Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the definition of an evergreen title. It’s been out for four and a half years (much longer if you count the Wii U version) and it’s still selling millions and millions each year. Over the past fiscal quarter (June 1 – September 30), it sold another 1.66 million units, bringing its total up to 38.74 million. That’s enough sales for it to pass up Mario Kart Wii (37.38) as the top-seller in the franchise. If you add in the non-Deluxe Wii U version sales, Mario Kart 8‘s grand total hits 47.2 million. Here’s how it breaks down by year, compared with Switch sales:
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sales by year
2017: 7.33 million – Switch sold 14.86 million (49.3% ratio) in 10 months
2018: 7.69 million – Switch sold 17.41 million (44.2% ratio)
2019: 7.94 million – Switch sold 20.21 million (39.3% ratio)
2020: 10.45 million – Switch sold 27.39 million (38.2% ratio)
2021: 5.33 million – Switch sold 13 million (41% ratio) in 9 months
As you can see, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sales are incredibly consistent. When it first hit Switch, nearly half of all people who bought the console picked up the racer as well. Years later, that pick-up rate has declined only slightly, hovering around 40% the last three years. If it weren’t for the superconductor shortage causing supply issues for Switch, sales would likely be even higher. It’s an absolute juggernaut, which unfortunately means that we’re unlikely to see Mario Kart 9 announced anytime soon.