Top 10 Best Mario Kart 8 Tracks

The Top Ten
1 Mount Wario

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 in Mario Kart 8, and if not that, then in the ENTIRE SERIES! It also has either the 1st or 2nd best music in MK8 too.

2 Big Blue

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. These are the best retros.

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

3 Sunshine Airport

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!

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 favorite games, Super Mario Sunshine. (Seriously, where's the sequel for that thing?) I have nothing else to say here.

4 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 favorite game, Super Mario Galaxy. I also enjoyed the music because bits of it were from Gusty Garden Galaxy from Super Mario Galaxy. Cool!

This was the track I was waiting for for a long, long time, which is why it's my favorite track! This is better than Mt. Wario, better than Shy Guy Falls, better than Sunshine Airport, and better than Big Blue!

There is too much to say, like the airships, the giant vine, and the amazing storm!

5 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 combination of design and atmosphere.

This is very awesome! I love the music! It has split paths! There are even some little screens with dancing koopas and shy guys! CAN I JOIN IN?

6 Ribbon Road

I did not like Ribbon Road at all in Super Circuit because it felt pretty bland. When I heard about anti-gravity physics in Mario Kart 8, I prayed that Ribbon Road would be included to give it another chance. It came back WAY BETTER.

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!

It's easily my favorite retro track now, and along with Mt. Wario, it is my favorite track in the game.

A course in a kid's room is genius. And it's way better than Mario Kart Home Circuit.

7 Shy Guy Falls

I love Shy Guys! This track is so fun and unique.

Oh, shut up, you haters. This track is top tier.

8 Bowser's Castle

Bowser's Castle is just a little bit worse than Bowser's Castle on the Wii, at least by Bowser Castle standards, and a little bit worse than Cloudtop Cruise by MK8 standards. But this is definitely the second-best track in Mario Kart 8 for having so much to offer. Plus, Rock Bowser came back to slam racers instead of shooting fireballs!

Why isn't this at least number 2? This is the absolute best! While I love the Thwomp Ruins and Grumble Volcano, even Twisted Mansion, Bowser's MK8 Castle is the best MK8 track!

I also like the DLC tracks, Mute City and Hyrule Castle, as well as Neo Bowser City, but again, Bowser's Castle is by far the best! While Thwomps would have been a perfect touch, it still has a Bowser made entirely out of rocks and fire, 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 you're too slow, Bullet Bills will blow up the bridge beneath you! That would be an awesome and challenging effect for Bowser's Castle!

9 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 kind of reminds me of some kind of village like the Kokiri Forest 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!

10 Rainbow Road (N64)

I was really, really happy that Nintendo brought this back. It brought back a lot of old memories and a lot of fun from the memories. I was so excited to play it.

I was kind of disappointed that they changed the track to be only one lap, but I guess the track would have been too long (like it used to be). But then again, they could've made it two 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.

The Contenders
11 Toad Harbor

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

It's so much fun to drive on this track. It isn't as impressive as Big Blue or Shy Guy Falls, but it's the most fun track in Mario Kart 8.

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

12 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!

13 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.

14 Rainbow Road (Wii)

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, but that 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. Its music is great, and I think it should be more appreciated.

15 Music Park

I love how in one forum where they had to say which was their least favorite track, 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. It's 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.

16 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 it 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.

Thwomp Ruins is probably the most beautiful ruins Mario Kart is ever going to get. With it being in the Mushroom Cup, it still helps the player know which track to use to avoid obstacles!

17 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 Bowser's Castle from MKDD and Luigi's 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 kind of 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.

18 Dragon Driftway

200cc on this is a massive challenge, I have to admit it. If you're not playing on a vehicle with good drift (like the Mercedes GLA, for example), this will absolutely test your skills. Something like the Yoshi bike will perform well on this.

However, the DLC courses have some of the best original tracks. The four tracks we got that aren't Nintendo-related showcase creativity at its finest.

Dragon Driftway has the best aesthetic out of all the other Mario Kart 8 tracks, with the Chinese art inside the giant Gobblegut. You surely need to drift to make it to 1st!

19 Grumble Volcano

Like I already told you, Mario Kart Wii is my favorite Mario Kart game. It is so awesome. I really enjoyed this track because it was my favorite in the game after Koopa Cape.

This track is just cool. I enjoy how they made this track more beautiful and more awesome.

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

I already loved Grumble Volcano SO MUCH in Mario Kart Wii, with the track being destroyed, meteors, and Fire Snakes showing up. But Mario Kart 8 just redesigned the graphics, which are AMAZING.

20 Hyrule Circuit
21 Toad's Turnpike

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

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

22 Yoshi Valley

I was surprised that this was on my list. I really hated Yoshi Valley on Mario Kart 64 (probably because I was a sore 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 brought 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!

23 Piranha Plant Slide

I feel bad for this course. It was a favorite in 7, but in 8, it is at the 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 my favorite in Mario Kart history.

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