The Evolution of Rainbow Road – Mario Kart

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If there’s one thing Mario Kart fans go crazy for, it’s the Rainbow Road Mario Kart. Over time,  Rainbow Road has become a staple of the Mario Kart racing series. Featured in every Mario Kart game, the Rainbow Road level includes a rainbow-colored racing course that’s suspended in space. 

Considering the fact that there’s lots of Mario Kart games out there, we’ve decided to take a look at the evolution of Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road. 

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Is Rainbow Road really that hard?

Although Mario Kart isn’t really all that difficult, that’s not the case with its Rainbow Road. Indeed, the Rainbow Road tracks caused a lot of road rage over the years. 

In fact, Mario Kart Wii Rainbow Road is considered one of the most difficult roads in Mario Kart. Its sharp turns and steep declines will definitely make you sweat. 

A quick view of the evolution of Rainbow Road – Mario Kart

Needless to say, Mario Kart has caused a lot of grief.  

In light of its general difficulty, we’ve decided to take a look at how it has changed over time. Enjoy! 

Super Mario Kart (1992)

Rainbow Road in Super Mario Kart is made up of quadratic tiles in rainbow colors, without a rail. All its turns are at 90 degrees. Throughout the course, flashing Thwomps appear, and they’re also able to wipe out players with a single touch. 

Rainbow Road


Mario Kart 64 Rainbow Road (1996)

Mario Kart 64 holds the title of the longest course in the series, with 3 laps lasting  2 minutes each). 

It also features rails and roving Chain Chomps. Moreover, there’s a huge drop right from the get-go. Additionally, neon-light images of different characters flash in the distance. 

Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)

This entry’s Rainbow Road is, quite literally, out of this world! Set in space, You can see Bowser’s Paper Mario Castle floating in the distance. 

You’ll only see rails at the start and finish line, while all the other edges of the course have jump ramps. 

Mario Kart: Double Dash (2003)

Set high above a city at night, Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Rainbow Road features both sections with and without rails. For the first time in the series, there’s also an upward-shooting air tunnel.

A large portion of the course is downhill, followed by jumps and a pipe which shoots you to the highest point in the course. 

Mario Kart DS (2005)

The DS includes a corkscrew-shaped lopping sequence, which is also a first in the Mario Kart series. Moreover, you’ll find rails along a few turns only. Instead of going side to side, the rainbow-colored striping stretches along the track length. 

Mario Kart Arcade GP (2005)

Here, we have 2 themed tracks. For instance, Rainbow Coaster provides a rollercoaster experience similar to the DS one, including a mid-stage teleporter. 

Unfortunately, the difficulty of these courses is nowhere near the Rainbow Roads. 

Mario Kart Wii Rainbow Road (2008)

As we all know, Mario Kart Wii Rainbow Road is considered the toughest Mario Kart track of all time. The Earth is visible underneath the track, and once the comet engulfs falling Karts you can hear a firework sound effect. Right from the get go, you’ll notice a steep ramp with a downward slope. Interestingly, Wii’s Rainbow Road also has the fastest tempo of all the Rainbow Roads in the series. 

Mario Kart 7 (2011)

Nintendo 3DS includes three sections of one big lap. The 3DS Rainbow Track also makes use of the game’s new air gliding feature in various locations. 

As for the background, you’ll find a starry sky, with a few asteroids near the track. Even though you’re driving on the moon in the second section, you can still see it throughout the track. 

Mario Kart 8 Rainbow Road (2014)

This Mario Kart 8 makes use of 3 laps instead of sections, with a planet in the background. The ground is paved with quadratic tiles. At both the start and finish line, the course track literally crosses through a spacecraft. 

Rainbow Road Hot Wheels Mario Kart Track

Looking for a more hands-on experience in Mario Kart? Say no more, because Mario Hot Wheels delivers. Hot Wheels Mario Kart Tracks brings the desired Rainbow Kart experience into life. Not only that, but the Hot Wheels Mario Kart also includes a colorful 8-foot long multi-lane track that’s easy to modify however you like.

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