Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has got off to a quick start already, with the official UK charts likely to show it at number one once the results are formally published. Now Nintendo of America has confirmed that the release has proven to be a quick hit, setting launch sales records in the US.

As you can see below, US sales numbers for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on its launch day make it the biggest the series has yet seen in the country; that equates to nearly half Switch owners in the US, from launch day sales alone. An excerpt from NOA's press release is below.

With more than 459,000 combined packaged and digital sales in the U.S. on launch day alone (April 28), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch system is the fastest-selling game in the long-running Mario Kart series. The previous record holder for the highest first-day sales in the franchise was Mario Kart Wii, with U.S. sales of approximately 433,900 when it launched in 2008. The solid sales numbers for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe equate to an attach rate of 45 percent – meaning nearly one in two Nintendo Switch owners in the U.S. purchased a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the first day it was available. To date, more than 2.7 million Nintendo Switch systems have been sold globally.

Impressive stuff, to be sure. In serving up all of the Wii U title's content - including the DLC - and a new Battle Mode it's clearly proven tough to resist for Switch owners; we think it's outstanding.

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