Sales of first-party Nintendo Switch games keep soaring, as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe nearly shifts 30 million units


Nintendo just gave us an update of their top 10 best-selling Switch game list, and it’s a doozy! Although not a whole lot changed per se, the rich just keep getting richer as Nintendo continues to sell through a ton of software.

The last update was through June 30, 2020, but now we have a better idea of how several titles are selling through as of September 30, 2020 thanks to a new report this morning. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has pushed all the way up to 28.99 million units sold, a roughly 2.2 million increase since the June 30 report. It’s still the crown jewel of the Switch and refuses to give up its throne.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons however is nipping at its heels, commanding a powerful 26.04 million units sold as of the end of September, a nearly four million unit increase since the last period. Smash Ultimate also sold a little over a million more units to hit 21.10 million, while Zelda sold nearly a million more, a testament to its pedigree and long word of mouth tail (my wife just started playing Breath of the Wild recently, so I’ve seen it first-hand!).

Pokemon Sword and Shield hit the 19 million mark with around .8 million more units sold, while Mario Odyssey peddled nearly a million more copies in that same period. Let’s Go Pikachu saw one of the smallest gains with just .29 million more units, with Super Mario Party seeing gains of .16 million units, and Splatoon 2 increasing by roughly .5 million. New Super Mario Bros. Deluxe is hanging on to that number 10 spot with 8.32 million units sold, a roughly .9 million unit increase from the June 30 report.

What does this all mean? Well, first-party Nintendo games, which rarely, if ever, go down in price, are still crushing it. I wonder if we’ll see another game creep up on New Super Mario Bros. in the next six months. You can find the full list below!

IR Information [Nintendo]

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

    28.99 million

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons

    26.04 million

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

    21.10 million

  • The Legend of Zelda:
    Breath of the Wild

    19.74 million

  • Pokémon Sword/Pokémon Shield

    19.02 million

  • Super Mario Odyssey

    18.99 million

  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!/
    Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

    12.49 million

  • Super Mario Party

    12.10 million

  • Splatoon 2

    11.27 million

  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

    8.32 million

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