Mario Kart Nitro Tracks that Should Be on Another Cup

If you know about Mario Kart you know that cups are often ranked in a difficulty order. However some track in those cup feels like they are in the wrong place considering its difficulty. That's pretty much what this list is about. Retro tracks will be covered on another list.

The Top Ten

Toad's Turnpike (N64)

Toad's Turnpike is probably the hardest track in the series, and yet it is the first track of the flower cup. It's even harder on mirror mode since the cars hit you backward. Personally, I always found this didn't make sense since mirror mode is suppose to only invert left, and right, not make it backward. The remake is much easier, and it's place on the shell cup makes much more sense on top of being much more fun in my opinion thanks to all the things they added. But hey, maybe the developpers overestimated the controls in that game, since the cars aren't as dangerous in Mario Kart games with better controls.

Very interesting list. When it comes to track placement in Mario Karts, you can discuss a lot about it. Difficulty and athmosphere are what in my opinion decides what feels best for which cup. With Toad's Turnpike it's without a doubt very wrongly placed, in the Flower Cup of all places! I think it would fit in the Star Cup, replacing the much easier Wario Stadium. It would fit very well as the start of the more challenging cup with its calm but dangerous atmosphere.

This one should definitely be in the star cup with how obnoxious the cars are

Bowser's Castle (N64)

The turns of this track are really sharp for the controls of the game, ad the thwomps are pretty hard to avoid. Seeing this track in the star cup is pretty weird, especially since all the Mario Kart games after that have a bowser castle in the special cup. I would gladly trade off this track and Toad's Turnpike with DK's jungle parkway, and Rainbow Road. The only problem with that trading is that it would break the tradition of Rainbow Roads being the last track in the game.

Yeah this is especially weird when all Mario Karts after this one placed BC in the Special Cup. But the thing is also how hard this course is. It's the hardest in the game in my opinion and then really should not be in the Star Cup! Well..., the creepy atmosphere "somewhat" make up for it but it should've been in the Special Cup.

Why this isn’t in the special cup I’ll never understand. This is the hardest track in the game by far

Daisy Circuit (Wii)

This is without a doubt the easiest Star Cup course of all time alongside SNES Koopa Beach 1 and DS Mario Circuit. I mean nothing is remotely challenging here at all. But the sunset setting sorta makes up for it but yeah, it's not Star Cup material in difficulty.

Here is a perfect track to trade with Wario's Gold Mine. Daisy CIrcuit doesn't have any obstacles, and there is no turns that are really sharp. Why is it on the second hardest cup?

This stage shouldn’t be in the Star Cup it’s Flower Cup at most honestly

Neo Bowser City (3DS)

This track have some really, really sharp turns, and honestly, this is special cup material of hard. I don't know with which one to trade with between DK Jungle, and Rosalina's Ice World, but it's not really important. I think it would have been especially cool if it was just before Bowser's Castle, since it would have been like going through the town of Bowser just before going through his castle.

This is the definite course I always fail on when I play Mario Kart 7 online. I don't have the highest opinion on this course due to its "ice physics" on the rainy terrain. What also is not ok is its inclusion in the Star Cup! Replace it with DK Jungle which was undoubtly easier.

In MK7, MK8's DLC cups are random

Mario Circuit (DS)

It's really surprising how this is in the Star Cup when it's just as easy as it has always been. Although I would keep Waluigi Pinball in the Flower Cup still, and rather replace Delfino Square, which did not fit as a second course in the Flower Cup, much more as a third course in a harder cup as it was a little too epic for its original placement.

Ever since Mario Kart 64, the Mario Circuits were always in the Flower Cup, and they are often like the first tracks in the game, but harder. Mario Circuit on the DS is an exception, since it is the only Mario Circuit to be on the Star Cup. I mean it's not like it's that harder than the other Mario Circuits. I would trade this track with Waluigi Pinball.

I never understood why it was in the star cup

Dry Dry Ruins (Wii)

And here is the perfect tack to trade Grumble Volcano with. Dry Dry Ruins doesn't have a lot of obstacles. It does have some sharp turns, but even the turns in Koopa Cape, and Maple Treeway are sharper.

Quite ironically when I first played it I failed so badly with DK in his Off-Roader as I somehow drove into the off-road at all times. But yeah it's pretty easy for Special Cup material due to its easy turns and wide road.

This one isn’t hard it could be replaced by Grumble Volcano or Wario’s Gold Mine easily

Grumble Volcano (Wii)

The big problem which placing this in the Special Cup would be the fact that there'd be two lava stages in one cup, which would make it feel strange. Difficulty-wise though this is really challenging, with the ground falling apart. But I give a pass to hard difficulty on last course of Star Cup more or less considering it shows that it will only get more intense from here.

This track is really intense with its fireballs that are hard to avoid, and some sharp turns that are even sharper when parts of the track fall off. This really feels like a Special Cup track. Sure it would have been redundant to have two tracks with lava in it, on the same cup but still.

I actually think it’s fairly placed but I could see the argument to replace Dry Dry Ruins with this track

Wario's Gold Mine (Wii)

Eh, I have a very unpopular opinion on my favourite Mario Kart course of all time. I never had much problems with the minecart sections but thought it just added some more difficulty. As the last course on the Flower Cup, I like how it symbolizes how you will need to take a little more seriously in upcoming cups.

This should honestly be star cup material Daisy Circuit and maybe even Koopa Cape could be replaced

The minekart are surprisingly hard to avoid in this track, and I think the flower cup is a bit too easy for this track.

This should have swapped with Dry Dry Ruins.

Bowser Castle 3 (SNES)

No, I'm not putting this track here because I think there should be a Bowser Castle in the special cup. I'm putting this on here because the turns are really sharp, and there are even parts where there can be thwomps that blocks the full road. I would trade it off with Vanilla Lake 2, because I am the first person to say that ice tracks aren't that hard.

This was a really challenging SNES track (although 2 was a little harder at times). It really should've been Special Cup material and yes, replaced Vanilla Lake 2 but that would also cause a problem as Bowser's Castle 3 comes right before Vanilla Lake 1. Well..., it's hard.

Shroom Ridge (DS)

The turns are a little sharp and the cars can surprise the player. Although the last course of the Flower Cup should be a little hard In my opinion

The Contenders

Mushroom Gorge (Wii)

This track is at the bottom of my personal top 10, because this track is only really hard at your first try. It's very hard to control these mushrooms, and it takes quite some practice to handle them down. When you know how to control them it's a more tolerable track for the mushroom cup, but even then I would still trade it off with another track in the flower cup. Actually, you know what? Daisy Circuit is so easy that it should be in the mushroom cup replacing Mushroom Gorge which would then replace Wario's Goldmine in the Flower Cup, and you know what happens next.

I highly disagree on this one. Not only because it's mushrooms (duh!), but the jumps are very easy to handle as the platforms are very wide. Toad's Factory, in my opinion was way more unfairly placed.

As I said, when you know how to handle those mushrooms it is easier, making it at the bottom of the list, so if you find this to be easy, I understand why.

Dry Dry Desert (Gamecube)

This fitted well the Mushroom Cup In my opinion, although the Flower Cup could've taken it as well.

Wii Toad's Factory

You've got conveyor belts, quick turns, machines that block boost pads occasionally, machines that will crush you, and it's in the MUSHROOM cup? This should've swapped place with DK Summit

Bowser Castle 2 (SNES)

This is my least favourite mario kart course of all time. It's so obnoxious for a Flower Cup

Rainbow Road (DS)
Coconut Mall (Wii)

This track should be where it is, in the Flower Cup

Banshee Boardwalk (N64)

Now it does fit very well the Special Cup with its insane difficulty but..., what's it doing right before Rainbow Road? Just swap it up with Bowser Castle which was harder please

Frappe Snowland (N64)

The track is a little slippery and long for the Flower Cup. Also the infamous snowmen..., enough said.

Sunshine Airport (Wii U)

A little..., too easy? Like there are no sharp or hard turns and the setting is chill too. Could've been swapped out with Toad Harbour, which then swapped place with Twisted Mansion.

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