If you’ve wanted to see Nintendo soon announce the Mario Kart 9 for the Nintendo Switch, there may be bad news. The latest in Nintendo’s iconic racing franchise is a huge success for the company and seems to lead to the creation of a sequel, but Mario Kart 8 has been largely unsuccessful. In fact, the game broke another extraordinary record last month. So it seems very unlikely that a new game will come out soon.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the sixth-selling game of the month in March 2021, according to The NPD Group, which tracks video game sales data in the United States. In achieving this feat, Nintendo set another sales record. In the title. Currently, Mario Kart 8 is said to be the best-selling racing video game in history overall. It takes into account the Wii U’s first iteration and game sales across this new deluxe port on Nintendo Switch.
US NPD SW-Mario Kart 8 reached number 6 on the March 2021 best-selling chart. Mario Kart 8 is the best-selling racing genre video game in American history.
— Matt Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) April 16, 2021
So if you want to see Mario Kart 9, why is this bad news? Well, basically, Nintendo has no reason to develop such a game so far, given how much Mario Kart 8 continues to sell. To date, Mario Kart 8 is said to have sold over 40 million units worldwide on Switch and Wii U. It’s also Nintendo’s best-selling video game on each platform. As you can see from this recent sales data, games are most often sold in the top 10 titles of a particular month. Nintendo’s release of Mario Kart 9 will only reduce sales of games that have been burning almost seven years after their first release.
Mario Kart 9 isn’t a game that can be seen a bit further, but not all of this is bad news. Mario Kart 8 itself is very likely to be the installment payments the series has ever had. So if the release interval is long, Nintendo has chosen the right one to end the series for the foreseeable future.
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