Mario Kart 8 becomes best-selling racing game in North American history

The most recent kart racing outing from Mario and pals is now the top-selling racing game.

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It’s not a good day to be Mario Kart Wii. Sure, things have been nice up to this point as the best-selling racing game, but all that changes as Mario Kart 8 has now become the all-time best-selling racing game in North America. The sales data comes from the recent March 2021 NPD reports.

Despite its age, the Nintendo Switch version of Mario Kart 8 managed to snag the sixth overall spot in the NPD’s top-selling games for March listing. It trailed other recent hits like Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War and Monster Hunter: Rise, according to data shared on Twitter by NPD’s Mat Piscatella.

Mario Kart 8 originally began its life on Nintendo’s WiiU. While it was very well received at launch, its overall sales were hindered by the WiiU console’s underperformance on the market. The popular racer got a new lease on life when it saw a re-release on Nintendo Switch as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Nintendo’s Switch handheld console has been a runaway success ever since its 2017 debut. The availability of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for most of the system’s lifespan has been a boon for the kart racer’s sales and popularity. It should be no surprise that one of the most popular franchises of all time saw huge success from arguably its best entry. Outstanding visuals, online play, and portability mean Mario Kart 8 has earned its place in history. Job well done!

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    April 16, 2021 5:58 PM

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      April 16, 2021 6:19 PM

      Awesome. It's probably the best game on the system.

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      April 16, 2021 8:35 PM

      I REALLY hope they do a MK9 soon. Tommy and I have resumed our daily Mario Kart 8 games since Mary went back to work at her office. :/

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        April 16, 2021 9:34 PM

        I just don’t know how you can make mk8 better. Some new tracks I guess and an overhauled online experience.

        I don’t know if that’s worth $60.

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          April 16, 2021 11:51 PM

          Its like Smash. Bros. They included everything and did it perfect - where do you go from here?

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            April 17, 2021 12:22 AM

            Mario Kart 8 DX looks better than almost any other video game out there, the control is perfect, the tracks have never been better, its never played better, so yeah, idk!

            I really wonder what that team is up to. Content updates to ARMS finished in early 2018 so its been a while since we’ve seen what Yabuki’s group is up to. Is it a new Mario Kart or is it something else?

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          April 17, 2021 8:12 AM

          Track editor

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          April 17, 2021 10:30 AM

          They could fix things like this:

          https://twitter.com/Captain_Chibz/status/1382921457928343556

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        April 17, 2021 10:32 AM

        They’ll remaster it again and sell for $60

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      April 17, 2021 10:35 AM

      I actually enjoy Mario Kart Tour more than MK8.

      I prefer the controls on MK8, but I really enjoy the variety of characters and unlocks in MKT, and more importantly, the combo-based gameplay. I feel like the combos are way more interesting to chain together than just racing on a line, and hoping you don't get red-shelled on the last turn.

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