Mario Kart 8 has become the best-selling racing game in US history, according to data shared by Mat Piscatella, analyst at the American market analysis firm NPD Group. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has been the sixth best-selling game in the country in March of 2021, four years after its premiere.
Piscatella does not clarify if the milestone occurs adding the units sold between the original version of Wii U and that of Nintendo Switch, or only taking into account that of the hybrid console. The record occurs the same day that we know that PlayStation 5 is the fastest-selling console of US history
Mar 2021 US NPD THREAD – March 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content, and accessories reached a March record $5.6 billion, 18% higher when compared to a year ago. First quarter consumer spending totaled $14.9 billion, 30% higher than 2020’s first quarter. pic.twitter.com/DyTVVqq38O— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) April 16, 2021
From NPD Group they affirm that this has been the month of March in which video games have generated more income since sales are measured: between consoles, video games and accessories, the $ 5.6 billion, 18% more than a year ago. The video game sales have grown by 47%, assuming a record of $ 680 million.
The best-selling game in March 2021 was Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, followed by Monster Hunter: Rise for Nintendo Switch, released on March 26, and Outriders in third place, released on April 1 (the game is included in Xbox Game Pass, but has been released as third best-selling game both in the general list and in that of Xbox and PlayStation).
As we said, Mario Kart 8 is the sixth best-selling game of March, but it’s also in 6th place in the best-selling table so far in 2021 and in 10th place on the list of best sellers in the last 12 months. As a curiosity, the premiere of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time For Switch, it has taken the game to 15th from 65th in February.
The best-selling games of March 2021 in the United States
Then we leave you with the games best sellers on all platforms in March 2021. Please note that games edited by Nintendo does not include digital sales via the Nintendo eShop, something that also happens with NBA 2K21 in all its versions. In parentheses we indicate the position in the list in February: