Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is officially the series’ best selling entry ever.
That means Deluxe has now sold 38.74 million units since it released in April 2017, surpassing Mario Kart Wii’s previous franchise record of 37.38 million.
The original version of Mario Kart 8, released in 2014, has sold a further 8.46 million copies on Wii U.
Mario Kart’s best-selling games
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 38.74m
- Mario Kart Wii – 37.38m
- Mario Kart DS – 23.60m
- Mario Kart 7 (3DS) – 18.95m
- Mario Kart 64 – 9.8m*
The racing game, which as its name suggests is a Deluxe version of the 2014 Wii U original, has sold continuously well since Switch launched in 2017.
According to Gfk data, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was one of the best selling games in seven European regions in 2020, and the third-best selling physical game in Europe overall last year.
Only one first-party Nintendo games has sold more copies than Mario Kart Deluxe in the modern era: Wii Sports at 82.9m (and that game was bundled with hardware).
On Thursday, Nintendo reported updated Switch hardware and software sales figures as part of its second quarter financial results.
The company said on Thursday that Switch had sold-in (shipped) 92.87 million units as of September 30, 2021 – up 3.83 million units since June 30.