This past weekend Nintendo released Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, an enhanced port of Mario Kart 8 featuring new content on Nintendo Switch. Though some believed the game’s sales would lag due to its original Wii U release in 2014, the story couldn’t be any different. In fact, in one day it became North America’s fastest-selling Mario Kart game in existence.

Nintendo of America revealed that
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold over 459,000 copies in the region on its first day, between retail and digital purchases, becoming the region’s fastest-selling Mario Kart game. The same record was previously held by the phenomenally popular Mario Kart Wii, which sold around 433,900 copies on launch day and later became one of the best-selling games of all time.

It’s no wonder
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is doing so well. It achieved a score of 93 on Metacritic, the highest aggregate score a Mario Kart game has gotten since 2001’s Mario Kart: Super Circuit achieved the same score on Game Boy Advance. It’s also one of the most accessible Mario Kart games for new players, as it introduces new “auto-accelerate” and “smart steering” mechanics to ease first-timers onto the road.

Nintendo stated that 45% of Switch owners in the US bought a copy of
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the first day it was available, meaning nearly one half of all the console’s owners have a copy of Mario Kart available at home and on the go.

Source: Nintendo PR (via Nintendo Everything)

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Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: http://youtube.com/user/pokemoneinstein I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.

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