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Desert Hills is the first track of the Flower Cup in Mario Kart DS and the first track of the Leaf Cup in Mario Kart Wii.


Mario Kart DS

This track takes place in a plain desert and is one of the few tracks to have Pokeys. When a racer touches a Pokey, they flip to the side and drop their items. CPU racers sometimes may get hit by a Pokey, when the Pokey continues moving in their direction, continuously flipping them over and slowing them down greatly. It is also the first track to feature Fire Snakes (the second being Grumble Volcano). If you touch a Fire Snake, you spin around. The sand here slows the drivers sharply. It ends with long, sharp, winding turns. In a similar vein to Airship Fortress, this track is inspired by World 2, Desert Land, in Super Mario Bros. 3 (which is also known as Desert Hill). Missions 2-6 and 4-4 are held in this course. Both missions use Wario. In 2-6, he has to destroy all 5 Pokeys. In 4-4, he has to drive through 7 numbered gates in order. The staff ghost uses R.O.B. in the ROB-LGS.

As seen in Mario Kart DS.

Mario Kart Wii

This track returns as a retro course in Mario Kart Wii. It has many of the same features as the DS version, such as Pokeys and Fire Snakes. It's the first course in the Leaf Cup.

The two Staff Ghosts use Dry Bones in the Standard Bike S and the Tiny Titan/Rally Romper.


  • Before the second turn, use a Mushroom or 2 to cut through the deep sand between the pyramid and the wall.
  • At the beginning of the course, drive forward a bit and drift to the right. When you release your mini-turbo, hop into the sand. Next, line up the vehicle and use a mushroom. Spin drift and you'll proceed to clip the wall. If all done correctly, you'll land at the end of the first turn of the course. for MKWii


  • If you hit the hit the left dark terrain right before you touch the water, you will fall through it with no splash. for MKDS

Previous track:
Luigi's Mansion
Current track:
Desert Hills
Next track:
Delfino Square
Previous track:
GCN Waluigi Stadium
Recently reappeared in:
Mario Kart Wii
Mario Kart DS courses
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Flower Cup Desert HillsDelfino SquareWaluigi PinballShroom Ridge
Star Cup DK PassTick-Tock ClockMario CircuitAirship Fortress
Special Cup Wario StadiumPeach GardensBowser CastleRainbow Road
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
Unused Tracks Dokan CourseTest Circle
Mario Kart Wii courses
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Flower Cup Mario CircuitCoconut MallDK SummitWario's Gold Mine
Star Cup Daisy CircuitKoopa CapeMaple TreewayGrumble Volcano
Special Cup Dry Dry RuinsMoonview HighwayBowser's CastleRainbow Road
Retro cups Shell Cup GCN Peach BeachDS Yoshi FallsSNES Ghost Valley 2N64 Mario Raceway
Banana Cup N64 Sherbet LandGBA Shy Guy BeachDS Delfino SquareGCN Waluigi Stadium
Leaf Cup DS Desert HillsGBA Bowser Castle 3N64 DK's Jungle ParkwayGCN Mario Circuit
Lightning Cup SNES Mario Circuit 3DS Peach GardensGCN DK MountainN64 Bowser's Castle
Battle Courses Block PlazaDelfino PierFunky StadiumChain Chomp WheelThwomp DesertGalaxy ColosseumSNES Battle Course 4GBA Battle Course 3N64 SkyscraperGCN Cookie LandDS Twilight House