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The tracks (or courses) are the locations in Mario Kart on which races are held. Many have been revamped or featured in retro cups.

Original Cups

Every game except Mario Kart: Super Circuit has four cups with new tracks. Its fifth cup, the Lightning Cup, is actually the third cup in that game. In Mario Kart DS, these are known as Nitro Cups.

Mushroom Cup

Mushroom Cup is the easiest Grand Prix cup, with the easiest tracks to complete. It is the first cup in every game. It always started with a circuit until Mario Kart 8, which started with Mario Kart Stadium!

SNES N64 GBA GCN DS Wii 3DS U
Mario Circuit 1 Luigi Raceway Peach Circuit Luigi Circuit Figure-8 Circuit  Luigi Circuit Toad Circuit Mario Kart Stadium
Donut Plains 1 Moo Moo Farm Shy Guy Beach Peach Beach Yoshi Falls Moo Moo Meadows Daisy Hills Water Park
Ghost Valley 1 Koopa Troopa Beach
Koopa Beach
Riverside Park Baby Park Cheep Cheep Beach Mushroom Gorge Cheep Cheep Lagoon
Cheep Cheep Cape
Sweet Sweet Canyon
Bowser Castle 1 Kalimari Desert Bowser Castle 1 Dry Dry Desert Luigi's Mansion Toad's Factory Shy Guy Bazaar Thwomp Ruins
Mario Circuit 2 N/A

Flower Cup

The Flower Cup is the second cup in every Mario Kart game. The courses are a little more difficult than those of the Mushroom Cup. All games feature a Mario track in this cup except for Mario Kart DS, which had its Mario course in the Star Cup.

SNES N64 GBA GCN DS Wii 3DS U
Choco Island 1 Toad's Turnpike Mario Circuit Mushroom Bridge Desert Hills Mario Circuit Wuhu Loop
Wuhu Island Loop 
Mario Circuit
Ghost Valley 2 Frappe Snowland Boo Lake Mario Circuit Delfino Square Coconut Mall Mario Circuit Toad Harbor
Donut Plains 2 Choco Mountain Cheese Land Daisy Cruiser Waluigi Pinball DK Summit
DK's Snowboard Cross
Music Park
Melody Motorway
Twisted Mansion 
Bowser Castle 2 Mario Raceway Bowser Castle 2 Waluigi Stadium Shroom Ridge Wario's Gold Mine Rock Rock Mountain
Alpine Pass
Shy Guy Falls 
Mario Circuit 3 N/A

Lightning Cup

The Lightning Cup is only used as an original cup in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, in addition to the standard four. It is the third cup out of five in the game. Later games would retool the Lightning Cup as the final challenge of the Retro Grand Prix.

SNES N64 GBA GCN DS Wii 3DS U
N/A Luigi Circuit N/A
N/A Sky Garden N/A
N/A Cheep Cheep Island N/A
N/A Sunset Wilds N/A

Star Cup

The Star Cup is the second to last cup in all Mario Kart games. It contains fairly difficult tracks for experienced racers. Most games feature an ice/snow course in this cup.

SNES N64 GBA GCN DS Wii 3DS U
Koopa Beach 1 Wario Stadium Snow Land Sherbet Land DK Pass Daisy Circuit Piranha Plant Slide
Piranha Plant Pipeway
Sunshine Airport
Choco Island 2 Sherbet Land Ribbon Road Mushroom City Tick Tock Clock Koopa Cape Wario Shipyard
Wario's Galleon
Electrodrome 
Vanilla Lake 1 Royal Raceway Yoshi Desert Yoshi Circuit Mario Circuit Maple Treeway Neo Bowser City
Koopa City
Dolphin Shoals
Bowser Castle 3 Bowser's Castle Bowser Castle 3 DK Mountain Airship Fortress Grumble Volcano Maka Wuhu
Wuhu Mountain Loop
Mount Wario 
Mario Circuit 4 N/A

Special Cup

The Special Cup is the last and most difficult cup in all Mario Kart games. In all but the first two games, the second to last course is Bowser's Castle. In all games, the final track is Rainbow Road.

Mario Kart 64 is the only game in the series in which the Special Cup is unlocked at the start of the game.

SNES N64 GBA GCN DS Wii 3DS U
Donut Plains 3 DK's Jungle Parkway Lakeside Park Wario Colosseum Wario Stadium Dry Dry Ruins DK Jungle Cloudtop Cruise
Koopa Beach 2 Yoshi Valley Broken Pier Dino Dino Jungle Peach Gardens Moonview Highway Rosalina's Ice World Bone Dry Dunes
Ghost Valley 3 Banshee Boardwalk Bowser Castle 4 Bowser's Castle
Vanilla Lake 2 Rainbow Road
Rainbow Road N/A

Original Battle Stages

The original battle stages are arenas filled with certian obstacles, such as off road sections, walls, and hazards, like Crabs. These obstacles can lead to being hit by items. Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is the only game to have unlockable battle courses. Mario Kart 8 is the only Mario Kart to have tracks as battle courses.

SNES N64 GBA GCN DS Wii 3DS U
Battle Course 1 Big Donut Battle Course 1 Cookie Land Nintendo DS Block Plaza Honeybee Hive
Honeybee House
Mario Circuit*
Battle Course 2 Block Fort Battle Course 2 Block City Twilight House Delfino Pier Sherbet Rink Toad Harbor*
Battle Course 3 Double Deck Battle Course 3 Nintendo Gamecube Palm Shore Funky Stadium Wuhu Town N/A
Battle Course 4 Skyscraper Battle Course 4 Pipe Plaza Tart Top Chain Chomp Wheel
Chain Chomp Roulette
N/A
N/A Luigi's Mansion N/A Thwomp Desert N/A
N/A Tilt-A-Kart N/A
*=Grand Prix track playable in battle mode

Retro Cups

Games from DS onwards feature four retro cups and a retro section in battle mode. Retro courses and arenas are recreations of those found in older games. Colored squares indicate the original game for each course and arena in this section. Note that the Lightning Cup was first and only used as an original cup for Super Circuit.

The structure for the tracks used in each Retro cup, based on the originating game, is as follows:

  • Mario Kart DS: As the fifth installment in the Mario Kart series, each retro cup in this game features tracks from the four previous titles in chronological order: Super, 64, Super Circuit and Double Dash!! Retro battle courses, however, are limited to one stage from 64 and another from Double Dash!!
  • Mario Kart Wii: Each retro cup features one track from 64, one from Double Dash!! and another from DS. The Shell Cup and Lightning Cup each feature a track from Super, while the Banana Cup and Leaf Cup each feature a track from Super Circuit. Contrary to the DS retro cups, the track order for each Wii retro cup varies instead of being in chronological order (the only constant pattern is that any cup with a Super Circuit course has it second). For battle stages, one from each of the five previous games is available.
  • Mario Kart 7: Each retro cup features one track from DS and another from Wii. Every cup except the Lightning Cup features a 64 track. The only Super Circuit retro track appears in the Shell Cup. The Banana Cup and Lightning Cup each feature a Super track. Finally, the Leaf Cup and Lightning Cup each feature a Double Dash!! track. Cups with a 64 track always start with that track. The order varies for the other tracks. Battle stages are from Super Circuit, 64 and DS respectively.
  • Mario Kart 8: Every cup features an N64 course. All cups have a course from 7 except the Shell Cup, which instead has the only course from Super Circuit in the game. All cups have a DS course except the Banana Cup, which instead has the only course from Super in the game. The Shell and Lightning Cups each have a Wii course and the Banana and Leaf Cups each have a Double Dash course. The course order once again is random, however all the cups have their 64 course last except the Banana Cup which has it third instead. Retro battle courses are not actually courses initially used for battle; however are retro Grand-Prix courses in the game that have been slightly adjusted be more suitable for Balloon Battle. The course from Super, both the courses from Double Dash, one of the two courses from Wii, and two of the four courses from 64 appear as playable battle stages in this game.

Overall, nine courses from Super Mario Kart, fifteen courses from Mario Kart 64, eight courses from Mario Kart: Super Circuit, twelve courses from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, eleven from Mario Kart DS, six from Mario Kart Wii, and three from Mario Kart 7 have been returned, for a total of sixty-four retro courses.

However, only ten battle courses have been remade as retro battle courses; one from Super Mario Kart, three from Mario Kart 64, two from Mario Kart: Super Circuit, two from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, and two from Mario Kart DS. None from Mario Kart Wii OR Mario Kart 7 have returned

Shell Cup

All tracks in the Shell Cup originated in the Mushroom Cup, with the exception of Ghost Valley 2, Mario Circuit, Toad's Turnpike, and Mario Raceway which originated from the Flower Cup.

DS Wii 3DS U
 SNES
Mario Circuit 1
 GCN
Peach Beach 
 N64
Luigi Raceway 
 Wii
Moo Moo Meadows
 N64
Moo Moo Farm 
 DS
Yoshi Falls 
 GBA
Bowser Castle 1 
 GBA
Mario Circuit
 GBA
Peach Circuit
 SNES
Ghost Valley 2 
 Wii
Mushroom Gorge 
 DS
Cheep Cheep Beach
 GCN
Luigi Circuit 
 N64
Mario Raceway 
 DS
Luigi's Mansion 
 N64
Toad's Turnpike

Banana Cup

Most tracks in the Banana Cup debuted in the Flower Cup. Many, however, originated in the Mushroom Cup: the first track in DS, 7, and 8, the second track in Wii and 7, and the last track in DS. Sherbet Land and Royal Raceway come from the Star Cup. DK Jungle and Donut Plains 3 come from the Special Cup. 

DS Wii 3DS U
 SNES
Donut Plains 1 
 N64
Sherbet Land
 N64
Koopa Troopa Beach 
 GCN
Dry Dry Desert
 N64
Frappe Snowland 
 GBA
Shy Guy Beach 
 SNES
Mario Circuit 2 
 SNES
Donut Plains 3
 GBA
Bowser Castle 2
 DS
Delfino Square 
 Wii
Coconut Mall 
 N64
Royal Raceway 
 GCN
Baby Park 
 GCN
Waluigi Stadium 
 DS
Waluigi Pinball 
 3DS
DK Jungle

Leaf Cup

The Leaf Cup also gets most of it's courses from the Flower Cup. However, the second course in Wii, 7, and 8 as well as the last course in 7 come from the Star Cup of their game. Another pattern is that the first course in DS, and 8 as well as the last course in 8 come from the Special Cup. The only Mushroom Cup course to appear in this cup is Kalimari Desert. Luigi Circuit came from Super Circuit's Lightning Cup.

DS Wii 3DS U
 SNES
Koopa Beach 2 
 DS
Desert Hills 
 N64
Kalimari Desert 
 DS
Wario Stadium
 N64
Choco Mountain 
 GBA
Bowser Castle 3 
 DS
DK Pass 
 GCN
Sherbet Land
 GBA
Luigi Circuit 
 N64
DK's Jungle Parkway 
 GCN
Daisy Cruiser 
 3DS
Music Park
 GCN
Mushroom Bridge 
 GCN
Mario Circuit 
 Wii
Maple Treeway 
 N64
Yoshi Valley

Lightning Cup

From DS onwards, the Lightning Cup is used as a retro cup. The majority of tracks were originally featured in the Star Cup. However, the second track in DS, Wii, and 7 and the last in 7 and 8 originate from the Special Cup. Also, the first track for Wii is Mario Circuit 3, which was originally found in the Flower Cup. Lastly, the third track in DS is Sky Garden, which was initially in Super Circuit's Lightning Cup.

DS Wii 3DS U
 SNES
Choco Island 2
 SNES
Mario Circuit 3
 Wii
Koopa Cape
 DS
Tick Tock Clock
 N64
Banshee Boardwalk 
 DS
Peach Gardens
 GCN
Dino Dino Jungle
 3DS
Piranha Plant Slide
 GBA
Sky Garden
 GCN
DK Mountain
 DS
Airship Fortress
 Wii
Grumble Volcano
 GCN
Yoshi Circuit
 N64
Bowser's Castle
 SNES
Rainbow Road
 N64
Rainbow Road

Retro Battle Stages

Ten battle stages have been remade throughout Mario Kart DS, Wii and 7. In Mario Kart 8, six retro tracks were adjusted to be more suitable for Balloon Battle. The retro battle courses are no diferentt from last time they appeared, having the same course layout as before, but in a different look.

DS Wii 3DS U
 N64
Block Fort
 SNES
Battle Course 4
 GBA
Battle Course 1
 Wii
Moo Moo Meadows*
 GCN
Pipe Plaza
 GBA
Battle Course 3
 N64
Big Donut
 GCN
Dry Dry Desert*
N/A  N64
Skyscraper
 DS
Palm Shore
 SNES
Donut Plains 3*
N/A  GCN
Cookie Land
N/A  N64
Toad's Turnpike*
N/A  DS
Twilight House
N/A  GCN
Sherbet Land*
N/A  N64
Yoshi Valley*
*=Grand Prix track playable in battle mode

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