Mario Kart 8, which launched worldwide on April 28, is the fastest-selling Mario Kart game in franchise history with more than 459,000 combined packaged and digital sales in the U.S. on launch day alone, Nintendo announced.
The previous record holder for highest first-day sales in the franchise was Mario Kart Wii, which sold approximately 433,900 when it launched in 2008.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has an attach rate of 45 percent, meaning that nearly one in two Switch owners in the U.S. purchased a copy of the game the day it launched. More than 2.7 million Switch systems have been sold worldwide, according to Nintendo.
In addition to being the fastest-selling game in the series, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is also the highest-rated game in the series in 15 years, with its Metacritic score of 93 tying that of Mario Kart: Super Circuit for Game Boy Advance.