Top 10 Mario Kart 8 Tracks

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.

Mt. Wario is definitely not the best, maybe being in the top 5, and it is way too overrated, but I guess it is still a good course compared to others, with the Olympics theme and going on a dam, and I always love 3 parts of the track instead of 3 laps.

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

My third favorite track in the game. It's awesome how it's a 1 lap track! You start in a helicopter make your way to a dam then jump down to a section with snowy trees and finishing it off it feels like the olympics with the flags and everything! In that section you can do a lot of tricks too. And there's a shortcut at the end to skip some snow that could give you the win!

2 Big Blue

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.

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

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 are the best retros.

Another 1 lap track near the top. I love how you can see the water fall while racing on water. It's cool that Mario Kart 8 made F-Zero courses. It's my second favorite in the game and the best DLC track.

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

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

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

4 Shy Guy Falls

I had a big fail here once. I was on the last lap on the waterfall as lakitu in first place and I turned off my switch for a second and didn't pause. when I turned it back on, the car stopped moving because I had no auto accelerate and slid down the waterfall and ended up finishing in 8th place. it cost me the whole cup :( --kitykat

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.

How is this number two? Its very boring and sad

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

5 Bowser's Castle

Bowser's Castle is just a little bit worse to Bowser's Castle Wii, at least in Bowser Castle standards, and just a little bit worse than Cloudtop Cruise in MK8 standards, but this is definitely the 2nd best track in Mario Kart 8 for having so much, plus Rock Bowser came back to slam racers instead of shoot fire balls!

Why isn't this at least No. 2? This is the absolute best! While I love the Thwomp Ruins and Grumble Volcano, even Twisted Mansion, Bowser's MK 8 Castle is the best MK 8 Track! I also like the DLC tracks, Mute City and Hyrule Castle as well as Neo Bowser City, but again, Bowser's Castle is byfar the best! While Thwomps would have been a perfect touch, It still has a BOWSER MADE ENTIRLEY OUT OF ROCKS AND FIRE and 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 your too slow, that Bullet Bills will blow-up the bridge beneath you! That would be an awesome and challenging effect for Bowser's Castle!

Definitely not. Music, 10/10. Graphics and scenery? Pretty nice. It's so hard to not make mistakes, though, so you'll mostly end up falling in the lava and losing your 1st place streak, either by blue shell knock off or just plain falling off.

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).

6 Cloudtop Cruise

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!

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!

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

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!

7 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 design and atmosphere combination.

This is very awesome! I love the music! It has spilt paths! There's even some little screens with dancing koopas and shut guys! CAN I JOIN IN?

Electrodrome is just a very unique course and the track and soundtrack are just epic.

8 GBA Ribbon Road

I did not like Ribbon Road at all in Super Circuit because it still felt pretty bland, but when I heard about anti-gravity physics in Mario Kart 8, I prayed that Ribbon Road would be in there, just to give it another chance, and 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! Easily my favorite retro track now and along with mt wario 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.

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

9 N64 Rainbow Road

I never really liked the N64 version of this Rainbow Road, but now being in Mario Kart 8 with beautifully updated graphics, this is just awesome!

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.

I actually like both versions of the track because the music and design always amazes me. Why do so many people always have to complain about the length of this race?

10 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!

Well if your telling me that Mount Wario is better than this, I don't think you're the type of gamer that could handle suspense. Sad, but true. In other words, this is the greatest track of all time.

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

Love this course!

The Contenders
11 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 Bowsers castle from MKDD and luigis 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 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.

It's confusing, but that's the fun of it!

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.

Kinda reminds me of Delfino Square from Mario Kart DS.

It's so beautiful and bursting with color. This track is beautiful

13 Thwomp Ruins

Thwomp Ruins is probably the most beautiful Ruins Mario Kart is ever going to get with it being in the Mushroom Cup and still helping the player know which track to use to avoid obstacles!

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.

Who would have thought that thwomps would get a Mario Kart track and a good one at that?

14 Rainbow Road

Rainbow Road is seemingly hated in Mario Kart 8, but this might be my favorite Rainbow Road yet, with the technology instead of just magic, and the space station blows me away, plus it seems harder than the others, and I always thought that the Rainbow Roads were pretty easy.

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.

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.

15 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.

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

Melody Motorway brings music and motorways together. Great unique track. I liked it more in Mario kart 8

16 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.

Not as good as big blue

It is a little easy

Big Blue is better

17 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

I love when Nintendo makes courses like this. When they're replicas of real life places it's so cool

18 Hyrule Circuit
19 Dragon Driftway

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

200cc on this is a massive crasher,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 thrash your mind. something like the yoshi bike will do good on this however.
the dlc courses have some of the best nitro tracks. the 4 ones we got which aren't nintendo related are some of the tracks where creativity really shines through.

One of the worst

20 Wii Grumble Volcano

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 were AMAZING.

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.

21 DS 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!

22 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.

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

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

23 Excitebike Arena

Excitebike Arena reminds me of the old days when I sucked at Excitebike, but this should be in the top 5 for how simple, yet how amazing it is. This is truly a Mario Kart track.

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

Pretty boring honestly. Just a giant baby park with ramps and that's it

I like this course its one of my favorites.

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!

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

25 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.

Best map overall
I love the finishing shortcut, it looks small but it's actually really good

I love this course

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