With Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Edition, Nintendo changed things a little as compared to the game's Nintendo Wii U version.
If this concept is new to you and you can't help but think that this all sounds a little unusual, take comfort in the fact that these games have always prided themselves on their strangeness.
We've noticed connectivity issues ourselves. It looks crisper, there's more to do, it's portable, and it might even outsell the Wii U version to ensure a healthier long-term community.
These sales are certainly good news for Nintendo, but the console does have a few problems.
Given all that time, it's incredible that the latest entry in the "Mario Kart" series is also the greatest entry in the long-running racing franchise. The more people who own Mario Kart 8 Deluxe means that more people will be enthusing about it and the new console it has been released on, which results in a positive cycle.
Nintendo added in its press release that 45% of Switch owners purchased the title, which would indicate it's the second most important game for the console behind The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There was the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire in March, but that was expected to have problems.
"Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" has been getting ahead on both sides of the Atlantic. After all, they paid a full $60 for a game with online multiplayer; it's not like they installed a free demo that was explicitly made to stress test Nintendo's servers ahead of a real launch. It's a testament to the excellence of the original gameplay design that Nintendo could just throw a handful of new features at this, stick it on the Switch, and have it still feel fresh and new.
Nintendo Switch mini game collection 1-2 Switch made up a big number of the sales, shipping nearly 1 million in its opening month.