Mario Kart Becomes All-Time Best-Selling Racing Franchise in the U.S.

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April 2017’s NPD results are in! The Nintendo Switch continues to dominate the market, and the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe proves to be a fantastic decision on Nintendo’s part.

April results

Total: $636 million (up 10 percent from $577 million in April 2016)

Hardware: $195 million (up 37 percent from $142 million)

Console software: $304 million (up 6 percent from $287 million)

PC software: $11 million (down 57 percent from $27 million)

Accessories: $125 million (up 4 percent from $121 million)

Mario Kart become the “all-time best-selling racing franchise in the U.S.” according to these statistics. We’re excited to see what Nintendo has in store for us next!


NPD tracks software sales physically and digitally, but it doesn’t have the full digital picture. It only has certain publishers on certain platforms. Notable omissions include Nintendo first-party sales through its own digital store.


  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  2. Persona 5*
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  4. MLB 17: The Show
  5. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. Overwatch**
  10. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  11. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  12. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  13. Lego City Undercover
  14. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
  15. Lego Worlds
  16. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  17. Battlefield 1
  18. For Honor
  19. Nier: Automata
  20. Minecraft

*Does not include digital sales
**Blizzard launcher sales not includes

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