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Mario Kart is the all-time best-selling racing franchise in the U.S.

Posted on May 20, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, DS, GameCube, General Nintendo, News, Switch, Wii, Wii U

Another piece of significant information has been reported stemming from the April 2017 NPD report. According to Mat Piscatella, an analyst for the company, Mario Kart is the all-time best-selling racing franchise in the U.S.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the best-selling game in the U.S. last month despite being on the market for just two days. In that short period, over 460,000 physical units sold. With digital sales included, the total exceeds 550,000 units.


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  • Man

    new record!

  • Pachirisu

    *pretends to be shocked*
    jokes aside, i’m glad games on the switch are doing so well 🙂

  • awng781

    No other racing game franchise comes close lol.

  • Adrian Brown

    Not even a blue shell will stop Mario Kart of being first!

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  • Take that Project CARS dev……. 😉

  • ok
    that’s a pretty specific qualifier

    i mean hell there’s only two other racing franchises

    • They’re saying that the Mario Kart franchise is the most successful racing franchise of all-time in the U.S. There have been great racing franchises of past decades like…….

      Sega Rally
      Crusin’ Series
      Gran Turismo
      Ridge Racer
      San Francisco RUSH
      Midnight Club
      Project Gotham Racing
      Daytona USA
      Road Rash

      Just to name a few and for Mario Kart to win over those great racers is an amazing accomplishment

      • yeah those are all LONG dead except forza and GT

        i can’t believe mario kart outsold daytona usa!

      • Locky Mavo

        How could you forget Need for Speed?

      • Dan Mendro

        Meh, Mario Kart has been out for 25 years, on like 9 consoles. IT should be no suprise. I wonder how close it is with Forza and Gran Turismo.

  • NeptuniasBeard

    Wait! But what about… um…

    Well dang, what else is there lol

  • Shadao

    I haven’t even got it yet.

  • Blanco8x8

    No $#!+, Sherlock.

  • David Peka

    “B-b-but it’s just a port and no one is going to buy it because like anyone knows Wii U sold over 100 million units and everyone already played MK8.” /s

    I knew it would sell well regardless of what all the naysayers and haters were saying. They took the best Mario Kart game and made it even better. 90% of the people and casuals don’t give a flying f if it’s just a port. All they want is a good and fun game. The only people that complained were butthurt Wii U people and haters that weren’t going to buy the game nor the system anyways.

    Good job Nintendo, well deserved success

  • Jacob Groves

    Mario tell all of Racing Franchises, “I am king of racing so no one beat me!! I am the best!!!” Hehehehe

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is awesome racing game. So much fun, funny, addictive, lots of contents, revamped Battle Mode is fantastic, beautiful visuals (beat any PS4 / XB1 games is the fact), so much exciting during races / battles and my favourite character King Boo comeback awesome.. 😀

  • Jacob Groves

    Well done to Nintendo. Clapping!!!

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    Not hard to be the best when racing genre is niche anyways.

  • Michael C

    its like saying pacman is the best selling game with consumables, or the best selling action game. This is a cartoony arcade racing game, so its more accessable then a forza, and sonys GT series. So comparing serious racing games, with serious graphics, serious tracks, serious cars…to some cartoony racing game is not fair, nor does it speak of the quality of the more adult racing games on the two main systems.

    • David Fallows

      “This is a cartoony arcade racing game, so its more accessable then a forza, and sonys GT series.”

      I’m not sure I agree. It takes a much longer time to master MK8 than Forza or GT due to insane skill cap. Do those two games even have a competitive scene?

      • Dan Mendro

        Forza has an eSports league here and there. Most competitive racing is done on the PC though. I think is the name of the pro gaming software.

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