To say that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold well initially would be to underserve its success. The game sold insanely well right off the starting line, and it will absolutely be a long-term boon for the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo sent out a press release this week indicating that, with only two days tracked in the month, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe managed to sell more than 460,000 physical copies. In that same span, it broke 550,000 units sold digitally.
In two days at the end of April on the Nintendo Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold more than 1,000,000 copies physically and digitally. It was, if it weren’t already obvious, the best-selling game in April 2017.
That success translates to the Switch, too
For the second month running, and the second consecutive since its launch in early March 2017, the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling game console. Despite its shortages, the Nintendo Switch was sold more than 280,000 times in North America alone.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold third-best for the month of April, though Nintendo didn’t clarify how many copies it sold. Certainly, that game will hang on for a while as well.
Between The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which I contended earlier was worth the $60 price for double-dippers, Nintendo’s got two great games already stacked for new Nintendo Switch owners.