Mario Kart is a sub-series of the Mario franchise. Mario Kart is one of the best-selling series, having sold over 138 million units, despite there only being nine entries so far.

Sales[edit | edit source]

Sales below use the latest numbers from Nintendo shipments found here[1] and associated pages. Regional sales breakdown figures are from Nintendo, Media Create, Famitsu, and NPD.

Year Platform Title Sales
(millions)
Sales breakdown
1992 Super Mario Kart 14.04
1992 SNES Super Mario Kart 8.76 JP: 3.82 million[2]
2017 SNES Super NES Classic Edition 5.28 Worldwide: 5.28 million[3]
1997 Mario Kart 64 to Mario Kart 7 102.29
1997 N64 Mario Kart 64 9.87 JP: 2.24 million[2]
US: 5.5 million[4]
2001 GBA Mario Kart: Super Circuit 5.91 JP: 938,175[5]
US: 2.53 million[4]
2003 GC Mario Kart: Double Dash!! 6.88 JP: 826,000[6]
US: 3.85 million[4]
2005 DS Mario Kart DS 23.60 JP: 4,006,571[5]
US: 3 million[4]
2008 Wii Mario Kart Wii 37.32 JP: 3,783,315[7]
US: 11.3 million[8]
2011 3DS Mario Kart 7 18.71 JP: 3.01 million[n 1]
US: 3.48 million[16]
2014 Mario Kart 8 33.22
2014 Wii U Mario Kart 8 8.45 JP: 1,356,167[5]
US: 2 million[17]
2017 Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 24.77 JP: 2.113 million[5]
Overseas: 9.63 million[15][18]
Franchise total 149.55

Japan[edit | edit source]

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Mario Kart Wii[edit | edit source]

Mario Kart Wii had an incredibly successful launch and sold 300,000 copies on the launch day in Japan alone, compared to Mario Kart DS which sold 160,000 copies on its first day and Mario Kart: Double Dash!! which sold 180,000 on its first day. Only three days later it had sold a total of over half a million copies in Japan. In the week ending May 4, 2008, Mario Kart Wii had sold over a million copies in Japan, less than a month since its release in the region. In the UK, Mario Kart Wii was the best-selling video game in the week ending April 12, 2008, having "the eighth biggest opening sales week in UK software history," according to ChartTrack/ELSPA. In France, the game has sold 453K copies as of June 2008.[1] The game dwarfed all the other five Mario Wii games combined (Mario & Sonic at the Olympics, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Paper Mario, Mario Party 8, and Mario Strikers Charged) when comparing first week sales. In North America, Mario Kart Wii sold 1.12 million copies in its first four days of release (from April 27-30), according to the NPD Group. This puts Mario Kart Wii at #2 of the best selling video games of April in North America, behind the Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto IV and ahead of the PlayStation 3 version, both released in the same week. As of September 2015, 36.53 million copies have been sold worldwide.[2]

In terms of gross revenue, Mario Kart Wii has grossed $2.8 billion, or $3.2 billion adjusted for inflation.[19]

Mario Kart 7[edit | edit source]

It is the best selling non Pokemon 3DS game at 14.82 million. While far behind the juggernauts of the Wii and DS entries, it still leads the pack by almost 5 million

Mario Kart 8[edit | edit source]

The game launched with great sales, with 1.2 million in sales in the first 4 days on the market with 325,892 sold retail in Japan according to Media Create. It increased sales of the Wii U by 666% compared to the week before with its release. By June 30, 2014, it sold 2.88 million. By end of July, it sold over 1 million copies in America. By October 2014, the game has sold 3.49 million. by January, the game sold 4.77 million total.

In Japan, the game sold over 840,000 copies by the end of 2014. In France, the sales number was 346,000[20]. In the US, the game has sold over 1.7 million.

Currently, it is at 8.0 million, which is an amazing attach rate with over half of Wii U owners owning it despite it lacking bundles until months later.

A port of the game released on the Nintendo Switch as a launch window title in April 2017. From Nintendo's point of view, not enough people played Mario Kart 8, even though over 8 million copies were sold worldwide (approximately the same amount as the original game). So they released the port for the Nintendo Switch and currently have no plans of announcing Mario Kart 9.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Mario Kart 7 in Japan:
    • FY 2011: 1.66 million[9]
    • FY 2012: 400,000[10]
    • FY 2013: 300,000[11]
    • FY 2014: 200,000[12]
    • FY 2015: 180,000[13]
    • FY 2016: 120,000[14]
    • FY 2017: 150,000[15]


References[edit | edit source]

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