Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold nearly a million more copies than the original

Nintendo must be very pleased with the performance of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The original game released for Wii U, was the console’s best selling game with 8.44 million copies sold.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was released for Switch in April 2018, one month after the release of the Switch. Since then, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold 9.22 million copies, putting it nearly one million ahead of the original.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sales place it as the second best selling game on the Switch, behind Super Mario Odyssey.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Sales

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the first Wii U title ported to the Switch and since its release, we have seen plenty more re-releases. These include;

  • Bayonetta 2
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Hyrule Warriors

Judging by the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sales figures, re-releasing Wii U games on Switch is a solid idea. There are already 3 million more Switches in households than Wii Us and it has a much better reputation.

Players who didn’t own a Wii U or buy many games for it may be more likely to buy games for Switch since it’s a much better console and the portability is its strongest selling point.

If you could have any Wii U game re-released on Switch, what would it be?

Leo Stevenson
Leo Stevenson
I've been playing games for the past 27 years and have been writing for almost as long. Combining two passions in the way I'm able is a true privilege. PowerUp! is a labour of love and one I am so excited to share.

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