Nintendo has just announced that Mario Kart 8D is the fastest-selling Mario Kart game in franchise history. Yes, the history that includes juggernauts like Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, and Mario Kart 64.
Mario Kart 8D (that’s what I’m calling it), is off to a cracking start, over 400,000 units both retail and digital on opening day and with an audience on the Switch that is starved for games currently, this one seems to be moving at a rapid pace.
Now in terms of overall sales, Mario Kart Wii takes the cake at 30 million units sold. Nintendo however, will take each small victory and celebrate as if it’s a massive deal. Because, well, it kind of is at the moment. For a company that threw the Wii U off a bridge with cement blocks tied to it’s ankles and pretended like the last 4 years never happened. They have to come out punching and celebrating high praise each time a minor or major milestone is reached. This creates “buzz.”
Anyways, props to Mario Kart 8D, may your success continue.
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With more than 459,000 combined packaged and digital sales in the U.S. on launch day alone (April 28), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch system is the fastest-selling game in the long-running Mario Kart series. The previous record holder for the highest first-day sales in the franchise was Mario Kart Wii, with U.S. sales of approximately 433,900 when it launched in 2008. The solid sales numbers for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe equate to an attach rate of 45 percent – meaning nearly one in two Nintendo Switch owners in the U.S. purchased a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the first day it was available. To date, more than 2.7 million Nintendo Switch systems have been sold globally.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has also received more perfect review scores than any other Mario Kart game ever. With a current Metacritic score of 93, the critically acclaimed title is the highest-rated game in the series in 15 years – tying the overall review score of Mario Kart: Super Circuit for Game Boy Advance.
To continue this strong momentum into the summer, a series of great games will launch for Nintendo Switch over the next few months, including Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (May 11), Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers (May 26), ARMS (June 16) and Splatoon 2 (July 21).