I remember correctly, it's inspiration is Super Mario Galaxy. The music is the greatest thing about the track. - hoppingicon

Unique
That's all I can say - MarioBros11

This track..., it's the best of the Special Cup but it's not saying much considering the Special Cup in Mario Kart 8 was very dissapointing - darthvadern

It's is so crazy first you are on a beanstalk and then you get struck by lightning! Great soundtrack too.

44 Bowser's Castle Wii U

The track is a bit too overwhelming with the HD graphics but the music is AWESOME! - darthvadern

45 Peach Beach GCN

A good generic track - darthvadern

Remade in MK Wii - MarioBros11

46 Waluigi Stadium GCN

I never played the Mario Kart Double dash version, but I played the Mario Kart Wii version. This course has good music and is lots of fun because you can do tricks on the whole track.

47 Dry Dry Ruins WII

I don't like this track - LimePepsi25

Certainly an interesting desert track - darthvadern

The ONLY above average desert level. - lamourieparkinson

48 Bowser Castle 3 GBA

This is the only excellent of the flat Bowser Castle stagse (outside of the GBA BC4 as well I guess) - darthvadern

I've played all Mario kart games besides DS, and this is my favorite. It being a Gameboy Advance game really makes it hard to beat. But I like the retro track on wii more. But they have more to expand with wii. But anyways, it's my favorite and it should be higher. - RocketDog5555

49 Piranha Plant Slide 3DS

1-2 in Mario Kart, creative and awesome! Although I enjoyed Alpine Pass and Melody Motorway more, Piranha Plant Pipeway easly takes the third spot because of how fun and unique it is! - darthvadern

This game made me buy the 3DS and Mario Kart 7. You are on a water slide driving, and Piranha Plants attack you. This is a must play and my favorite course on the 3ds. Well Done on this course Nintendo!

It was one of my favorite tracks, but it came so much online that it did get boring.

Overrated and boring

50 Royal Raceway N64

Overrated honestly, outside of Peach's Castle there isn't a lot here - darthvadern

I want to go on that huge ramp so badly!

And it's one of the best to launch off. - recaller

Remade in MK8 - MarioBros11

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