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

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).

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 Coconut Mall Wii

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

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

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).

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.

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?

The first time I played this the cannon made it my favorite. I'm so glad they put it in Mario kart wii!

4 Maple Treeway WII

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

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.

Maple treeway is awesome with the net, branches and shortcuts!

5 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

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!

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

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!

6 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!

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.

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!

8 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

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!

I just realized something, this website is FILLED with retro gamers.

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.

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

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

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!

10 Bowser's Castle N64

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

Best bowser castle of all

Hands down the best Bowser's Castle

One of my favorite remakes on MK Wii

The Contenders

11 Wario Colosseum GCN

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!

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

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

12 Mushroom Gorge Wii

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

14 Baby Park GCN

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

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

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').

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.

15 Rainbow Road WII

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

I saw this YouTube thing and it says you can learn physics using it!

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.

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!

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

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)

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.

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

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!

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.

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!

19 Rainbow Road N64

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

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.

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

20 Toad's Harbor Wii U

One of the best from Mario Kart 8

21 Neo Bowser City 3DS

Such an underrated track. Awesome, and one of my favourite tracks on the 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.

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!

Awesome course and I don't know why but I am attracted to how it is designed a very great track and should be 1

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

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!

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

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...

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

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