The Mario Kart series can surprisingly have challenging race tracks depending on the overall designs, game mechanics, or having to deal with real-life players from around the world to get to the top spot. Our list will mostly consist of each mentioned tracks’ difficulty in terms of playing it on 150 to 200cc. Mirrored tracks will also be included since some can be terrifying. Here are the ten hardest Mario Kart tracks of all time!
10 Hardest Mario Kart Tracks
When you play this course originating from Mario Kart 64, you’ll notice that there are many attributes to the track that make Yoshi Valley tricky. First off, you won’t know who is in each position. You could be in the first place or not. It is also a pretty dangerous track as there are many areas where you can fall and have to wait for Lakitu to get you back on the track. In Mario Kart 8 (and Deluxe), it unfortunately, tells you where your placement is.
Arguably the toughest track in Mario Kart Super Circuit, Lakeside Park, is a tough starting course in the Special Cup. While most items from item boxes are avoidable, the course has its hazards that can slow you down. Along with sharp turns, there is also a huge jump that requires a lot of speed to help you go faster. If you don’t have enough speed, you will have to go back to the first half of the course.
Bone Dry Dunes
Wouldn’t you believe it, the sand physics can slow you down if you don’t have any mushrooms to help you out. Bone Dry Dunes from Mario Kart 8 is diverse in which paths you can go one, but the sandy corners do require precision to perfect it in an online race or challenging ghost trial. Along with the course’s uphill-downhill nature, it is difficult to judge corners accurately without studying the course at least a couple of times.
Shy Guy Beach
At first, Mario Kart Super Circuit’s Shy Guy Beach seems simple at first glance, but then there are crabs and cannonballs to worry about alongside your opponents. Strangely enough, Mario Kart Wii brings it back and makes the course filled with more cannonballs about to go off. This is primarily a challenge for those that want to take on the time trials on the highest difficulty.
Mario Kart Wii’s Moonview Highway has one thing that can make a course extremely difficult: traffic. Want to amp it up? There’s also Bomb-Omb cars to slow you down as well! Many Mario Kart fans have mentioned this course when it comes to challenging tracks, and it’s not hard to see why. When you’re in the dark with little to no light, that is also the hard aspect of the course.
Rosalina’s Ice World
Rosalina had an interesting way to debut in Mario Kart 7, and alongside her, she gets her track. Rosalina’s Ice World shows that ice physics are just as tricky as any other environmental physics. It is not entirely intimidating unless you want to take risks. There is a section where there are dash panels near a cliff. Being uncareful can result in you having to go back to the beginning of the area.
Choco Island 2
Super Mario Kart’s Choco Island 2 does look simple by design but is rather difficult to perfect. There are more physics compared to the first island where the chocolate rivers can make the drivers slide a bit too much. There are also very sharp turns, bumps, and narrow roads, which can be tough for those that like heavy racers such as Bowser.
So far, there have been two courses that involve traffic on this list. Mushroom City from Double Dash!! does take strategy into which direction you should take and make sure you do not end up getting hit with incoming vehicles. Even though there aren’t a lot of cars that will come up in front of you, when it does happen, be sure to take a sharp swerve before you get hit.
Rainbow Road (Double Dash!!)
What list would the hardest Mario Kart tracks be without mentioning Rainbow Road? For this entry, we’re giving it to Double Dash!! Due to having dangerous areas that can lead to falling, especially at sharp turns. There are also dash panels that encourage going faster, but there aren’t any rails to prevent you from falling. It will take some time to practice to beat the time trial ghosts or take on the Special Cup at the highest difficulty.
Toad’s Turnpike (Mirror Mode)
How do you make a course scary and challenging? Have Toad’s Turnpike from Super Mario 64 reversed to where the cars and trucks are coming at you. It is intimidating to have cars and trucks in the way in its original form, but mirror mode upped the difficulty with faster speed and a risky chance of getting hit by the incoming vehicles, especially at 200cc in Mario Kart 8/Deluxe. Whether it is a time trial or online race, Toad’s Turnpike in mirror mode is very challenging.