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 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.

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