Mario Kart 8 US history

Some games just print money non-stop. When it comes to Nintendo, there’s no clearer recent example than Mario Kart 8. Despite launching on the failed Wii U, the first HD entry for the series sold over 8 million copies. When it came to Switch a few years later (as a Deluxe edition), it blew those numbers out of the water. You might expect a 7-year-old game to be running out of steam by now, but it’s just the opposite. 2020 was its best year yet, and those strong sales have helped it reach a major milestone. It’s now the highest-selling racing game n US history!

Mario Kart 8 makes US history

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe placed sixth in US sales this past month, per Mat Piscatella of the NPD Group. That one last surge was enough to push combined sales of the two versions to the top spot in US history, at least for racing games. It shouldn’t be terribly surprising to hear that the game it beat out for this honor is Mario Kart Wii. This series has been an unstoppable juggernaut for many years now, and there are no signs of slowing down.

Globally, the situation is even more impressive. Mario Kart Wii has sold 37.38 million units in its lifetime. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, just the Switch version, is closing in on that number fast. It currently sits at 33.41 million units sold. The original release on Wii U adds another 8.45 million to that total. Those numbers are just going to keep growing, as Nintendo will be updating them at their next investor meeting on May 6.

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Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.

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