‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’ races to the top of weekly charts in Australia and New Zealand

A promotional image for "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe." (Facebook/MarioKartEN)

After a successful launch in the U.S. last week, “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” seems to have no plans of hitting the brakes.

According to IGEA, Nintendo’s newest racing game for Switch zoomed to the top of the charts in Australia and New Zealand for the week that ended on April 30. The game’s dominance covered all platforms for the two countries.

Trailing “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” is “Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3” by CI Games. This is followed by “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands” by Ubisoft. Sony’s “Horizon Zero Dawn” finished in fourth while another Nintendo game. Meanwhile, “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” secured the fifth spot in the Australian charts.

In New Zealand, the game was followed by “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” from Activision and “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands” at second and third, respectively. “Horizon Zero Dawn” and “Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3” rounded out the top five.

As for the other platforms, “Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3” took the top spot for PlayStation 4 in Australia. Meanwhile, “Horizon Zero Dawn” claimed top honors in New Zealand, according to a Gamespot report. For Xbox One, “Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3” also dominated the charts in Australia while “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” ended at number one.

After its worldwide release last April 28, “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” set a franchise record for Nintendo in the U.S. The game sold a combined 490,000 digital and physical copies. This eclipsed the previous record of “Mario Kart Wii” of 433,900 units sold in 2008. With the feat, the game also became Nintendo’s fastest-selling title in franchise history.

The year 2017 has, so far, been good to Nintendo. Apart from the success of “Mario Kart,” “Breath of the Wild” continues to soar in terms of sales. Just for the month of March, the game has sold 925,000 units in the U.S. alone. It also sold 2.76 million copies globally.