This past weekend Nintendo released Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, an enhanced port of Mario Kart 8 featuring new content on Nintendo Switch. Though some believed the game's sales would lag due to its original Wii U release in 2014, the story couldn't be any different. In fact, in one day it became North America's fastest-selling Mario Kart game in existence.
Nintendo of America revealed that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold over 459,000 copies in the region on its first day, between retail and digital purchases, becoming the region's fastest-selling Mario Kart game. The same record was previously held by the phenomenally popular Mario Kart Wii, which sold around 433,900 copies on launch day and later became one of the best-selling games of all time.
It's no wonder Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is doing so well. It achieved a score of 93 on Metacritic, the highest aggregate score a Mario Kart game has gotten since 2001's Mario Kart: Super Circuit achieved the same score on Game Boy Advance. It's also one of the most accessible Mario Kart games for new players, as it introduces new "auto-accelerate" and "smart steering" mechanics to ease first-timers onto the road.
Nintendo stated that 45% of Switch owners in the US bought a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the first day it was available, meaning nearly one half of all the console's owners have a copy of Mario Kart available at home and on the go.
Source: Nintendo PR (via Nintendo Everything)