Mario Kart 8 Is the Fastest Selling Wii U Game Ever

Mario Kart 8 Is the Fastest Selling Wii U Game Ever

Mario Kart 8 has sold more than 1.2 million copies since its end of May launch.

The Wii U hasn't been doing very well. In at, if recent reports from Nintendo are any indicator, the console has been more akin to an anchor dragging it down into the depths than the boat to cash kingdom that it had been hoping for. That said, the company has still harbored hopes that it might be able to turn things around with new releases to its stable of beloved franchises. Now, it would seem that it had some good reasons to put faith in its tried-and-true.

According to data from Nintendo, the Mario Kart has sold more than 1.2 million copies since it launched around the world between May 29th and May 31st. While these numbers perhaps aren't earth shaking when compared to other prominent gaming franchises, they represent a significant jump in software sales for the Wii U and additionally make the game the fastest selling in the console's history.

"The early response to Mario Kart 8 demonstrates that the best days for Wii U are still ahead," said Reggie Fils-Ame, president of Nintendo of America. "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!"

While Nintendo has yet to confirm any jump in hardware sales itself, Mario Kart 8 may also be giving sales of the Wii U itself a much needed shot in the arm. The retail tracking group GFK Chart-Track, for instance, has reported a 666 percent increase in UK Wii U sales since the new game landed in stores. Again, these reports were skimpy when it came to actual sales figures, but the GFK was able to confirm that more than 80 percent of the Wii U's sold were part of a Mario Kart 8 bundle.

Source: GameSpot

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Not massively impressive on it's own, the fastest wii u game that is, but it really has shifted some units. I'm guessing a lot of people were waiting for this and Smash Bros. I'm loving MK8 so far, only real bugbear is the unlockable characters are kinda lame (5 babies, 7 koopas, lakitu, Toadette is neat though, but where's Dry Bones, Prof E. Gadd, Diddy Kong? :( ).

This and Smash Bros. 4 will shift a lot of Wii U consoles, no doubt.

On a system with about 4 or 5 games, the first decent entry in a really popular franchise sells more than anything else? There's a surprise!

It does look like a great game though, and I'm now considering a Wii U

A 666% increase in sales?

So basically Nintendo have made Satoru Shibata sell his soul in return for an uptick in hardware sales in Europe?

And I thought EA and Activision employed extreme tactics...

Those are actually really impressive numbers, to sell 1.2 million over a couple of days on a console with only a 5 millionish install base is incredibly impressive.

It probably won't save the Wii U*, but it proves me wrong in that Nintendo probably still can make a lot of profit out of small dedicated Wii U fanbase (it's not like Nintendo have a lot of third-party titles to compete with =D)

*666% of nothing is still basically nothing

BrotherRool:
It probably won't save the Wii U

On its own? Of course not. But if Nintendo handles this correctly, it'll begin a trend.

Look at the PS3. In 2007, it was in a bad place. Nobody wanted it, it had virtually nothing worthwhile. And then over the next few years, we got Metal Gear Solid 4, two inFamous games, three LittleBigPlanet games, and three Uncharted games. Not a single one of those games could be considered "the game that saved the PS3", but as a group, they made a huge difference. By the end of 2011, the PS3 was thriving, and in many people's minds was a better buy than the 360, previously thought to be the only one worth getting among the two.

Am I saying Nintendo can pull off that kind of a turn-around? No. They absolutely can't. The Wii U is doing too poorly. But it can absolutely be saved at least to the point where it becomes viable, where it stops hemorrhaging money, and Mario Kart 8 will almost certainly be the first step that they'd hoped Super Mario 3D World or Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze would be, serving the same purpose that Uncharted did for Sony back in 2007. Now it's just up to Nintendo to keep the momentum up (and Super Smash Bros. only six months off is definitely a move in the right direction).

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Yay. This is an interesting gauge to see just how many die hards there really are lingering in the wings.

Covarr:

Am I saying Nintendo can pull off that kind of a turn-around? No. They absolutely can't. The Wii U is doing too poorly. But it can absolutely be saved at least to the point where it becomes viable, where it stops hemorrhaging money, and Mario Kart 8 will almost certainly be the first step that they'd hoped Super Mario 3D World or Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze would be, serving the same purpose that Uncharted did for Sony back in 2007. Now it's just up to Nintendo to keep the momentum up (and Super Smash Bros. only six months off is definitely a move in the right direction).

I was very doom and gloom, but I do think this is a good sign that Nintendo can achieve gamecube levels of success if that's what you mean. It makes no difference to me as a consumer whether Nintendo is rolling in money or not, but if they can pull off a string of Mario Kart 8's then they could probably make enough money to keep on serving their fanbase (and really their fanbase deserves it).

For some reason I don't quite understand though, Mario Kart is Nintendo's greatest selling franchise just generally. There next big franchise release is going to be make or break because they need to carry forward momentum with the weaker* franchises.

*I have no idea why Zelda can legitimately be thought of as the 'weaker' franchise to Mario Kart =D

BrotherRool:

For some reason I don't quite understand though, Mario Kart is Nintendo's greatest selling franchise just generally. There next big franchise release is going to be make or break because they need to carry forward momentum with the weaker* franchises.

*I have no idea why Zelda can legitimately be thought of as the 'weaker' franchise to Mario Kart =D

Their next big franchise release is almost certainly Super Smash Bros., not Zelda. As I understand, they're slated to show the new Zelda game at E3 next week, but historically Nintendo doesn't usually release console Zelda games the same year they're announced; handheld entries, sure, but a console entry shown at E3 will likely not launch until 2015.

The reason Mario Kart is a bigger franchise is because it has a much wider appeal, thanks to the thoroughly casual-friendly-yet-addictive nature of the game, something their other casual franchises lack. A new Zelda game is what they really need to draw in the hardcore crowd, and it'll probably reach a largely different audience than Mario Kart, but I can't say I'm at all surprised they don't sell as well.

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I won't lie.

I got a Wii U last week for Mario Kart, Monster Hunter, Bayonetta 2 and Smash Brothers.

I'm so incredibly jealous right now.

Man I want that game. I want it HAAAAARD.

After playing the game for a couple hours (14...) I can definitely confirm that very soon ladies and gents...

THE WII-U, SHALL BE SAVED

Now just to wait for Bayonetta the Squeakquel and

If everything stays on the current expected timeframe, the latter half of this year should see the releases of Smash Brothers, Hyrule Warriors, X, and maybe Bayonetta 2. Between those and mario world, donkey kong, wonderful 101, pikmin 3, wii sports and wii fit, the wii u will have a respectable and varied library of exclusives (assuming they live up to at least some of the hype).

I can see Nintendo turning it around in the next year or two.

Good for Nintendo!
I'm actually thinking about picking up Mario Kart 8 soon as well. Not only because of the great reviews, but because there is promotion going on right now were I can get a free copy of Pikimin 3 along with it. That's extremely tempting, and I've never played any of the Mario Kart or Pikimin games before.

Sheen Lantern:
This and Smash Bros. 4 will shift a lot of Wii U consoles, no doubt.

Smash Bros. 4 and the decision to implement Gamecube controllers has sold at least two dozen of the console that I know of personally. The smash community back home is enthusiastic and I'm sure they're not the only ones.

I know it must have a lot of draw because I want it, and I don't even have a Wii U and I never plan to get one. Maybe in a few years for < $100...

BrotherRool:
Those are actually really impressive numbers, to sell 1.2 million over a couple of days on a console with only a 5 millionish install base is incredibly impressive.

It probably won't save the Wii U*, but it proves me wrong in that Nintendo probably still can make a lot of profit out of small dedicated Wii U fanbase (it's not like Nintendo have a lot of third-party titles to compete with =D)

*666% of nothing is still basically nothing

Eh it's large for the WiiU, but honestly it's worldwide sales so individually I don't think it's all that impressive. Though I'm also willing to bet a decent chunk of those sales were, like the UK report said, attached to a bundle. Practically 4 of every 5 WiiUs bought had Mario Kart 8, which might count with the 1.2 million sold which represents a decent size of those sales I bet. I wouldn't be surprised to see much the same in the US market too.

Them making a profit though...? I don't know...they might be making something, but I doubt it's the kind of profits that investors are hoping for. They still have Smash Bros though, so who knows!

Sheen Lantern:
This and Smash Bros. 4 will shift a lot of Wii U consoles, no doubt.

It's such a shame that people don't seem to be very aware of Bayonetta 2, X and Monster Hunter 4.

The Wii U has a big lineup of games. The only reason it didn't sell well was because it took the console an entire year to get more than 2 games worth buying.

Dexterity:

It's such a shame that people don't seem to be very aware of Bayonetta 2, X and Monster Hunter 4.

The Wii U has a big lineup of games. The only reason it didn't sell well was because it took the console an entire year to get more than 2 games worth buying.

Well for Bayonetta 2 and X, that's Nintendo not advertising them at all. Hell, we've only had one trailer showing gameplay from X since it's announcement last year, and it's supposed to be coming out this year. As for Bayonetta 2, Nintendo should be advertising it like crazy because Platinum games can't advertise for shit, and it seems Nintendo of America might be starting to advertise well seeing as the Mario Kart 8 ads are actually good.

Monster Hunter 4 is all on Capcom not advertising it, but that games not supposed to come out until 2015 on so Capcom is probably just waiting to advertise that one. Bayonetta 2 and X though are slated for this year so they need to get the pedal to the metal on advertising those. Especially for Bayonetta 2 seeing as how badly Wonderful 101 tanked due to not being advertised at all. >.> *is still angry about that*

Fuescma:

Them making a profit though...? I don't know...they might be making something, but I doubt it's the kind of profits that investors are hoping for. They still have Smash Bros though, so who knows!

I think Nintendo are likely to make a profit whatever happens, but it might not be the same amount of money they could get from investing it elsewhere.

Are Nintendo privately owned? It would alleviate them from investor pressure

I was expecting to see the 1.2 million figure in the title instead, fastest-selling Wii U game isn't that catchy or inspiring. Still good news though, I've heard it's an excellent game thus this is well-deserved.

Funny what offering a free game will do. Pikmin 3 (which was one of the games I bought the system for), Wii Party U (which looks like a good party game), Super Mario Bros U (would prefer Super Mario World U), and Wind Waker HD (a beautiful remake). All solid choices. I personally used it by trading in my physical copy of Pikmin 3 to buy it for about half price, and then getting a digital copy of Pikmin 3 in the process.

I'm enjoying it so far, a lot. And to get the 3 stars on every singleplayer map is pretty easy on 50 and 100cc I've got myself a real challenge at 150 :/
Got to keep going!

Also, for anyone interested in multiplayer onlone with fellow escapists.
get yourselves to the user group called "WiiU Online Multiplayer" :D

BrotherRool:

Fuescma:

Them making a profit though...? I don't know...they might be making something, but I doubt it's the kind of profits that investors are hoping for. They still have Smash Bros though, so who knows!

I think Nintendo are likely to make a profit whatever happens, but it might not be the same amount of money they could get from investing it elsewhere.

Are Nintendo privately owned? It would alleviate them from investor pressure

No, Nintendo is a publicly traded company, they just ignore investors since investors in Japan don't have as much leeway as they do in the US. I've seen some peoria before state how Nintendo should go to being privately owned like how Valve is, but that's a terrible idea I say because that would just hurt Nintendo in the long run rather than help it. Not to mention that if that happened, I'd expect the ghost of Hiroshi Yamauchi to descend from the heavens and haunt Iwata for the rest of his life. Yamauchi's family would probably also be pissed.

Dexterity:

It's such a shame that people don't seem to be very aware of Bayonetta 2, X and Monster Hunter 4.

The Wii U has a big lineup of games. The only reason it didn't sell well was because it took the console an entire year to get more than 2 games worth buying.

Oh people are aware of those games. They just don't want to buy a Wii U for them. Monster Hunter has always done much better on handheld than on console so people will buy it for the 3DS over the Wii U. And people who want Bayonetta 2 are for the most party in the category of not really caring about most 1st party Nintendo franchises and probably won't buy a console to play the one exclusive game aimed at an older audience.

Sheen Lantern:
This and Smash Bros. 4 will shift a lot of Wii U consoles, no doubt.

People have said that for literally every major Wii U 1st party title that's come out so far. What makes you so sure that Smach Bros will move what units Super Mario 3D World?

AzrealMaximillion:
What makes you so sure that Smach Bros will move what units Super Mario 3D World?

If you could reword that into a coherent sentence it'll be easier for me to give you an answer.

For some reason "Fastest Selling Wii U Game Ever" doesn't sound impressive at all.

AzrealMaximillion:

Oh people are aware of those games. They just don't want to buy a Wii U for them. Monster Hunter has always done much better on handheld than on console so people will buy it for the 3DS over the Wii U. And people who want Bayonetta 2 are for the most party in the category of not really caring about most 1st party Nintendo franchises and probably won't buy a console to play the one exclusive game aimed at an older audience.

They're really not aware of them. And since when has Monster Hunter ALWAYS done better on handhelds? It was released on handhelds, yes. However it was very successful on the Wii and has been relatively successful on the Wii U.

Also, Bayonetta 2, Wonderful 101, ZombiU, X and Hyrule Warriors are all third party games which are either out or coming out for the Wii U. Let's also not forget that all 5 of those games are aimed at the "older audience". There isn't "the one game".

This is exactly what I'm talking about in terms of people not knowing what content there is for the console. You have literally no idea what you're talking about and you're using it as reasoning to condemn the console to doom. The console isn't nearly as bad as everyone's saying.

The Wii U currently has and will have more good games than the PS4 and Xbox One. The problem with the console is that it's taken over a fucking year for them to develop the games, and when there is an amazing game developed for the Wii U (such as Wonderful 101), the marketing for the game just isn't there.

AzrealMaximillion:

People have said that for literally every major Wii U 1st party title that's come out so far. What makes you so sure that Smach Bros will move what units Super Mario 3D World?

What? No they haven't.

There've only been a few good 1st party game releases for the Wii U, which include Pikmin 3, Donkey Kong, Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart. But everyone knows all of those games are just the annual Nintendo releases (with the exception of Pikmin 3). I've never heard anyone say that those games will be system sellers.

However, even Nintendo's hoping that Smash Bros will shift consoles. It's traditionally a home console game and they're supporting its release by shipping it alongside Gamecube adaptors, new gamecube controllers (which they paid a third party company to develop), creating an entire toyline to go with it and even abandoning their press conference at E3 to host a Smash Bros tournament to promote the game.

 

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