Today, Nintendo announced that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, an enhanced port of Mario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Switch, sold 459,000 in the U.S. on launch day lone (April 28th), making it the fastest-selling game in the long-running and iconic Mario Kart series.
As you may know, the previous holder of the first-day sales record was Mario Kart Wii, which totaled 433,900 U.S. sales when it launched in 2008 to a much larger install base.
According to Nintendo, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — only accounting day-one sales, meaning this percentage has likely gone up — has an attach rate of 45 percent, aka nearly one in two Nintendo Switch owners in the U.S. purchased a copy on launch-day.
In addition to the record-breaking sales, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has also received more perfect review scores than any other Mario Kart game ever: with a current OpenCritic/Metacritic score of 93. This number makes it the highest-rated game in the series in 15 years.