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Rainbow Road is the final track in Mario Kart: Super Circuit (at least for the Super Circuit tracks). Its colorful demeanor hides its actual difficulty--the yellow edges bordering most of the track, seemingly walls, are actually jump pads which bounce any racer that touches them into the air. In the very beginning, Stars drop from clouds above, spinning out any racer on contact. Towards the end, there are many inconveniently placed boost pads as well; these boost pads usually point straight towards a jump pad in a direction that causes unsuspecting drivers to fall off. There is also a shortcut, where instead of following the main road, one can use the edge to bounce onto a very thin piece of track that is covered with boost pads. Along the last stretch of track, there are lightning clouds that can shock and shrink you down upon impact, exactly like the Lightning Item. After several jumps with boost pads and jump pads, the lap ends with a turn to the right, which has a lot of boost pads on the right side. Many people want this Rainbow Road track to return in the next main game in the Mario Kart series, most likely because of its jump pads. This Rainbow Road track has not appeared in a recent Mario Kart game yet.

Toad shocked by a Lightning Cloud on Rainbow Road

Although the jump pads are extremely unsafe, they have been the epitome of many insane shortcuts--any racer, with just a single Mushroom, can bounce from pad to pad and cut through half the course in seconds. This, however, requires extreme precision and is very difficult to pull off as a result, and the reliance on a Mushroom makes it unconventional to do in normal play. The technique sees widespread use in Time Trial mode in world record attempts, but usually takes hours of practice due to the technical precision required to perform the jumps.


  • In the background you can see Bowser's Castle with Peach's Castle above. This is a reference to Paper Mario.
  • It is predicted by lots of people that this track will be in Mario Kart 9 due to Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8 remaking the first two Rainbow Roads.
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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
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