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Mario Kart 8 Sales Top 50 Million When You Combine Switch and Wii U Versions

Mario Kart 8 Sales Top 50 Million When You Combine Switch and Wii U Versions - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 February 2022 / 2,271 Views

Nintendo in its earnings report for the quarter ending December 31, 2021 has updated its top-sellers list for games on the Nintendo Switch.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe remains the best-selling Nintendo Switch with 43.35 million units sold. The Wii U version of Mario Kart 8 sold 8.46 million units lifetime. The kart racer sold 4.61 million units during the December quarter.

The combined sales of the Switch and Wii U versions of Mario Kart 8 have now sold over 50 million units lifetime - 51.81 million units as of December 31, 2021.

Mario Kart 8 Sales Top 50 Million When You Combine Switch and Wii U Versions

Mario Kart 8 is the second best-selling Nintendo game of all time. Only Wii Sports (Wii) sold more with 82.90 million units. Super Mario Bros. (NES) is the third best-selling Nintendo with sales of 40.24 million units.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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7 Comments
2zosteven (on 03 February 2022)

What will Mario Kart 9 sale? I do believe will be cross generation for switch and next generation console. should easily pass Wii U and switch.

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xMetroid (on 03 February 2022)

This is crazy. The budget on the next MK game better be astronomical. I want them to push the formula further.

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VAMatt xMetroid (on 05 February 2022)

I don't really think that's Nintendo's MO. They may push the formula some, but they're not going to throw a ton of money at it. From a business perspective, why should they? This one has sold incredibly well. So, an incremental improvement is probably all they need. Why throw many millions more at development, when an incremental step is likely to generate massive sales as well?

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VAMatt (on 05 February 2022)

It is a great game. But, as a Wii U owner, I've really felt kind of screwed by Nintendo with the Switch. They retreaded a bunch of games that I already owned, and made minimal, if any, improvements to them. So, for my loyalty through the lean Wii U years, I am repaid with an invitation to buy the same games again for Switch.

I'm happy for gamers that so many people have had a chance to play this great game. But, the success of the retread I'm afraid gives Nintendo the wrong idea.

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ireadtabloids VAMatt (on 05 February 2022)

I don’t mind it so much, but I did tell some of my friends four years ago that I would buy Mario Kart on Switch when the Switch exclusive version came out.
but then MK8DX kept selling haha.

Hopefully Nintendo does something with their accounts like they’ve been saying so that people will be able to play most of the games they already own on the Switch successor. The option to get improved performance would be handy too.

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Rafie (on 04 February 2022)

Well f'ing deserved. Mario Kart is just too damn great! Always has been. The internet will shatter when they announce MK9.

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Kakadu18 (on 03 February 2022)

The perfect kart racer.

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