Mario Circuit is a playable stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It has a simple layout, with one base platform that extends all the way off the stage, and three floating platforms above it, arranged in a trapezoid shape. Every so often, Shy Guys in go-karts will drive from the background through the stage via the lower road, similar in concept to the F-Zero themed stages Mute City and Port Town Aero Dive. They will also sometimes fly over the platforms on the upper road from the left, though players are alerted beforehand by a flashing warning arrow, akin to Onett. If characters are struck by the karts, they will take damage and can even be KO'd at higher percentages. Additionally, the screen in the background will show the location of the Shy Guys on the circuit, making it possible to avoid the racers. The Shy Guys can be attacked and sent spinning out to the side of the screen.
Interestingly, there are graphics for the entire track. Visuals are inaccessible, even when pausing and changing the camera angle. However, such angles can be viewed by hacking.
This was the last stage that was first shown in trailers to be confirmed on the DOJO!!. Over a year had passed since its initial revelation, making Mario Circuit the stage with the longest duration between its trailer and DOJO!! confirmations.
Mario Circuit is banned in tournaments due to chain-grabbers being able to chain throw an opponent off of the stage's sides.
Songs in My Music
- Mario Circuit
- Luigi Circuit
- Waluigi Pinball
- Rainbow Road
- Mario Tennis/Mario Golf
- Excite Truck
- Title (3D Hot Rally)
Songs in bold must be unlocked
Mario Circuit has been a recurring name of circuits ever since the original Super Mario Kart on the SNES and has appeared at least once in every installment in the series. In the background, one can see tall mushrooms from Super Mario Bros., giant cubical structures from Super Mario Bros. 3 and oddly-shaped trees from New Super Mario Bros. The Shy Guys made their first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 2.The tree's faces and the cloud signs in the right corner seem to be taken from Mario Kart: Double Dash
The Mario Circuit in Brawl bears a striking resemblance of the Figure-8 Circuit from Mario Kart DS, as well as the course layout for Toad's Turnpike, dating back in Mario Kart 64. Also, Shy Guys were available in Download & Play, making the entire race look like a massive Mario Kart DS download and play session.
The design of the screen in the background is based on the map that was displayed on the DS Touch Screen during races in Mario Kart DS. Pressing the Y button or tapping the screen with the stylus gave you this view, along with the location and position of every racer. All these features are retained here.
- In the trailer that originally revealed Mario Circuit, the Shy Guys were all driving white karts and the screen in the background was totally blank. Since then, the radar has been added to the screen and the eight Shy Guys participating are now paired, with the kart colors being either green, blue, orange or white, suggesting that the stage is part of a Team Race. Every Shy Guy is still bright red, though.
- When the announcer finishes the 3-second countdown to the battle, the song will play when the match begins. This is another good Mario Kart reference, as the music for a track would begin when Lakitu finished the countdown to the race.
- Players can affect the way the race turns out. If you attack or fling yourself in front of anyone except the Shy Guy in the lead, the leading Shy Guy could get so far ahead, that as it flies over the stage, the others are coming below it.
- When a Shy Guy is hit by you, it spins out until it is off screen, meaning if you hit one on the far right side of the stage, it will spin out until it goes off screen on the left side.
- If the Ice Climbers use their Final Smash, Iceberg, on this level, it will have no effect on the karts, as they will simply drive straight through the ice. Similarly, the karts are unaffected by bumpers.
- If Andross is released from an Assist Trophy, the lower part of his face will be below ground.
- In Mario Kart DS, on the Touch Screen map, the logo of a particular cup will float about underneath the map and names (for example, multiple mushrooms will float around for the Mushroom Cup). In SSBB, the symbol of the Smash Bros. series is displayed instead.