Piranha Plant Slide, also known as Piranha Plant Pipeway, is the first track of the Star Cup in Mario Kart 7 and second track of the Lightning Cup in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

In Mario Kart 7, the staff ghost for this track in this version is Lakitu riding a Standard Kart, with Monster tires and a Super Glider, and the other has a time of 02:06.540 with Lakitu driving the Cloud 9, with Sponge wheels and a Paraglider.

In Mario Kart 8, the staff ghost for this track in this version is Ludwig riding a Jet Bike, with Slim tires and a Super Glider.


Mario Kart 7

This course is loosely based on the underground levels of the original Super Mario Bros. on the NES. It features Piranha Plants, blue and normal Grand Goombas, waterfalls coming out of pipes, and fake cut-outs of Goombas and bushes from the 3DS game Super Mario 3D Land. The course begins in an area very similar to the overworld levels from the said game, then leads to three pipes that descend underground. A shallow stream of water runs through this part of the course, giving a slight speed boost to racers over it. Shortly afterward, the course splits around a Piranha Plant and then makes a few turns before heading underwater. After this, players exit by gliding, where they arrive at the overworld area once again and turn to see the finish line.

Mario Kart 8

Piranha Plant Slide reappears as the second course of the Lightning Cup. The only major change is that the underwater pipeway has been redesigned, and now encompasses an anti-gravity section. Otherwise, this course has only been revamped graphically, with better graphics and shading.


  • When you first enter the underground area, use a Mushroom to cut the corner, skipping the path of water.  for all games
  • After the Gliding section, use a Mushroom to crash through the fake bush and hole in the fence.  for all games


Mario Kart 7

Mario Kart 8

Previous track:
Rock Rock Mountain
Current track:
Piranha Plant Slide
Next track:
Wario Shipyard
Previous track:
DS Tick-Tock Clock
Recently reappeared in:
Mario Kart 8
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Flower Cup Wuhu LoopMario CircuitMusic ParkRock Rock Mountain
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Special Cup DK JungleRosalina's Ice WorldBowser's CastleRainbow Road
Retro cups Shell Cup N64 Luigi RacewayGBA Bowser Castle 1Wii Mushroom GorgeDS Luigi's Mansion
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
Battle Courses GBA Battle Course 1N64 Big DonutDS Palm ShoreHoneybee HiveSherbet RinkWuhu Town
Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe courses
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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
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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.
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