Having launched only late last week, the game stood as an impressive buy-in for potential Switch owners that had waited for more games to hit the console.
With the original version launching only three years ago, it’s a fairly short time between initial release and a remastered/re-released effort, but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has proven to be far more successful for Nintendo than anyone could have imagined.
In all honesty, we probably should have seen this coming. With Switch consoles flying off shelves, and the console’s portability and accessibility seeming like a nature fit for Mario Kart, it was inevitable that the game would sell well.
That it managed to break an all-time record for Nintendo on the way to being the fastest selling in franchise history is probably something no one saw coming.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold more than 459,000 copies in the U.S. on its first day on sale (via Nintendo Everything), with that figure representative of both digital and boxed sales.
That puts the attach rate at roughly 1 in every 2 Switch owners, which is mighty impressive for Nintendo and Switch.
The sales figure trumps the previous first-week sales record achieved by Mario Kart Wii back in 2008, which sold 433,900 copies on its first day.