The Mario Kart franchise is known for its outrageous racetracks which bend the fabric of reality. Rather than taking place in a realistic racing environment, each original track has its own take on the Mario universe. Some courses are plucked directly from levels in various Mario games, others are a parody of a real world situation, and some of them frankly don’t make any sense in any other context other than in Mario Kart. Finding a bad track in Mario Kart is difficult, as they each offer something original and engaging. The following are 10 of the very best tracks ever made for the series.
10. Music Park (3DS, Wii U)
A level made entirely of musical instruments, Music Park is the epitome of a Mario Kart track, boasting originality and a solid difficulty curve. This track requires precise driving across narrow keyboards and xylophones prior to dodging vicious piranha plants and giant musical notes that are looking to squish all racers. Featuring a giant tambourine halfway through, this course has presentation in spades while also offering clever musical cues. In fact, with every piece of the course interacting with a musical sound, gamers are unable to help themselves from touching a precarious piece of the map they normally would not drift to in order to hear the beautiful sound it makes. The 3DS course returns as a retro track in Mario Kart 8 with improved visuals along with an ingenious additional touch. During the final lap, the metronome speeds up and the behavior of all the interactive elements of the map are faster, making this course even more hectic than before.