Mario Kart DS-Track Hack Information Guide
Mario Kart was released with only 20/32 courses available for online play. Thanks to talented users from the GBADev community, we have found a way for those of us using Flash Kits to enjoy the other 20 courses online.
This guide was originally published at the M3WIKI, which is now deleted and forgotten. The information in this guide was retained using an old M3WIKI link and the Internet's Way Back Machine. The guide has been slightly rewritten but the information and steps to hacking Mario Kart remain the same.
What You Need
- The Mario Kart DS ROM
- The Track Hack IPS Patch or the DEMO version IPS Patch
- An IPS Patching Program
- For a custom hack you will need A Hex Editor
Applying the IPS Patch
The IPS patch replaces the first 12 courses in the online course list (of the 20 available) with the courses not normally available for WIFI.
- Make a physical back up of your ROM
- Click the Apply IPS Patch button. Select the IPS patch by using the program's browsing window
- Select the ROM to patch
If the above image appears then your ROM has successfully been IPS patched.
Hexing a Custom Track Hack
The track list can be edited to simply include your favorite 20 courses with a hex editor program. The WIFI list cannot be made longer than 20, so no matter what you have to leave 12 of the courses off your list. However, you can still race on those courses if your opponent chooses them.
Open the modified ROM in a hex editor. Go to 0x00004C34. The value here should be 0C (which is hex for 12). This is the number of tracks in your customized list. Change it to 14 (hex for 20). This will allow you change every course in the WFC track list. From 0x00004C64 to 0x00004C6F, you should find the string "0C0F111317181A2021232526." This is the 12 new tracks. Change them, and the following 8 bytes (up to 0x00004C77), to adjust your track list.
Below are the values for all tracks in the game, along with their internal. Grand Prix courses not normally available are marked with asterisks, followed by the Grand Prix courses name in parentheses. The other courses are either battle arenas or incomplete tracks and playing them on WIFI is not recommended as they may crash the game.
01 - old_yoshi_gc [GCN Yoshi Circuit] 02 - old_mario_gc 03 - luigi_course 04 - dokan_course 05 - test1_course 06 - donkey_course 07 - wario_course 08 - nokonoko_course 09 - old_baby_gc [GCN Baby Park] 0A - old_mario_sfc [SNES Mario Circuit 1] 0B - old_momo_64 [N64 Moo Moo Farm] 0C - old_koopa_agb * [GBA Bowser Castle 2] * 0D - old_peach_agb [GBA Peach Circuit] 0E - old_luigi_gc [GCN Luigi Circuit] 0F - old_noko_sfc * [SNES Koopa Beach 2] * 10 - old_frappe_64 [N64 Frappe Snowland] 11 - clock_course * [Tick-Tock Clock] * 12 - mansion_course [Luigi's Mansion] 13 - airship_course * [Airship Fortress] * 14 - cross_course [Figure 8 Circuit] 15 - test_circle 16 - bank_course [Yoshi Falls] 17 - old_hyudoro_64 * [N64 Banshee Boardwalk] * 18 - ridge_course * [Shroom Ridge] * 19 - mario_course [Mario Circuit] 1A - garden_course * [Peach Gardens] * 1B - desert_course [Desert Hills] 1C - town_course [Delfino Square] 1D - rainbow_course [Rainbow Road] 1E - snow_course [DK Pass] 1F - beach_course [Cheep Cheep Beach] 20 - koopa_course * [Bowser Castle] * 21 - pinball_course * [Waluigi Pinball] * 22 - stadium_course [Wario Stadium] 23 - old_donut_sfc * [SNES Donut Plains 1] * 24 - old_choco_64 [N64 Choco Mountain] 25 - old_luigi_agb * [GBA Luigi Circuit] * 26 - old_kinoko_gc * [GCN Mushroom Bridge] * 27 - old_choco_sfc [SNES Choco Island 2] 28 - old_sky_agb [GBA Sky Garden] 29 - mini_block_course 2A - mini_block_64 2B - mini_dokan_gc 2C - mini_stage1 [Nintendo DS Works on WiFi] 2D - mini_stage2 [Twilight House Doesn't work on WiFi] 2E - mini_stage3 2F - mini_stage4 30 - mr_stage1 31 - mr_stage2 32 - mr_stage3 33 - mr_stage4 34 - Award 35 - StaffRoll 36 - StaffRollTrue
Here is another list, with only the 32 standard courses listed in cup order along with their hex marker. Bolded courses are not normally available
Mushroom: 14 - Figure-8 Circuit 16 - Yoshi Falls 1F - Cheep Cheep Beach 12 - Luigi's Mansion
Flower: 1B - Desert Hills 1C - Delfino Square 21 - Waluigi Pinball 18 - Shroom Ridge
Star: 1E - DK Pass 11 - Tick-Tock Clock 19 - Mario Circuit 13 - Airship Fortress
Special: 22 - Wario Stadium 1A - Peach Gardens 20 - Bowser's Castle 1D - Rainbow Road
Shell: 0A - SNES Mario Circuit 1 0B - N64 Moo Moo Farm 0D - GBA Peach Circuit 0E - GCN Luigi Circuit
Banana: 23 - SNES Donut Plains 1 10 - N64 Frappe Snowland 0C - GBA Bowser Castle 2 09 - GCN Baby Park
Leaf: 0F - SNES Koopa Beach 2 24 - N64 Choco Mountain 25 - GBA Luigi Circuit 26 - GCN Mushroom Bridge
Lightning: 27 - SNES Choco Island 2 17 - N64 Banshee Boardwalk 28 - GBA Sky Garden 01 - GCN Yoshi Circuit