The track itself has a simple eight-shaped loop layout that tasks racers with avoiding the many cars, trucks, and buses that populate the highway. With the rush hour sunset overhead and an upbeat, modern soundtrack that only gets faster as the race goes on, Toad’s Turnpike creates a very specific mood that is unlike any other track in the series.
11. Moo Moo Meadows (Mario Kart Wii)
Moving from the city to the country, Moo Moo Meadows initially appears to be one of the simplest courses in Mario Kart history. However, this is another example of how looks can be deceiving in this franchise. This track’s wide dirt road offers plenty of opportunities to play catch up or simply hit other racers with surprise items. At the same time, you can easily find yourself in the back of the pack if you run into a cow or hit the wrong bump.
As is series tradition, Moo Moo Meadows was remade for Mario Kart 8. While that version enjoyed a huge graphical facelift, it just doesn’t beat how chaotic and fun it was to experience the original course when more players used the Wii-mote to steer.
10. Coconut Mall (Mario Kart Wii)
Malls may be dying in the real world, but for whatever reason, they make for great video game levels. Just look at Dead Rising or Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Coconut Mall fully embraces its aesthetic with tons of escalators, huge ramps, and even a crowd of Miis cheering everyone on. This is easily the best track from the often divisive Mario Kart Wii.
What really puts this track over-the-top, though, and earns it a spot on this incredibly competitive list is its catchy, upbeat soundtrack, which even managed to make the rounds as a Rickroll-style Tiktok meme in 2020.
9. Wario Colosseum (Mario Kart Double Dash)
While Baby Park simplified things to the extreme in Double Dash, Wario Colosseum went the exact opposite route by offering one of the longest, and most complex, courses in the series. It’s so long, in fact, that it’s only two laps instead of three but still serves as one of the longest races in franchise history.