Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is Nintendo's first UK chart topper in six years

Almost half of all US Switch owners now own a copy.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has had a strong start in both the UK and North America, according to numbers data from both Nintendo and Chart-Track.

Here in the UK, the game is the first Nintendo-published title to top the charts since Pokémon White in 2011.

Mario Kart 8's release also coincided with a new Switch hardware shipment, sending sales of Zelda: Breath of the Wild up 68 per cent, too.

Across the pond, Nintendo's remastered racer shifted 459,000 copies on its US launch day, Nintendo has said, making it the fastest-selling Mario Kart game ever.

That US sales figure accounts for 45 per cent of the Switch-owning population, Nintendo said, putting US Switch ownership around the million mark.

All in all, not a bad launch for a Wii U game remaster - and proof, perhaps, there's a solid market for games most without a Wii U skipped.

  1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  2. Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3
  3. GTA5
  4. Little Nightmares
  5. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  6. Lego Worlds
  7. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  8. COD: Infinite Warfare
  9. FIFA 17
  10. Horizon: Zero Dawn

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