Mario Kart 8 sales make it the third best-selling Nintendo game

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe became the best-selling entry in the series.

In a new earnings report, Nintendo announced that over the past six months it has sold 3.34 million copies of the game, bringing lifetime sales to 38.74 million. That pushes the game to around 360,000 copies ahead of Mario Kart Wii, whose lifetime sales sit at just under 37.4 million.

This increase in sales – particularly impressive for a 4.5 year enhanced edition of a game originally released for Wii U in 2014 – keeps Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ahead of Animal Crossing: New Horizons as the most popular Nintendo Switch game. sold just under over four million copies. It’s worth pointing out that the game had a much longer time to amass sales than the last release from Tom Nook and Friends, but also that its standard version sold an additional 8.5 million copies on Wii U. .

The jump also pushes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe one step further up Nintendo’s all-time bestseller list. It’s unlikely to ever challenge Wii Sports’ 83 million copies, but it’s not too far behind Super Mario Bros’ 40 million NES copies, and in sight of the first generation of Pokemon , which includes the combined sales of Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow totaling 47 million copies, meaning there’s an argument to call the Deluxe Edition the third best-selling Nintendo game of them all. the temperature.

Continued high sales, especially so long after release, could mean Nintendo isn’t exactly rushing to make Mario Kart 9, which is the only downside to this news, but the series’ continued success means it is likely to be in the company’s mind somewhere down the line.

Unsurprisingly, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe lands on our list of best switch games.

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