A typical Pipe, as seen in
New Super Mario Bros. Pipes
, also called
, are features present in most
games. Their main purpose is to provide characters a way to get from one point to another in an instant. Some pipes are home to
In Mario Kart
, pipes functioned as stage hazards that had to be avoided on the Super Mario Kart Mario Circuit and Vanilla Lake tracks. They could be plowed through with a Star.
, racers traverse a giant pipe tunnel in Mario Kart 64 Mario Raceway.
, pipes make practically no appearance. The Mario Kart: Super Circuit Extra Tracks removed the pipes.
, fully functional pipes appear on Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Peach Beach, Mushroom Bridge, and Pipe Plaza. Mario Circuit features pipes with attacking Piranha Plants inside.
, Mario Circuit features a pipe tunnel and pipes with Venus Fire Traps inside that shoot fireballs at racers. Pipe Plaza makes a return. Mushroom Bridge had the pipes removed.
Mario Kart DS
, pipes appear on Mario Kart Wii Koopa Cape as both scenery and a stage feature. Pipes as hazards return on Mario Circuit 3, while GCN Mario Circuit retains the Piranha Plant-inhabited pipes. Peach Beach had the pipes removed.
Some courses feature pipes in the background as well.