Latest Entry in Venerable Franchise is Now the Fastest-Selling Wii U Game Ever

Nintendo declares that momentum is spelled M-A-R-I-O K-A-R-T! Nintendo have confirmed that Mario Kart 8 has sold more than 1.2 million units over it’s first weekend on the market. The game is has garnered critical acclaim, being the 14th Wii U game to have a Metacritic score of 85% or higher and now has the sales to match! Nintendo of America’s COO Reggie Fils-Aime has proclaimed that the Wii U’s best days \”are still ahead\” of it.

The early response to Mario Kart 8 demonstrates that the best days for Wii U are still ahead. 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!

Prior to Mario Kart 8, the seven main-line games that launched previously in the popular series havemnaged to sell more than 100 million total units worldwide. This includes two of the best-selling video games of all time: Mario Kart Wii for Wii and Mario Kart DS for the Nintendo DS family of systems.  It’s worth noting that Mario Kart 8 officially launched in Japan on May 29th and in Europe and North America on May 30th.

TitleSystemGlobal Sales (as of 3/31/14)
Super Mario KartSuper Nintendo8.76 million
Mario Kart 64Nintendo 649.87 million
Mario Kart AdvanceGame Boy Advance5.91 million
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!Nintendo GameCube6.88 million
Mario Kart DSNintendo DS23.56 million
Mario Kart WiiWii35.53 million
Mario Kart 7Nintendo 3DS9.62 million
Total: 100.13 million

Nintendo have already detailed a strong advertising campaign for Mario Kart 8 which will last long past this year’s E3 game show in LA where Nintendo are set to reveal several new Wii U exclusive titles. These new titles are said to make extensive use of the Wii U’s Gamepad.

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