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A Retro Cup (also called Retro Course) is a past Mario Kart game's Nitro Course, not counting the Extra Courses from Mario Kart: Super Circuit. They appear in Mario Kart DS and all subsequent Mario Kart games. They come in the Shell Cup, Banana Cup, Leaf Cup, and Lightning Cup. A Mario Kart course has rarely returned as a Retro Course more than once. Until Mario Kart 8, Retro Courses were identical to their original counterparts, receiving only graphical updates. For example, in Mario Kart 7, courses appear almost identical to the originals, the only differences being the added underwater and gliding sections, while in Mario Kart DS, some Retro Courses appear to be scaled down in graphics due to system limitations of the Nintendo DS. Starting from Mario Kart 8, most Retro Courses are completely redesigned for HD graphics. They usually include new mechanics, new details for the race tracks, and completely new backgrounds, and also support the anti-gravity, underwater, and gliding mechanics. Also new to Mario Kart 8, most Retro Courses have new remixed or remastered music, whereas Retro Courses from older Mario Kart games retain their original music (although there are exceptions).

Courses

Shell Cup

Games Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart DSSNES Mario Circuit 1N64 Moo Moo FarmGBA Peach CircuitGCN Luigi Circuit
Mario Kart WiiGCN Peach BeachDS Yoshi FallsSNES Ghost Valley 2N64 Mario Raceway
Mario Kart 7N64 Luigi RacewayGBA Bowser Castle 1Wii Mushroom GorgeDS Luigi's Mansion
Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 DeluxeWii Moo Moo MeadowsGBA Mario CircuitDS Cheep Cheep BeachN64 Toad's Turnpike

Banana Cup

Games Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart DSSNES Donut Plains 1N64 Frappe SnowlandGBA Bowser Castle 2GCN Baby Park
Mario Kart WiiN64 Sherbet LandGBA Shy Guy BeachDS Delfino SquareGCN Waluigi Stadium
Mario Kart 7N64 Koopa BeachSNES Mario Circuit 2Wii Coconut MallDS Waluigi Pinball
Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 DeluxeGCN Dry Dry DesertSNES Donut Plains 3N64 Royal Raceway3DS DK Jungle

Leaf Cup

Games Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart DSSNES Koopa Beach 2N64 Choco MountainGBA Luigi CircuitGCN Mushroom Bridge
Mario Kart WiiDS Desert HillsGBA Bowser Castle 3N64 DK's Jungle ParkwayGCN Mario Circuit
Mario Kart 7N64 Kalimari DesertDS DK PassGCN Daisy CruiserWii Maple Treeway
Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 DeluxeDS Wario StadiumGCN Sherbet Land3DS Music ParkN64 Yoshi Valley

Lightning Cup

Games Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Mario Kart DSSNES Choco Island 2N64 Banshee BoardwalkGBA Sky GardenGCN Yoshi Circuit
Mario Kart WiiSNES Mario Circuit 3DS Peach GardensGCN DK MountainN64 Bowser's Castle
Mario Kart 7Wii Koopa CapeGCN Dino Dino JungleDS Airship FortressSNES Rainbow Road
Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 DeluxeDS Tick-Tock Clock3DS Piranha Plant Slide
3DS Piranha Plant Pipeway
Wii Grumble VolcanoN64 Rainbow Road

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
3DS Koopa City
Retro
GBA Ribbon Road
Retro
Super Bell Subway
Nitro
Big Blue
Nitro

Table of Retro Courses

Courses highlighted in red have yet to appear as Retro Courses in a later Mario Kart installment. A hyphen (-) indicates that the course appears as a Nitro Course in its respective game and therefore can not appear as a Retro Course in it or in a previous installment.

Courses MKDS MKW MK7 MK8/MK8D MKT
SNES Mario Circuit 1 Yes Yes
SNES Donut Plains 1 Yes
SNES Ghost Valley 1
SNES Bowser Castle 1
SNES Mario Circuit 2 Yes
SNES Choco Island 1
SNES Ghost Valley 2 Yes
SNES Donut Plains 2
SNES Bowser Castle 2
SNES Mario Circuit 3 Yes
SNES Koopa Beach 1
SNES Choco Island 2 Yes Yes
SNES Vanilla Lake 1
SNES Bowser Castle 3
SNES Mario Circuit 4
SNES Donut Plains 3 Yes
SNES Koopa Beach 2 Yes
SNES Ghost Valley 3
SNES Vanilla Lake 2
SNES Rainbow Road Yes Yes Yes
N64 Luigi Raceway Yes
N64 Moo Moo Farm Yes
N64 Koopa Troopa Beach Yes Yes
N64 Kalimari Desert Yes Yes
N64 Toad's Turnpike Yes
N64 Frappe Snowland Yes
N64 Choco Mountain Yes
N64 Mario Raceway Yes
N64 Wario Stadium
N64 Sherbet Land Yes
N64 Royal Raceway Yes
N64 Bowser's Castle Yes
N64 DK's Jungle Parkway Yes
N64 Yoshi Valley Yes
N64 Banshee Boardwalk Yes
N64 Rainbow Road Yes
GBA Peach Circuit Yes
GBA Shy Guy Beach Yes
GBA Riverside Park
GBA Bowser Castle 1 Yes Yes
GBA Mario Circuit Yes
GBA Boo Lake
GBA Cheese Land Yes
GBA Bowser Castle 2 Yes
GBA Luigi Circuit Yes
GBA Sky Garden Yes
GBA Cheep-Cheep Island
GBA Sunset Wilds
GBA Snow Land
GBA Ribbon Road Yes
GBA Yoshi Desert
GBA Bowser Castle 3 Yes
GBA Lakeside Park
GBA Broken Pier
GBA Bowser Castle 4
GBA Rainbow Road
GCN Luigi Circuit Yes
GCN Peach Beach Yes
GCN Baby Park Yes Yes
GCN Dry Dry Desert Yes
GCN Mushroom Bridge Yes
GCN Mario Circuit Yes
GCN Daisy Cruiser Yes
GCN Waluigi Stadium Yes
GCN Sherbet Land Yes
GCN Mushroom City
GCN Yoshi Circuit Yes Yes Yes
GCN DK Mountain Yes
GCN Wario Colosseum
GCN Dino Dino Jungle Yes Yes
GCN Bowser's Castle
GCN Rainbow Road
DS Figure-8 Circuit -
DS Yoshi Falls - Yes
DS Cheep Cheep Beach - Yes
DS Luigi's Mansion - Yes Yes
DS Desert Hills - Yes
DS Delfino Square - Yes
DS Waluigi Pinball - Yes Yes
DS Shroom Ridge -
DS DK Pass - Yes Yes
DS Tick-Tock Clock - Yes
DS Mario Circuit -
DS Airship Fortress - Yes
DS Wario Stadium - Yes
DS Peach Gardens - Yes
DS Bowser Castle -
DS Rainbow Road -
Wii Luigi Circuit - -
Wii Moo Moo Meadows - - Yes
Wii Mushroom Gorge - - Yes
Wii Toad's Factory - -
Wii Mario Circuit - -
Wii Coconut Mall - - Yes
Wii DK Summit/DK's Snowboard Cross - -
Wii Wario's Gold Mine - - Yes
Wii Daisy Circuit - -
Wii Koopa Cape - - Yes
Wii Maple Treeway - - Yes
Wii Grumble Volcano - - Yes
Wii Dry Dry Ruins - -
Wii Moonview Highway - -
Wii Bowser's Castle - -
Wii Rainbow Road - -
3DS Toad Circuit - - - Yes
3DS Daisy Hills - - - Yes
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon/Cheep Cheep Cape - - - Yes
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar - - - Yes
3DS Wuhu Loop/Wuhu Island Loop - - -
3DS Mario Circuit - - - Yes
3DS Music Park/Melody Motorway - - - Yes
3DS Rock Rock Mountain/Alpine Pass - - - Yes
3DS Piranha Plant Slide/Piranha Plant Pipeway - - - Yes
3DS Wario Shipyard/Wario's Galleon - - -
3DS Neo Bowser City/Koopa City - - - Yes
3DS Maka Wuhu/Wuhu Mountain Loop - - -
3DS DK Jungle - - - Yes
3DS Rosalina's Ice World - - -
3DS Bowser's Castle - - -
3DS Rainbow Road - - -
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