Mario Kart 8 Deluxe goes that extra mile

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the UK’s new number one, becoming Nintendo’s first chart topper since 2011’s Pokémon White.

It’s also the first Mario game to claim the top spot since 2008’s Mario Kart Wii.

In terms of week one franchise sales, reports suggest it outsold both Mario Kart 8 on Wii U and Mario Kart 7 on 3DS but it fell slightly short of beating Mario Kart Wii. Considering the Switch has been on sale for less two months, that’s quite the accomplishment.

The superlative kart racer is setting tills ringing in the US too, with Nintendo of America confirming that 459,000 copies were sold on launch day alone. Crikey.

The UK top 40 sees another new face at #2 – Sniper Ghost Warrior 3. Despite the lukewarm reception – resulting in a Metacritic of 57% – CI Games’ shooter did manage to claim the top spots in both the PS4 and Xbox One charts.

GTA V dropped one place to #3, while the physical release of Bandai-Namco’s Little Nightmares debuted at #4. The individual format chart shows that PS4 version was the biggest selling, and by quite some margin.

Benefiting from a 68% sales boost, Zelda: Breath of the Wild rose from #10 to #5.

LEGO Worlds is at #6, last week’s no.1 Ghost Recon: Wildlands fell to #7, Infinite Warfare remained at #8, FIFA 17 dropped several positions to #9, and then at #10 it’s Horizon Zero Dawn.

As for other newcomers, Outlast Trinity from Warner Bros. put in a surprisingly strong showing at #14 while Puyo Puyo Tetris entered at #18 with the Switch version proving the most popular.

Cities Skylines: Xbox One Edition also managed to break the top 40, entering at #38 during its second week on sale.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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