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A Nitro Cup (also called Nitro Course) is the term used to refer to an original course in the Mario Kart series that is new to the series and has never appeared before. They have appeared in every Mario Kart title, with Mario Kart DS being the first to use the term. In Mario Kart: Super Circuit, the original tracks are called Super Circuit Tracks to distinguish them from the tracks originating from Super Mario Kart, called Extra Tracks. Some of them will or have reappeared in later Mario Kart games as Courses. At least one Mario Circuit, Bowser's Castle, Rainbow Road, a beach- or water-themed course, and a snow-themed course have appeared in each Mario Kart game as a Nitro Course.

Courses

Mushroom Cup

Games Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5
Super Mario KartMario Circuit 1Donut Plains 1Ghost Valley 1Bowser Castle 1Mario Circuit 2
Mario Kart 64Luigi RacewayMoo Moo FarmKoopa Troopa BeachKalimari Desert N/A
Mario Kart: Super CircuitPeach CircuitShy Guy BeachRiverside ParkBowser Castle 1 N/A
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!Luigi CircuitPeach BeachBaby ParkDry Dry Desert N/A
Mario Kart DSFigure-8 CircuitYoshi FallsCheep Cheep BeachLuigi's Mansion N/A
Mario Kart WiiLuigi CircuitMoo Moo MeadowsMushroom GorgeToad's Factory N/A
Mario Kart 7Toad CircuitDaisy HillsCheep Cheep Lagoon
Cheep Cheep Cape
Shy Guy Bazaar N/A
Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 DeluxeMario Kart StadiumWater ParkSweet Sweet CanyonThwomp Ruins N/A

Flower Cup

Games Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5
Super Mario KartChoco Island 1Ghost Valley 2Donut Plains 2Bowser Castle 2Mario Circuit 3
Mario Kart 64Toad's TurnpikeFrappe SnowlandChoco MountainMario Raceway N/A
Mario Kart: Super CircuitMario CircuitBoo LakeCheese LandBowser Castle 2 N/A
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!Mushroom BridgeMario CircuitDaisy CruiserWaluigi Stadium N/A
Mario Kart DSDesert HillsDelfino SquareWaluigi PinballShroom Ridge N/A
Mario Kart WiiMario CircuitCoconut MallDK Summit
DK's Snowboard Cross
Wario's Gold Mine N/A
Mario Kart 7Wuhu Loop
Wuhu Island Loop
Mario CircuitMusic Park
Melody Motorway
Rock Rock Mountain
Alpine Pass
N/A
Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 DeluxeMario CircuitToad HarborTwisted MansionShy Guy Falls N/A

Lightning Cup

NOTE: From Mario Kart DS onwards, it is the last cup of the Retro Courses.

Games Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart: Super CircuitLuigi CircuitSky GardenCheep-Cheep IslandSunset Wilds

Star Cup

Games Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5
Super Mario KartKoopa Beach 1Choco Island 2Vanilla Lake 1Bowser Castle 3Mario Circuit 4
Mario Kart 64Wario StadiumSherbet LandRoyal RacewayBowser's Castle N/A
Mario Kart: Super CircuitSnow LandRibbon RoadYoshi DesertBowser Castle 3 N/A
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!Sherbet LandMushroom CityYoshi CircuitDK Mountain N/A
Mario Kart DSDK PassTick-Tock ClockMario CircuitAirship Fortress N/A
Mario Kart WiiDaisy CircuitKoopa CapeMaple TreewayGrumble Volcano N/A
Mario Kart 7Piranha Plant Slide
Piranha Plant Pipeway
Wario Shipyard
Wario's Galleon
Neo Bowser City
Koopa City
Maka Wuhu
Wuhu Mountain Loop
N/A
Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 DeluxeSunshine AirportDolphin ShoalsElectrodromeMount Wario N/A

Special Cup

Games Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5
Super Mario KartDonut Plains 3Koopa Beach 2Ghost Valley 3Vanilla Lake 2 Rainbow Road
Mario Kart 64DK's Jungle ParkwayYoshi ValleyBanshee BoardwalkRainbow Road N/A
Mario Kart: Super CircuitLakeside ParkBroken PierBowser Castle 4Rainbow Road N/A
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!Wario ColosseumDino Dino JungleBowser's CastleRainbow Road N/A
Mario Kart DSWario StadiumPeach GardensBowser CastleRainbow Road N/A
Mario Kart WiiDry Dry RuinsMoonview HighwayBowser's CastleRainbow Road N/A
Mario Kart 7DK JungleRosalina's Ice WorldBowser's CastleRainbow Road N/A
Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 DeluxeCloudtop CruiseBone-Dry DunesBowser's CastleRainbow Road N/A

DLC Cups

Egg Cup

Games Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe GCN Yoshi Circuit

Retro

Excitebike Arena

Nitro

Dragon Driftway

Nitro

Mute City

Nitro

Triforce Cup

Games Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Wii Wario's Gold Mine

Retro

SNES Rainbow Road

Retro

Ice Ice Outpost

Nitro

Hyrule Circuit

Nitro

Crossing Cup

Games Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe GCN Baby Park

Retro

GBA Cheese Land

Retro

Wild Woods

Nitro

Animal Crossing

Nitro

Bell Cup

Games Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 3DS Neo Bowser City
Koopa City

Retro

GBA Ribbon Road

Retro

Super Bell Subway

Nitro

Big Blue

Nitro

Trivia

  • The four worlds after World Bowser in Super Mario 3D World resemble the Nitro Cups (World Mushroom for Mushroom Cup, World Flower for Flower Cup, World Star for Star Cup, and World Crown for Special Cup).
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