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DK Pass is the first track in the Star Cup for Mario Kart DS. It takes place along the edge of a mountain, all up until the pinnacle, where a rapid descent down the slope starts.

DK Pass also reappears in Mario Kart 7 as the second course of the Leaf Cup.


Mario Kart DS

The course starts out right before a bridge, which players will drive over later in the map. After this comes a sharp series of tough turns, made more difficult with a few snowmen blocking the suspected routes to go. Plus, tumbling snowballs coming from the peak are a constant danger that you have to watch out for- they gather up snow (which makes them bigger, obviously) as they move downwards. On 150cc, with some added speed from Drafting or a Golden Mushroom are a good recipe for driving off the edge. And that doesn't necessarily mean choose a Light racer- Heavy weight racers will knock you off the cliff just the same.

While driving up the mountain, theres two big patches of deep snow that can be cut (which will save time if you use a Mushroom). The second shortcut is more of a hill that has an Item Box on the top. This Box will always produce a decent Item - either a Mushroom, Triple Mushrooms, Starman, or a Red Shell, the place does not matter. Be sure to pick one up if you choose to go on the shortcut.

After the "pass" section is over, the track enters a valley flanked on both sides by rock; the decent start on some less deep snow. Traction, because of this ground change, decreases, so some of the 90-degree turns can lead you crashing into the walls. The snow boulders haven't left yet- now, you have to outrun them down the mountainside, which can be very hard to do if the engine class is 50cc. After a huge Boost Pad laden with some Item Boxes, one more bin is needed to reach the finish line. The only problem is that it's crowded with snowmen. Precise drifting or just crazy good tactics are advised.

  • Mission 4-1: Wario must race Donkey Kong to the finish, playing the course backward.
  • Mission 5-7: Toad has to drive through 8 numbered gates in order, playing the course backward too.

Mario Kart 7

This track reappears in Mario Kart 7 as the second course of the Leaf Cup. It has the same music and has the same layout, though with added ramps at the area with the snow boulders and with an added glider at the big jump.


Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart 7



  • DK Pass was originally designed to have grass instead of snow, as shown here.
  • DK Pass is one of three courses with a secret item box, the other two being Luigi Raceway and Koopa Troopa Beach.
    • It is also the only of the three tracks where the secret item box still appears in a remake, as well as the only one not to be originally from Mario Kart 64.
    • They also all return to Mario Kart 7.
Previous track:
Shroom Ridge
Current track:
DK Pass
Next track:
Tick-Tock Clock
Previous track:
N64 Kalimari Desert
Recently reappeared in:
Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart DS courses
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Retro cups Shell Cup SNES Mario Circuit 1N64 Moo Moo FarmGBA Peach CircuitGCN Luigi Circuit
Banana Cup SNES Donut Plains 1N64 Frappe SnowlandGBA Bowser's Castle 2GCN Baby Park
Leaf Cup SNES Koopa Beach 2N64 Choco MountainGBA Luigi CircuitGCN Mushroom Bridge
Lightning Cup SNES Choco Island 2N64 Banshee BoardwalkGBA Sky GardenGCN Yoshi Circuit
Battle Courses Nintendo DSTwilight HousePalm ShoreTart TopN64 Block FortGCN Pipe Plaza
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Special Cup DK JungleRosalina's Ice WorldBowser's CastleRainbow Road
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Banana Cup N64 Koopa Troopa BeachSNES Mario Circuit 2Wii Coconut MallDS Waluigi Pinball
Leaf Cup N64 Kalimari DesertDS DK PassGCN Daisy CruiserWii Maple Treeway
Lightning Cup Wii Koopa CapeGCN Dino Dino JungleDS Airship FortressSNES Rainbow Road
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