This past Tuesday it was revealed by industry analyst Daniel Ahmad that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has surpassed the 1 million sales milestone, along with Persona 5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the kicker here, because it was released 24 days after Persona 5.
Persona 5 (inc Japan/Asia sales) and Mario Kart 8 join the million sellers list for April 2017. https://t.co/gyyKfRTBSB— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) May 2, 2017
This thing sold way faster than anyone could have imagined, and it hit that one-million mark over the course of a weekend. That's mind-boggling, and it really makes us wonder whether or not Mario Kart 8 Deluxe can surpass The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as the Nintendo Switch's best-selling title. We know for a fact that that it's the best selling Mario Kart game ever developed, because Nintendo confirmed as much in a recent press release, saying:
"With more than 459,000 combined packaged and digital sales in the U.S. on launch day alone (April 28), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch system is the fastest-selling game in the long-running Mario Kart series. The previous record holder for the highest first-day sales in the franchise was Mario Kart Wii, with U.S. sales of approximately 433,900 when it launched in 2008.
"The solid sales numbers for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe equate to an attach rate of 45 percent – meaning nearly one in two Nintendo Switch owners in the U.S. purchased a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the first day it was available."
Equally impressive has Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's critical reception. Nintendo noted in that same release that it had received more perfect scores than any other Mario Kart ever developed, with a Metacritic score hanging out at 93 at the time of posting.
Nintendo has paved a Rainbow Road to success with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and we're wondering if the tremendous sales could possibly lead to more DLC. Deluxe already comes with both DLC packs released for the original Mario Kart 8, so long-time players, while certainly happy with the overall package, are wondering if there will be anything else to look forward to in the future. Maybe we'll hear something during the E3 Direct? Stay tuned!