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Dolphin Shoals is the second course of the Star Cup in Mario Kart 8. The course takes place on a beach with dolphins swimming around and an undersea cave.

The staff ghost kart setup is Wendy driving the Landship with Wood wheels and the Bowser Kite.


Mario Kart 8

The course starts in a lake. There is a right turn coming out of the lake and then leading back underwater with three ramps in the section. One on the left, one on the right, and one straight ahead. There are rings where the players jump over the ramps, where dolphins also jump through.

After that section, still underwater, there is a left turn leading the players to an undersea cave, where two paths split. The left path leads to an area where players float above pipes blowing water bubbles keeping the player floating, where they can also perform a trick on. The right path is a shortcut split with two other paths, one with the water blowing pipes going to a platform with a boost platform and one where it leads to a small cave section with two boost platforms.

When the two paths meet, there is a boost ramp where players jump over along with more water bubble pipes, with a giant Unagi in front of it. Players can drive over the it's body, where coins appear at the tip of it. If players fall they can just drive under it during the section. After that, players activate the anti-gravity mode and jump off a ramp out of the cave and goes to a platform held with rocks that is tilted almost sideways. There is another ramp on the track after which there is a gliding section. Players fly over a water rapid then land back on the track where there are a few more turns, going back underwater and leading to the finish line.


  • Where the path splits by the entrance of the undersea cave, the right side takes the player to a small cave section with boost platforms and a ramp leading back to the main section of the track.
  • At the end of the course, just before the Start/Finish line, a boost can be across the off-road section, to bypass the final turn of the lap.



  • This is the first (and currently only) Mario Kart course to start underwater.
  • On the final lap, the music plays only the faster jazz version of the music, unlike all other track music barring Mount Wario where the final lap music is simply a sped up, slightly higher-pitched version of the regular music.
  • The Staff Ghost of this course is Wendy O. Koopa, which is a reference to her being the boss of most water worlds in the past games.
  • This is one of the four nitro tracks in Mario Kart 8 to only have an alternate music of their track. The others are Water Park, Shy Guy Falls, and Cloudtop Cruise. Coincidentally, they all appear separately in each nitro cup.
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Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe courses
Nitro cups Mushroom Cup Mario Kart StadiumWater ParkSweet Sweet CanyonThwomp Ruins
Flower Cup Mario CircuitToad HarborTwisted MansionShy Guy Falls
Star Cup Sunshine AirportDolphin ShoalsElectrodromeMount Wario
Special Cup Cloudtop CruiseBone-Dry DunesBowser's CastleRainbow Road
Retro cups Shell Cup Wii Moo Moo MeadowsGBA Mario CircuitDS Cheep Cheep BeachN64 Toad's Turnpike
Banana Cup GCN Dry Dry DesertSNES Donut Plains 3N64 Royal Raceway3DS DK Jungle
Leaf Cup DS Wario StadiumGCN Sherbet Land3DS Music ParkN64 Yoshi Valley
Lightning Cup DS Tick-Tock Clock3DS Piranha Plant SlideWii Grumble VolcanoN64 Rainbow Road
DLC cups Egg Cup+ GCN Yoshi CircuitExcitebike ArenaDragon DriftwayMute City
Triforce Cup+ Wii Wario's Gold MineSNES Rainbow RoadIce Ice OutpostHyrule Circuit
Crossing Cup+ GCN Baby ParkGBA Cheese LandWild WoodsAnimal Crossing
Bell Cup+ 3DS Neo Bowser CityGBA Ribbon RoadSuper Bell SubwayBig Blue
Battle Courses Mario Circuit* • Toad Harbor* • Wii Moo Moo Meadows* • GCN Dry Dry Desert* • SNES Donut Plains 3* • N64 Toad's Turnpike* • GCN Sherbet Land* • N64 Yoshi Valley*
Battle Stadium** • Sweet Sweet Kingdom** • Dragon Palace** • Lunar Colony** • 3DS Wuhu Town** • SNES Battle Course 1** • GCN Luigi's Mansion** • Urchin Underpass**
+ - denotes DLC. • * - denotes exclusivity to Mario Kart 8. • ** - denotes exclusivity to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.