Dude, MK8D isn't even a brand new MK yet it's sold gangbusters. MK9 on Switch selling only half as much (lol no but just making a point) will still be way more than most other franchises that could be made instead. Do you seriously think F-Zero, Diddy Kong, or whatever it is you're hoping gets made instead will do even half as much? Not trying to throw shade at these series, just acknowledging the reality that they aren't as big as MK.
Now you claimed a sequel on Switch is bad business sense, yet your arguments are nothing but your made up assumptions that could apply to every game ever despite same system sequels being common practice. Kirby and Fire Emblem for example say sup, both had 2 games on 3DS yet are setting records on Switch. No, what makes no sense is to base decisions on baseless assumptions rather than cold hard sales numbers. A game sells well so it gets a sequel at the next opportunity, it's really that simple. Mario Kart isn't an outlier, it isn't exempt from this just because you feel it should be for whatever reason.
Mario Kart 8 on Wii U was barely relevant, the hardware was trash and not many wanted to play the game on it. People bought it to collect dust while they continued playing Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart Wii. Mario Kart 8 DX was the true successor to both those games, and it is the main game driving Switch hardware because people want in on the action when they see lots of co-workers playing it in the lounge almost every day at lunch/long break.
Additionally, Switch doesn’t need a Mario Kart 9, sure it will sell, but it’ll cannibalize Mario Kart 8’s sales and split the usebase and come off less like something Nintendo would do, and more as an EA-style money grab tactic by spamming multiple versions of the same game with slight improvements, which will ultimately hurt the franchise and Nintendo brand. Lastly, it takes away a killer app launch title for Switch 2, rather than some kind of mid generation release of Mario Kart 10; and unlike Mario Kart 8DX which is essentially a new game, a Mario Kart 9 DX style game would just be one most of the fans already bought recently and played. So, yes, a Mario Kart 9 would sell well in excess of 20 million, but Nintendo dulls the potential of a killer app for Switch 2, and cannibalizes 10 million+ Mario Kart 8 sales, needlessly.
Mario Kart 8 first came out on Wii U, but it found it’s home on Switch.
Mario Kart 9 on Switch would be replacementware for a game that doesn’t need replacing. It would cannibalize sales, split the user base, and kill off a killer app for Switch 2. Ultimately, it would be bad business.Last edited by Jumpin - on 27 February 2020
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