Top 10 Mario Kart 8 Tracks

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The Top Ten

1 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.

Most of the Mario kart 8 tracks follow a three lap system but this is the course that breaks the rules to lap system. It is like a rally race from point a to point B. I wish more tracks were like this because this is very unique and it should get the top position.

I love this track! It has amazing jump trick ramps! And it has a lot of boosts! HOLY SHOOT YOU EVEN GO IN AND OUT OF A DAM! There's awesome gliding parts and shortcuts! It's so fun! In the end you stop at a stadium and people are cheering for you! HOW COOL IS THAT?

Definitely the best track due to the feel eminated and the visuals of the course.

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2 Big Blue

Definitely my favourite track in the entire game. Awesome music, awesome design, awesome visuals, awesome everything! It's a MASTERPIECE!

Big Blue is the best it is my favorite track in Mario Kart 8 It beats Mount Wario.

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.

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.

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3 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!

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.

I love a soudtrack

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4 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!

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

I wish they added coconut mall instead.

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5 Shy Guy Falls

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

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.

Shy guy falls should be 8 not 2

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

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6 Electrodrome

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

Mount Wario and Royal Raceway are overrated. But this and Toad Horbor changes everything.

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7 Twisted Mansion

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

So Scary. WOOO.

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8 Bowser's Castle

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.

GET THIS ALL HIGHER UP ON THIS LIST

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9 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.

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

?...This track is so good!

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

10 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.

Okay, so this one blows the visuals out of the water and it's much better than the boring original.

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

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The Contenders

11 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.

It is a little easy

12 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.

BEST TRACK EVER! Love the city escape feel.

Beautiful

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13 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.

14 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!

Love this course!

SHOULD BE NUMBER 2.

BEST BEST BEST

15 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.

The Rainbow Road for this game is awesome! It has great music! WAY BETTER THAN THE Mario KART 7 RAINBOW ROAD MUSIC! You can run into the gravity things! There's even gliding into spilt paths! Who ever imagined that? You can even drift and boost at the same time in the end!

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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16 Excitebike Arena

This course is awesome

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

"Excitebike Arena" more like "Boringbike Arena"

This is my favorite track. It’s really fun.

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17 Mario Kart Stadium

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!

This is one of the best in the game rather than the worst. It is the best start to a game apart from Toad Circuit

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18 Hyrule Circuit

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

19 Dragon Driftway

I hate this track on 200cc.

20 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. - Arilio

Best course

21 Animal Crossing

This is a cool course

All the different seasons are amazing - Btd

22 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

Goshdangdarn do I love music park.it is one of if not the best Mario kart tracks of all time. #gottalovemusicpark

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23 Water Park

I think this track is unique

I like this track

24 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!

This is my favorite course

25 N64 Toad's Turnpike

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!

I don't like it, I think all the other courses on the shell cup are better because they are way more colourful

More like Toad’s Turdpike. - thunderstar1124

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26 DS Tick Tock Clock

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

27 GCN Sherbert Land

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?

My favorite mk course ever in one of my favorite Wii U games! - ShyGuySwag

Sucks - greenshyguy

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28 Dolphin Shoals

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

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

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

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29 Ice Ice Outpost

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

I feel sorry for this course. People have the LOUSIEST of excuses for hating it. - greenshyguy

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

This track is so underrated!
This is track is one of my favorites
- an ice track were you not drive on ice (except shortcuts)
- this track gives you the opportunity to choose which way you go for the entire race!
- you need skills for the shortcuts

30 DS Wario Stadium
31 3DS Piranha Plant Slide

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

32 Sweet Sweet Canyon

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

CANDY

33 SNES Rainbow Road

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 most visually stunning tracks, and I love it. - thunderstar1124

34 GBA Cheese Land

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

Cheesy

35 Super Bell Subway
36 Moo Moo Meadows

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.

The graphics and the music of this track changed of what used to be a useless track into one of the most awe inspiring courses in history. - recaller

Wow, so much better than the wii version - Harri666

Easiest Level and my favourite. - PatrickStar3

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37 Mario Circuit

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

This course is rad cause you go around it twice a lap, but one time its upsidedown. that's dank

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38 3DS Neo Bowser City

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

Crazy

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39 Green Hill Zone Green Hill Zone

Oh Yeah, This One's Awesome, Especially When You Play As Sonic

LOL

40 GCN Yoshi Circuit

Because It's shape liked Yoshi for goodness sake!

Don't you like Yoshi

41 GCN Baby Park

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

Should be #1 - Btd

42 Cheep Cheep Beach DS

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

Best course ever

43 Koopa City

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

This is shown twice

It is also called NEO BOWSER CITY

You like Flarena

44 3DS DK Jungle

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

45 GCN Dry Dry Desert

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

Meh this track sucks. - greenshyguy

46 Bone Dry Dunes

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

What!

47 GBA Mario Circuit

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+

48 N64 Royal Raceway

Honestly, I think this should be higher. It is this low on this list because it is a Banana Cup track. - greenshyguy

Peach is awesome

This is from the n64.

49 SNES Donut Plains 3

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?

Boringest Track in the Game, So Dumb - ChiefMudkip

50 Wii Wario's Gold Mine

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

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

Cool course

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

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