Study suggests that English gamers are the best at Mario Kart


A new study from Kwalee, a video game publisher with an interest in data, shows that English gamers seem to be better at Mario Kart than those from other countries. The study looked at over 16,000 games and analyzed the highest-ranked achievements in each of them to see which country’s gaming community has performed best in them.

The data was compiled using over 42,000 recorded achievements, all of which were available online. These achievements range from the fastest completion times of a given game, to the highest scores recorded in them. Kwalee’s ranking is based on how many achievements the residents of each country had scored. They also divided their data by population, in order to make it fairer.

The data shows that English gamers are the best at Mario Kart, Rock Band, and Tekken, but Scottish gamers are the best at Crash Bandicoot. Irish gamers are the best at Super Mario, but those from Northern Ireland are the best at Sonic games.

NintendoLife is additionally stating the country with the best gamers in Pokémon was the Netherlands, who are also the best at Donkey Kong. Interestingly the Netherlands are also the best at Goat Simulator, if that can be called an achievement. Japanese gamers are the best at Final Fantasy and Animal Crossing, (How can you be the best at Animal Crossing?) and American gamers are the best at Pac-Man, as well as a host of sports games. Finally, Canadian gamers are the best at Ecco the Dolphin and GoldenEye 007.

Kwalee also published a list of the top 20 countries based on how skilled their resident gamers are:

  1. Finland
  2. Canada
  3. Sweden
  4. New Zealand
  5. Australia
  6. United States of America
  7. Netherlands
  8. Scotland
  9. Ireland
  10. France
  11. Germany
  12. England
  13. Austria
  14. Denmark
  15. Switzerland
  16. Latvia
  17. Japan
  18. Estonia
  19. Norway
  20. Belgium

Do you believe this data, or do you think it’s just too subjective to matter? Let us know what you think!


Jamie Sharp
Started out playing Metroid 2 on the GameBoy at around 5 years-old, and now I write about games all day long. Can't play Switch and drive, I've tried. As time goes on the Switch is quickly becoming my favourite console of all time.