Rainbow Road is the final track in the Special Cup in every Mario Kart game. In Mario Kart 7, a remastered version of the original Rainbow Road (from Super Mario Kart) also makes an appearance as the last track in the Lightning Cup, and an entirely revamped Rainbow Road from Mario Kart 64 makes an appearance in Mario Kart 8, also as the last track of the Lightning Cup.
Its primary features are its colorful surface that appear to be made of reflective glass, its uplifting or cheerful music, and how it is is usually the longest (and sometimes the hardest) course (with the exceptions of Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart: Double Dash!!).
- Super Mario Kart: This course features normal traction, but the guard rails are gone, and dangerous Thwomps that can cause damage just by touching the target appear, like in most incarnations of Bowser's Castle except the latter's Thwomps deal damage only by crushing their target.
- Mario Kart 64: This is the longest course in the game, going two kilometres, and the only one whose fastest lap is longer than a minute. Chain Chomps go throughout the course, damaging whoever hits their mouth.
- Mario Kart: Super Circuit: This course
- Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
- Mario Kart DS
- Mario Kart Wii
- Mario Kart 7
- Mario Kart 8
- SNES Rainbow Road returns in Mario Kart 7, with upgraded visuals, enhanced music, and new gimmicks, and the track waves when the thwomps hit the floor. The prominent goal gate is now featured, using the normal variation. The waves and bumps can be tricked off of.
- N64 Rainbow Road returns in Mario Kart 8, with a large amounts of changes and upgrades, orchestrated music, and an altered layout to incorporate the game's new mechanics, namely the glider and anti-gravity racing. One of the most notable differences is the entire race is one lap with the checkpoint setup instead of the original's six-minute races over the default three laps.
- SNES Rainbow Road returns in Mario Kart 8 as DLC, with new graphical upgrade and remastered music. A grandiose goal gate now surmounts the start/finish line.
|Super Mario Kart||Mario Kart 64||Mario Kart: Super Circuit|
|Mario Kart: Double Dash||Mario Kart DS||Mario Kart Wii|
|Mario Kart 7||Super Mario Kart (from Mario Kart 7)||Mario Kart 8|
|Super Mario Kart|
|Mario · Luigi · Peach · Toad · Yoshi · Bowser · Koopa Troopa · Donkey Kong Jr.|
|Mario Circuit 1 · Donut Plains 1 · Ghost Valley 1 · Bowser Castle 1 · Mario Circuit 2|
|Choco Island 1 · Ghost Valley 2 · Donut Plains 2 · Bowser Castle 2 · Mario Circuit 3|
|Koopa Beach 1 · Choco Island 2 · Vanilla Lake 1 · Bowser Castle 3 · Mario Circuit 4|
|Donut Plains 3 · Koopa Beach 2 · Ghost Valley 3 · Vanilla Lake 2 · Rainbow Road|
|SNES Battle Course 1 · SNES Battle Course 2 · SNES Battle Course 3 · SNES Battle Course 4|
|Banana Peel · coin · Feather · Boo · Green Shell · Red Shell · Thunderbolt · Mushroom · Star|
|Tracks in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!|
|Luigi Circuit • Peach Beach • Baby Park • Dry Dry Desert|
|Mushroom Bridge • Mario Circuit • Daisy Cruiser • Waluigi Stadium|
|Sherbet Land • Mushroom City • Yoshi Circuit • DK Mountain|
|Wario Colosseum • Dino Dino Jungle • Bowser's Castle • Rainbow Road|
|Tracks in Mario Kart DS|
|Figure-8 Circuit • Yoshi Falls • Cheep Cheep Beach • Luigi's Mansion • Desert Hills • Delfino Square • Waluigi Pinball • Shroom Ridge • DK Pass • Tick-Tock Clock • Mario Circuit • Airship Fortress • Wario Stadium • Peach Gardens • Bowser's Castle • Rainbow Road|
|SNES Donut Plains 1 • N64 Frappe Snowland • GBA Bowser Castle 2 • GCN Baby Park • SNES Mario Circuit 1 • N64 Moo Moo Farm • GBA Peach Circuit • GCN Luigi Circuit • SNES Koopa Beach 2 • N64 Choco Mountain • GBA Luigi Circuit • GCN Mushroom Bridge • SNES Choco Island 2 • N64 Banshee Boardwalk • GBA Sky Garden • GCN Yoshi Circuit|