Best Mario Kart Courses

Almost everyone has heard of the chaotic, racing game series known as Mario Kart. From the 6 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).

The Top Ten

1 Waluigi Pinball DS

One of my favourite tracks on the DS! - LimePepsi25

Easily the best!

The Only Reason I Like Waluigi.

I LOVE THIS COURSE! Wish I could play it on the Switch

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2 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?

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3 Maple Treeway WII

This is a very good track - LimePepsi25

Maple Treeway is one heck of a calm track! The music and "jack-off" bridge are the best - darthvadern

How is DK Mountain above this masterpiece? - JThrill

The graphics for this course are just incredible, I love getting lost in the beautiful colors of the trees and relaxing taking a drive in time trials, this should be number 1 - YOSHIA2121

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4 Yoshi Valley N64

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

Super fun! I consider this to be the best Mario Kart course

I can understand why everyone loves this one, but I for some reason couldn't fall in love with it as much as other people - darthvadern

Plain love it!

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5 Coconut Mall Wii

If you don't like this course, you're a dingus

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!
So, how cool is that?

Cool stage! - LimePepsi25

I like how your Miis appear in the posters - MarioBros11

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6 Koopa Cape Wii

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

Fantastic track! - LimePepsi25

Mariokart 3ds ruined it. They opened up the pipe, got rid of the shockers, and added magikarp!?! This was my favorite wii course.

Yep definitely

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7 Airship Fortress DS

Great course - LimePepsi25

The best part is easily the music. - EvanWellens

Better than Waluigi Pinball - darthvadern

So many places to drift, great music, fast-paced and fun. my favorite course so far

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8 Bowser's Castle N64

One of my favorite remakes on MK Wii - MarioBros11

Hands down the best Bowser's Castle - darthvadern


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

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9 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

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!

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10 Wario Colosseum GCN

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.

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!

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The Newcomers

? Cheep Cheep Beach DS

Love this map! - ExplodedGaming

The Contenders

11 Rainbow Road 3DS

This is probably my favourite Rainbow Road - LimePepsi25

Clearly the best. Not too easy, but not too hard. Great music. - benpiano800

The Rainbow Road with the most effort - darthvadern

This should be 1. Saturn and the moon. A spinning tube.

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12 Mushroom Gorge Wii

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

Yes, this one's so creative, and it's the one Wii track Mario Kart 7 didn't ruin either - darthvadern

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13 Rainbow Road WII

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

WAAY better than the N64 Rainbow Road - MarioBros11

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.

Gotta be the best Rainbow Road. Music is amazing, half-pipes are very smooth, and even if you fall off, it's still fun. This is #1 worthy.

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14 Mount Wario Wii U

This is a good track - LimePepsi25

Excellent Wii U track overall! - darthvadern

Because I have played Wario Kart I am biased to pick this one

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.

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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

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16 Rainbow Road SNES

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.

Yes. - Pokemonfan10

Eh, overrated - darthvadern

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17 Music Park 3DS

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

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!

Amazing track! Creativity is not lacking here. Great design and obstacles. Love the bouncing musical notes.

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)

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18 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!

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19 Big Blue Wii U

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

Prety awesomne track - darthvadern

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.

This is the best Mario Kart Track of all time. So Fun! I LOVE IT!

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20 Rainbow Road N64

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


Okay, so what?! Also, it's actually 6 minutes long. Get over it, you overreacting kid. (6 - 7 minutes ain't even that long) - GamerBoyMike

More like the worst one - darthvadern

It’s my favourite Rainbow Road! (Even though I only played it on the Wii U and the Switch, I found out that it was absolutely AMAZING! )

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21 Mushroom City GCN

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

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

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

I think this is the most exciting intense track in any mario kart, except baby park, but unlike BP this one gets it from the track itself. Also the city looks very cool at night. - airbb

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22 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!

23 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.

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24 Kalimari Desert N64

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

Boring, but the train saves it - darthvadern

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25 Tick-Tock Clock DS

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

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. - Randomteenager

This circuit based of the sm64 level is awesome, you get to race on gears and metals just like the super Mario 64 level

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26 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.

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27 Sunshine Airport Wii U

Not the best track - MarioBros11

One of the best from Mario Kart 8 - darthvadern

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!

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28 Mario Circuit 1 SNES

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

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

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

This is #26.? - greenshyguy

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29 Toad's Harbor Wii U

One of the best from Mario Kart 8 - darthvadern

30 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

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31 Dino Dino Jungle GCN

I prefer the remake on the 3DS - LimePepsi25

Better than DK Mountain - darthvadern

32 Mute City Wii U

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

33 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!

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34 Toad's Factory Wii

I'm not very good at this track, so I'm not the biggest fan of it. - LimePepsi25

I like it I like it I like it - MarioBros11

Such a unique idea for a track! - darthvadern

I like the music!

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35 Bowser's Castle GCN

Probably my favourite Bowser's Castle. - LimePepsi25

The calmest Bowser's Castle - darthvadern

heck yea

36 Delfino Square DS

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!

The word delfino reminds me of sunshine, my second favorite Mario game

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37 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

38 Electrodrome Wii U

Really good - MarioBros11

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

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

The best music in Mario kart history

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39 DK Jungle 3DS

Quite awesomne track - darthvadern

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!

40 Mount Wario 8 Wii

This should be top 5 at least...

Why is this item on the list 3+ times? - darthvadern

This should be higher up. Beautiful, amazing, and unique.

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

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41 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

42 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

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43 Bowser's Castle Wii U

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

44 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

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45 Peach Beach GCN

A good generic track - darthvadern

Remade in MK Wii - MarioBros11

46 Mount Wario

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

Get this off the list. It's on here twice. - lamourieparkinson

This is number 20 on the list. It's already on.

How the hell does Mount wario not come in any higher?

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47 Cloudtop Cruise Wii U

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.

I think the track is fine, but I HATE the music.

"but I HATE the music."

It's Gusty Garden Galaxy. If you don't like it, you seriously need to consider getting an exorcism. - lamourieparkinson

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48 DK's Jungle Parkway N64

Overhated in my opinion, I love the enviroment and jungle feel - darthvadern

A fast paced course with skill needed, ideas, and mushrooms help a lot too. Hard to get first, but not too hard.

Oh come on! All N64 tracks are the best!

Just because it's N64 doesn't make it awesome. It's bland. - greenshyguy

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49 Dry Dry Ruins WII

I don't like this track - LimePepsi25

Certainly an interesting desert track - darthvadern

The ONLY above average desert level. - lamourieparkinson

50 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.

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