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Yoshi Valley is the second course of the Special Cup in Mario Kart 64 and the final course of the Leaf Cup in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It is 772 meters according to the instruction booklet.

In Mario Kart 8, the staff ghost kart setup is Yoshi riding the Wild Wiggler with Standard wheels and the Flower Glider.


Mario Kart 64

The course starts out on a dirt road with grass on the sides, like DK's Jungle Parkway. After a bit, it transitions into a winding maze of roads on cliffs. These paths are very hard to navigate, even if players are with another person. Adding to the difficulty is multiple Porcupines sprawled over sections of the road, and your only option really is to drive through them and hope that you don't get hit. The paths eventually meet, and after a few turns, there is a bridge which takes players back to the dirt road. Shortly after, the finish line is reached. The course itself has few railings. If players fall off a cliff, they will roll down the hill for a long time. Lakitu will pick them up after they roll all the way down to the bottom, making falls more costly than normal.

Before the bridge, there is a giant Yoshi Egg that spins across a small area. If it rolls over a player, he or she will be flattened, like a player run over a Thwomp or a Mega Mushroom. However, AI-controlled characters cannot be flattened by it. Also, there are black porcupines on some paths that will make one spin out if hit.

The confusing part of this track is that there is no telling who is in which place. Because there are so many different pathways that take the player to different parts of the course, the game simply replaces the usual positions with question marks, only revealing the standings for a racer after he or she has crossed the finish line.

Mario Kart 8

The track returns in Mario Kart 8 as the last course in the Leaf Cup. It receives upgraded visuals as well as several details for aesthetics. More paths have been added to the new retro track. In addition, the course features a cannon, which is also a hang glider section, on one of the course's paths, and the Porcupines have been replaced with Goombas. Also, more guardrails have been placed throughout the track because of how infamous it originally was. Places are shown during the race this time. The long falls from falling off the cliff are gone because Lakitu picks them up quicker. The course used to be a battle stage but was removed in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.


  • After you pass the giant egg and the bridge, use a Mushroom to jump off the ramp on the right. for MK8
  • At the sharp turn after the roads merge back into one, there is a major shortcut where the player can go over the gap right when it starts to appear on the racer's left-hand side with the use of a Mushroom. for MK64
  • If you didn't pass the ramp, use a Mushroom to cut through the entire final turn. for all games


Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart 8


  • This is the only track in Mario Kart history that is multi-route.
  • The trees bearing Berries in the Mario Kart 8 version look similar in shape to that of a baobab tree.
  • In Mario Kart 8, the long route may not seem worthwhile, but it is the only route to have Item Boxes.
  • 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, SNES Donut Plains 3, GCN Yoshi Circuit, GCN Baby Park, and Super Bell Subway).
Previous track:
D.K.'s Jungle Parkway
Current track:
Yoshi Valley
Previous track:
3DS Music Park
Recently reappeared in:
Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 64 courses
Nitro cups Mushroom Cup Luigi RacewayMoo Moo FarmKoopa Troopa BeachKalimari Desert
Flower Cup Toad's TurnpikeFrappe SnowlandChoco MountainMario Raceway
Star Cup Wario StadiumSherbet LandRoyal RacewayBowser's Castle
Special Cup DK's Jungle ParkwayYoshi ValleyBanshee BoardwalkRainbow Road
Battle Courses Big DonutBlock FortDouble DeckSkyscraper
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.