Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Had The Best Launch In The Series

by Joe Juba on May 01, 2017 at 11:36 AM

It may be a port of a previous title, but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has surpassed its predecessors and sold more copies on launch day than any other game in Mario Kart's history. 

Nintendo made the announcement via press release, revealing that the Switch game sold 459,000 copies in the U.S. (physical and digital) on April 28. The previous record holder for launch-day sales was 2008's Mario Kart Wii, which sold 433,900 in the U.S. when it released.

To see what all these players are enjoying, you can watch us play a few rounds of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's battle mode.


Our Take
For a series as popular as Mario Kart, breaking that record is no small feat. The success of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is probably a combination of many factors, including the popularity of the Switch versus the Wii U, but there's no question that it's a fun game that deserves a broad audience.