Mario Kart 8 quadruples Wii U sales


Nintendo’s been banking on Mario Kart to help revitalise the Wii U. It’s one of those games that just has the power to shift Nintendo hardware. And it it looks like it’s done just that, boosting Wii U sales significantly.

According to Nintendo of America’s beefy manmeat executive Reggie Fils-Aimee, speaking to Polygon, Mario Kart’s sublime racing and star-power draw has helped the Wii U’s  sales increase fourfold. Yes, Mario Kart has helped the Wii U’s sales throughput quadruple.

"It’s one of the things I have to do with certain media, remind them, look, for us, the drive toward the holiday began a couple of weeks ago with Mario Kart 8," he said. "And that’s off to a fantastic start. For us, on a global basis, and certainly here in the United States, it’s driving hardware, which is great to see."

Of course, no actual numbers were mentioned – so there’s always the temptation to say that four times nothing is still nothing. Mario Kart 8 has made a difference to the Wii U’s fortunes and public image – and I suspect that Nintendo’s excellent showing at E3 this year will expand upon that.

Have you seen anything from Nintendo to make you reconsider a Wii U purchase?

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Author:Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.
  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    lol not zero Geoff. You have one.. so four ;P

    • Rinceinantici


  • JustAnotherGamer

    The Wii U is back. Now Xbox one will battle it for second position.

    • zeemonkeyman

      There’s no need to get all fanboy about it. Let’s focus on the real positive here, that being the fact that Wii U has gotten some much needed sales!! And that is a really good thing for us lucky people that want it around for years to come providing us with awesome games!

      • JustAnotherGamer

        Wii U will beat the xbox one. Thats my predition.

        • zeemonkeyman

          “Face palm”

          • Ellen

            ^^^ Face palm, but the lips is saying “HECK YEAHHHH!”

    • Sith JJ

      So that’s the PS4, Xbone and Wii U battling for second against the pc then? Tough spot.

      • Hammersteyn


      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        HAH, winner!

    • Rinceinantici


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Give it the old One Two! #amirite!

        What? Don’t judge me.

        • Rinceinantici


  • Hammersteyn

    Apparently Luigi’s death stare has becoming a new meme

    • Rinceinantici


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Does that make Mario the good plumber?

      • Sith JJ

        Considering his history, I don’t think he’s a very good plumber at all.

    • Sith JJ

      Haha. Excellent

    • Rinceinantici

      Luigi’s look is the scariest thing about Mario Kart 8…

  • Danny Baromen

    I want one but Mr. Exchange rate says no…

    • Hammersteyn

      Yeah I also have the Italian Itch

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Penicillin twice a day for a week. Wait… what are we talking about?

        • Hammersteyn


      • Sith JJ

        Italian Job doesn’t fix it, sadly. ;)

    • MakeItLegal

      It’s getting worse …..

  • oVgeeeeee Comet Drop

    I would love it if the Wii U has the better version of Watch Dogs than the PS3 AND 360.

    • Ellen

      With the gamepad, yes definitely. That is why it’s taking time for Ubisoft to release the game.

  • Wyzak

    More than 6 million copies of the console were sold prior to Mario Kart 8. That’s not bad… Besides it’s the most used console in my home.

  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    I’m seriously thinking about getting one

  • MakeItLegal

    4 x 0 = 0

    Love this statement

    So in essence they have sold 1 wii u now they have sold 4 or 5 wii u s …

    I would pick this wii u up at 1500 with 10 games ? Does it even have 10 games


  • Kaihaku

    “It’s one of the things I have to do with certain media, remind them, look, for us, the drive toward the holiday began a couple of weeks ago with Mario Kart 8.”

    Sorry to be snarky…but he could have continued the analogy with…“Then we’re going to stall for a few months, start driving again with Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 2, then park again for another month before really hitting the gas with Smash Brothers. But 2015, that’s when the drive to the holiday is really going to pick up!”

    I loved what Nintendo showed but as a Wii U early adopter I’m disappointed with the 2014 release calendar. They said that the software droughts of early in the system’s lifecycle were over but here we were are again with only three major first party releases in a year and two major second party releases. Could we at least get those HD remastered titles that they talked about last year? Metroid Prime Trilogy, Mario Sunshine, or F-Zero GX HD would do a lot to fill out the release calendar.

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