Airship Fortress is the last track of the Star Cup in Mario Kart DS and returns as the third track of the Lightning Cup in Mario Kart 7. It is the only track that features Bullet Bills as hazards.


Mario Kart DS

At the beginning of the course, Bullet Bills are fired toward the racers along a straight brick driveway, and makes the character flip over and drop their item. Once you get on the ship's deck, you have to steer clear of Rocky Wrench's that pop up randomly. The Rocky Wrenches can be KOed if you crash into them with a Star. Eventually, you'll drive inside the ship, where you have to dodge wooden boxes. Wooden boxes can be hit to see if they drop a Mushroom or a Banana, and they are just like the boxes in Delfino Square, but they don't always drop an item 100%.There are also columns of moving fire, so watch out for those. Eventually, you'll exit the ship to a cannon which launches the racers in a spiral tower. At the end, there is one side where it is open, and racers can be knocked off the edge and lose time. Missions 6-2 and 7-7 take place here. Mission 6-2 features Wario having to run over 15 Rocky Wrenches with stars. Mission 7-7 features Bowser driving backward to collect 12 coins. This course belongs to Bowser in the Tyrant, and cannot be played on the game's online mode.

Mario Kart 7

Airship Fortress reappears in Mario Kart 7 as the third course of the Lightning Cup. The Bullet Bills have been changed to Banzai Bills and the ship's interior has been changed, and in the beginning of the track you can now drive on the ledge to avoid Banzai Bills. The cannon has now been replaced by a gliding pad and the player now must manually fly to the tower, meaning they remain vulnerable to many items that weren't able to attack the player midair in the DS version of the track.


A map of Airship Fortress


  • This track is inspired by the Airship levels from Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • The Bullet Bill obstacles in this track move slower than the Bullet Bill item.
  • This is the first course in Mario Kart history whose name starts with a vowel, and one of five courses to do so, the others being Electrodrome, Excitebike Arena, Ice Ice Outpost and Animal Crossing.
    • The count could also add up to six if you count the PAL name of Rock Rock Mountain (Alpine Pass).
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