Nintendo Switch, with more than 2.5 million consoles distributed throughout Spain after last Christmas, already has its first ‘million seller‘, that is, a game that has sold over a million physical copies in stores, and that is none other than Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as we anticipated a while ago. A few days.

It is an increasingly commendable and difficult feat to achieve since the irruption of the digital format, which has already begun to represent a paradigm shift in the last generation, and which becomes even more complicated if we only have a single edition for a specific platform. .

In addition, it must be taken into account that the best-selling game consoles in Spain, such as the PlayStation 4, can remain on the 3 million machines distributed in the national park (in fact, the PS4 ended up getting closer to 4 ‘kilos’), which implies that at least a third of consumers must have a game with the console. Come on, what used to be called a “must have” title.

After these clarifications, and according to the data Gamereactor has had access to, here is what the top millionaires in Spain would look like today, considering the records of the last two decades:


TOP: All millions of sellers in Spain

  1. Grand Theft Auto V for PS4
  2. Wii Play for Wii
  3. Mario Kart Wii for Wii
  4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Switch

Obviously, at the top of this top it is missing Sports Wiiwhose overwhelming sales we don’t count as a game sold separately because, unlike in Japan, it was included as standard in every box with the Wii console, one of the most successful in history and which lived through the last age of retail market gold .

Given that this console was in so many homes and all of the games were on disc and box, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe itself will struggle to top its desktop predecessor above the 1.1 million stepping onto the podium It would not do so this year even maintaining the current weekly rate of more than 2,000 copies, in a new acceleration that has been achieved thanks to Super Mario Bros. TheMovie.

Obviously, this would have surpassed Wii games a long time ago if we had included digital download sales (of course, GTA V would also add a fair amount), but Nintendo only releases them widely around the world. It is no coincidence that the best-selling Switch game in the world be the same MK8 Dx, which closed 2022 with no less than 52 million worldwide units. We’ll have to see how many “kilos” he added in the first trimester (it will be public in a few weeks) and how much he has made in total this year since the film premiered.


Will Mario Kart for Switch be the last million sellers in history in Spain?

With these latest data and returning to the installed base of Switch in Spain, we can imagine that the attachment rate of Mario Kart for Switch is exploding: its unknown digital share can bring it closer to 50%, as is the case all over the world. In other words, one in two console users ends up getting the game.

It may come as a surprise to those used to tracking weekly sales on Gamereactor that the top does not include any delivery of Call of Duty oh Fifa, usual suspects in these regions. However, the two would need to combine platforms or add digital numbers (or both) to reach the “kilo”, although some of the strongest CoDs have remained close, at over 800,000 copies. Obviously, the most popular FIFAs on PS4 would do it comfortably with the digital factor.

In these cross-platform “what ifs”, we should of course include the phenomenon Minecraft directly under GTA V or the same GTA: San Andreas, but they are not millionaires in a single format. Similarly, it’s not worth it summer WiFi to Wii Fit Plus, although together they have placed more than a million Wii Balance Board yoga rigs in Spanish homes.

Who do you think will be the next “million sellers” in Spain? It doesn’t appear that, fulfilling the requirements, neither Animal Crossing: New Horizons (740,000) nor Super Mario Odyssey (nearly 700,000), both also for Switch, will be capable of the rest of their lives. Think the almighty New Super Mario Bros. Wii remained at 850,000 units, an already complicated figure for both. Unless, of course, in the hybrid’s decline, the company finally decides to launch a line Classic Nintendo Selects of Switch on sale at a discount, by the way, in great demand among users. How these games will contribute to the Switch successor and transition will be the key factor.

In all cases, GTA VI I’m sure he’ll have something to say about that in a few years, but given the growing digital distribution on new platforms like the PS5, and regardless of the retail culture in Spain, we might to be faced with one of the last million-dollar games in the history of the national market. . If not the last…

The select club of the “million seller” in Spain welcomes Mario Kart on Nintendo Switch.

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