Top 10 Mario Kart 8 Tracks

The Top Ten
Mount Wario

I really don't understand why people like this track. I like the idea of an Olympic 3-lap track, but people seem to have this track really high on their top 48's. I saw someone in the comments saying this tack is underrated and I can't comprehend that person's logic. This is probably the most loved track in this game, and people are claiming Music Park (Known as Melody Motorway in Europe) is overrated yet they never say anything bad about Mount Wario whatsoever. It's like Maple Treeway and Koopa Cape; it's more of the popularity rather than the track itself. I would love this track if the popularity wasn't as high that it almost exceeds Maple Treeway in popularity. By far the most overrated track of all-time.

It's one of the most popular if not the most popular, but it's an amazing track. So in my opinion, it's actually nicely rated

Why do people think this course is overrated? If anything, it's UNDERRATED! It really feels like you're about to win the Olympics, with the crowds cheering and you find yourself looking more at the very detailed mountains and skiers in the distance rather than the track itself! The feeling you get when the music gets more intense and you realize you're zooming down the mount- It's so great. It's the best feeling a Mario Kart 8 board, and if not that then in the ENTIRE SERIES! It also has either the 1st or 2nd best music in MK8 too

This track is so good when I first played it back in 2014 I was blown away you start out of a helicopter. A HELICOPTER WHAT JUST WHAT. Ok then you go down the mountain and ice physics they are not that bad. Then you go into a cave in anti gravity whcih is so good the bats are easy to avoid I hardly hit them. Then you go into this whcih leads to.. Ok I will try to hide my exitement. You drive on a dam in anti gravity enough said. Then you go into uncharted territorythe trees are cool and I like to do tricks of the logs.
But then you go onto a ski slope and ou go down into a stadium and you glide through hoops. This track is great.

I really enjoyed this track as it was a 1 lap track and was super fun. I really enjoyed when you were in the forest and then in a skiing area. I also enjoyed the shortcut where you cut cut a whole corner, I enjoy doing and you don't need a mushroom. I also love this track as it reminds me of DK Snowboard Cross (DK Summit) from Mario Kart WIi.

Big Blue

It's my favorite track in the game. The shortcuts, the music, the theme, the visuals, and just the gameplay are all the best in the game out of all 48 tracks, in my opinion.

This is actually a really bad track. The 1-lap track theme was great and original with Mount Wario and N64 Rainbow Road, but it stops there. Big Blue is just a poor copy of Rainbow Road, from the long glider with rings to the conveyor belts. Since they realized they couldn’t finish the track correctly, Nintendo decided to use reject Ice Ice Outpost design ideas to cram into there. It wasn’t even that unique-looking, as the design textures were taken from - you guessed it - Mute City. Since it mainly requires ideas stolen from Rainbow Road to use as design, it’s not even that fun as the stolen design leaves an unsatisfying feeling of deja vu. Overall, a very poor and overrated track.

It's my favorite Nintendo Track ever! Honorable mention to Mount Wario, Cloudtop Cruise, Bone Dry Dunes, Bowser's Castle, Rainbow Road, Dragon Driftway, and Ice Ice Outpost. I also really like Neo Bowser City, Piranha Plant Slide, DK Jungle, Grumble Volcano, Wario's Gold Mine, Wario Stadium, Yoshi Valley, Ribbon Road, and Donut Plains 3 are the best retros.

Excellent design. The conveyor belts and the water is great. Also, the laps are totally different from each other. It feels like one long track.

Sunshine Airport

Sunshine Airport. A track of happiness, happiness and happiness. AND HAPPINESS. I really enjoyed this track because it is fun and happy and fun and happy and FUN AND HAPPY AND FUN. And because this track is based on one of my favourite game, Super Mario Sunshine. (Seriously, where's the sequel for that thing). I have nothing else to say here.

What race takes place in an airport? This one! I love Sunshine Airport. It is my second favorite new race and my favorite in the demo! An airport is such a good idea for a race. No one will think of it!

My 1st favourite track as 5th?! This is an epic course as it shows posters of other courses such as Sweet Sweet Canyons
It feels good driving in a airport
The only bad thing about this is its only a little bit of airport drove in but a lot of airplane drives :(

This has everything! It has package thing you can do jump tricks off of! I like the gliding and gravity things in this track!

Bowser's Castle

Why isn't this at least No. 2? This is the absolute best! While I love the Thwomp Ruins and Grumble Volcano, even Twisted Mansion, Bowser's MK 8 Castle is the best MK 8 Track! I also like the DLC tracks, Mute City and Hyrule Castle as well as Neo Bowser City, but again, Bowser's Castle is byfar the best! While Thwomps would have been a perfect touch, It still has a BOWSER MADE ENTIRLEY OUT OF ROCKS AND FIRE and an awesome wrecking ball, plus fire bars! I think that it would be cool if it had a bridge with some Bill blasters nearby, and if your too slow, that Bullet Bills will blow-up the bridge beneath you! That would be an awesome and challenging effect for Bowser's Castle!

Definitely not. Music, 10/10. Graphics and scenery? Pretty nice. It's so hard to not make mistakes, though, so you'll mostly end up falling in the lava and losing your 1st place streak, either by blue shell knock off or just plain falling off.

It's got to be the coolest Bowser's castle ever! Why didn't you put it at the top ten? It would fit very well (although it didn't have any thwomps on this course).

Arguably the second best bowser castle in the series behind Wii bowser castle

Shy Guy Falls

Shy Guy Falls is ok, but I suggest that you keep it from the 15-20 position. There's one shortcut that's decent but doesn't give you much of an advantage. And it's almost impossible to reach. Going down a waterfall is cool and unique, but there's not much else to offer. If you ask me, this track should switch places with the Bowser's Castle.

Number two this course should be top position

How is this number two? Its very boring and sad

I love shy guys! This track is so fun and unique

Cloudtop Cruise

I really enjoyed this track as it made me feel happy and awesome inside. I really love the part where you are on Bowser's airship for a second and then you are in a thunderstorm, the next second. It is really awesome and I love it. I also love it because it is based on my favourite games, Super Mario Galaxy. I also enjoyed the music because bits of it was from Gusty Garden Galaxy from Super Mario Galaxy. COOOL!

I LOVE this track! The music is awesome! This reminds me of jack and the beanstalk. You go onto a bowser ship into a lightning cloud which is a great idea and it's just so fun racing through everything on the track

This race was amazing! It should be 1! I love the shortcut put at the end of the race. I love the music because it is from my favorite mario level ever, champions road!

This track is awesome. The music is awesome. The best track of the Special Cup.

Electrodrome

Why do people always misread the name? It's actually Electrodrome. This course is fun, but I do think it is a bit overrated. There are many courses that are better than this, but don't get me wrong. I enjoy playing this track a lot.

Best course in the game BY FAR. My least favorite track is Mount Wario... I hate why so many people are obsessed with it. Sunshine Airport comes closest, but this track really has the best design and atmosphere combination.

This is very awesome! I love the music! It has spilt paths! There's even some little screens with dancing koopas and shut guys! CAN I JOIN IN?

Why isn't this number 1? Shy guy falls is overrated, this track will be forever loved

Twisted Mansion

I love this! Best music, best use for gliding and underwater. It is so creepy... I love it.

The music sounds like a remix of Bowsers castle from MKDD and luigis mansion from MKDS which is why I like it a lot. I love all the new tracks, but I think this is the one that will stand out from all the rest. I hope the next Mario kart will have this one because... Twisted mansion is the BEST

I love this kinda haunted freaky stuff. Twisted Mansion is my dream home, probably because I'm a ghost...

This is the best of the flower cup. Play it once and you will never forget it.

This is a way better course than mount wario

GBA Ribbon Road

My favorite track from super circuit. It took Nintendo forever, but I was so happy to finally see my favorite GBA stage remade, and by god what an update it got! Easily my favorite retro track now and along with mt wario is my favorite track in the game.

One of the best retro tracks in the game tied with GBA Cheese Land

Why is this 26 it is clearly the best Mario Kart track ever

You're on a track made of ribbon in a kid's room. Enough said. #KungFuLakitu

N64 Rainbow Road

I was really really happy that Nintendo bought this back. It bought back a lot of old memories and lot of fun from the memories. I was so excited to play it. I was kinda disappointed that they changed the track to be only 1 lap, but I guess the track would have gone too long (like it used to be), but then again, they could've made it 2 laps.

They put this one on the cover of 8 deluxe for a reason. The course is magical. Most Mario kart courses are so crazy with all the items you have to pay attention to. But for some reason, in this one I feel like I can pay attention to everything: the music, the fireworks, the city below. It perfectly captures the essence of this game.

I actually like both versions of the track because the music and design always amazes me. Why do so many people always have to complain about the length of this race?

Best track ever, especially in the Mario Kart 64, the best Mario Kart ever (tying with Super Mario Kart & Mario Kart: Super Circuit and even the Mario Kart Arcade GP series).

The Contenders
Wild Woods

Don't vote on this list unless you own the game's dlc - the dlc offers some of the best tracks in the game. Wild Woods is underrated - only number 14? It should be at least in the top 5. This is just a magical place, with a treetop village of Shy Guys and an awesome water slide! This track also kinda reminds me of some kind of village like the Kokhiri Forrest from the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time or the Ewok village from Star Wars Return of The Jedi! Best track in the game, and possibly the best Mario Kart track period!

Well if your telling me that Mount Wario is better than this, I don't think you're the type of gamer that could handle suspense. Sad, but true. In other words, this is the greatest track of all time.

Great forest track and second best of the mario-related dlc tracks

Love this course!

Toad Harbor

I like this track! You can do a ramp boost onto a boat! It's a track based off of New York City! There's even a a thing that lets you get on the walls! There's even a way at the end with a boost!

I love this track. It's beautiful and reminds me of Delfino Square/Plaza.

I feel like this is the Mario kart 8 version of Delfino square

Kinda reminds me of Delfino Square from Mario Kart DS.

Rainbow Road

A lot of people hate the Rainbow Road of Mario Kart 8, but I don't understand why. This track is cool. I know it's not better than the Mario Kart 7 version, it doesn't mean you have to hate on this track! Anyway, I loved this track and I adore it. I really love the shortcut where you can switch lanes, that is flippin' awesome. I really enjoy it and I hope Rainbow Road can get better in Mario Kart 9 (and people enjoy it this time).

I like this track for its uniqueness. It's not magical like the other rainbow roads and has a mechanical space station vibe, but that doesn't mean it's boring. Having the same magical theme with no change can get boring and I like its features. You shouldn't diss it for being space station themed. It's music is great, and I think it should be more appreciated.

I hate this track, why? It's not a rainbow road, it's a bunch of high-technical metal roads and too modern space-stations that are painted in rainbow colors! The soundtrack was amazing, but the soundtrack rarely makes a track really good unless the track already is good.

What this is the worst Rainbow Road I've ever played. Only cool part is the two paths crossing each other. Mario Kart 9's Rainbow Road had better be better than this garbage.

Thwomp Ruins

When I saw the trailer of this track, I thought this track would be in the Flower Cup, but I was wrong, it was in the Mushroom Cup, and oh boy, it was awesome! I really enjoyed this track a lot and made me really happy. Because of this track and Mario Kart Stadium, I like Mushroom Cup better than Flower Cup now. This track is cool.

Who would have thought that thwomps would get a Mario Kart track and a good one at that?

Certainly one of the more interesting tracks in the game

Mute City

This is the best track! It has awesome music! It has a lot of speed boosts (and gravity boosts) The sides of the track give you coins! There's even a shortcut at the end! It's just plain awesome sauce.

Not as good as big blue

It is a little easy

Big Blue is better

3DS Music Park

I love how in one forum where they had to say which was their least favorite track and most people chose this track, yet people are calling Mount Wario underrated (impossible to be underrated since it's the most loved track in the game, up there with Big Blue) over a single comment of hate about Mount Wario. Honestly, I love Music Park more even if some people find this track boring and overrated. My favorite Mk8 track, and my second favorite of all time (my all-time favorite is Coconut Mall, a more loved and balanced track as far as ratings go). Also, what was there to even fix about it? their criticism is as bad as Coconut Mall's Mii car argument (the mii cars are the only obstacle in the course so it makes no sense to remove them). Sorry for going slightly off topic.

People claim to hate this remake, just because it hasn't changed at all from the original. But here's my response: Don't fix what isn't broken.

Melody Motorway brings music and motorways together. Great unique track. I liked it more in Mario kart 8

Although I think the original was better mainly because it looked better, it's still excellent here!

Super Bell Subway

Honest speaking this is my favourite track in the entire game! I love trains and subways and a track centered around it was just too much for me to not like it

I love when Nintendo makes courses like this. When they’re replicas of real life places it’s so cool

Hyrule Circuit

One of the best from the first DLC pack

It’s pretty cool yet simple

BEST music EVER! The Master-Sword is also amazing!

DS Tick Tock Clock

I am absolutely offended that my favorite track in the game is in last place. It’s one of the most visually stunning tracks in the entire game, with mechanics that are extremely fun to use. It also has one of the best songs in all of Mario Kart’s history!

Amazing track but slightly overrated

Much better than the original

Dragon Driftway

One of the worst

I hate this track on 200cc.

It’s okay but 200cc is a nightmare on this stage

Wii Grumble Volcano

Like I already told you, Mario Kart Wii is my favourite Mario Kart game. It is so awesome, I really enjoyed this track because this actually was my favourite track in the game after Koopa Cape. This track is just cool. I enjoy how they have made this track more beautiful and more awesome.

Despite that the only gameplay change is the addition of a gliding ramp, the graphical upgrade, as with every retro track in this game, is stunning. The eruptions of the volcanoes is just plain epic.

The track was amazing in mario kart wii but with the graohics of mario kart 8 it looks awesome.

Excellent retro track! Even better than original

N64 Toad's Turnpike

Moonview Highway was much better. The steroids from today's turnpike helped Moonview Highway to be my face MKWii track. This should be lower.

This track gives me frights. I get slammed by a car. I hope this is easier because of an anti gravity section.

Favourite retro track in the game

Time to add Toads Turnpike!

N64 Yoshi Valley

I was surprised that this was on my list. I really hated Yoshi Valley on Mario Kart 64 (probably because I was sour loser then and hated my cousin for beating me every single time on that track). laugh out loud. But in this game, I love it. I love how they changed the fastest route (my cousin took the old fast route and I beat him). This track was wonderful and bought back a lot of memories.

I can't believe this is #20. It should be in the top 5. Nothing really stands out besides the giant yoshi egg, but the maze feel is amazing. It's still fun to try different paths to take!

Much better than original as you don't fall for 9 hours when you fall off

This is my favorite course

Excitebike Arena

This is often picked online! I love all of the tricks you can do! It's so easy to avoid the mud! This is just uh-hu

I like this course its one of my favorites.

This course is awesome

"Excitebike Arena" more like "Boringbike Arena"

Dolphin Shoals

This course has probably the best use of underwater features in the game, that leads into a satisfying anti gravity section, then a quick glide into the last stretch! I love this course and itis very underrated

This is a wonderful Mario Kart track. It has awesome sax music plus an awesome track design and you can ride on an eel. It's just's amazing

I don't know why many people hate this track. The underwater pipeway area and the giant eel are the best parts!

I love Dolphin Shoals. It stars underwater. This is an epic swim in the sea

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