So when the Nintendo Switch was fully announced in January, a lot of games were announced for it. One game that got a lot of people raising eyebrows was Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It was a port of the Wii U title that was, in fact, the best selling game on the Wii U. Why was Nintendo porting it? Was this a way of getting Mario Kart on the Switch without making a new game? What was the deal? These questions plagued fans for quite some time.
But, as it would turn out, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was much more than a simple port. The game had a major upgrade in the Battle Mode, which was not in the Wii U version. This gave fans a whole new way to play. What’s more, all the DLC for the Wii U version (which included new tracks, and characters like Link) was included for free. Naturally, the game did very well, but some people on Reddit are noting just how well it’s doing.
User Konbini Reddit found numbers from VGChartz that stated that the Deluxe version has basically matched what the original did on the Wii U in its first seven weeks, with a difference of only 19K. Very likely there are people who bought both versions.
What’s also impressive is that when MK8 arrive on Wii U, it was a more established console, while MK8D arrived on Switch in April, a month and a half after it launched. And right now, the console is a little over 5 million units sold. With 2.2 game units of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold, that means that about 50% of all Switch owners have this game.
Now, the real question is whether the title will surpass the 7.3 million units the original did on Wii U. Only time will tell.