Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is now the best-selling installment of the saga with 38.74 million cumulative copies. Nintendo has published at dawn this Thursday the financial report corresponding to the second quarter of this fiscal year (Q2 / FY2021), corresponding to the period from July 1 to September 30, months during which they have been sold 1.66 million units of the title today protagonist.
Originally released in April 2017, a month after the machine was released, it took Mario Kart 8 Deluxe just four and a half years to outsell the once-unbeatable one, Mario Kart Wii (2008, Wii), which accumulated a whopping 37.88 million units. Everything went smoothly with this title, which in markets such as Europe could be found with the Wii Wheel peripheral to take advantage of the use of the Wii Remote and its motion control.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe continues to sell hundreds of thousands of copies every month
The reality is that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the preferred game of Nintendo Switch users. Despite being a port improved from the original title of Wii U (2014), which sold 8.45 million units (a console-game ratio of 62.31%), nothing has prevented the projection of MK8D from being extraordinary; an adjective that fits perfectly with a title with unprecedented behavior.
During the 2020/21 financial year, the year of the pandemic – from April 2020 to March 31, 2021 – 10.62 million copies were sold, thus exceeding the 9.22 million of the 2017 academic year; the 7.47 million in 2018 and the 8.08 million units in 2019. In the first semester (Q1 + Q2 of FY2021), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe already has 3.35 million units sold (1.69 + 1.66 million).
With this interest in the title, still superlative, fans wonder when we will see the next main iteration of the saga, that between 2014 and now there have been approaches such as Mario Kart Tour (2019, mobile devices) and Mario Kart Live: Home Cirtuit (2020, Switch), which have experimented with other markets, other types of audiences and technologies such as virtual reality.
It is perhaps a market strategy to wait for the end of the momentum Mario Kart 8 Deluxe before the next one; thus avoiding to coincide in the stores an eventual Mario Kart 9 with the present title, which could precipitate the paralysis of the projection of the first when, in all probability, it has at least two years of great successes left.
Sources | Nintendo Earnings Release; Nintendo IR Data / Software