Mario Kart 8 is officially the best selling racing game of all time. Not Forza Motorsport, Gran Turismo, or Need For Speed, but Mario Kart 8.
The milestone was revealed in a tweet by Mat Piscatella of the NPD Group this morning. The NPD Group is a market research firm that tracks the sales of all kinds of goods; including video games.
To some of you it may be shocking to hear that a Mario Kart game has the crown and not one of the more “serious” racing game franchises. Well, I’m here to tell you that I’m not surprised at all.
I’ve been playing Mario Kart since the original game came out on Super Nintendo back in 1992. Yeah that’s right I said it!
Why does Mario Kart 8 sell so well?
Since then there have been several Mario Kart games over the last few decades and each game has been a massive hit. The success of Mario Kart games has to do in large part with the fact that it is easy to understand, difficult to master, and fun no matter the age of the player.
Mario Kart 8 is no different. It has all the hallmarks of a good Mario Kart game plus tons of additional content and other fan-favorite Nintendo characters.
All of that combined with the fact that the Nintendo Switch has sold 78 million units since it launched in 2017 and you have the recipe for sales records.
Mario Kart 8 actually started its run on the Nintendo Wii U in 2014 where it sold 8.45 million copies worldwide. Considering that the Wii U was a sales failure for Nintendo, the fact that Mario Kart 8 still sold that many copies is impressive to say the least.
The game was then ported to the Nintendo Switch as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in April, 2017 and since that day it has remained within the top 10 monthly video game sales charts.
How many copies of Mario Kart 8 have sold?
To date, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold over 33.41 million copies worldwide. Combined with the Wii U sales, the total is over 41.86 million copies sold. There are entire franchises that haven’t sold that much, yet this one entry in the Mario Kart series has reached this feat.
There is even some concern that Nintendo will drag their feet on making a Mario Kart 9 since Mario Kart 8 continues to sell so well. While I don’t think that would happen, it’s hard to argue against the possibility.
Have you played Mario Kart 8? If the numbers are any indication the answer to that is probably “yes”. Also, do you think Nintendo will take their time on Mario Kart 9 due to the success of Mario Kart 8?
Let me know in the comments below or tweet to me at @MotorworldHype.