When Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was announced for the Nintendo Switch, a lot of people were confused. On one hand, it kind of made sense, as the Wii U version of the game didn’t sell as much as past entries due to the size of the console’s user-base. But it also raised questions about why the brand new system was getting a port instead of a new entry. Well, those fears were put to rest the moment the game came out, as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe became the fast-selling Mario Kart game of all time.
It sold 1 million copies in its opening weekend, and it’s been selling ever since. And a recent update on VGChartz, shown off by Geeksultd, shows that by June 3, it reached over 2 million. Now, the chart says 1.97 million, but that only counts retail sales, not digital ones. Given how popular the Nintendo EShop is, and the good amount of space players have on the Switch, it’s not hard to imagine 300,000 digital sales between launch and June 3. Either way you look at it, it’s good sales for the Nintendo Switch.
This would make Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the second game on the system to reach past 2 million units sold. The first, of course, was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And again, this game was a port – an updated port to be sure, but still a port. For Mario Kart 8, Nintendo took the original game, added all the DLC that had come out since launch on the Wii U, added in the much requested Battle Mode, and added a few more characters and tracks, then called it “Deluxe.” This seems like this could be the beginning of a trend, as Pokken Tournament DX seems to be following the same mold.
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