Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the first major Switch game since the console’s launch, is already the top-selling video game of the year so far on Amazon.
The best-selling gaming products of 2017 aren’t actually games; the top two spots on Amazon’s list are occupied by PlayStation Store gift cards, with $20 at No. 1 and $10 at No. 2. But Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is right behind them in the third slot.
That feat is inherently nothing to sneeze at, but it’s even more impressive with some context. Nintendo just launched Mario Kart 8 Deluxe today, April 28. Amazon updates this particular list daily, so the retailer’s pre-order numbers alone may be entirely responsible for getting the game this high on the list. And the kart racer is doing better than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is officially the Switch’s best-selling game at this point; it outdid the console itself in March, with 2.76 million copies sold worldwide.
Remember also that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a full-price re-release of a Wii U game that’s nearly three years old — the original Mario Kart 8 launched in late May 2014. And a lot of people already own it: Mario Kart 8 is by far the best-selling game in Wii U history, with 8.31 million copies sold as of March 31, 2017. But if Amazon’s sales are any indication, the majority of Switch owners may also end up buying Deluxe.
Check out our preview of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for more on the differences between it and its Wii U predecessor.
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