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Donut Plains 3 is the first track in the Special Cup in Super Mario Kart, the last course of the Extra Star Cup in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and the second course of the Banana Cup in Mario Kart 8. The course takes place in windy fields around a large lake that require excellent turning skills. In Mario Kart 8, the staff ghost kart setup is Lakitu riding the Pipe Frame with Monster tires and the MKTV Parafoil.


Super Mario Kart

The course features a giant lake, a peninsula jutting far into the water, and two broken bridges without side-rails. Racers must hop or feather over the crack in the second bridge to avoid falling into the lake. Monty Moles appear as obstacles on the track with the standard green, red, blue and yellow walls.

This track was also very difficult and infamous in Grand Prix Mode, not truly because of the track itself but mostly because of the drivers were set to roll the map perfectly and at high speed, which rendered the track very difficult to pass and had most players get grieving Game Overs straight at it.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit

The course reappears in Mario Kart: Super Circuit and is the fourth track in the Extra Star Cup. The track was improved with an added bump on the second bridge to jump over the crack, making the track a whole lot easier to pass. The Monty Moles were removed in the game and has the background of GBA Riverside Park.

Mario Kart 8

The course returns in Mario Kart 8, being the only track from the original game to be included in this game if downloadable content is ignored. Unlike its previous two appearances, it is now possible to drive underwater without having to be rescued by Lakitu, due to the new underwater game mechanics. Due to how easy the track was, it deserves to be in the Banana Cup.

However, the anti-gravity feature has not been incorporated in this track. The Monty Moles have been re-added to the course after being removed in Mario Kart: Super Circuit. A fort has also been added near the finish line. It used to be a playable stage in Battle Mode, but was removed in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

The breaks in the bridges are encountered a bit earlier than they originally were, and the end of the second bridge has collapsed. The lake is much smaller than it used to be, and there is no water on the other side after the second bridge. Thus, the peninsula no longer exists. Monty Moles now act as they do in Wii Moo Moo Meadows, moving underground before popping out, instead of just hiding inside holes and popping out.


  • Players can use a Mushroom to cut the final turn between the red and blue blocks. for MK8


Super Mario Kart

Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Mario Kart 8


  • This track and 3DS DK Jungle are the only tracks that have been in both the Special and Banana Cup as a retro track, most likely because of their easiness. Coincidentally, both take place in the Banana Cup in the same game, Mario Kart 8.
  • This track and GCN Dry Dry Desert are the only non-DLC retro courses in Mario Kart 8 to not involve air Gliding. Coincidentally again, both take place in the Banana Cup.
  • One of the Yoshis near the starting line will occasionally hum Totaka's Song. This also occurs in other courses featuring Yoshi's in the audience (Sweet Sweet Canyon, N64 Yoshi Valley and GCN Yoshi Circuit).
  • It was also a level in Super Mario World, which had a level design that was completely different than the track's design.
Previous track:
Mario Circuit 4
Current track:
Donut Plains 3
Next track:
Koopa Beach 2
Previous track:
GCN Dry Dry Desert
Recently reappeared in:
Mario Kart 8
Super Mario Kart courses
Mushroom Cup Mario Circuit 1Donut Plains 1Ghost Valley 1Bowser Castle 1Mario Circuit 2
Flower Cup Choco Island 1Ghost Valley 2Donut Plains 2Bowser Castle 2Mario Circuit 3
Star Cup Koopa Beach 1Choco Island 2Vanilla Lake 1Bowser Castle 3Mario Circuit 4
Special Cup Donut Plains 3Koopa Beach 2Ghost Valley 3Vanilla Lake 2Rainbow Road
Battle Courses Battle Course 1Battle Course 2Battle Course 3Battle Course 4
Mario Kart: Super Circuit courses
Nitro cups Mushroom Cup Peach CircuitShy Guy BeachRiverside ParkBowser Castle 1
Flower Cup Mario CircuitBoo LakeCheese LandBowser Castle 2
Lightning Cup Luigi CircuitSky GardenCheep-Cheep IslandSunset Wilds
Star Cup Snow LandRibbon RoadYoshi DesertBowser Castle 3
Special Cup Lakeside ParkBroken PierBowser Castle 4Rainbow Road
Extra cups Extra Mushroom Cup SNES Mario Circuit 1SNES Donut Plains 1SNES Ghost Valley 1SNES Bowser Castle 1
Extra Flower Cup SNES Mario Circuit 2SNES Choco Island 1SNES Ghost Valley 2SNES Donut Plains 2
Extra Lightning Cup SNES Bowser Castle 2SNES Mario Circuit 3SNES Koopa Beach 1SNES Choco Island 2
Extra Star Cup SNES Vanilla Lake 1SNES Bowser Castle 3SNES Mario Circuit 4SNES Donut Plains 3
Extra Special Cup SNES Koopa Beach 2SNES Ghost Valley 3SNES Vanilla Lake 2SNES Rainbow Road
Battle Courses Battle Course 1Battle Course 2Battle Course 3Battle Course 4
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.