Mario Kart Adventure is a racing game for the Nintendo Switch, and the ninth main installment in the Mario Kart series. It is the second Mario Kart game for the Nintendo Switch, after Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Unlike the previous games, Mario Kart Adventure actually has a story.

Mario Kart Adventure
Developer(s) This user
Publisher(s) Logo
Platform(s) NintendoSwitchLogo
Genre(s) Racing
Series Mario Kart
Predecessor Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Release Date(s) Flag of Japan 2021

Flag of North America 2021
Flag of Europe 2021
Flag of Australia 2021
Flag of South Korea 2021
Flag of Hong Kong 2021
Flag of Taiwan 2021

Mode(s) Single player
Online play
Age Rating(s) ESRB2013E

Pegi 3

Media Included Nintendo Switch cartridge

Digital download

Available Input Joy-Con

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller


The gameplay maintains traditional elements of previous Mario Kart games. Players pick a character of five weight classes, and drive vehichles of varying stats, strengths, and weaknesses around an obstacle-like racetrack, in an attempt to finish first of the sixteen racers. The gliding, underwater, and anti-gravity sections from Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8 return, and vehicle customization returns as well. Coins are found across tracks, and a maximum of 99 can be held. With the exception of Adventure Mode, the biggest addition to Mario Kart Adventure is the fact that the player can now choose what other characters are racing, as well as their kart customization.

Point spread comparison
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit 9 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - - -
Mario Kart: Double Dash, Mario Kart DS 10 8 6 4 3 2 1 0 - - - - - - - -
Mario Kart Wii 15 12 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 - - - -
Mario Kart 7 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 - - - - - - - -
Mario Kart 8 (Deluxe) 15 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 - - - -
Mario Kart Adventure 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
Gold background signifies victory results, with a unique winning animation and music.

Silver background signifies moderate win results.

Bronze background signifies losing results, with losing animations and music.






Nitro Cups

Mushroom Cup

  • Luigi Circuit
  • Bob-omb Battlefield

Flower Cup

  • Mario Circuit
  • Vanilla Dome
  • Haunted Library

Egg Cup

Star Cup

  • Rosalina Circuit
  • Wario Carnival

Special Cup

  • New Donk City
  • Bowser's Castle
  • Rainbow Road

Retro Cups

Shell Cup

  • Figure-8 Circuit (DS)
  • Ghost Valley (SNES)
  • Thwomp Ruins (MK8)
  • Wuhu Loop (3DS)

Banana Cup

  • Toad's Factory (Wii)
  • Boo Lake (GBA)
  • Shroom Ridge (DS)
  • Wario Stadium (N64)

Leaf Cup

  • DK Summit (Wii)
  • Mushroom City (GCN)
  • Dolphin Shoals (MK8)
  • Dry Dry Ruins (Wii)

Shine Cup

Lightning Cup

  • Rosalina's Ice World (3DS)
  • Mario Circuit 4 (SNES)
  • Bowser's Castle (GCN)
  • Rainbow Road (GBA)


Game modes


The main mode of Mario Kart Adventure. Wizpig has returned, and threatens the characters to race him. The player starts off in a free-roaming hub world and go to spaces to enter a track. After collecting a gold trophy in every racetrack, the player will face off Wizpig. After beating him for the first time, the player will have to collect gold Star Coins on every track to face him for the second and final time. There are five worlds and each one has an MKA token challenge. Collecting all MKA tokens in a track will reward the player with a coin. Collecting all coins in a world will open a cup in the Treasure Valley. Each world has one Green Coin challenge. After collecting every treasure and gold Star Coin, the player will get to race off against Wizpig for the second and final time.

Grand Prix

Sixteen drivers race in four tracks in one cup. The drivers' ranks are determined by points. The closer the driver is to first, the more points they will win. There are three trophy ranks; bronze being 3rd, silver being 2nd, and gold being 1st. The Nitro Cups consists of the Mushroom, Flower, Egg, Star, and Special Cups, while the Retro Cups are made up of the Shell, Banana, Leaf, Shine and Lightning Cup.

Time Trials

The player races thorough one track in the fastest time they can by themselves without and computer-controlled opponents. The player starts out with a Triple Mushroom. It has the option to race against a "ghost"; the recording of a player's driving performance. Ghosts appear as semi-transparent and behave exactly as players who used them.


Race using custom rules.


The objective is to defeat other players. There are two sub-modes; Balloon Battle and Coin Runners.


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