Today’s a big day for Nintendo fans as the Switch console is getting its first major first party release outside of the launch lineup with a remastering of one of the Wii U’s best games (the 5th best game according to us). Mario Kart 8: Deluxe‘s release marks the first time that a game in the series is being re-released onto new hardware, ready to be enjoyed by a whole new group of gamers. So as we prepare to head back to the races, we decided to take a look at the best tracks in the series. So strap in, rev your engines and go for first with out latest top 10!
10 – Waluigi Pinball (Mario Kart DS)
The man in mauve, Waluigi may have never starred in his own game (yet) but his did devise a deviously fun Mario Kart track. Waluigi Pinball introduced new elements to the series thanks its (obvious) nature as a pinball track. You’ll have to deal with bumpers, rolling pinballs of death and Waluigi’s
handsome mug plastered all over the stage.
9 – Wario’s Gold Mine (Mario Kart Wii)
From one Wa to the another, Wario’s Gold Mine is an excellent, fast-paced track that feels like riding a roller-coaster inside a mine. Wario’s Gold Mine will put your kart racing skills to the test since you can’t always see what’s coming up in front of you thanks to some sharp dips and swarms of bats.
8 – Baby Park (Mario Kart: Double Dash)
Some love it, some loath it, but Baby Park from Mario Kart: Double Dash is an iconic track. And oddly enough, it’s probably the simplest track in Mario Kart history, since it’s basically just a loop that you have to go through seven times. But this simplicity also makes it one of the most frantic tracks where friendships will be put to the ultimate test.
7 – Ghost Valley 1 (Super Mario Kart)
Ghost Valley 1 is a very special track from the original Super Mario Kart. This was the first time in the series that players had to contend with deviously placed pits, leaps over chasms and that’s to mention to other racers trying to knock you off the path.
6 – Mount Wario (Mario Kart 8)
My personal favorite track in all of Mario Kart (maybe racing games in general), Mount Wario is a beautiful, challenging, unique and fun track. Unlike most Mario Kart races you won’t be going in loops around the course but making your way down the mountain, which ensures that you never know what to expect as you make your way to the finish line.
5 – Sherbet Land (Mario Kart 64)
Another snowbound race track, Sherbet Land from Mario Kart 64 is the perfect example of having to play through adverse conditions. Along the way you’ll find snow drifts, patches of slippery ice and pools of freezing water. You’ll also have to deal with giant penguins who are no doubt out for revenge after the notorious events of Super Mario 64.
4 – Big Blue (Mario Kart 8)
Kart racing games aren’t often known for their speed, so when Nintendo decided to infuse Mario Kart 8 with a touch of F-Zero, the whole game went from the legal speed limit to mach 1. Similar to the above mentioned Mount Wario, the track doesn’t have any laps put has you zipping to the bottom of a massive structure. The fastest track in Mario Kart history also has a side-effect in that it will make you want a new F-Zero game even more.
3 – Bowser’s Castle (Mario Kart DS)
Bowser’s Castle has been a part of every Mario Kart game so choosing the very best one was no easy feat. In the end though Bowser’s Castle from Mario Kart DS was the choice we had to make. There’s just too many unique elements in this track that it can’t be avoided, things like rotating platforms over pools of lava and giant spiked contraptions make this a treacherous course to navigate and the 2nd best course in a handheld Mario Kart game.
2 – Rainbow Road (Mario Kart 7)
You can’t have a top 10 Mario Kart tracks without Rainbow Road and like Bowser’s Castle, the best Rainbow Road is found on a Nintendo handheld. Mario Kart 7‘s take on the iconic, multi-colored track is an absolute stunner on the 3DS, taking you on a trip through the solar system while you compete to finish in first place.
1 – Toad’s Turnpike (Mario Kart 64)
Toad’s Turnpike is the best Mario Kart track ever. It’s fast, challenging, demanding and fun and manages to keep even the best Mario Kart players on edge on every lap. The race takes place in the thick of evening traffic and will have you navigating in between these vehicles as you jockey for the number one spot.
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