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Dry Dry Desert is the last track of the Mushroom Cup in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and the first track of the Banana Cup in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The course is located in an arid desert containing many Egyptian-themed elements like pyramids, obelisks, and large stone statues.

In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, the staff ghost kart setup is Yoshi and Birdo riding a Turbo Yoshi with a time of 01:50.755.

In Mario Kart 8, the staff ghost kart setup is Peach riding the Standard Bike with Slim wheels and the Super Glider.


Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Dry Dry Desert takes place in the middle of an arid desert with an Egyptian-style soundtrack. It is very humid, and the entire track is a dry, sandy road. The darkest sand is considered "out-of-bounds", and if a racer ventures near it, they are re-spawned. It introduces Pokeys as moving obstacles that cause spin-outs when touched. If hit by a powerful item (such as a Starman), they will topple over. Also featured is a prevalent Tornado that will move along the track in the opposite direction, sucking up racers and Items in its path.

Near the middle of the track, a huge depression lies in the center of the road. The sand falling down the steep slope sucks any racers that come to close down with it into the center of the pit, where a gigantic Piranha Plant hungrily awaits any victims who are unfortunate enough to get trapped. There is a similar track in Mario Kart Wii called Dry Dry Ruins.

Mario Kart 8

Dry Dry Desert reappears in Mario Kart 8. Many new features have been shown to be in the course, including the pillars from Dry Dry Ruins in Mario Kart Wii. The hill section of the course has been removed and replaced with an oasis instead. The tornadoes have been removed from the course entirely. The Pokeys no longer wear flowers on their heads, also, the quicksand pit no longer has a Piranha Plant but rather sucks players to a bottomless pit. It is now a playable stage in battle mode (Wii U only).

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The Dry Dry Desert battle course has been removed from the Nintendo Switch port.


  • At the first section of the track, one can use a Mushroom to bypass all of the turns. for all games
  • In the oasis, the player can stay towards the right and exit the oasis by using a Mushroom to the right of the palm tree closest to the track. for MK8


Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Mario Kart 8


  • This track and SNES Donut Plains 3 are the only non-DLC retro courses in Mario Kart 8 to not involve air gliding. Coincidentally, both take place in the Banana Cup.
Previous track:
Baby Park
Current track:
Dry Dry Desert
Next track:
Mushroom Bridge
Previous track:
N64 Toad's Turnpike
Recently reappeared in:
Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! courses
Mushroom Cup Luigi CircuitPeach BeachBaby ParkDry Dry Desert
Flower Cup Mushroom BridgeMario CircuitDaisy CruiserWaluigi Stadium
Star Cup Sherbet LandMushroom CityYoshi CircuitDK Mountain
Special Cup Wario ColosseumDino Dino JungleBowser's CastleRainbow Road
Battle Courses Cookie LandBlock CityLuigi's MansionNintendo GameCubePipe PlazaTilt-A-Kart
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.