It is no secret that the Wii U has struggled, in terms of sales. They have lost much of the third-party support they boasted prior to launch. In fact, analysts have predicted the Wii U to be the downfall of Nintendo. Many people have further speculated, though, that Mario Kart 8 could be one of the games that could turn things around for Wii U. Well, today, the first numbers have been reported from Nintendo.
Mario Kart 8 launched around the world just a few days ago (May 29 in Japan and May 30 in Europe and North America), and it has already sold 1.2 millions units, making it the fastest selling Wii U game so far. With numbers like that, it does seem like momentum has begun.
Wii U console sales were at just over 6 million at last check (in May 2014), which leads me to assume that 15-20% of all Wii U owners now own Mario Kart 8. Game sales like this should setup great console sales over the next few months, and setup more sales for the Super Smash Bros. launch later this year, but what we do not know yet is how many new consoles were sold in connection to the Mario Kart 8 launch.
Only time will tell if Mario Kart 8 turns things around for Wii U and Nintendo. For now, things look promising. If only Nintendo had some other great games as we await Smash Bros. — maybe some third-party titles…
Mario Kart 8 is on a Roll: Sells More Than 1.2 Million Units Worldwide Over First Weekend
Latest Entry in Venerable Franchise is Now the Fastest-Selling Wii U Game Ever
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Momentum is spelled M-A-R-I-O K-A-R-T.
The Mario Kart 8 game for the Wii U console just launched around the world to global acclaim, earning some of the strongest review scores in franchise history, including becoming the 14th Wii U game to launch in the U.S. with a Metacritic score of 85 or higher. Nintendo reported today that the game sold more than 1.2 million* total units across Japan, Europe and the Americas during its first weekend on the market.**
“The early response to Mario Kart 8 demonstrates that the best days for Wii U are still ahead,” said Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “This year’s E3 is just days away, and it will be all about the future games for Nintendo platforms. This milestone is a great place to start!”
Prior to Mario Kart 8, the seven games that have launched previously in the series have combined to sell more than 100 million total units worldwide. This includes two of the best-selling video games of all time: Mario Kart Wii for Wii and Mario Kart DS for the Nintendo DS family of systems. The full list includes:
Title System Global Sales (as of 3/31/14) Super Mario Kart Super Nintendo 8.76 million Mario Kart 64 Nintendo 64 9.87 million Mario Kart Advance Game Boy Advance 5.91 million Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Nintendo GameCube 6.88 million Mario Kart DS Nintendo DS 23.56 million Mario Kart Wii Wii 35.53 million Mario Kart 7 Nintendo 3DS 9.62 million Total: 100.13 million
*Based on Nintendo’s internal sales figures.
**Mario Kart 8 launched on Thursday, May 29, in Japan and Friday, May 30, across Europe and the Americas.
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