Mario Kart 8 Becomes The “Best-Selling” Racing Game In US History
The eighth entry in the Mario Kart series has finally surpassed the sales of Mario Kart Wii in the US to be crowned the “best-selling” racing game in this country.
This information comes from NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella. According to IGN, this includes the “combined” sales of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the original Mario Kart 8 game on Wii U.
Mat also notes how the latest entry in the Mario Kart series was in the best-sellers chart last month:
“US NPD SW – Mario Kart 8 placed 6th on the March 2021 best-sellers chart. Mario Kart 8 is the best-selling racing genre video game in U.S. history.”
Nintendo sales data (as of 31st December 2020) reveals Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has shifted 33.41 million units worldwide and is the top-selling Switch game. The Wii U original, as of 20th September 2020, has sold 8.45 million copies.
These sales combined (41.86 million) obviously surpass Mario Kart Wii lifetime sales, but individually, the Wii game is still technically out in front globally – with 37.38 million units sold.