Mario Kart Tour generates more downloads in its first month than any other Nintendo mobile game

Mario Kart Tour has been downloaded 124 million times in its debut month, more than any other Nintendo mobile game.

As reported by Sensor Tower Store Intelligence, this makes the mobile version of Nintendo’s highly-popular racing series the second-biggest launch month in history, second only to Pokemon Go’s record-setting 163 million downloads.

Generating an estimated 123.9 unique downloads across both iOS and Android devices, Mario Kart Tour has earned Nintendo $37.4m in player spending since its launch on September 25th, 2019.


Credit: Sensor Tower

Nintendo’s sixth mobile game, Mario Kart Tour, is thought to be its most successful mobile debut, with an estimated 20 million copies of Mario Kart Tour installed across both Apple and Android devices within its debut 24 hours, generating $1m globally on its opening day.

Mario Kart Tour has almost tripled the launch figures of Nintendo’s prior top launch, Super Mario Run, which secured seven million users in its opening 24 hours on iOS devices alone.

“Looking at the publisher’s most recent release, July’s Dr. Mario World, Mario Kart Tour has seen nearly 31 times more installs than that title thus far,” the report said. “It is currently the most downloaded iPhone app overall in most of the markets where it is available, while Dr. Mario World only reached that position in three regions at launch.”

In other Nintendo news, despite selling over 160,000 Nintendo Switch Lite units in its debut week in Japan, Nintendo’s share price was sent tumbling, falling 4.37 per cent – it’s lowest point in eight months – as sales failed to hit Citibank’s 300,000 projection. Its thought the stock drop is partly attributed to Media Create, which originally reported the Lite’s first week of sales as 114,000, not 160,000.

Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch Lite, a new iteration of its handheld console, in July. The new system – available in yellow, grey, and turquoise – went on sale September 20, 2019. In line with recent rumours that Nintendo had two new Switch models in production, the Nintendo Switch Lite is smaller than the original version and does will not include a stand nor a dock, so unlike the current model it will not support video output to TV, but it will support “all games in the robust Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode, although some games will have restrictions”.

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