'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' bests Wii legacy at retail

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe helps the Nintendo Switch to yet another record

Do you remember the long rumored RPG crossover with Mario and Rabbids supposedly coming to Nintendo Switch from Ubisoft? The game will apparently feature at least eight playable characters: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and four Rabbids dressed like their respective Nintendo costars.

The game will be built using Ubisoft's Snowdrop engine and is described as a "crossover RPG" that's due for release in August or September.

According to Kotaku, who received art assets for the game, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will feature turn-based combat and local co-op for two players. It looks like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch console has become the fastest-selling Mario Kart game in the history of the franchise. Nintendo has announced that 459,000 copies were sold (physical and digital) on its first day on sale, an attach rate of 45%.

If the Nintendo Switch's sales weren't impressive enough, then Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's success is sure to blow you away. After all, they paid a full $60 for a game with online multiplayer; it's not like they installed a free demo that was explicitly made to stress test Nintendo's servers ahead of a real launch.

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Climbing to fifth in the all-formats chart was none other than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a feat attributed to a boost in Switch sales encouraged by the arrival of both Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and replenishment of console stock in the region. This sounds an bad lot like previous Mario RPGs, and considering the oddball nature of the Rabbids, the crossover makes more sense than at first glance.

Our money would be on a reveal for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle at E3 next month. Anyone who skipped over the Wii U original will start up Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and be able to play as those classic Mario Kart characters.

But it adds that "unfortunately, "there are no new tracks, so veterans of the racing game will "pretty much know what to expect". The sales of these games will say a lot about the future of the Switch. While the game's all new auto-accelerate setting will handle your car's throttle for you, giving you more time to worry about weapons (and where your kart's going), it's arguably the steering assist that'll make the biggest difference.

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