Game: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Release Date: 28/04/2017
It’s another victory for the racing game genre, as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has raced to the top of the UK charts in its first week of sale on Nintendo Switch. Not only is it the first Mario Kart game to enter the charts at number one since Mario Kart Wii released in 2008, it’s the first Nintendo game to top the charts since Pokemon White on the DS in 2011.
The timing of the release worked out well for Nintendo, arriving at a time when a new wave of stock became available for the Switch and early adopters will have likely finished launch title Zelda Breath of the Wild, which also saw a 68 percent increase in sales.
Over in America, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 459,000 copies (that includes both the retail and digital release) on its launch day making it the fastest-selling Mario Kart game ever, beating the 433,900 record previously held by Mario Kart Wii. 280,229 copies were also sold in Japan since launch, but no figures have been released for the UK yet.
It also means that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has s a 45 percent attach rate with US Switch owners – “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,” according to Nintendo. An impressive achievement, considering the game is essentially an enhanced port of the original Wii U game released three years ago.