E3 2014: Mario Kart 8 Had a "Significant Impact" On Wii U Sales

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says the game is driving hardware, "which is great to see."

The release of Mario Kart 8 late last month has had a "significant impact" on Wii U sales, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said in a new interview. Wii U sales quadrupled the week after the game's release compared to the week prior, the executive told Polygon in an interview this week from E3.

"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," he said. Fils-Aime went on to say that 18 percent of all Wii U console owners bought a copy of Mario Kart 8 during its opening weekend.

Overall, Mario Kart 8 sold more than 1.2 million copies worldwide during its first weekend.

In the United Kingdom, Mario Kart 8's release helped Wii U sales rise by a massive 666 percent. Nintendo's latest Wii U sales data--released in early May before the release of Mario Kart 8--shows that the system has sold more than 6.17 million units to date, though that's accurate only for up to March 31.

For more on Mario Kart 8, check out GameSpot's review.

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jjleshko90
jjleshko90

Amazing you made a story out of that, Eddy! Pretty sure everyone knows the Wii U sales went up with MK8. Just like I know Heat season ticket sales would go down if LeBron leaves.

rybanoyd
rybanoyd

watched some guy playing this on twitch and it sold me on it immediately. Im buying the wii U MK8 bundle tomorrow haha

trackles
trackles

See Nintendo give the people what they wont and you wont have any problems.

tranceology3
tranceology3

@trackles I normally don't write this, but you need to include some commas in your sentence. It is very hard to understand what you are trying to say.


I am guessing you meant to say this: See, Nintendo, give the people what they want and you wont have any problems.


Without the commas, it reads: While looking at Nintendo give the people what they want, you wont have any problems.

Lykanthropie
Lykanthropie

A lot people were waitng for this game to get their WiiU.

Online Mode is really nice and gives great gaming hours as much as you want.

And a lot more great looking games are coming in the next 1-2 years.


Smash Bros, Bayonetta 2 Zelda, X all look really awesome.

And more exclusives are already announced yet.


The only games i am looking forward on PS4 and Xone are Halo 5 and Bloodborne, still not enough to buy the consoles and still a long time away.


But Nintendo really needs some not that colorful games i guess ...

CraZkid37
CraZkid37

Does this game support two players on the one console, using two game pads? If not, do ANY Wii U games support two game pads?

Lykanthropie
Lykanthropie

@CraZkid37 i dont think so ... you need to take a old Wii controller or classic controller, you can't buy a second touchscreen controller (yet) and i would wonder if the console supports the controller you take from another WiiU.

But a classic controller gives the same buttons and 2 sticks and evrything the touchscrewn controller have too, just not the touchscreen itself, but its not needed for most games.

btroof
btroof

@CraZkid37 no, that's the only thing that sucks. Two Game Pads can't sync to 1 Wii U. I hope they update this soon

kambion313
kambion313

@CraZkid37 No, but they support like, 10 different Wii and Wii U gamepads... also I guess Gamecube

metallinatus
metallinatus

@btroof @CraZkid37 I remember seeing one or two games that allow two Gamepads, don't remember which ones....

But hey, displaying images to the TV while streaming another image to the Gamepad is already impressive.... streaming images to TWO Gamepads while displaying one on the TV would be berserk!

themc_7
themc_7

Thank god for Mario otherwise Nintendo would be dead. It's a 30 year old franchise that has been a crutch for this company. Tennis, racing, golf, etc Everybody hates on franchises like COD and Halo, meanwhile there has been hundreds of Nintendo games all with the same Italian plumber protagonist.

yavix
yavix

@themc_7 Unlike COD each game with Mario in it is a totally different experience, It's not the same experience with small tweaks. I won't put Halo in there because Halo is actually a good series.

delcidanddarth
delcidanddarth

@themc_7 Well, there's a reason Mario is a franchise... because it works. It started with the NES being the dominant console in the 80s, and building up the franchise from there. You know what you are going to get with Mario, and so fans of that type of game will continue buying it because it's high quality + nostalgia from their childhood. Fast forward 30 years, the games are still good, and the now adult players can push the new games on their kids, too, since the games are family-friendly.

In terms of a franchise, Halo is no different. If you call Mario a crutch (plus Zelda and Smash Brothers), then Halo is surely a crutch for Microsoft. It's not a terrible thing... it's only bad if you aren't a fan of that type of game. The only thing that seems missing is a franchise for PS. I guess God of War... but it's hard for that series to sell out (Kratos Kart!).

derekscorp
derekscorp

It's interesting how after this year's E3, Sony and Microsoft's offerings are looking weaker compared to Nintendo's.

TheLazyClown
TheLazyClown

@derekscorp not that weak. Remember Wii U has been out one year longer than the PS4/Xbox One. Chances are, we'll get more games from Sony and Microsoft next year.

themc_7
themc_7

@derekscorp if all you want to play is Mario, Zelda and Anime maybe Nintendo looks better.

yavix
yavix

@themc_7 @derekscorp Typical well thought out reply. Most people think Nintendo came out on top this year at E3.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@yavix @themc_7 @derekscorp  Then who did?  Sony and MS?  Yeah a shitload of FPS and TPS is what we've needed...


The only thing interesting from either Sony or MS is No Man's Land and Ori & the Blind Forest


Inside looked awesome but I'm sure it'll be on both systems.

Foppe
Foppe

Can always trust Mario Kart.

seven7swords
seven7swords

Kart is so fun. I love the courses and the vehicles...though the characters are kind of a let down. No Diddy Kong, no Bowser Jr. and THREE version of Mario and ugh...the babies and all of the Koopa King Kids. :/ Still, really enjoying time attack and the online mode and the courses so are really eye catching. Glade its driving sales. I think with Smash then LoZ in 2015 they could ride this wave for a good time.

gohanrage
gohanrage

I so what a True Sequel to Super Mario RPG Legend of the Seven stars. I want it created by Square and supervised by shigeru miyamoto just like the Original for the SNES. Besides Donkey Kong Country 1 and 2 and Super Street Fighter II.  Super Mario RPG was a favorite SNES game.

gohanrage
gohanrage

I owned DKC 3 but it wasn't all that good in my opinion. The game was slowed down. in number 2 dixie and diddy could run much faster than dixie and kiddy in number 3 also the music sucked. I have the SNES DKC Trilogy soundtracks on 3 CDs. Bought them directly from Nintendo

gohanrage
gohanrage

I bought my Mario Kart 8 on May 30th

nurnberg
nurnberg

Sure, but for how long?  If Wii U improves their sales numbers in the long run, I will be impressed.  Right now it doesn't mean much.

thalazy
thalazy

Just ordered it today. It's under $50 on Amazon.com right now.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

It has been a significant impact on Wii U sales. Nintendo needs to ride the hype and start a serious advertising campaign across all sorts of mediums. Luigi Death Stares can only get you so far. 

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

Okay, that's great.  I'm sure Super Smash Bros. will also have a huge spike.

What then?

Nintendo needs to understand that it needs their systems to have good software on a consistent basis.  From the N64 onward, it's been one game, maybe two, every year, and the systems collect dust (and stop selling) in between.  Nintendo are going to have to bite the bullet, seriously court 3rd parties, and then get out of said 3rd parties' way in terms of content and online features.  Until this happens, Nintendo will never be serious competition for the other two manufacturers, and that's unfortunate.

HPFreak623
HPFreak623

Why do they have to directly compete with the other two? All they care about is specs and power. Nintendo is about fun and new ways to play games.

I enjoy stuff from all 3 companies. I lean more towards Nintendo because they're some of the most creative and innovative games around.

Yoshi Wooly World and Kirby Rainbow Curse (with it's clay look) are more creative than say Uncharted treading the same style and gameplay for 4 games (soon to be 5). But that's fine. Uncharted fans would probably throw a fit if they changed it up too drastically.

Don't misunderstand either, love Uncharted, I played all 4 (3 ps3, 1 vita) this past Holiday back to back to back to back.

eva02langley
eva02langley

@YukoAsho Blah Blah Blah Nintendo that...!
Seriously, the PS4 and Xbox One are anemic at best!

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Well sure, it went from "crap" to "ok."

ohyde123
ohyde123

I wish nothing but the best for nintendo in succeeding. Better yet i want all the companies to succeed(Although MS did get me abit salty with conker -_-)

Arachnofunk
Arachnofunk

Great news, I truly want the Wii U to succeed. It's such a great console with awesome games. 

pikachudude860
pikachudude860

That's good to hear. I hope Smash Bros and company really help boost Wii U sales too.

I can see a holiday Smash Bros bundle selling like hotcakes.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator moderator

for any Wii U owners or any future Wii U buyers, Mario Kart 8 is a must have. I'm not a big fan of racing games, but Mario Kart is the only racing game that I enjoy.

ModifiedCPU
ModifiedCPU

MK8 obviously will make a lot of sales. The better visuals make a huge impact. 

freedom01
freedom01 moderator moderator

Mario Kart is always a great game

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

I'm loving MK8. It will be interesting to see how the game impacts sales in the long run.

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

Great game. Whenever I walk in and my buddy is playing it, I can't help but remark on how the visuals are impressive. Plus... that same awesome MarioKart fun.