Top 10 Mario Kart 8 Tracks


The Top Ten

1 Mount Wario Mount Wario

This course is trash, honestly - Peppapigsucks

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 - CheesyNachos

True, it's one of the most epic tracks in the game and in my opinion in the top three - darthvadern

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

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2 Big Blue

Needs to be number 1. It's such a fun track! - Peppapigsucks

This so great

Good but overrated - darthvadern

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.

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3 Cloudtop Cruise

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

Eh, I thought it was one of the weaker - darthvadern

I love a soudtrack

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!

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4 Sunshine Airport Sunshine Airport

This is amazing

Probably my favourite of the original nitro sixteen. Awesome graphics and gorgeous setting. I like the music as well - darthvadern

I wish they added coconut mall instead.

I'm pretty surprised it isn't number 1 with how much it gets picked in online mode, it seems mount wario and sunshine airport are the most popular, but they are both awesome so I see why - YOSHIA2121

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5 Electrodrome Electrodrome

Feels like a revamped version of Melody Motorway from Mario Kart 7 - darthvadern

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.

It's a good course for lots of reason such as the EPIC MUSIC

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

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6 Shy Guy Falls Shy Guy Falls

This track reminds me of Norway - darthvadern

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

First time I saw this, I was like, HOW DO WE RACE ON THIS?

Better than Yoshi Falls. - Tyler730

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7 Bowser's Castle

Other than the music this track isn't really that good - darthvadern

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).

Love this Bowser Castle! It's BADASS!

Best Bowser's Castle Music of the series.

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8 Twisted Mansion

Great ghost track - darthvadern

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

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9 GBA Ribbon Road

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

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.

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

?...This track is so good!

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10 Wild Woods Wild Woods

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

I like this one because it’s really fun and I find it kinda exciting. This one is one of my favourites


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!

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The Contenders

11 Toad Harbor Toad Harbor

I love those trolley cars - darthvadern

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.

BEST TRACK EVER! Love the city escape feel.

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12 N64 Rainbow Road

An instant nostalgia trip. by far the best track on Mario kart 8.

Way better than the actual Rainbow Road - darthvadern

This is my favorite retro track. It is the most memorable one out of all of them.

Wish it was 2 laps instead of 1

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13 Mute City

Big Blue is better - darthvadern

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.

It is a little easy

14 Rainbow Road

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. - LimePepsi25

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.

One of the worst Rainbow Roads - darthvadern

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. - darthvadern

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15 Thwomp Ruins Thwomp Ruins

Certainly one of the more interesting tracks in the game - darthvadern

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.

16 Dragon Driftway

One of the worst - darthvadern

I hate this track on 200cc.

17 3DS Music Park

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

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

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18 Hyrule Circuit

One of the best from the first DLC pack - darthvadern

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

19 N64 Yoshi Valley

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

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!

This is my favorite course

20 Dolphin Shoals Dolphin Shoals

Worst of the Star Cup but still masterpiece - darthvadern

This one Rocks and the music is way better than DS Tick Tock Clocks

I love this course I do not know why everyone hates this awesome course Its hard though and the music rocks it's my favorite course of all time

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

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21 GCN Sherbert Land

This is the best track! It has all sorts of cool shortcuts!

Improvment on the bad original, very awesome graphics - darthvadern

Rubbish Track, out of all of the 48 tracks in the game, this is 47th. - greenshyguy

I love this course! Why is it so low?

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22 Ice Ice Outpost

This track sucks. But that's okay IYRO

Overhated - darthvadern

The best ice course in the series, this deserves number 1! It's so cool and the music is just badass!

Why didn't you put this course on number 1? This track is awesome!

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23 3DS Piranha Plant Slide

In Mario Kart 7:
Music Park > Piranha Plant Slide

In Mario Kart 8:
Piranha Plant Slide > Music Park - darthvadern

I feel bad for the course. It was a favorite in 7 but in 8 in is bottom of the barrel. I was stoked back in e3 2013 when I saw this in the Mario Kart 8 trailer. An amazing course and is my favorite course in Mario Kart history.

I love this course

24 DS Tick Tock Clock

Much better than the original - darthvadern

Shown twice. - Tyler730

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! - FirelordZuko

25 Wii Grumble Volcano

Excellent retro track! Even better than original - darthvadern

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. - Arilio

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26 Excitebike Arena

I like this course its one of my favorites.

This one's boring - darthvadern

"Excitebike Arena" more like "Boringbike Arena"

This course is awesome

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27 DS Wario Stadium

I love the stadium feel you get while racing here! The music fits so well! - darthvadern

28 Mario Kart Stadium

The best first-track-in-game track in the series - darthvadern

Usually, the first track of a Mario Kart game is described as boring or the worst track in the game, but Mario Kart 8 changed that all. It was obvious that Nintendo wanted to hook you up in the game straight away and they did just that. This changed a lot and this is now one of my favourite track. Nintendo added loads of anti-gravity sections for you to know what they are all about. It was fun and I was really happy this was a track.

It's about time Nintendo made it through a basic stadium track! Figure 8 and lying I circuit were flat out boring while toad circuit was mediocre. This setting of this track will give it four stars

It may be a short track but this track is a great track for starters! It have some shortcuts with a mushroom to it! I love the boosts you can drift on at the end! It's music is even cool!

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29 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.

Favourite retro track in the game - darthvadern

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

Time to add Toads Turnpike!

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30 Sweet Sweet Canyon

Eh, a bit overrated but I love how it feels like Wreck-it Ralph - darthvadern

This one is made out of sweets! I love drifting and ramming into the cones! And I also love the shortcut through the doughnut!


31 Animal Crossing

Creative - darthvadern

This is a cool course

All the different seasons are amazing - Btd

32 Super Bell Subway 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 - darthvadern

33 GBA Cheese Land

This track makes me hungry...

Best retro DLC track in my opinion - darthvadern

The idea from everyone once they run out of race course ideas. LOL


34 Water Park Water Park

Very underrated. Not as good as Dolphin Shoals but still great - darthvadern

I think this track is unique

I like this track

35 SNES Rainbow Road

Better than most of the tracks in DLC Pack 1 - darthvadern

I hate the Mario kart 7 version but the 8 version is much more beautiful and the background is not a black void,

This track may be simple in design but it’s one of the best looking tracks in the game. I love it. - thunderstar1124

36 Moo Moo Meadows

Still a fun track - darthvadern

I love the moo moos (cows) they are ADORABLE

I played all of the Mario Kart games and for me, Mario Kart Wii was far by the best best (followed by Double Dash! ). I was really happy to see one of my favourite tracks of the game returned as a retro track. It was awesome. I had loads of fun with this version and it easily beats the original version. I liked the extra gliding section they added. This was a really fun track.

Easiest Level and my favourite. - PatrickStar3

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37 Mario Circuit

Bad track honestly - darthvadern

I voted for this one mainly because of looks. I mean, if you take a glance at this track the only thing you can say is Whoa.

Best course in the game!

There might be goombas in the way but this track is great! There's a few ramps you can drive upside down on this one

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38 3DS Neo Bowser City

Great retro track, although I prefer the european name - darthvadern

I do the best here and it really relies on drifting which I'm good at (also love the look)

Lots of turns for drifts! The music is great, incorporating lots of nostalgic soundtrack bits. The rain and numerous dropoffs add some fun uncertainty to the race. The scenery is too cool. Glad it was brought back!

This is shown twice

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39 Koopa City

Um... this is the same as Neo bowser City that is why there's 49 tracks

The music... - darthvadern

Neo Bowser City is a more fitting name, I think.

This is shown twice

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40 GCN Yoshi Circuit

Better than the GCN and DS counterparts - darthvadern

Because It's shape liked Yoshi for goodness sake!

Don't you like Yoshi

41 GCN Baby Park

Alright - darthvadern

I do not care but I think this track is overrated and the most boring track ever made. It is not my least favorite track, but it is my 4th least favorite track in the game and my least favorite DLC track. I rank the tracks by it's design, detail, difficulty, music, and gimmicks. Not how crazy the tracks are. But Bone Dry Dunes, GCN Sherbet Land, and SNES Donut Plains 3 suck more than this. - greenshyguy

Why is this on here? It is filled with COMPLETE CHAOS

This is TOO crazy for 200cc

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42 Cheep Cheep Beach DS

Overrated - LimePepsi25

Still a great and unique track - darthvadern

I never played ds but it's just a good stage over all

Best course ever

43 3DS DK Jungle

Fun and overall excellent track - darthvadern

I love this track the back round looks so gorgeous and this stage is a blast

44 GCN Dry Dry Desert

I really liked the original and this one's just even better - darthvadern

I love the new oasi zone! Now this track is way better than the GCN version!

Meh this track sucks. - greenshyguy

45 Bone Dry Dunes

Bland but enjoyable - darthvadern

I hate this course. This course was insulting to every Dry Bowser fan. You give us a course that represents Dry Bowser, and yet he's not a playable character. You gave us Pink Gold Peach instead? Pink Gold Irrelevant! I can't stand that stupid character! The course is also extremely bland and the sharp turns are annoying.

I feel bad for this course. I liked it. - Tyler730

Dudes, dry bones is the best

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46 GBA Mario Circuit

I really liked it honestly - darthvadern

Come on guys really? I mean... This track rocks, far better than the original... Sure it's a bit flat but come on... Sooo cool a+

47 N64 Royal Raceway

Worst of Banana Cup but I enjoy it - darthvadern

Peach is awesome

This is from the n64.

48 SNES Donut Plains 3

Probably one of my favourite tracks in the game and one of my favourite retro tracks in the gane - darthvadern

What's wrong with it? And I'll tell you where it gets it's name from - well actually, I don't know why it's called that, but if you don't know what it's based on, it's based on at least one (mabe two) SNES Games! The game that I know it's based on for a fact is the origional ''Super Mario Kart'' (aka, Mario Kart 1) - it's the second track of the Mushroom Cup (in Super Mario Kart)! I also know another Game that it could be based on, because of it's name, Donut Plains, which is the same name as the second world in the SNES title, Super Mario World (FYI, my second favorite Mario Game of all time)! In Super Mario World, after you defeat the ''demented'' Iggy Koopa, Mario and Yoshi's friend (yellow yoshi), travel to Donut Plains to rescue another one of Yoshi's friends from Morton Koopa Jr.! And while I mentioned that my second favorite game is Super Mario World, my third favorite game is, as a matter of fact, Mario Kart 8! My favorite Video Game of all time, though, is Super Mario Galaxy! ...more

This is my least favorite track because it DOES NOT live up to it's name, it's pretty boring and bland. Also it is an outrage how CPU difficulties are so high, and super annoying fact that you only get 2 item boxes per lap - greenshyguy

Where did they get the name from?

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49 Wii Wario's Gold Mine

I don't really think this track really needed a remake. It was awesome before. - Qryzx

I was really surprised that I put this on the list. I really hated this track on mkwii because you can't control your karts and those stupid bats and mine carts can really cost you time. I was really glad that these changes were made for example the graphics made you feel like you are in a REAL gold mine and the setting correlates to the track. They also put in those singing shy guys who are so fun to watch. I also loved those anti-gravity segments they put to the track to make more twisty. Those mine carts gave me a relief as you can bump into them and get a boost from them. They also make the shortcut MUCH EASIER to get through. The music sounds good too. This is a really fun track to play and it's probably my favorite in DLC pack 1 in Mario Kart 8. - recaller

No, they ruined my favourite Mario Kart track of all time! It's Mushroom Cup difficulty! You din't get hit when running into the carts, you get boosts! And they removed all the fun passages like that one rail that lead backwards! That rail made it posswible to drive backwards in Mairo Kart Wii! But they removed it in 8. - darthvadern

Cool course

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