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Why Mario Kart 8 is a phenomenon

Posted on December 5, 2021 by in Features, Switch, Videos, Wii U

In the last financial report from Nintendo, we learned that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sales have reached 38.74 million units, surpassing Mario Kart Wii as the best-selling game in the franchise. Being a “deluxe” edition of a Wii U title, I found it surprising how incredibly successful the game is.

There are obvious reasons for those crazy numbers such as the Switch’s success and the overall popularity of Mario Kart. However, in a new video today, I decided to analyze what exactly makes it special on the inside, why the game is so universally approachable, and how it differs from past games in the series. You can check the video down below.

We have some other recent videos that you might be interested in watching as well. You can find one here in which we look back on the Champions’ Ballad DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There’s also a video up here covering five reasons why those who have yet to pick up a Switch may want to do so (and five reasons why the system is not for everyone). 

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