Mario Kart: Speeding Down the Best Tracks

Super Mario Kart was released on Aug. 27, 1992.


And I almost let it pass me by without making a Mario Kart-related list! But that’s another crisis averted with a list of my top 15 favorite Mario Kart tracks.

In that 25 years, there’s been nine Mario Kart games released, giving us over 230 race tracks with unique designs, music and themes.

Mario Kart as a series has sold over 100 million copies, with Mario Kart Wii being the best selling game of the series, selling 36.38 million copies as of June 2015.

The series has constantly evolved and improved as the series progressed, from its humble beginnings with Super Mario Kart on the SNES to its current over-the-top beautiful iteration, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch.

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In honor of the date that launched one of Nintendo’s largest racing franchises, here’s my list of my favorite Mario Kart tracks through the Wii and Wii U eras years.

Full disclosure: I’ve only ever played Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8. Like I was aware of the series before I got a Wii but I never really cared to play it. I spent a large chunk of my childhood being absolutely abysmal at racing games so I didn’t care to branch out into Mario Kart.

Well actually I did also play a little bit of Super Circuit, but that game wasn’t fun at all to me so I’m not including any tracks from it.

This is my top 15 favorite MK Wii and 8 race courses (including Retro courses), in no particular order:

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Okay so the majority of these are just from MK 8, which actually works as a nice, unplanned segue to my last paragraph.

I want to end this post by just taking a few lines to talk about how much I love Mario Kart 8 (Wii U version for the sake of this, I’ve yet to play MK 8 Deluxe). Mario Kart 8 is almost a perfect game. The courses are unique, the music is great, the kart choices and customization options are awesome and I really enjoyed the zero gravity aspect too. I will say, the roster probably could’ve been a little more diverse but that didn’t really bother me too much and also the lack of battle stages was a big problem for some people. MK 8 is definitely my favorite Wii U game by kind of large margin and I can’t wait to see what Nintendo does with the next game in the series.

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This is Mario’s ‘come hither’ look

What are your favorite Mario Kart tracks? What characters would you want to see in the next game? Let me know in the comments!



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