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Mario Kart 8 sells 1.2m in first weekend

Mario Kart 8 sells 1.2m in first weekend

Mario Kart 8 has a long way to compete with its predecessors. Mario Kart Wii has managed to sell more than 35 million copies to date.

Mario Kart 8 has sold 1.2 million copies since its May 29 launch according to internal sales figures from Nintendo.

This makes Mario Kart 8 the fastest selling Wii U game to date. Nintendo also highlights that it is the 14th Wii U game to launch in the US with a Metacritic score of 85 or higher.

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

The Wii U edition of the popular kart racer franchise does however have a long way to go before it approaches the success of previous entries in the series. Mario Kart Wii has clocked up a total of 35.5 million sales since its launch.

Even the lowest performing entries to the series, Mario Kart Advance and Mario Kart: Double Dash have sold 5.9 million and 6.9 million respectively. So far, the Wii U has only sold an estimated 6.2 million units worldwide leaving Mario Kart 8 with a smaller install base to work with.

Mario Kart 8 launched on May 29 in Japan and May 30 in the US and Europe. It was met by a positive critical reception although several outlets have complained of the title’s lacklustre battle mode which replaces battle arenas with the game’s race courses.

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Porkins' Wingman 3rd June 2014, 13:20 Quote
I've only spent about 10hrs with it so far, but it is a great game and deserves to sell well. Given the current offer for a free download of another game there's not much reason for any Wii U owner not get it.

I'm not familiar with all previous versions of the franchise, but I think it's accurate to say this one doesn't bring anything revolutionary to the table, but it's definitely polished and looks spanking.

It's such a universally simple yet fun game to play.
Zygersaf 3rd June 2014, 13:30 Quote
Let's be honest here. Being "The fastest selling Wii U game to date." was hardly going to be difficult was it?

Still cool, but yeah...
Impatience 3rd June 2014, 14:03 Quote
It looks like such a fun game! If only it were out on PC/ Wii discs work on PC.. I'd buy it in a heartbeat!
Porkins' Wingman 3rd June 2014, 15:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zygersaf
Let's be honest here. Being "The fastest selling Wii U game to date." was hardly going to be difficult was it?

Perhaps not, but to put it in some wider context, here's VGChartz top-selling games figures for April 2014:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v103/Trunkswd/April2014Chart_zps7a7a9725.png

That data suggests 1.2million in 3 days is better than what Titanfall could manage in a whole month.

Watchdogs has apparently outsold Mario Kart 8 upon release, but going by the reviews I think a fair few more people are going to be regretting the Watchdog purchase...
Guinevere 3rd June 2014, 15:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Porkins' Wingman
That data suggests 1.2million in 3 days is somewhat better than what Titanfall could manage in a whole month.

Yeah, but that's because it's the U and there's a damn shortage of decent titles. A much higher percentage of U owners are going to be buying exclusive games like this compared to any given generic FPS that's available on lots of platforms.

You want a great new PC release? Choice of dozens. Want the same for the U?
Cei 3rd June 2014, 21:05 Quote
Apparently it also boosted WiiU sales in the UK by 666%. Which means Nintendo sold 666 WiiUs! Well done Nintendo.
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