Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time, and it only widens the gap between it and other Switch games.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was released in the spring of 2017 and has been selling copies ever since. The best-selling Nintendo Switch game currently has over 45 million copies sold. A Nintendo earnings statement revealed that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold around 10 million more copies in the past year alone.

The incredible popularity of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is probably why another Mario Kart game apparently isn’t in the works for the Nintendo Switch just yet. Instead, Nintendo is releasing 48 newly remastered tracks for the record-breaking kart racing game.

These new tracks are similar to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in that they are not completely new content, but rather remakes and upgrades of old tracks from older Mario Kart games. Despite some complaints, the tracks have generally been welcomed with open arms by Mario Kart fans.

So many Nintendo Switch exclusives have been released over the past few years, it’s definitely an accomplishment for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to remain the top seller for so long. Here are the most popular Nintendo Switch games by sales:

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 45.33 million
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 38.64 million
  3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 28.17 million
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 26.55 million
  5. Pokemon Sword/Pokémon Shield – 24.27 million
  6. Super Mario Odyssey – 23.5 million
  7. Super Mario Party – 17.78 million
  8. Pokémon Shining Diamond/Pokémon Shining Pearl – 14.65 million
  9. Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu / Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee – 14.53 million
  10. Ring Fit Adventure – 14.09 million

All of the games on this list are Nintendo Switch exclusives. Unlike the PC, Xbox, and PlayStation, which often have games with cross-play functionality and share most games with simultaneous release dates, the Nintendo Switch often releases games aimed specifically at the single console.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was a huge hit in 2020, allowing friends to connect and even hang out virtually. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has an ever-evolving competitive scene that makes it a hit at both parties and tournaments. But Mario Kart 8 Deluxe simply can’t be beat, and the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course DLC announcement will most likely cement its top spot for some time to come.

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