Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is doing exceptionally well. It might be a minor HD port with a few tweaks (which I’ll contend make the game well worth its price of entry), but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is crushing it. The game has rocked the sales charts since its launch at the end of April, and now analysts are digging into exactly how huge this is.
An Equity Analyst at Jeffries spoke with Business Insider about how massive Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is. The gist? It’s selling faster and in bigger numbers on the Nintendo Switch than Mario Kart Wii did for the Wii. Here’s the full quote.
“No, this is not just any ordinary success. The scale of this success is many times bigger than what is visible with ‘MK8D sales of 459K units exceeded MKWii sales of 405K’. Analyzing the scale, we realize that like-for-like, MK8D is mega-hit on a different scale altogether (maybe 5-10x better). On the launch day in the US, MK8D sold c. 459K units. By 31Mar’17, Switch had an installed base of c. 1.2m in ‘The Americas’ (and probably 1.5m by Apr-end). The earlier launch day record was earlier held by Mario Kart Wii (launched in Apr 2008). Recall that MK-Wii was launched 17 months after Wii launch (Nov-2006). My 31Mar’08, Wii had a global installed base of 24.45m (Switch was at c. 2.74m by ’17 Mar-end) and its installed base in The Americas was 10.6m (Switch was 1.2m).”
Yes, five-to-ten times bigger than Mario Kart Wii
That’s a wild notion to consider, isn’t it? The Nintendo Switch sold well enough at launch to support the hype generated by a Mario Kart title that was already made before. Of course, there weren’t too many Wii U owners, so a lot of these players are buying the game for the first time.
Then there are people like me who double-dip. This thing will sell well for years to come.