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

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.

Absolutely killer! Mario, Luigi, and Wario are the most loved, but Waluigi does have this course! The pinball will knock you out and layout is incredible. In the 3DS version there is the cannon where you get shot out of, you get to hanglide a little bit. This course is incredible!

I like this track. Best retro track ever!

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2 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.

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

The most beautiful track ever conceived

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3 DK Mountain GCN

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!

A fun course in this game. Warning, some parts can be annoying.

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.

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4 Yoshi Valley N64

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!

This is a great fun course. The question marks for places leave me wondering how I'm doing! More thrilling than the others!

Music and track on this one are just perfection I wish we could get more tracks like this one in later installments

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5 Coconut Mall Wii

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!

This is a nice course. The escalators can really help in the driving. This course is the Daisy Cruiser of the Wii. Truly remarkable!

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.

Coolest race track ever! Should be 1.

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6 Koopa Cape Wii

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

Should this track be at #1 on not? Why? - spongebob2

This course is a true winner


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7 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 - Sonic-Knuckles


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

8 Rainbow Road GCN

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. - recaller


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9 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!

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

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10 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.

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!

I have no words for this track. It's the best.

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The Contenders

11 Rainbow Road 3DS

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!

The first Rainbow Road where you can fall off, on the second lap and live. Includes hang-gliding and in my opinion could be better than the Wii's Rainbow Road. I am a great Mario Kart player, and I can NEVER get better than fifth. You need to get lucky in this course and get the best item in the game to live... The Lucky 7!

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.

Every time I grab and play this track from MK7, I get chills because this was my very first Mario Kart game. Also, the music

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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.

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.

Who cannot hate Mushroom Gorge, it's challenging, the level was a great idea for bouncy mushrooms and also it's only in the Mushroom Cup! Cool...

Best track

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13 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!

The music in this version of Rainbow Road is kick ass! - railfan99

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14 Rainbow Road SNES

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)

This is one of the easiest Rainbow Roads but is also the coolest. The feel of the course is great.

In Mario kart 7 one of my favorite retro tacks

My favorite track.

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15 Mount Wario Wii U

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 - CheesyNachos

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. - SoaPuffball

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16 Baby Park GCN

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

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.

Baby Park is a lot of fun, but not a very good track in my opinion. Well, at least they put it in, they had to do a short short circuit race some time. - airbb

To green shy guy

How old are you? Because anyone 5 years old or older would know what a circle looks like. Baby park is an oval you moron. Anyway baby park is my favorite course. The fact that it is so simple makes it so ingenious and super fun to play

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17 Rainbow Road N64

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.

If I like the Mario kart 8 remake I will love the original version. It has one of the best songs to it. The music literally had me in tears in the remake

Mario Kart 8 did a better remake that is the better version. - SionicRelations

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18 Music Park 3DS

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)

I love the music it's so awesome

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19 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.

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

Awesome Music - ChiefMudkip

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20 Mushroom City GCN

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

I very often like city courses, but this one? NO, I HATE THIS COURSE.


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