About Half of All Wii U Owners Have a Copy of Mario Kart 8

Sales of the racing game hit 3.49 million copies, while hardware sales rise to 7.29 million units.

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Nearly half of everyone who bought a Wii U also owns a copy of the system's marquee racing game, Mario Kart 8, according to sales information released by Nintendo this week.

Mario Kart 8 has now sold 3.49 million copies as of September 30. With Wii U hardware sales currently sitting at 7.29 million units, that's about a 48 percent attach rate. This assumes, however, that people did not buy multiple copies of the game.

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Strong sales for Mario Kart 8 are not entirely unexpected. After all, the game was adored by critics and the kart racing franchise is one of the most beloved from Nintendo of all time.

Mario Kart 8 still has a lot of work to do to catch up to its predecessor, 2008's Mario Kart Wii, however. That game has sold more than 35 million copies.

Mario Kart 8's release in May is just the beginning for the Wii U game. Multiple paid expansion packs are in the works. The Zelda-themed DLC Pack 1 coming in November includes three playable characters--Link, Tanooki Mario, and Cat Peach--four karts, and eight tracks. It's priced at $8 on its own, or $12 as part of a bundle that also gets you the Animal Crossing-themed DLC pack coming next year.

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

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It's the only game that could convince me to actually buy a Wii U.

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I'm totally shocked at this ah screw it, I think my sarcasm module broke.

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@grenadehh Is that you, HK-47? Probably not...

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That's because it's still tons of fun.

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Because it's one of the best racing games ever!

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That seems low to me. That's one of the best games for the platform.

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would have got one if I check up on Mario kart 8 dlcs before hyrule warriors got in.

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I still am not convinced to own a Wii U mainly due to needing a couple games that interest me.......well and the fact that bunchanumbers bashes PS4 constantly.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> If you got a Wii U I wouldn't be surprised if you said the exact same things I say.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Pikmin 3 (88), Windwaker HD (90), Super Mario 3D World (93), DKCTF (83), Mario Kart 8 (88), Bayonetta 2 (91 with a 100 on gamespot), Smash coming, Captain toad, xenoblade, yoshis wooly world, splatoon, kirby, starfox, zelda, mario maker, mario party, and even more and if none of that interests you then chances are you'll never pick one up.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Wii U > PS4 > Nexus Player > Amazon Fire > OUYA > Potato > Xone.

Not including PC.... it would be overkill.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Xbox One is easily the best console on the market followed by the Wii U. The PS4 is just last decades rehash with nothing new to offer. PCs on the little streaming boxes go in another category.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> bahahaha this guy has got to be jokin , x1 doesnt hold a candle to wii u , not by a long shot.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> What the **** is up with biased people like you who blindly hate the Xbox One? I don't even have one and I acknowledge its not that bad of a console. Currently, the exclusives on Xbox one are factually rated better than PS4, and both the consoles hardware are nearly the same and it isn't a selling point. Xbox is better for online and multiplayer and PS4 is better with single player exclusives. In the end it depends on which games you prefer or really want, if I want to play some fucking halo I'll buy an xbox and if I want to play LBP i'll buy a fucking ps4. Why can't it be that damn simple?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I would put PSbore behind Bone... no games and no features.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I wrote a huge 'pseudo survey' to enquire into what would make you feel warmer towards getting one. Sadly I then tried to submit it without having signed in, and this accursed website decided to bring me to the log in page at the expense of everything I wrote.



Here is a much simpler version therefore. I'm gonna post a number of videos and ask you to, pretty please, comment on a scale of 1-100, with '100' being "gotta go get one" each of these videos makes you. - I'm a bit of an indie so this may help me decide which projects I want to go forward with in future.


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I'm more surprised that half of the Wii U owners DON'T have mario cart... that's the only game which i see anyone getting a Wii U for..

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@Dante-xero Nintendo plays to crazed fanbases of the industries highest quality series. Pikmin 3, Bayonetta, Wind Waker, Monster Hunter, and 3D World all draw in the gamers who have the absolute best taste.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Wii U is exclusively for gamers that have a good taste in games.

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This isn't too unexpected. When Nintendo's back is against the wall, they produce great software. When install bases are low and the console is running on exclusives, attach rates tend to climb. The GameCube is a good example of these two combining: the console didn't have many units sold but had a crazy high attach rate in general which made it profitable. In the long run, the Wii U will be the same way it looks like.

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Personally, I feel that Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed was superior and among the all time greats in kart racers, ESPECIALLY the PC version but, this is great news for Nintendo.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> not by a long shot , sonic all stars is great but doesn't come close to mario kart , mario kart 8 has better graphics , game play , physics and controls. on every level im certain cause i have both. its no where near mario karts level. even beginners will like mario kart 8 better. i know for a fact there wont be anymore kart racers better then mario kart 8 unless nintendo releases another one that's a guarantee

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Not by a longshot. MK8's item balance sucks, battle mode is ruined, it lacks proper mic support in the modes that matter as well as a lobby system. SART's stages and roster are far better to me and I never had a problem with its physics or controls. Then it has the things MK8 lacks and then also has more gameplay options due to its vehicle options and superior multiplayer modes. MK8 is not even the best game in its series. MK Wii was better. MK8 is borderline average in its series with its biggest changes being aesthetic ones like graphics. PC version of SART > Wii-U version of the game as well. This is from someone who's played both games and one of them on multiple platforms.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> That game was horribly broken and sometimes unplayable, but it's still a great game, especially the Wii U's exclusive five players at a time. Mario Kart 8 is literally flawless.

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@noncasualgamer @xOmniCloudx This doesn't even make any sense. Least of all MK8 being literally flawless. The word you meant was virtually. Its item balance sucks, battle mode is ruined, it lacks proper mic support in the modes that matter as well as a lobby system. SART's stages and roster are far better to me, it has those things MK8 lacks AND more gameplay options due to its vehicle options and superior multiplayer modes. It's not even the best game in its series. MK Wii was better. MK8 is borderline average in its series with its biggest changes being aesthetic ones like graphics. PC version of SART > Wii-U version as well. This is from someone who's played both games and one of them on multiple platforms.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> a game can be horribly broken and unplayable at times but still be a great game? That 's news to me.

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"This assumes, however, that people did not buy multiple copies of the game." To even things out, it also assumes that people don't have multiple WiiU's.


I don't own multiple WiiU's, but I do have two PS3's so that I can co-op certain games with my brother, who lives with me. If he was into Monster Hunter I'd probably have two WiiU's as well.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> But what would there still be a reason to own two copies of the game? Local Multiplayer for the game is great even if you had more then one Wii U in your household why buy the same game twice?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah, that's kind of my point. Gamespot pointed out that they're assuming people didn't buy multiple copies. IMO, you're much more likely to find someone who owns two WiiU's and one copy of the game than someone who has one WiiU and multiple game copies.

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I bought this game on day 1. I love it. Nice to see that it is selling well.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It I bought like Day two but that's only cause I was too lazy to buy it day one.

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Does anyone want to donate a wii u please?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> i'll probably sell mine. Only use it for MK8. Might as well get a 2nd controller for my pc and play SMK and Mk64 with a friend

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Nice

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Great game. Love the Wii U.

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