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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is Nintendo’s first game to hit #1 in the UK since 2011

Posted on April 30, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is off to a fantastic start in the UK. With the latest UK charts beginning to surface, this marks the first time that a Nintendo boxed game has reached the top spot since 2011. Pokemon White on DS was the last title to accoplish the feat. Additionally, it’s the first Mario game at the top spot since Mario Kart Wii.

GamesIndustry also reports that “Nintendo used the launch of its racer to ship more Switch stock to retailers, which has seen The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild return to the Top Five (at No.5) with a 68% increase in sales week-on-week.” Puyo Puyo Tetris debuted at the 18th spot, “with the majority of sales coming on Nintendo Switch.”

The preliminary charts are as follows:

Last Week This Week Title
New Entry 1 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
New Entry 2 Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3
3 2 Grand Theft Auto V
New Entry 4 Little Nightmares
10 4 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
4 6 LEGO Worlds
1 7 Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
8 8 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
3 9 FIFA 17
6 10 Horizon: Zero Dawn


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  • awng781

    Do note that Pokémon Sun/Moon would have comfortably topped the UK sales charts if it weren’t for the fact that they were tracked as separate games by GfK rather than the same game.

    Pokémon Sun/Moon sold 290,000 copies in its first week, a record for Nintendo.

    • Spice’71

      It had no competition I reckon about 35k.

      • awng781

        It’s very hard to tell just from chart rankings. I hope we get some actual numbers.

  • Spice’71

    I’m guessing ALOT of Switch’s were sold this weekend..

    • Lance Devon

      If they were available.

  • Blanco8x8

    And here I thought European gamers were a lost cause.

    • awng781

      Being a hybrid rather than a traditional home console, the Switch stands to outsell every Nintendo home console in Europe outside of the Wii.

    • R.Z.

      The data coming from that one island-nation sure is a good basis to judge Europe as a whole, right ?

      • Usama Notkani

        Yup cause UK has been one of the worst markets of Nintendo since forever

    • Tlink7

      UK =/= the whole of Europe lol. The Nintendo’s success varies greatly country by country

      • ForeVision

        I wonder how they’re doing over in our dark little corner, don’t you?

        • Tlink7

          I think the Switch is going to be a hit, so I’m guessing that around the holidays there will be quite some units out and about in the Netherlands

      • Usama Notkani

        Yes but UK is their worst market let’s be honest. Spain does better France does better Germany does better Italy does better and as a percentage of the entire country’s market I am sure every other European country does better. Of course that means that UK is still the third largest market in EU for consoles sold but not as a market share or percentage of the whole gaming industry in the country.

  • Spice’71

    Mario kart 8 on wiiu sold 1.2m in its first weekend.

    • ben


      • Spice’71

        Off course, I should be more clear.

  • Tlink7

    Cracks are appearing in the UK dudebro bastion

    • ForeVision

      A step forward I’d say, now let’s hope that accounts for Europe in it’s entirety. We could do with more genres and selling of other games than just the annual CoD.

      • Usama Notkani

        And FiFA. Although switch already has FIFA and now its FIFA on the go. If Call of duty comes to the switch then many Europeans might think on the go is better than 4k

  • Aline Piroutek

    BTW GTAV is the third in the rank.
    GOD, wht people still buy this game? I need to come to Switch then, still sells a lot for a >5yearOld game.

  • awng781

    Blast to the past:

    Mario Kart Wii was a sales juggernaut in the UK.

    First Week sales: 186,000
    First Month sales (April 2008): 386,000
    LTD sales by December 2008: 1.71 million
    LTD sales by December 2009: 2.57 million
    Lifetime sales: ~4 million

    Mario Kart Wii is the fastest selling Mario game of all time in the UK, yet its first week sales account for less than 5% of its lifetime sales.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    The fact GTA is still there says less about the game itself and more about the kind of people in UK.

    • jimmy

      That they like driving?

    • GoldenTriforce

      GTA V is still in the top 20 in most countries, even Japan. (Not to say that I’ve played it but it still sells very well)

    • Bap

      GTA V is the best GTA they’ve ever made. Miles better than CoD or FIFA

  • AJK

    I live in the UK. It’s the only territory where the XBone sold well. Tells you all you need to know about the taste levels of UK gamers lol

  • ben

    I hope EA make Fifa good for the switch.. I am hyped and it would be awesome on a portable.

    • Leonel

      If they make a good fifa game for the switch and take advantage of the HD rumble in some way I think fifa will do amazing in europe

      • masterjedi

        If they do a good job on FIFA that is going to be a HUGE deal for the Switch and Nintendo. FIFA is a sales juggernaut and a huge 3rd party IP that is king pretty much everywhere except the U.S. If that game lands this year it’ll be the only 3rd party game the Switch needs in 2017.

        • Leonel

          Definitely!!! Fifa is a big game in europe and if EA does great work for the switch version I can see that game selling a good amount and maybe more people will pick up the switch too!

  • masterjedi

    I feel like this is Switch’s first big test. Zelda gave it a great start out of the gate and now the baton has been passed to MK8D. We will now start to see if Nintendo’s strategy and release cadence are going to work out.

  • Jacob Groves



    Loving this game so much. Best Mario Kart in the series, best racing game of all-time, best racing game this generation. I am fans of Mario Kart series ofc but the fact this game is best for everything we saw, play and fun racing game ever made.

    Gran Turismo, Forza, Burnout, Need for Speed etc… couldn’t make to high rating or racing game’s massive sells. Mario Kart is only racing game achieved that in many decades in history and look at MK 8 Deluxe achieved once again. 😀

  • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

    poor english people…they were losing a lot of amazing games since 2011