Mario Kart 8 eclipses 30 million copies sold between Wii U and Switch

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Nintendo’s latest earnings report showcased a very strong holiday season for the company. While the biggest milestone was the Switch itself passing the SNES with 50 million units sold, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe deserves some attention, too. As of December 31 of last year, the ported Wii U kart racer has sold a staggering 22.96 million units. Combined with the original Mario Kart 8 selling a bit over 8 million on Wii U, the game’s two versions combine for over 30 million in sales. Check out this thread by analyst Daniel Ahmad for a bit more context in just how amazingly well Mario Kart 8 is selling.

People evidently still cannot get enough of Mario Kart 8, as it’s remained a top seller all these years later. The original game released in 2014, and the Switch port, which most notably packed in DLC and a battle mode, is quickly approaching three years old.

The fact that the best selling Switch game is a Wii U title hopefull bodes well for future prospective ports from the system, but probably does not help our chances for a Mario Kart 9 any time soon. Switch owners buy games like crazy, and many of them clamor for a chance to take Wii U greats on the go, especially if they never had the ill-fated console. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has and will continue to sell–that may have inspired plenty of Wii U ports already, and other classics like Pikmin 3 and Super Mario 3D World really, really deserve a chance on a console that’s actually in the spotlight.


Nick Pearson
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