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Tick-Tock Clock is the second track of the Star Cup in Mario Kart DS and the first track of the Lightning Cup in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. As the name suggests, in both games, the track is inside a clock.

In Mario Kart DS, the staff ghost kart setup is Daisy in the Light Dancer.

In Mario Kart 8, the staff ghost kart setup is Iggy driving the Standard Bike with Monster tires and the Super Glider.


Mario Kart DS

A portion of the track consists of horizontal moving gears. Driving on the part of the gear that's moving forward grants a speed boost. There are also some clocks where hands turn, clobbering any character that touches them. A giant clock in the middle has two hands. Bumping into the hands makes racers spin out. There is a pendulum that CPU racers often crash into because they don't acknowledge it.

Some parts of the track do not have railings, and heavy racers take advantage of these to knock characters off. Near the end, there are two vertical gears that boost speed if they're rotating forward. Also, there are 3 Missions in this course:

  • Mission 6-7: Toad must collect 40 coins.
  • Mission 7-3: Donkey Kong must complete two laps in the time limit.
  • Mission 8-7: Bowser must drive through all 8 gates in reverse while avoiding the pendulums.

Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The course returns in Mario Kart 8. The course's graphics have vastly improved; extra clock parts have been added in the background. The start/finish line is now an alarm clock.

In terms of track changes, a second pendulum has been added before the four spinning wheels. An optional flying section was also added there, allowing the player to fly over the first wheel. Also, the clocks' hands can now be driven on, over a hole in the center of the clocks.


  • If the clock hands are aligned just right, one can ride up the hand itself to avoid having to around. for MK8


Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe


  • This track is inspired by the fourteenth main level of the same name in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS.
  • In Mario Kart 8, the BG music begins with an alarm clock going off. The goal line is starting off the music due to it being an alarm clock.
  • In Mario Kart 8, on top of the first pendulum, there is a star surrounded by patterns. This possibly could refer to how Tick-Tock Clock was in the Star Cup in Mario Kart DS when it first appeared.
  • This stage has the 2nd most collectible coins in Mario Kart 8, with 54 physical coins that you can collect, just behind Rainbow Road (N64), which has 62.
  • In the Mario Kart version, the gears move along with the music.
Previous track:
DK Pass
Current track:
Tick-Tock Clock
Next track:
Mario Circuit
Previous track:
N64 Yoshi Valley
Recently reappeared in:
Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart DS courses
Nitro cups Mushroom Cup Figure-8 CircuitYoshi FallsCheep Cheep BeachLuigi's Mansion
Flower Cup Desert HillsDelfino SquareWaluigi PinballShroom Ridge
Star Cup DK PassTick-Tock ClockMario CircuitAirship Fortress
Special Cup Wario StadiumPeach GardensBowser CastleRainbow Road
Retro cups Shell Cup SNES Mario Circuit 1N64 Moo Moo FarmGBA Peach CircuitGCN Luigi Circuit
Banana Cup SNES Donut Plains 1N64 Frappe SnowlandGBA Bowser's Castle 2GCN Baby Park
Leaf Cup SNES Koopa Beach 2N64 Choco MountainGBA Luigi CircuitGCN Mushroom Bridge
Lightning Cup SNES Choco Island 2N64 Banshee BoardwalkGBA Sky GardenGCN Yoshi Circuit
Battle Courses Nintendo DSTwilight HousePalm ShoreTart TopN64 Block FortGCN Pipe Plaza
Unused Tracks Dokan CourseTest Circle
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.