Most Overrated Mario Kart Courses

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The Top Ten

1 Rainbow Road (N64)

I honestly love this track. It was the first Rainbow Road I ever played, and it is nostalgic for me. However, I do think that it is the most overrated Mario Kart track of all time. People hate on Mario Kart 8 Rainbow Road, but I feel like it did a better job at being a Rainbow Road than this track seeing how that track actually has some challenge. There are barriers all around this track, and it is very long and tedious for the most part. I will say, though, the MK8 remake of this track is honestly one of the best Rainbow Road tracks in the entire series, but the original version is just straight up overrated.

One time when I was visiting a friend we looked at a Mario Kart video (a worst tracks list) and when they mentioned this track, they said the remake 'ruined their nostalgia'.
My friend said that if they get their nostalgia ruined by that so easily then they must have a pretty sad childhood.
I agree with that mainly due to the fact that the music was the only good thing in the track. - Qryzx

It's long, tedious, and the Chain-Chomps are annoying. It's only redeeming factor is its music, which you can't hear in 3-4 players, and I prefer Double Dash's Rainbow Road music.

Only nostalgic people praise this one so much. - DKartWoomy

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2 Maple Treeway (Wii)

It deserves the love. It's not overrated - Berger

This tracks annoys me so much! That trunk ( I think that's what it is) is impossible to stay on, those fat wigglers block 99 percent of the track and CPUs will knock you off!

Idiots, try practicing.

Wii Koopa Cape is better - darthvadern

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3 Waluigi Pinball (DS)

It's so overrated! People have it it in the top 2 usually whereas in my list this track is only in the top ten! Airship Fortress, Luigi's Mansion, Delfino Square and even the infamous Desert Hills are all way better! - darthvadern

I agree that Rainbow Road 64 is overrated, but Maple Treeway? Seriously? Coconut Mall and Baby Park also shouldn't be in the top ten but Waluigi Pinball is all the way down at #18? I have never heard someone say they do not like this track. Definitely should be higher.

Why isn't this higher? Maple Treeway is the best track but Waluigi Pinball is pretty bland. The scenery is alright but the track design is lame and boring, yet everyone loves Waluigi Pinball.

It’s my favorite track!

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4 Airship Fortress (DS)

This deserves to be higher. One time someone asked why Airship Fortress is so loved, then someone responded by linking the definition of "opinion", with a message saying "Because these exist:".

I hate people who hide behind the opinion card, it's like people spamming in Fighting games and calling you a hacker when they lose. Also, I wasn't born in the 80s/90s, so I don't feel the 'nostalgia' anyone else felt. - Qryzx

5 Mount Wario (8)

Awesome track, but that track is way overused for online gameplay and Morton became the new Funky Kong in Season 8 of Mario Kart.

The one that gets picked the most through online races

Yeah. Please stop always picking Mount Wario guys!

People like this course for having 3 sections rather than 3 laps.
However, 3ds Rainbow Road and Wuhu Tracks also have 3 sections. - Qryzx

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6 Coconut Mall (Mario Kart Wii)

I don't understand the logic of Coconut Mall being more overrated than Mount Wario. Mount Wario is even more loved than this track, heck it probably goes higher than Maple Treeway (don't tell me that's not saying much)! And why is Baby Park only contender rank? At least you can actually enjoy yourself in time trial playing Coconut Mall, unlike GCN Baby Park. Seriously, have you ever played Baby Park without items? It's hella boring and at least the DS remake is shorter so I don't have to suffer 2 more laps. Coconut Mall is pretty much the most creative track in Mario Kart Wii, yet somehow it exceeds Maple Treeway in popularity and overratedness (I think I just made a word up but who the truck cares)? How retarded. You're basically saying creativity is not more important than uniqueness? Okay then. The cars are obviously not the only obstacle in the game and need to be completely removed. And of course it will kill you to walk on an escalator to save you the trouble of walking/climbing ...more

All of the things people hate about this stage are critical parts of a mall, like escalators for example. Would you rather learn how to climb to the floor you need? Don't think so. And Why would there be places to fall off of in a mall? I can't understand that logic. And in my opinion, I wouldn't throw away possibly the only obstacle (mii cars) from the track. Also, if you hate the music so much then just mute your T.V. or play the course less. Also, this track made an everyday type of building into a legendary masterpiece so of course it's picked a lot online. The things you hate about this are almost 100 percent vital for a mall.

This course is NOT overrated. If anything, its either underrated or perfectly rated, but overrated? The reason it was picked so much was because the track design, and the music makes the course even better. If you look up top 10s of Mario kart, Coconut Mall would barely even make the list so Coconut Mall is perfectly rated. Come up with another reason aside from it being overpicked in an online service that is now discontinued.

Who cares if this is overpicked online? It deserves to be. - greenshyguy

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7 Hyrule Circuit (8)

This is not overrated, nobody talks about it. - DKartWoomy

It's still the DLC Pack 1's best though - darthvadern

8 Wario Colosseum (GCN)

Definitely favorite GCN track. Along with RAINBOW ROAD too. They should add it as retro track in Mario kart 9

I love this track one of my liked track in double dash

9 Koopa Cape (Wii)

Koopa cape should be respected as it is one of the only courses belonging to my bio kappa troopa

The drifting on this track is really not that great. That's why I prefer more simple maps like Rainbow Road. - lannypetersong

Great track however. - DKartWoomy

It really isn't that great

10 Rainbow Road (Wii)

This course is difficult, but that isn't why it sucks. The track looks like Double Dash's Rainbow Road only tedious and frustrating, the music isn't that catchy either. - KennyRulz244444

If you have tough drift bike you should be fine

The CGN Rainbow Road is far more overrated than this one, you guys just hate it because you keep falling. - DaisyandRosalina

It’s actually underrated. You all only hate it because you keep falling - Randomator

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The Contenders

11 Rainbow Road (7)

I'm not saying this track is bad, but highly overrated, it gets to much on online that it slowly gets kinda boring, even if this track is a masterpiece.

Very overrated, I understand, it's the most innovative Rainbow Road and it is a masterpiece, but GCN Rainbow Road was a little bit better. - darthvadern

I see everyone's favorite track or Rainbow Road of all time... Wonder which one THAT is. - DKartWoomy

12 Electrodrome (8)

I USED to love this stage. It was the one stage that I would always play. But as I played more and more online I realized how OVERRATED it is. Once it was Electrodrome,Mute City, and some other stage (let's just say it was Toad Turnpike). So anyways I picked Big Blue and I was the only person who didn't pick Electrodrome. PLEASE STOP PICKING THIS STAGE ONLINE

So N64 rainbow road and Waluigi pinball make sense but how the hell is bone dry dunes at #7 and this stage is at #22? This stage is the most picked online by far it's almost unanimous every time.I mean it's okay but not that good. - Randomator

Almost everyone LOVE this stage, but beside some cool sound effects that influence the music of the stage, koopa and shy guy dancing arround and beautiful graphism (like any MK8 tracks), this stage is not interesting. In fanct, there is not any creative or unique obstacle. Also, the fact that music park (or melody motorway) exist makes it even less original since this stage is the first to create head popping pirhana plants and use the music in a better way then electrodrome for an obstacle. I mean, I'm sorry but a dance stage is not original. Also, if I was doing a top 15 mario kart 8 tracks, Electrodrome wouldn't be there! And all this comes from someone that never played online before. That means that I'm not influenced by electrodorme presence in online

I've never understood why people like this track. It's my least favorite track the the star cup on mariokart 8. I remember seeing top mariokart track lists and it'd be close to the top, but when I played I the first time I thought, 'Why is this so special'! It has a catchy song, but the song is not nearly as good as Cloudtop Cruise, Toad Harbor, Shy Guy Falls, Mute City, Wild Woods, or Big Blue

13 Bone Dry Dunes (Wii U)

It's not overrated at all, it's more underrated because everyone hates it. - JThrill

Fairly underrated actually. No one likes this track so it can't be overrated. Though the track is really dull it gets no positive attention so I guess it's Perfectly Rated? - Qryzx

It's fun but it is the worst stage in the game

Looks like some people do not know what the word "overrated" means lmao. - DKartWoomy

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14 Peach Gardens (DS)

Why is peach getting every race track in every game?! She doesn't deserve them all!

I know! It's characters like Luigi or Toad that deserve more courses. - KennyRulz244444

How about a track for a newcomer that rocks like Dry Bones, King Boo, Rosalina, Funky Kong, Honeybee Queen, or Shy Guy? Peach doesn't deserve all the tracks.

My dude, I'm not sure when you posted that comment, but Shy Guy Falls is a Mario Kart course. - Qryzx

How is this overrated? This is called bland by people (I love this course personally and it's better than Waluigi Pinball). - darthvadern

*underrated - DaisyandRosalina

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15 Daisy Hills (3ds)

I couldn't say its overrated. I don't see any votes online about it. PUT NEO BOWSER CITY/KOOPA CITY on 3ds

You drive on grass for. The first three quarters of the track and then ramp off into an extremely blunt city.

Yeah, but remember this is the second track of the mushroom cup, and I know they usually are bland, but if you compare it to Yoshi Falls or Moo Moo Meadows, it has a lot more to it, in my opinion - purpleracer

Daisy Hills! Whatever, Princess Daisy's brothers would be ungrateful for this ridiculous course.

Stil good - ParkerFang

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16 Baby Park (GCN)

This track is basically a battle stage in race mode... Yipee...? I will even go as far as to say this is pretty much figure-8 circuit with flashy decoration and is pill-shaped. Honestly I never like items too much (which you might be fairly triggered about), and this track got their popularity from items. Item boxes aren't even there in time trials (you only get the classic 3 mushroom boosts), and without the items this track is just a waste of a stage slot that could've been used to remake Maple Treeway or perhaps even DK Summit (DK Summit doesn't have a single remake and yet this track has 2)! This track would've been hated in battle mode (due to the lack of space), but at least that mode matched it's style of play. There is absolutely no redeeming factor for this track other than the music. Overall huge DLC space wasted.

At least Figure-8 Circuit has off-road, what does this have? Nothing! People love it because of chaos! There's Battle Mode for a reason! - darthvadern

This stage is boring and short - Jake09

Nintendo just loves the baby’s. Nintendo is just like all hail the babys.

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17 Cheep Cheep Lagoon (3DS)

It's boring as hell.

Overrated? This? - DaisyandRosalina

This is also underrated. And it's actually pretty awesomne - darthvadern

18 Tick-Tock Clock (DS)

How is this the most innovative course in Mario Kart? It's just a level from Super Mario 64! - darthvadern

THIS COURSE IS GOOD, NOT OVERRATED?

Why is this track so insanely popular?! It's not terrible, but why on earth was this course number 1 one both TheKoopaCaptain's Top 100 Mario Kart Tracks on YouTube and the Best Track in Mario Kart polls on the GameFaqs board?! In my opinion, Tick-Tock Clock is a bland, boring course that is loved simply for the clock concept.

DS tracks worse that TTC: Desert Hills, Peach Gardens

DS tracks better than TTC: Figure-8 Circuit, *YOSHI FALLS*, Cheep Cheep Beach, Luigi's Mansion, Delfino Square, Waluigi Pinball, Shroom Ridge, *DK PASS*, Mario Circuit, Airship Fortress, Wario Stadium, Bowser Castle, Rainbow Road.

19 Rainbow Road (SNES)

Only beginners who constantly fall off the edge dislike this level. It's simple, but easily the best track in Mario Kart history, plus the music is the best. - lannypetersong

Why was this track picked nearly every round in Mario Kart 7's online mode? WHY WAS IT IN THE Mario KART 8 DLC OVER 3DS RAINBOW ROAD?!

Honestly, I really hope that MK7 Rainbow Road gets added in the next DLC pack, because this track (apart from the music and the nostalgia factor) really, REALLY sucks on numerous levels if you ask me. - xandermartin98

Best MARIOKART Track in history
Because it has 0 guard rails

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20 Desert Hills (DS)

UNDERRATED, and besides it's better than Waluigi Pinball (respect my opinion, Pinball lovers) - darthvadern

The design is more blunt than a year old pencil, it's slow and boring and just an orangish hell! It's my least favorite track in ds and wii!

I hate dessert hill one lamest tracks ever

I've never liked desert stages, and this is probably the worst.
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21 DK Mountain (GCN)

I don't understand why everyone says this is the best course in Double Dash.

Why does everyone call this the best course in Double Dash? - TheGreenLists

DK's Snowboard Cross was better. - darthvadern

Ahead of RR and WC? - DKartWoomy

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22 Rainbow Road (Mario Kart 64)

I hate this stupid course. I always get last because I keep falling off the edges.

We're only at the top six and this track is here TWICE!?!? It sucks so bad.

23 Yoshi Falls (DS)

I prefer this track over Baby Park honestly.
You could just take the items off and the track is literally worse than this.
There actually is some Yoshi posters in the background, places to fall off, speed boosts, and it isn't just battle mode with laps. - Qryzx

This course is trash! No expert shortcuts in this race, average physics, no traction, and nothing but ridiculous heck! If I was captain, I would hit Funky Kong, Dry Bones, King Boo, Toadette, Dry Bowser, Diddy, Koopa Troopa, or Bowser Jr. with any item if any of them were following me. Yoshi doesn't own them all.

Absolutely boring, repetitive and bland, you just go around in a circle three times and you've finished the course. - KennyRulz244444

Another course here that isn't overrated, no one likes this track except me! - darthvadern

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24 Mushroom Gorge (Wii)

Mushroom physics are inconsistent and bad, racing game = GO FAST, Mushroom Gorge = SLOW DOWN! Stop liking bad tracks.

Have you ever heard of these things called opinions? People can have opinions Mister/Miss Slow Down guy. No track is actually "bad", they're as bad as you make them out to be. And also, people have rights to like this track. It's a free country. - Qryzx

25 Toad's Turnpike (N64)

This track is hated too much, don't really see many people liking the course. - KennyRulz244444

It's time to stop! If it can be voted in MK8, its like 8/12 voted at least

26 Wild Woods (8)

It always gets picked! It's a good track, but not THAT good.

Such a quick track in 200cc. - DKartWoomy

27 Wario Stadium (N64)

Ds wario stadium is BETTER BY FAR

Wario needs to stop getting more stuff than Waluigi

This is a good course - spodermanfan1000

It's a boring verson of GCN Wario Colosseum - darthvadern

28 Yoshi Valley (N64)

Maybe it's just that Mario Kart 64 is my least favourite mario kart besides Super Mario Kart and Mairo Kart 8 Deluxe, but this course is overrated, it's getting love because the game couldn't keep track on what palce you were in and that you could take alternetive routes, I understand. But if you fall of this track, you will have to wait for about 10 seconds LITERALLY 'til Lakitu picks you up whereas in other courses it's about 5 I think! What!? - darthvadern

THIS COURSE IS GOOD, NOT OVERRATED!

29 Dolphin Shoals (8)

The eel is super pesky when you try to drive on him. I fell at least five times on the pipes, too.

It's a water course

This is underrated - darthvadern

Dullphin Shoals is a boring, generic water track with annoying dullphins and awful physics.

30 Big Blue (8)

This track is not the best mario kart track of all time! I never understood why people love this overrated track - darthvadern

My personal favorite track but overrated

31 Sunshine Airport (8)

Sunshine Airport is easily a top 100 Mario Kart track, but it doesn't deserve to be a top 20 Mario Kart track. It might not even be a top 50 Mario Kart track. They were going to think of driving in an airport at somepoint, so why is it so mind blowing to everyone?

Welcome to the new coconut mall.. - Qryzx

32 DK Pass (DS)
33 Banshee Boardwalk (N64)
34 Grumble Volcano (Wii)
35 Wario's Shipyard (3DS)

Why does Wario need a shipyard if he wants to fart?

Why do people like this course!? It's slow, unexciting, and boringish as hell!

36 Rainbow Road (GCN)

This is the most overrated rainbow road behind N64, it's really not anything special to be honest. - JThrill

37 Daisy Cruiser (GCN)
38 Piranha Plant Slide (7)

It's a decent track an all, but what's so special about it? - Pony

I get it's based off the old Mario Bros. titles so it may make people feel nostalgic, but I didn't grow up with those. - Qryzx

What this is one of the best mk7 tracks

For some reason I hated this track at first because I thought it was Alpine Pass / Rock Rock Mountain. Nowadays I think it's a pretty awesomne track, and the remake was even more awesomne! - darthvadern

39 Mute City (8)

The F Zero tracks are among the most overrated mario kart tracks of all time. - darthvadern

40 Luigi Circuit (N64)
41 Ribbon Road (8)
42 Neo Bowser City (3DS)

The track is, but the music is one of the best in the series! - darthvadern

43 Music Park (7)

Actually this is underrated. - Qryzx

44 Mario Raceway (N64)
45 Bowser Castle (Wii U)

This track is insanely overrated! The HD graphics and the overuse of coolness makes me dislike this track to be honest - darthvadern

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