Top 10 Mario Kart Tracks

The Mario Kart series is the Mario franchise's most successful spin off series. Debuting in 1992 with Super Mario Kart on the SNES, the series has evolved in one of Nintendo's best franchises, recently selling over 100 million copies across all titles in the series. We're here to countdown some of the best tracks in the franchise that kept us coming back for more. Join WatchMojo.com as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Mario Kart Tracks. Special Thanks to our users "KGgames" "Greenguy4301" and "TimeQueenOfRome" for suggesting this topic on our website WatchMojo.comsuggest!
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Top 10 Mario Kart Tracks


This series has had players compete on the most boisterous tracks imaginable. Welcome to Watchmojo, and today we’re counting down the Top 10 Mario Kart Tracks.

This list spans all entries in the Mario Kart franchise prior to the 8th game in the franchise, focusing solely on the racing tracks and excluding any arenas from the battle mode.


#10: Yoshi Valley
“Mario Kart 64” (1997) & “Mario Kart 8” (2014)


As soon as that hectic banjo music hits, you know you’re in for a treat. Yoshi Valley boasts the most paths of any Mario Kart trackin the series, resulting in absolute chaos and confusion. So much so, that even the game loses track of who’s in what position. You’ll dodge porcupines, drive on the narrow canyon, and try to avoid that Giant Yoshi egg that tries to flatten you. Why is it there?

#9: Tick Tock Clock
“Mario Kart DS” (2005) & “Mario Kart 8” (2014)


This track won’t let you ride like clockwork. With shifting gears and turns aplenty, Tick Tock Clock will have you drifting constantly. You begin the race driving up to a massive clock face, dodging clock hands in the process. You’ll want to avoid the huge swinging pendulum, followed by those rotating cogs. Don’t forget to climb up the spinning gears … is there anything in this track that isn’t moving?

#8. Music Park
“Mario Kart 7” (2011) & “Mario Kart 8” (2014)


Known as Melody Motorway in Europe, Originality is not lacking here as this track is made up entirely of musical instruments. With trumpets blaring, you’ll be drifting on keyboards and dancing with the Piranha Plants – not too close, though. Make your way through the xylophone keys and bounce off that tambourine! The Music Park wouldn’t be complete without giant musical notes squishing would be victims.

#7: Waluigi Pinball
“Mario Kart DS” (2005) & “Mario Kart 7” (2011)


A colourful, twisting track, Waluigi Pinball launches you up with a plunger as you begin racing among bumpers, flippers, kickers and slingshots – just like an actual pinball machine. Even the item roulette makes a unique pinball sound. You race through the course alongside a giant rolling marble, all while enjoying the flashes and sounds as you swerve to avoid the giant pinballs on this zany track.

#6: Koopa Cape
“Mario Kart Wii” (2008) & “Mario Kart 7” (2011)


Driving down river has never been this exhilarating! Koopa Cape is a call back to the popular Koopa Troopa Beach from MarioKart 64, sharing the tropical location and massive jumps. While you’re racing across fishnet tracks and dodging Goombas, you’ll also find yourself flushed down a classic pipe - sound effects included - and driving in an underwater transparent tube with either electric propellers or Cheep Cheeps trying to mess up your run.

#5: DK Mountain
“Mario Kart: Double Dash!!” (2003) & “Mario Kart Wii” (2008)


Talk about starting with a bang! The cannon launches you to the top of the Donkey Kong’s mountainous track, leaving you nowhere to go but down for the rest of the way. Starting off on top of an erupting volcano, you’ll zoom through the jungle setting, all the while avoiding boulders and rickety bridges. The momentum you have driving down the mountain is unparalleled fun.

#4: Wario Stadium
“Mario Kart 64” (1997)


Not to be confused with the DS track of the same name. But nevertheless Wario’s Stadium is truly a classic Mario Kart track. You’ll racing over jumps, official and unofficial, and drifting across tight turns. Added to the mis are plenty of motocross bumps scattered throughout the course to annoy even the most seasoned player. With an audience to watch and a Jumbotron broadcasting your exploits, this long track deserves all the praise it receives.

#3: Airship Fortress
“Mario Kart DS” (2005) & “Mario Kart 7” (2011)


When you start a level with an airship firing Bullet Bills at you, you have something special on your hands. Don’t get too excited after you’re done with that initial bombardment, because you’ll find yourself in a field of Rocky Wrenches, followed by moving crates and flaming pillars. A cannon then blasts you into a spiral tower you must descend in order to end the madness … until the next lap.

#2: Bowser’s Castle
“Mario Kart 64” (1997) & “Mario Kart Wii” (2008)


He is Mario’s arch nemesis, so of course his castle would be this intimidating. Bowser’s Castle has a long history in the Mario Kart series, but the N64 version has a special place in our heart. Ominous music, fire-breathing statues, rooms filled with swarming Thwomps, bridges dangling over lava: this is the epitome of epic. Racing through this majestically evil palace fills players with joy.

Before we reveal our number one track, here are a few honorable mentions.
Coconut Mall
“Mario Kart Wii” (2008) & “Mario Kart 7” (2011)
Piranha Plant Pipeway
“Mario Kart 7” (2011) & “Mario Kart 8” (2014)
Baby Park
“Mario Kart: Double Dash!!” (2003) & “Mario Kart DS” (2005)
Toad’s Turnpike
“Mario Kart 64” (1997) & “Mario Kart 8” (2014)
DK’s Jungle Parkway
“Mario Kart 64” (1997) & “Mario Kart Wii” (2008)

#1: Rainbow Road
“Super Mario Kart” (1992) & “Mario Kart 7” (2011)


Rainbow Road is the culminating track in every Mario Kart game, and they are all known for their rainbow themes in space. While we loved the N64 and DS versions, the original version is our favourite because it was so very challenging and intricately designed, sporting extremely sharp turns with no guard rails, sending players to their temporary doom. It felt like the satisfying conclusion of a long journey: it was karting magic.

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