Mario is arguably the most popular franchise in video gaming history. The Nintendo-owned IP has produced some of the most popular gaming titles. According to the numbers presented by SafeBettingSites.com, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is currently the best-selling game set in the Mario universe, with a massive 52 million units sold by the end of 2022.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 3.6m units in the last quarter of 2022
It is not only eSports that drives the ever increasing popularity for games, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has proved to be immensely successful for Nintendo. The popular kart racing game, released in 2017, is not only the most successful Mario game but has also become the most successful game in the Nintendo Switch library. Even more impressive is that the game is still selling in huge numbers, as it sold 3.6m units in the last quarter of 2022.
Following the conclusion of 2022, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has sold 52m units, and it is the most popular Mario game in history by a distance. Before the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the legendary Super Mario Bros.(NES) was the most successful game in the Mario Universe. Currently, the game, originally released in 1985, sits in the second spot with 40.24 million units sold.
Mario Kart Wii, released in 2008, is the third most successful Mario game, with 37.38 million units sold. New Super Mario Bros, released in 2006 on the famous handheld console DS, is next on the list with 30.80 million units sold. New Super Mario Bros also boasts of being the most successful Mario game on handheld consoles.
The Wii version of New Super Mario Bros, released in 2009, is just behind the DS version with 30.32 million units sold.
Super Mario Odyssey is the second of three Switch games on the list. It currently occupies the sixth spot with 25.12 million units sold. The game, released in 2017, managed to sell 0.72 million units during the last quarter of 2022.
Mario Kart DS is next on the list, with 23.60 million units sold. The 2005 game is one of the four Mario Kart games on the list. Super Mario World, released on SNES in 1990, is the eighth most popular Mario game, with 20.61 million units sold. Mario Kart 3DS, released in 2011, is next with 18.97 million units sold.
Super Mario Party is the latest Mario game to feature on the list of the ten most popular Mario games. The 2018 game, released on Switch, has sold 18.79 million units so far.