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Rainbow Road

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This page is about the stage in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. For the song in Brawl, see here.
Rainbow Road
Rainbow Road
Rainbow Road in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
Universe Mario
Appears in SSB4 (3DS)
Availability Starter
Crate type Presents
Maximum players 4
Bolded tracks must be unlocked
for 3DS Main: Rainbow Road Medley
Alternate: Rainbow Road (Mario Kart 7)
Tournament legality
Smash 4 Singles: Banned
Doubles: Banned
Article on Super Mario Wiki 3DS Rainbow Road
The Rainbow Road course from Mario Kart 7 is the inspiration for this stage. Platforms will hover above the course, touching down at random places during the race. Watch out for Shy Guys racing in their karts!.
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Rainbow Road (レインボーロード, Rainbow Road) is a stage in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. It is based on the Rainbow Road course from Mario Kart 7.

Stage overview[edit]

Rainbow Road consists of a flat rainbow platform that travels around the track and landing in several areas. Some of those destinations include the rings of Saturn, a white polka-dotted mushroom trampoline, the finish line, and a moon. It is a cruise-style stage similar to Port Town Aero Dive, Delfino Plaza, Mute City, and Skyloft. Much like in Figure-8 Circuit, Shy Guys will drive around the course and serve as damage-dealing obstacles. Unlike said stage though, the Shy Guys cannot be knocked out of the stage. Like in Mute City, touching the track while the moving platform is in motion deals upwards knockback.

Ω form[edit]

The stage only consists of a single platform which does not follow the track, instead remaining still above the split-up roads following the tube. The Ω form depicts these roads as curved; in both the stage and the racetrack, the roads are straight.


Rainbow Road as it appears in Mario Kart 7.

Rainbow Road first appeared in Super Mario Kart as the final course of the Special Cup, and a variation of it has appeared in every main Mario Kart game. Due to being the final course in a Mario Kart game's main lineup, its iterations are designed, and often considered by players, to be among the series' most difficult tracks.

In most appearances, it takes the form of a multi-colored track floating in deep space, above a lit-up city, or other locations. This Rainbow Road is based on the Mario Kart 7 version, which emphasizes the space theme by taking place among the Moon, asteroids, and several shrunk-down versions of planets of the Solar System. This iteration of the track would go on to reappear in Mario Kart Tour and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Shy Guys debuted in Mario Kart DS as the only drivers recipient players of DS Download Play could play as, but made their proper debut as part of the roster in Mario Kart 7. In this stage, Shy Guys drive in their Standard Kart and use Super Gliders.


Rainbow Road's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Rainbow Road
NTSC This beautiful seven-color course is the finale of the Special Cup in Mario Kart 7. Set high above in space, drivers navigate the rings of Saturn and cross craters on the moon. Shy Guys are racing on this course as the fighters compete on and around it, and they have no problem hitting you with their karts.
PAL The Special Cup's final course in Mario Kart 7. This space track takes you through Saturn's rings and the craters on the moon. While fighting on the Rainbow Road stage, you'll fly around and sometimes even descend onto the track itself. Watch out! Shy Guys are having a proper race down there, and they don't brake for anyone!


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese レインボーロード Rainbow Road
UK English Rainbow Road
France French Route Arc-en-ciel Rainbow Road
Germany German Regenbogen-Boulevard Rainbow Boulevard
Spain Spanish Senda Arco Iris Rainbow Trail
Italy Italian Circuito arcobaleno Rainbow circuit
South Korea Korean レインボーロード Rainbow Road
Netherlands Dutch Regenboogbaan Rainbow Runway
Russia Russian Трасса Радуга Rainbow Trail
Portugal Portuguese Estrada Arco-Íris Rainbow Road


  • The track in the stage is slightly altered from its original appearance in Mario Kart 7.
    • All of the speed/gliding ramps are missing. Despite this, Shy Guys can still be seen with their gliders.
    • The mushroom-based platforms on the course no longer bounce racers off them.
    • The area right before the second section sign is no longer bumpy on the sides.
    • Saturn's ring doesn't have breaks in it on the sides.
    • The road right before the moon no longer bounces.
    • The rainbow track layer is notably thicker, as opposed to the thin layer from the original. Coincidentally, Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe feature Rainbow Roads with this trait (its own Rainbow Road, as well as the Rainbow Roads from Mario Kart 64 and Super Mario Kart)—however, its own rendition of Mario Kart 7's Rainbow Road keeps the original's thin layer of rainbow track.
  • The stage's starting line is extended at the beginning of the stage, in spite of the fact that it can appear at its normal length when the stage is stopped by the starting line. It is to make way for the touring platform.
  • Rainbow Road and Melee's Mushroom Kingdom are the only two Mario stages not to appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • This is the only Mario Kart stage to have Shy Guys with different colors. Every other stage only uses red Shy Guys.
  • The "Rainbow Road Medley" music track that is used for this stage is a medley of the Rainbow Road themes from every handheld Mario Kart game, which is likely a reference to this stage being exclusive to the 3DS version of Smash 4.
  • Curiously, a brand new iteration of Rainbow Road appears in Rosalina and Luma's reveal trailer, but does not resemble the version that appears in Smash 4.