Having published its latest quarterly financial results, it appears Nintendo is doing all right — if you define selling software by the truckload as Switch outperforms 3DS lifetime sales less than four years into its lifespan 'all right'.
One of the secrets to Nintendo's success is the evergreen appeal of its catalogue, with early 2017 releases such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe both featuring in the first-party best-sellers list, with sales of over 4 million and 8.6 million respectively in the April-December 2020 period.
As noted on by Resetera member Ryng, if you add together sales of the non-Deluxe original version of Mario Kart 8 on Wii U (that system's best-selling game with 8.45 million sales) to the lifetime total of the Switch version (33.41 million to date — currently the best-selling Switch game, although Animal Crossing: New Horizons is in its rear-view mirror at the time of writing), the eighth game in the series has overtaken sales of the world-conquering series juggernaut, Mario Kart Wii.
Yep, the Wii's best-selling standalone game (Wii Sports came bundled with the system, of course) and the highest-selling entry in the Mario Kart series ever has sold 37.38 million copies, but the combined total of MK8 sales now sits at a whopping 41.86 million, according to Nintendo's sales figures. It won't be long until the Deluxe Switch version takes pole position from the Wii instalment without the help of the original, and it's yet another sign of just how well Switch is doing.
Of course, seeing as Switch is a hybrid of handheld and home-based hardware, perhaps we should be adding together the sales of Mario Kart Wii with its handheld DS counterpart from the same era. Mario Kart DS sold 23.6 million copies — that system's third best-selling game — so adding that to the Wii entry's numbers would raise the total to over 60 million.
It looks like Mario Kart 8 still has some work to do, then, but it's setting an impressive pace and we wouldn't be at all surprised to see it zoom ahead of that combined figure from the halcyon Wii/DS days after a few more laps.
Elsewhere, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit broke the million barrier with 1.08 million units sold — a rather impressive feat considering its high price-point and the challenges presented by the pandemic for its mixed-reality gameplay. We're sure developers Velan Studios will be happy that there's over a million little Mario and Luigi karts out in the wild.
MK8 might have sold more copies, but is it better than MK Wii? Well, we think so, but let us know your thoughts below.
If Mario kart 9 isn’t coming out any time soon just release some dlc.
Utterly absurd to compare sales of the game to two entries. There are redundancies that won't exist with one console that exist on 2. NL is doing the trolls' work for them today, I see.
Edit: I realize you combined Deluxe with the original, but perhaps that's my fault for clicking on this article. I'm the dummy who gave it a look.
It's well deserved. I still play it online loads and it never gets boring for me.
@sixrings It's funny it sold about 10 million more than Smash Ultimate on Switch but doesn't get any DLC...
Tbh I don't understand why Smash gets so much more DLC than other 1st party Switch games? Super Mario Party could well do with DLC too.
Pro tip if you don't want anymore friends just have them play this game with you problem solved bc by the time its over YOU WONT HAVE ANY.
Remember that article which said Mario Kart 8 was going to flop.
The thing is based on how they track sales, if they released the full roster for Home Circuit, it’d probably sell 10 million units. As everyone with two kids that got mario and luigi counts as two sales
@Clyde_Radcliffe where lucky to have a hard working man do it to bad mario kart dose not.
see that why Mario Kart 9 is never coming to Switch, stop be dilusinal thinking Nintendo can release Mario Kart 9 on Switch, Mario Kart 9 only on Switch sucessor.
Deserved, it's a great game and I've put around 300h in this game already
But I really wish we would get some new tracks (as DLC) cause it's been almost 6 years since the second DLC for the original MK8 released
@Giancarlothomaz Agreed. Mario Kart Live Home Circuit is the Switch exclusive Mario Kart, lolz...
@sixrings this is not gonna happen sadly, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is considered the definitive edition of Mario Kart 8.
@Grumblevolcano turns out that article was dumber than Nintendo. But there was already massive precedent for that!
The Wii entry was good but MK 8 is the better game. I didn’t like the stunt half pipes on the Wii so glad those didn’t return in 8. The anti-gravity mode was a welcome change.
Great game. Agreed, a sequel won't happen any time soon as Nintendo are likely adopting an "if it ain't broke..." approach. However, dlc seems like a no-brainer decision. Then again, Nintendo.
The only Wii U game i bought again on Switch, because i lost my save on Wii U.
Thats great! - now give us more single player content in the form of extra modes - like the mission mode from MK DS. Please.
It's been 5 years since we last saw any new MK tracks. I'm sad
I think on it's own merit MK8 is much better than the wii version, but I've had it since it first came out on the WiiU. I've become a bit tired of it. Besides that I prefer unlocking characters and courses rather than unlocking Kart pieces, but that's just me.
Well done MK8 and home circuit
Nintendo uses Double dip! It's super effective!
Yeah well when you take the lazy route and just dump the same game onto a cart at full price I guess nintendo fans will dump money at it for some reason.
Well done, Nintendo. Even though it's technically not a fair comparison because it's 2 consoles vs 1 console, I'm ready to say that Mario Kart 8 is the best Mario Kart game.
To be fair, some other Wii U ports got DLC, most notably Captain Toad and Pokkén Tournament. DLC isn't entirely ruled out, especially if Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is doing this well.
@Clyde_Radcliffe HAL Laboratories prioritizes it? More vocal fan base?
@gojiguy "Some reason" being that Switch has sold almost 6 times as much as the Wii U, so the vast majority of Switch owners won't have owned it before and it'll be new to them. It would be weird, quite frankly, not to buy it just because it was on another console once before.
Congrats, now I’m ready for Mario Kart 9.
Mario Kart 8 and Deluxe already had outsold Mario Kart Wii as of September 30th 2020, that's nothing new. Btw this adding the handheld and home console version together doesn't make sense. People don't buy two copies of MK8DX usually, but more people would buy MK Wii and DS, since they're two seperate games.
Mario Kart 8/Deluxe sold over 41M units.
@gojiguy "For some reason". Maybe the reason is, that most people didn't have a WiiU in the first place and even less people had Mario Kart 8.
Now give us nr 9!
MK8 Deluxe is a good port, but it's time for a new entry in the series.
wow amazing. Mario kart 8 is so well made and handles perfectly.
It would be great if they used some ideas from mario kart mobile like collecting box's and levelling up.
A mario kart like the mobile game but can be used to a control pad would be great or a new mario kart 9.
Yes you can print a headline and adjust the figures to fit. And then add an 'ah but' to correct things 😱
I'd love to see a new entry in this series that I've loved since the SNES original. As a Wii U owner 7 years is a long time to wait.
It never gets old to review this statistically illiterate 2014 article from Polygon...
I'd personally still love to see a Mario Kart 9 announcement. I love MK8 but let's face it, it's a half-decade old and originated on a last-gen console. I unlocked pretty much everything in it long ago. Still a fantastic local multiplayer game to bring out when company's over, but otherwise I haven't felt the urge to revisit it much in awhile.
What could MK9 hypothetically bring to the table? For one thing, more of the cross-franchise characters and tracks that received such well-deserved popularity as DLC in MK8 (in fact, the concept could be expanded to rebrand the entire franchise as "Nintendo Kart" or something similar). Or it could take a page out of Smash Bros. Ultimate's book and include all characters and tracks from all previous Mario Karts. As for DLC, I think it's a foregone conclusion that at least one Season Pass will be added whenever the game is released.
Whether any of this may happen in 2021 is anyone's guess, though, not just because MK8 is still selling so well but also due to this being Zelda's (and Metroid's) 35th Anniversary, with all the potential releases that come with that. In any case, let's hope for a great 2021 for Switch owners.
I'm glad there is no (further) DLC. I resented it on Wii U and I resent the demands from the public for further DLC for a game that was spruiked as a "deluxe" release (which means bugger all these days considering that Captain Toad and Pokkén's Switch ports both have DLC).
I'd rather have a new entry instead or a compilation release (I'd really love to play Double Dash). And if Nintendo take the DLC option, then please give us a proper physical release. They did one for Sword/Shield, but that was an anomaly.
My guess is that Mario Kart Live is the only "new" Mario Kart we will be seeing this generation.
I think Nintendo are working on Mario Kart 9 as a launch title for the Switch successor, which would really give them the killer launch title they need for the console to fly off shelves.
More generally - MK 8 is a great game. I don’t think Nintendo should do a MK 9 on Switch even though a tiny but very vocal minority of the fan base is agitating for it - it’s just the sort of game that most people only need one version of per console - the majority of MK 8 DX would pass on a MK 9 (on Switch). I’d rather see them iterate up on ARMs with a sequel or do something entirely original with their time on Switch.
The lack of DLC is perplexing though. Maybe the DLC on Wii U just didn’t sell well?
The attach rate that the game has is just incredible.
Once the game outsells Mario Kart Wii without including Wii U sales I will be very impressed. Good numbers regardless though.
Combining Wii and DS MK sales isnt the same thing as the two titles were different games, unlike the Switch and Wii U iterations. So its a nonsensical suggestion.
@Clyde_Radcliffe It's to do with the nature of the customers. DLC sells to fully engaged players. It's harder to sell DLC for games that target more mainstream audiences. That doesn't mean it shouldn't happen (Mario Kart 8 should get more DLC, although I suspect the problem is the team has been disbanded)... but that's why a very hardcore game like Smash gets DLC, while a big family friendly party game like Super Mario Party doesn't
@StuTwo I just assume the team isn't together anymore. They're just doing something else.
But it would make sense for some DLC
I love mariokart wii, its my favorite in the series. I like the track selection better, and I like having more battle maps. I also think that the character selection is WAY better. But mariokart wii was the one I grew up with so it's probably just nostalgia talking. But the character selection is still better that's a fact
@p0cketpingp0ng thanks 👍🏻
I wish Nintendo would release more DLC courses (new and revamped classic courses) for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. I feel like the Switch doesn't need a sequel. Enough people own the console and this game that another round of paid DLC would be way more preferential. MK8D is already one of the best looking and controlled games on the Switch so just give us more content and then when the Switch gets a proper successor then we can have a new Mario Kart game.
Guys guys...if MK8DX didn't have DLC 5 years ago...IT WON'T.
And for those that say that "welp no MK9 cause MK8 sells well"....please please read a marketing book.
If a product sells well, the logical reason is to keep those customers with a new upgraded product.
I know you are kids but geez.
@Silly_G why did you resent it? 16 tracks for $12? That was an excellent value.
@DK-Fan I think it would also sell more consoles. And sell more than ACNH.
MK8D is the best Kart. G.O.A.T.
One of the most fun games I have ever played since I started gaming in the 1980's on NES. In my Top 10 games of all time based on how many hundreds of hours I continue to play it. In fact, I wanna play now.. Haha❤️
@idork99 Yes sir.
@StuTwo yeah, that article was even more absurd than this one.
Good for Nintendo that it's selling well, but the chances of Mario Kart 9 are now lower
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