Wii U Racer Mario Kart 8 Sells 2 Million Units In Under a Month

Sales update announced during Nintendo's annual shareholder meeting.

Nintendo's recently released Wii U racing game Mario Kart 8 has now sold 2 million units worldwide. The game was released on May 30, meaning it reached that sales milestone in under one month. The sales figure, which accounts for units sold through to consumers, was announced overnight during Nintendo's annual shareholder meeting and confirmed to GameSpot today.

Mario Kart 8 sold 1.2 million units in its first weekend alone, helping Wii U hardware sales rise significantly, according to Nintendo. The latest official sales number for Wii U hardware is 6.17 million consoles sold, though that figure is accurate only as of March 31, before Mario Kart 8's release.

Though Mario Kart 8 may be off to a solid start, it still lags far behind predecessor Mario Kart Wii. That game is the original Wii's most successful non-bundled title with more than 35.5 million units sold to date.

According to Nintendo executive Scott Moffitt, the Wii U is on the brink of pulling off a 3DS-like turnaround. He maintains that marquee games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros., along with the company's new toys-to-life amiibo line, should help make the Wii U a success.

For more on Mario Kart 8, check out GameSpot's review and what other critics are saying.

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wowwow27
wowwow27

wii u is finally getting some top notch titles, this christmas is going to be a good year to get in on some of the fun.

jasspur
jasspur

I have a PS4, which was my favorite console. Since the "The future is streaming" announcement I got a Wii U, and I'm now hoping this game helps it to take off. If you look at the sales figures, there really isn't much difference in sales between the consoles. I like this system. It doesn't force me to rent games, which I absolutely will not do, allows me to backup my games in case they go offline, and has less to no hackers I've seen compared to PC. I think the main reasoning behind this is the fact that the games production cost aren't so high due to graphics/coding that corners have to be cut to cover them. HD is going to make it a bit harder for "Nintendo," but I don't think it will be too bad as long as they don't go all out.  I hear people talking about how good the Xbox One and PS4 controllers feel, which I honestly find a bit silly. I just don't think a slight comfort (if they really is a difference) is worth getting up in arms about. A wiimote really does have an advantage for shooters; however (perhaps better than a mouse), and a touch screen has endless versatility, because everything can be mapped. While cheap, I honestly think "Nintendo" had the overall console planned out the best. Third party games are unlikely to use these extra features since two out of three consoles don't have them. I can see why "Nintendo" wants to find a middle "second party" area. It may also help to ween out some of the indies that seem like a huge step back. I'm not saying the indie developers aren't good, they just don't have access to resources "Nintendo" seems to be offering to provide.

megakick
megakick

Waiting for Smash Bros and Bayonetta and Hyrule Warriors to be released unlike Sony I am pretty sure Nintendo will follow through on their video games.

meowstan
meowstan

Well, Mario Kart 8 alone got me to buy a Wii U. Its a system I told myself I would avoid because i already have an Xbox One, but honestly i am a proud owner and MK 8 is fantastic!

saintaeturnus
saintaeturnus

I hope Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade X and other future titles have the same success.

Toadamus
Toadamus

ill be honest i bought the wii u for mario kart and super smash and from what i can say im loving this console so far 

panoramavee
panoramavee

ROFL, MK8 can be bettered. It still has more room for improvements. To me, the game itself is simply 90% to 95% to rate. I believe the next Mario Kart will be even better, as Nintendo seems to better understand the function and use of the gamepad. The gamepad is so much fun!

In fact, one of the factors that helped MK8 sold so well is the free game code they offer. SO that's awesome. I bought MK8 and I downloaded Zelda Wind Waker for FREE!

venderhain
venderhain

I have yet to play a game on the Wii U that I didn't like. Even a game I thought would be terrible, like NintendoLand, is actually great.

That being said, Mario Kart 8 is beyond great. It is easily the best game so far in this generation.

I'll be very curious to see Wii U sales around holiday time with both Smash Brothers and Mario Kart on the system. I have no delusions that the Wii U will outsell the PS4, but I bet we'll see more people who own both systems.

Halloll
Halloll

does that number include digital sales?

Vodoo
Vodoo

The only time that I'll get a Wii U is either a Zelda or Metroid bundle & the bundle can't cost more than $199 WITH the game included. So basically $149 for the system. By the time all of these conditions are met, there'll be roughly 10 good 1st party games released to justify the purchase. And I don't want ANY Mario games. Nintendo has gotten me to the point that I detest Mario altogether.

I'm hoping that I'll be swamped by XB1 & PS4 games that I won't have a chance to even buy the Wii U. But if releases are still trickling out like they are now, I'll need something to occupy myself.

Plus I still have my 360 chuggin along, but hopefully this cross-gen crap will have stopped by then.

metallinatus
metallinatus

I will be honest here.... 2 million is no little number.... but after 1.2 million copies in one single weekend, I was expecting much more sales by now....

Still, 2 million is no little number for a month.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

That's what happens when you have a console with so few games worth playing, a new one actually comes out and a huge portion of the console base has to buy it, since they have been bored for months.

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

We'll see if the Wii U does a turnaround like the 3DS...

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

I'm glad that a great game got the recognition it deserves. It will also be a great time for the new Wii U owners to check out other fantastic games like Wind Waker HD and SM3DW. Welcome to the fold. 

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

Again congratulations Mr. Iwata on getting re-elected.

I don't always agree with him, but you 've got to respect him. And this is why the new Zelda is going to even sell more WiiU consoles.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Take note Sony and Microsoft. This is what effect a single good game can have on sales.

imajinn
imajinn

Not a shocker. A must have game to have, if you have a  Wii-U. Not much else currently being released for it as well.

maneauleau
maneauleau

Still 4 million Wii U users passing up on this, how is that possible ?!

blainose
blainose

@panoramavee the thing is there won't be another Mario Kart game on the Wii U. MK, SSB, LoZ and most of Nintendo games are done one time a generation.

sdinh225
sdinh225

@panoramavee Free game code was what made me get MK8. Got Pikmin 3 because no way in hell am I gonna spend 60 on it at gamestop since it doesn't sell anywhere else around here. It made me feel like I'm spending $30 per game instead.

JoSilver
JoSilver

@metallinatus Some high profile games barely reach 1.2 in lifetime sales... 2 million is nothing to sneeze at for any game.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@metallinatus There is almost always a 75% dropoff in sales after launch. The fact that it still had enough legs to get another 800,000 sales in 3 weeks is pretty spectacular. 

Stinger78
Stinger78

@spacecadet25 What about 'hold-out' buyers like me who finally get the system and that game, along with other exclusives?

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@bunchanumbers  And that's just about all the other decent games they have on the Wii U.  In 6 months watch the used Wii U inventory at Gamestops rise astronomically.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Dannystaples14  Two companies that are kicking Nintendo's ass, sure they'll take notice.  Sony and Microsoft can't have large jumps in console sales from a single good game, since they already have so many good games, just 1 more is not more incentive to buy the console.

JoSilver
JoSilver

@maneauleau You know not ever one has $60 to spend freely. How many times have you bought a game at full price... I know I rarely do.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@maneauleau  Nah, a great deal of those 4 million Wii U owners that didn't buy Mario Kart probably realized they already played this game back in the early 90's, and 7 other iterations since then.  The younger ones that didn't play several versions of Mario Kart already, they have the incentive.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@maneauleau Don't worry the number will go up. If you think about it NSMBU has over 4 million sales. In the end those numbers will only go higher. 

wowwow27
wowwow27

@blainose @panoramavee maybe some dlc that wasn't conceived during its launch?

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Stinger78 @spacecadet25  I don't know, I'm not a psychologist, I can't explain why you did that :)  Or maybe it's the fact that you and I may like very different types of games.

adrdeju
adrdeju

You mean like the mountain of used ps4's I see at my local GameStop right now?

Stinger78
Stinger78

@spacecadet25 @bunchanumbers Here's a list of all the "no games" I have: Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, Lego City Undercover, New Super Mario U, Super Luigi U, Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, Nintendo Land, Pikmin 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and Zombi U.  I also "don't have" both NES Remix games.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@chev0948 @imajinn  Funny that you write Grade-A as grade with a little "a", that basically sums up Wii U's overall library quality.

Stinger78
Stinger78

@spacecadet25 @maneauleau I've been playing Mario Kart since 1992, and have enjoyed every new release.  Mario Kart 8 was incentive for me to get a Wii U, as well as quite a few other games worth playing that you can't get on other systems.

fig56
fig56

@spacecadet25 @maneauleau  It's pretty obvious you haven't played any Wii U games at all dude. Is your Xbox or PlayStation that boring to you that you have to come on this website to bash to Wii U, it's games and it's fanbase? GET A LIFE!!!!

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Stinger78  That's why we disagree on the "games" vs "no games" argument, b/c only a couple of those games really interest me, and only if they were in the bargain bin and I had a free Wii U.

sanchango
sanchango

@Stinger78 That's a lot of "no games" you "don't have," you need more "no games"

fig56
fig56

@bunchanumbers @spacecadet25  seriously. most of the "kids" on here that say the Wii U has no games either...


1. Don't have a Wii U--hence they have no clue

2. Just wanna come on here to say that..."just to sound cool"



spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@gameroutlawzz @spacecadet25 @Dannystaples14  Yeah, a "smart drone."  I was responding to an argument that Sony and Microsoft can learn from Nintendo, however Nintendo has been struggling financially and has sluggish system sales, and luckily a new hit game, a wonderful thing to bet all your chips on (sarcastic), is saving them.  While in the meantime Sony's and Microsoft's game divisions are rockin' and have record sales rates following launch.

I don't think Sony or Microsoft have one thing to learn from Nintendo, other than a cautionary tale.  This "lesson" from Nintendo is like a gambler who is failing at the table, and has a lucky hand late in the game and makes most of his money back.  No brilliance to it.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@fig56 @spacecadet25 @maneauleau  No, I have to defend Sony and Microsoft from Nintendo fanboys, who are in absolute denial of the state of their system and try to dog those 2 systems all the time.

pikachudude860
pikachudude860

@spacecadet25 @Stinger78 With all due respect, that just means that there are no games that currently interests you. It doesn't mean the Wii U "Has no games" 


The PS4 and Xbox One has no games. Or maybe they just don't have enough games that interest me.

dat_dude8000
dat_dude8000

True because Nintendo stopped giving them ideas. Analog sticks,shoulder buttons, motion control, rumble features etc. I mean mr smart drone how did sony break into the gaming biz? With the help of Nintendo sir, (snes disk attachment) do your research. you just proved u a drone.... An ignorant one

el_marto2003
el_marto2003

@spacecadet25 @fig56 @maneauleau  surely Bills Gates and Kazuo Hirai will reward you for your remarkable job of "defending" their companies. Great job! (Seriously... go have fun with whatever console you have and enjoy life!)