So out of all the racing franchises out there, which is the most popular? While we can’t speak for other countries, a recent report from the NPD Group has revealed that Mario Kart is the best-selling racing franchise of all time in the US. According to analyst Mat Piscatella, “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the month’s top-selling title. As a property, Mario Kart is the all-time best-selling racing franchise in the U.S.”
That being said this shouldn’t really come as a surprise. Last week it was reported that the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the US for two months in a row, and that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe having only been released for less than a month has managed to moved 500,000 units including digital purchases.
We’ve also seen how the Mario Kart franchise has the power to spur console sales, like with the Wii U where it actually helped to boost console sales following the launch of Mario Kart 8.