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    July 13th, 2019GamespotUncategorized

    The Mario Kart franchise has been a mainstay for Nintendo since the original, Super Mario Kart, launched for the SNES. Every Nintendo console and handheld since the SNES and GBA have gotten a release in the kart racing series.

    Unsurprisingly, Nintendo's best-selling home console and handheld also have the best-selling Mario Kart games, according to shipment figures from Nintendo. Mario Kart Wii shipped 37.20 million units, while Mario Kart DS shipped 23.60 million units. 


    Mario Kart 8 shipped 8.44 million units on the Wii U. While that might put it as the seventh best-selling game in the franchise, it was also released on the worst selling Nintendo console, the Wii U, which sold just 13.56 million units lifetime. That would mean nearly two-thirds of Wii U owners purchased the game. 

    The rerelease of Mario Kart 8Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, released for the Nintendo Switch on April 28, 2017 and has shipped 16.69 million units as of March 31, 2019. The figure is expected to continue to climb as the hybrid console continues to sell at a strong pace. It will likely continue to move up the best-sellers chart for the Mario Kart franchise. It has shipped 44.9 percent of what Mario Kart Wii shipped.

     Here is the list of the best-selling games in the Mario Kart franchise:

    1. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) - 37.20m
    2. Mario Kart DS (DS) - 23.60m
    3. Mario Kart 7 (3DS) - 18.26m
    4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS) - 16.69m
    5. Mario Kart 64 (N64) - 9.87m
    6. Super Mario Kart (SNES) - 8.76m
    7. Mario Kart 8 (WiiU) - 8.44m
    8. Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (GCN) - 6.88m
    9. Mario Kart: Super Circuit (GBA) - 5.91m

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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