Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Joining the many juicy nuggets of information revealed by the recent financial briefing, Nintendo has shared graphical sales representations of the Switch's evergreen titles, showing just how strong and important these sales are to the company.

The first chart shows the combined sell-through for Splatoon 2, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe across Japan, the US, and Europe. These four titles top the list of the best-selling games seen on the console so far, and as you can see from the chart below, their sales have maintained an amazingly solid level of consistency over the last few months.

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Elsewhere, a second chart has been released which compares the console attach rate for the same four evergreen titles. The two different sections show the attach rate (how many copies of the game have been purchased in relation to the number of consoles sold) at different points of the year, firstly in January 2018 and then in September. As you can see, despite shifting another 6 million consoles between those two dates, there was no significant change in the attach rate, suggesting that these games are selling at a similar pace to the console itself.

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Not only is this information particularly interesting, but it's also a real eye-opener. Major first-party Nintendo titles hardly ever see a reduction in price at retail, with games in franchises such as Super Mario and Pokémon often staying at full price years after release, and it can often be confusing when many other titles benefit from sales and discounts. The answer to that conundrum is obvious, though; why would Nintendo discount its games when they continue to sell at full price for years on end?

Even today, almost seven years after release, Mario Kart 7 often finds itself sitting in the top 40 charts each week, and it was just revealed that the ten-year-old Mario Kart Wii shifted another 40,000 copies in the last quarter.

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