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Mario Kart 8 is a catalyst for bigger Wii U sales, says Nintendo UK

Mario Kart 8 will be the catalyst for more Wii U sales, says Nintendo UK.

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Mario Kart 8 is Nintendo’s biggest title of the first half of 2014 and according to Roger Langford of Nintendo UK, it will be the one that helps move more Wii U units than any game before it. That’s an argument that we’ve heard before and will hear again in the future. Pikmin 3 was supposed to be a sales driver, and then Super Mario 3D World and finally Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The difference between Mario Kart 8 and those titles is that Mario Kart 8 manages to attract more than just Nintendo fans. Roger Langford seems to agree:

Mario Kart is one of our killer titles. Looking back at Super Mario Kart and then moving through the ages, you can see how integral Mario Kart is to Nintendo hardware. It always brings out the best in whatever hardware it is on.

With Mario Kart 8 on the horizon, the big question is how many new Wii U purchases will the console inspire? With an install base of around 6.27 million units, if Mario Kart 8 manages to sell to all current Wii U owners, it will still be one of the worst selling Mario Kart titles in history. That’s because of the woefully small Wii U install base, which Nintendo is hoping Mario Kart 8 will serve as the one game that gamers can’t resist adopting the Wii U into their stable of game platforms.

“I certainly feel that Mario Kart 8 can be the catalyst that will broaden Wii U’s horizons. It’s very important for us that we have a successful launch and continue the promotion throughout the year and beyond.”

For this reason, once the game is released and the Mario Kart 8 bundles are available in supermarkets across the globe, you’ll probably see Mario Kart 8 commercials on TV well into the year. Nintendo knows it needs to raise awareness of its new title that appeals to more than just hardcore gamers. People love Mario Kart, but they’ll need the Wii U in order to enjoy the latest installment. If Nintendo markets the game correctly, we could see Mario Kart 8 serve as the catalyst for Wii U adoption that Langford is talking about in this MCV interview.

What do you think? Are any of your friends or family planning on picking up a Wii U for this game?

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  • ActivesiN

    understatement of the year

  • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

    I has to be. That, SSBU, and ZeldaU are going to be the games that make or break Wii U.

    • Kyle

      and if they do that Pokken Fighters thing right

      • http://nintendopapercraftvideos.wordpress.com/ Sam

        Yeah, if they do that exactly right, that game has the potential to be the next game that no one expected to sell, but did.

        • Thomas Stevenson

          the nfc thing cant be demo stuff like nintendo land. must be full games or people wont buy it.

      • Spencer Manigat

        If they have Pokken Fighters ads with Wii Remotes instead of Pro Controllers like in the Mario Kart 8 ads, I’ll lose it.

    • therealruben1

      Zelda doesnt really sell well sadly

      • Roadkill409

        I like Zelda games, but I miss how hard Zelda use to be on the NES or even SNES (but the internet will ruin any chance of getting those days back). However the days of hand holding and super long introductions really need to come to an end. Zelda games need a new (maybe old) direction. I did not finish the last two games no matter how many times I tried. I just got board. And I will try again someday soon. But Mario Kart 8 will eat up a lot of my near future time.

        • therealruben1

          I love Zelda games but they dont really sell that well.On the wii,TP is the 15th best selling wii game,Links crossbow training is 17th,and SS is 19th

          • Roadkill409

            I agree, but I think people are getting tired of the style that has dominated the Zelda franchise over the last 15 to 20 years on consoles. I have not played the newest 3ds zelda game, but from what I read the game play is much less hand holding. Giving Zelda new blood will give it new life. It will re-energize the people who want to buy it. I know if I read that the new Zelda game is closer in nature to the most recent console games I might buy it used, but if they say it is closer in nature to the NES or SNES, Day one purchase.

          • therealruben1

            If youre a fan of ALTTP,give A Link Between Worlds a shot.Its an amazing game.

          • greengecko007

            If you’ve heard that A Link Between Worlds on the 3DS isn’t a hand holdy as some of the more recent Zeldas, you’ve unfortunately heard wrong. The game is very fun, but having signs or an NPC outside of a dungeon or next to an environmental puzzle telling you what item you need to use to solve said puzzle is a major insult to the players.

  • audi lover

    1.1 mill software sales, 300k bundles this year world wide my guess

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      That sounds quite accurate. The software sales will be a lot higher than that though by the years end. Just in my opinion, but hey, who knows. The Wii U is a pretty unpredictable console.

      • audi lover

        Keeping my expectations low so when it doubles those figures i can smile

        • gerb1977

          Probably the smart thing to do. I think it will almost double those numbers in the first month world wide.

      • matthew garcia

        I predict Wii u will have 8000 sales in Japan next week lol . Pretty sure I’m right

        • Nostalgic_Chaos

          Definitely possible. They go ham for Mario Kart in Japan.

    • Jason

      I think that may be the software sales by the end of the summer.

    • Magnus Gonzalez

      if you are right they will discontinue the Wii U by 2015 E3

  • Nostalgic_Chaos

    Mario Kart 8 is going to bring in more Wii U units guaranteed, no matter how small the current install base is.

    Pikmin 3 is no Mario Kart 8 and it would be a joke to compare the two. I never once suspected Pikmin 3 or DK: Tropical Freeze to drive in a significant amount of units. I’m sorry. Not on this console anyway… But MK8 on the other hand is a different story.

    • Fred

      I also didn’t think Pikmin 3 of DK:TF would sell consoles, but I thought MArio 3D World would and I’m not sure it did.
      What is everyone is content having Mario Kart Wii?

      • Perfecto-Geek

        They won’t be content with the online services shutting down tomorrow unless it’s extreme casuals.

        • Fred

          I didn’t think about that. That’s incredibly convenient timing for Nintendo that the online gets turned off this week and the new game comes out next week!

    • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

      You didn’t mention Super Mario 3D World? That was also supposed to “Save” the Wii U.

      • Nostalgic_Chaos

        Yeah. I mean, I didn’t think that game would save it either if I’m honest. I knew it looked fun, and that’s all I knew it would be. Just fun. Nothing more. I sold Mario 3D World after a month.

        If Mario Kart 8 and Smash Bros were sold at the Wii U’s launch, then it probably wouldn’t be in the funk it’s in now… Oh… But that was too much to ask for, wasn’t it, Nintendo?

        • Roadkill409

          For some reason Mario platform games have not grabbed me like Kart games have over the past years. Maybe it is me getting older or Kart game have evolved better for multiple people playing. The kart game design is much more natural for multiple players, especially online. I could not imagine playing an online game of Mario 3D World with 4 strangers would be as fun as a Kart racer. But 12 random people on Mario Kart 8 seems perfectly natural.
          Rewind 20 years or so and I would have been playing any version of Super Mario Brothers over Mario Kart any day. I did not like the original Mario Kart. It was Mario Kart Wii that sucked me in to Kart racing games. So I guess times have changed.

      • condor87z

        Yeah having the mentality that a single game will save a system is a pipe dream.

      • AkaLink77

        sup…
        XD

      • Rinslowe

        None of the titles were mean’t to save the Wii U. But catalyst is the most responsible term used so far.

        Considering the install base wouldn’t it be fair to give SM3DW’s sales performance just a little credit though? It moved over a million copies and still selling. Although in and of itself Nintendo was hoping for better, but that was more their problem than the games sales stats. They expected more. A lot of people would have passed on it as a console seller ( because again the software sales were pretty decent) due to wanting a different Mario experience. Not to take anything away from the game, it’s fantastic.
        Kart has that appeal though. It’s receiving a lot of positive attention and it looks to be the Kart game that has exceeded many early expectations. It’s starting from strength. And has a broader marketing campaign driving that appeal.

        I think it’ll do ok in terms of hardware sales. Maybe 1+ m by Dec. Maybe more…

      • Roadkill409

        Kart racing games are just different from platform games somehow. Most people drive everyday so they find it easier to understand driving. I assume most people are not running, jumping and stomping most days.
        I had not played a Mario Kart game since the SNES. And for some reason back then that game did not grab me. So I did not play another Mario Kart until I played Mario Kart Wii and my family and I had a ton of fun! And now my kid and I play Sonic Racing Transformed all the time. That is our go to Wii U co-op game. We are super excited for the new Mario Kart 8 game (We were a little disappointed in hearing the forced 2nd player split screen, Sonic handled that so much better. It seems silly, but forced split screen seems like a huge step back. So maybe a 2nd Wii U will be in the future to play on full screen online.)
        However, I don’t find driving simulators fun at all(Gran Turismo, that game just sits and never gets played). Maybe they are too realistic. I will stick with Kart games (Sonic and Mario) and arcade racers (Daytona USA).

    • lobotheduck21

      pikmin 3 no

      it was fair to expect DKC:TF to sell more units, it outsold both zelda games on wii

      • Nostalgic_Chaos

        DK Would have done even better if the majority of casual gamers out there even knew what a bloody Wii U is to begin with. Same goes for Pikmin 3. Those two games obviously deserved more notoriety. The fault was just with the marketing. I can guarantee you that about at least %35 of Nintendo fans didn’t even know a Pikmin 3 was released.

    • Roadkill409

      Also, Nintendo was very, very smart by giving a second (top tier) game away for free. Nintendo knows people are going to buy Mario Kart 8, and if they can give them another high quality Nintendo game experience, that they may have been on the fence about getting, people may realize the Wii U is not such a bad system. It will put two top quality Nintendo games in people’s hands for the price of one. It is hard to beat that logic. Then the likelihood of people buying other games goes way up. It looks like the EU got a lot more to pick from. But I guess Nintendo has more ground to make up over there.

  • Noah

    Lots of commercials and marketing…..we need it

    • HungryMetroid

      and the commercials need to air on channels other than Disney and cartoon network.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        there was a commerical on Nickelodeon earlier today.

        ….one commercial.

        Over a like, 4 hour span (I keep it on as background noise)

        • HungryMetroid

          background noise riiiight ;)

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            XD Well I do enjoy spongebob, but I’m not gonna watch it for 4 hours straight :P

  • incoherent1

    I don’t know anyone planning on getting a Wii U, but many people don’t know it exists.

    In addition to marketing MK8, Nintendo needs to go back to square one and also market the bevy of games they’ve released the past 18 months that haven’t gotten any real marketing campaign either.

    I mean real, adult advertising, not the non-sense we saw around the holidays. It’s fine to market to kids, but you need to appeal to parents, teens, and adults too.

    • Fred

      I’d love to see a HUGE internet/hulu campaign for X!!! Xenoblade was so dang good, if X is even close to that they could really sell the system on X, but unlike Xenoblade Nintendo has to let people know that it exists. (in case you’re gearing up to tell me yes I know they won’t do this, but I still wish they would)

      • Roadkill409

        If X is anything like Xenoblade, but with an online element similar in nature to Monster Hunter (but yet not Monster Hunter), and maybe a little bit MMO to it, I think it will grab a huge crowd of people. I know I have a few friends who want some elements of a MMO but with a console style of game play. But yet we don’t want the huge MMO style of a PC. And for some reason Monster Hunter is not the right game for us. But X seems like it might be. If they give me Xenoblade with 4 player multiplayer to go online for quick or long quests. I will buy the game very fast.

        • Fred

          Please, I’m begging you stop. I’m already WAY TOO EXCITED for this game. Don’t make it any worse

          • Roadkill409

            I am sorry, I will work on this in the future :-)

  • Rich Garriques

    i really hope X comes out this year , i will be buying that too along with mario kart 8 :) e3 this year looks very promising on nintendo and sonys side.

    • Fred

      I’m with you man. X has me more excited than any game has since I was a kid!

    • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

      Its planned to come out this year worldwide. Nintendo is trying for a worldwide release.

    • Anthony Ochs

      X has already been confirmed for 2014, read an article on it earlier today.

  • Des

    I hope the Wii U gains some traction from the release of Mario Kart 8 but as the saying goes… “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” or “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” We wont know until the sales figures come out. I’m crossing my fingers that the Wii U will get a significant boost in sales and continue with an upward slope. I doubt it’ll ever be as popular as the two latest consoles but a respectable 3rd place isn’t bad either. As long as it’s not too far behind.

    • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

      Wii U is ahead of Xbox One…by over a million…

      • Des

        I was talking over the life of the consoles. The Ps4 has already outsold it and the XBox One is catching up.

        Wii U – Released on November 30, 2012 has sold 6.17 million consoles.

        XBox One – Released on November 22, 2013 has sold 5 million consoles.

        PS4 – Released on 15 November 2013 has sold 7 million consoles.

        I think that Nintendo has a chance, if they do things right, to stay at a respectable 3rd place where they can become profitable and consider the wii U a success. I just don’t think they’ll be a front runner in the console wars. That ship has sailed.

  • condor87z

    Well we can all hope so.

  • BrettAlex

    Crazy thought here, but is it possible that the “lack of racial diversity” criticism could actually help Mario Kart 8? That is, any discussions of said topic would be bringing attention to this game and possibly the Wii U (which Nintendo itself hasn’t been doing a very good job of), and probably from a few sources who don’t normally talk about video games and the video game industry.

    • Fred

      good point!!! maybe we should all put a link to that article on our facebook page

    • PrincessKairi

      Those criticisms just tell me that people will make up shit on the spot when they cant think of anything else to criticize about a Nintendo game. “Damn, this game is sweet! Oh crap, cant have anything positive about Nintendo getting out………umm……er……..duh……….yeah the er character choice is racist! brilliant!”
      Thats the gaming media today, gotta love it

  • matt

    I think WiiU has plenty of games coming that are exclusive and to be honest there the best games out their normally,the ps4/xbox1 are just getting 360/ps3/pc ports if that’s 3rd party support keep it,i just want top notch games in my life like MK8,X,Smash,Zelda,Bayonetta2,HWarriors,ect ect I’m sick of rushed out the door games with glitches all over the place and texture work not consistant…….

    Nintendo seem to be getting Platinum and other 3rd partys to make games using their IP’s wow who knows Platinum could be making Starfox….i just hope Retro are making Metroid or something just as big…

    • Fred

      I’m hoping Hyrule Warriors is as good as you are expecting it to be, but as I’ve never played a dynasty warriors game I’m in wait and see mode.

      • matt

        Listen even Sonic BOOM looks interesting…..another exclusive.

      • Zombie_Andrew

        Unfortunately the Dynasty Warriors have received mixed reviews at best. It’s a button bashing hack and slash horde battler and they’re known to be buggy too. The Japanese market loves it through. And I can see it sparking interest over in the western markets if IGN and others can be paid off to overlook it’s blandness and bugs. But that’s just my opinion on that series, and maybe Nintendo will have some quality control, however the game seems like a rushed 360 port reskinned with a Zelda finish :( I think they just want to bash something with the Zelda branding out as quick as possible because fans will have to wait till Nov next year to get what could be the next OOT (as far as impact on the Zelda community).

        • Fred

          Wow you’re asking for a lot if you want Zelda U to be the next OOT. I remember that game it had myself and all my buddies buzzing for almost a full year.

          • Zombie_Andrew

            Not asking a lot at all It’s an expectation. If Zelda U doesn’t make me want to drop on my knees and thank the universe that I own a Wii U – then it isn’t good enough for me.

            This might sound harsh – but this game HAS to appeal to a new generation of Zelda fans, it has to be what the new generation of gamers remember in 20 years time as the game that converted them to a lifetime of Nintendo consoles – just like Zelda did for some on the NES, or Link to the Past did on the SNES, or what OOT did on the N64.

            While many of us current Zelda fans will probably say “it’s good, but it’ll never be OOT” we are blinded by our childhood. I’m hoping that most 12 year olds will pick it up, and it will become the topic of the playground about what they got during their holiday celebrations in 2015 – and it will be their OOT at the very least.

            Sure it’s not going to sell 20 million consoles, but it will hopefully secure at least a couple million new Nintendo fans for future generations :)

          • Fred

            You’re right, that’s not asking a lot. I just don’t understand why they don’t do that with every game they release since it’s so easy

          • Zombie_Andrew

            I’m not saying it’s easy, but Zelda is a title that is an iconic classic – there are expectations to live up to compared to a lot of franchises Nintendo owns which carry a flatline of excellence (yeah I’m saying flatline in a positive manner) but some Nintendo franchises just have that aura of excellence that you just expect to be blown away by every time. For me Zelda is one of them. Skyward Sword and Twilight princess just didn’t do anything for me (especially SS) and with hints at a rejuvenation of the franchise – bringing it into a more open and non-linear world far larger than before alongside going against expectations (like RE4 did – and look how popular RE4 was) – it’s easy to see that this game could change everything.

            I’d say MK8 is a defining game of this generation for Nintendo too. I’d count SM3DW, but SM3DL did it first and I feel the Wii U is still waiting for it’s definitive Mario for the generation – not that SM3DW was bad at all (it has that flatline of excellence I was talking about), I’ve played that game the most so far, I’m hoping MK8 and Zelda U will do that for me too.

    • Brandon

      3rd party support is what the wii u needs, the console feels dead for months until the next nintendo game comes, which can only last a few weeks of fun.

  • matt
    • Googs

      It has both actually at this moment :P

  • Capt. Smoker

    Yet another Nintendo game getting way over hyped for no real reason, 3D worlddid nothing, expect the same result here, Mario kart Wii was a fluke, all the rest of the home console Mario Kart’s sold chump change.

    • Jason

      ” all the rest of the home console Mario Kart’s sold chump change”

      Mario Kart 64: 9 million (second best selling N64 games)

      Mario Kart Double Dash: 7 million (second best selling GCN game)

      Mario Kart Wii: 35 million (best selling Wii game)

      • condor87z

        wow I’m really glad you posted that. That’s pretty awesome.

      • gerb1977

        and as a reminder……the 3 best selling video games of all time are, Wii Sports, Super Mario Bros & Mario Kart Wii

        • Brandon

          It seems stupid since those games were packed with the consoles. Not everyone but alot of them.

      • greengecko007

        Mario Kart 7 has sold nearly 10 million copies on the 3DS, trailing only Pokemon X and Y, making it the second best selling game so far (Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire could knock it down to third this year).

      • Capt. Smoker

        Compared to 35 million, that’s chump change, it’ll sell well to the Nintendo fanbase but it won’t turn the system around, that’s all I was saying, having said that, got mine on pre order awaiting it’s arrival, me and my lil one will spend all weekend in our pjs on that, just like we did 3D World and Pikmin 3 :D

  • Mr Ninty

    dips on 10 milion sales in the first year of release may till may2015

  • AM Real

    In the Mario Kart commercials they should start off by letting ppl know they can play past entries of Mario Kart via the virtual console with a quick little slide show of a few screens going directly into the Wii U console or the game pad and then tie everything together with the new Mario Kart 8 footage and features

  • BrotherDump

    May 19th…. 10 days, 3 hours, and 42 minutes left….

  • Zombie_Andrew

    I think it will help. I think the pattern goes. Pretty much flatline in the Winter (Jan – Feb), Spring/Summer sales go up, Autumn/Fall – Sales decline, Holiday (Nov – Dec) sales shoot up. And that pattern will remain the same – just that the sales should get around 20% – 30% higher with every year they release at least two AAA first party title. I think Mario Kart will help raise the Wii U’s profile during the low points and I think SSB will really be a holiday seller: They’ll keep the Wii U’s head above water. The same goes if they release that rumored Pokemon Stadium NFP game next Spring/Summer and Zelda U next Nov etc etc.

    The only thing that can “save” the Wii U and make it sell beyond expectation is a new IP [or IPs] (like Pokemon was for the GameBoy) which is so irresistible people will flock in their millions to get a piece of that pie. Who knows maybe Nintendo will reveal that at E3? One can only hope.

    Still the Wii U is like the N64 low selling but it will be well loved and remembered by the end of its life (around Nov 2018) IMO

    • Chase U

      I completely agree with the “Wii U becoming loved by the end of it’s life” comment you said. It really is a great console, arguably the best if not second best of this generation considering quality, but this won’t be realized until way down the road

  • Kevin Welch

    “If Nintendo markets the game correctly…” With it’s current marketing trend, I’m afraid that’s a big “if.”

    • Zombie_Andrew

      However they do have a year’s marketing campaign for MK8, and they have good American, French and Japanese TV adverts, still not seeing any for the UK or the rest of Europe :/

      • Kevin Welch

        Yes they do and I love the MK8 push they’ve done. However, this is the prime time to really push and market the Wii U. Unlike it’s competition, is has amassed a strong library of highly rated games. A person buying a Wii U now won’t experience the software drought that early adopters experienced because they have some many games to choose from. Nintendo needs to capitalize on this. It’s really is time to push all the Wii u has to offer. If they miss this opportunity, they won’t have the superior game library, especially is 3rd party support doesn’t pick up.

        • Zombie_Andrew

        • CaptRodgers

          That’s very true. I bought mine back in October and I still have plenty games to get. To be fair I have a few multiplatform games I never picked up on other systems, but still I’ve yet to get Lego city, Nintendo land, pikmin and I haven’t even best dk yet. Throw in four upcoming games just this year and it’s honestly not a bad selection

  • lonewolf

    I dont want to sound negative but I dont think that mario kart is the savior instead of promoting the game till the release of smash bros promote x bayonetta 2 make bundles of those games with free games as well for let it be xenoblade chroniclaes and for bayonetta 2 the first bayonetta (of course the both upgraded) and with every sold new game you get a free game of the past 18 months of releases (indie games can do too) and many other stuff.

  • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

    I am sure it will give it a boost and as long as Nintendo can keep momentum going with games and updated features it could be more of a lasting boost than just a quick spike in sales.

  • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

    As one of the 6.27 million Wii U owners myself and my brother being two of them, we both are not sure if we’ll get MK8, we never played a lot of MK games only snes, n64 and GC versions. Maybe I’ll get it myself though but then just for the free download code for WWHD. As I can’t be arsed to pay full price for WWHD as I have it on GC since launch. Not sure yet at this time. But it’s on the “to obtain list” sometime atleast.

    • Nostalgic_Chaos

      You have a Wii U and you’re sceptical of buying Mario Kart 8? Wow. It looks like one of the finest games they have ever made. I understand that there will be other great games on the Wii U such as Smash Bros, X, Zedla, etc… But you’ve got to fit Mario Kart in somewhere there as well. Buy it and support the console, since you already have a Wii U. What is the main reason you bought a Wii U, for what game(s) in particular?

      If you’ve got a Wii U, then Mario Kart is a must buy. Doesn’t matter if you haven’t played much Mario Kart before.

      Look at the reviews and all of the gameplay videos on youtube. Maybe that will persuade you.

      • Brandon

        Well, his reason might be, that he is not into racing games.

        • Nostalgic_Chaos

          That would be different, but he didn’t say that. It just sounded like he hasn’t given any Mario Karts a real chance, which is puzzling. If you’re a Nintendo buyer, then Mario Kart is pretty standard. I wouldn’t say I’m a big fan of racers either. You don’t really have to be. Mario Kart is still fun as a hell, doesn’t mean I’m going to go out and buy F1 and Gran Torismo.

          • Brandon

            Im not a big racing fan either, nor do I have a wii u, but I will be getting one this summer, and play on getting this game.

          • Anthony Ochs

            I agree, I am not a fan if racing games at all, but Mario Kart is one of my favorite games, I still play double dash with friends.

      • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

        Zelda, X, MH3U and Bayonetta 2 are my main reasons, other great games will be bought in general I have never been into the racing games, as my friends except my brother don’t have a Wii U and have no plans to get one anytime soon makes me to reliant on online racing with very little time at my hands that’s the reason for me being sceptical, I really wanted ssb as well but seeing 3DS gets the game almost half a year sooner, that game is also on the “to obtain list later”

        Nothing to do specifically with mk as I wrote in my first comment I never played many mario kart games except snes, N64 and GC versions. Other reason is money issues as I really want to buy games I really want, the free download for ZWW HD gives me basically 2 games for the price of one and could be a great deal in my personal situation.

    • Magnus Gonzalez

      WWHD is worth the full retail price. It is so much better than the GC version due to several factors like graphics, gamepad, faster sailing. Being able to get it for free with Kart purchase is a no brainer man

      • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

        yes that’s one thing I agree on, although I have to look into it if that games is also on the European region deal, which most likely will change my mind regarding MK8 I’m in the middle of convincing myself to get it for that reason, but I’m not easily pursueded, my curse I suppose :)

    • Rinslowe

      Get it and see what happens. You get a free title with it so pretty good value and there’s not going to be another Kart until next generation for console…
      Still I’m sure that Nintendo won’t complain if your the early adopter type or the late comer. Maybe it’ll be guys like you that allows the online component to remain fresh as new players add to it over time.
      Day one for this gamer.

      • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

        Thanks for the nice comment, so far people respond open minded like you, but I feared people would call me troll or soething for my choice, I don’t think it’ll be a day one purchase for me but maybe a week or two three after launch.

    • Chase U

      I played the Mario Kart 8 demo at GameStop this last weekend and it far exceeded my expectations, and it was only A DEMO! I think not getting MK8 would be a travesty since it’s the best MK in the franchise (according to many critics). Even if you aren’t a MK fan, this game will for sure make you one.. trust me.

      • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

        I see lots of people give me positive critisism on my choice and with that trying to convince me to get it, I appreciate that, and I guess I should just go for it. Won’t be day one I think, as on the release date I already have other plans with friends to go to the new Xman movie. I suppose I’ll see to fetch some time for it a few weeks after it launches.

        Sadly in Europe we have no means to try the demo in stores as of now, often demo’s pursue me to get the actual game, it has done so many times on my 3DS and probably will on WiiU aswell unless people manage to convince me to go for it, all responses are very positive even on my skeptical point of vision.

        I have about 1 and a half week left to also convince myself to go for it, with the meager list of “need to buy want to play list” regarding Wii U in my opinion, MK8 would probably be a safe choice as we have no knowledge on release dates for the “day one purchases” for me being X, Bayonetta 2 this year Zelda next year, and SSB this summer for my 3DS, and probably WiiU aswell this winter.

        • “Sean” Chase U

          That’s the Nintendo world for ya! Positive feedback (most of the time). I’m sure you’ve noticed this positivity on the Miiverse as well as online play for the few games that have it on the Wii U. I’m glad you appreciate my feedback and I appreciate that you appreciate it!

  • WellWisher

    Day one digital. Sucks about the battle mode being nerfed though.

  • greengecko007

    Mario Kart 8 and then E3… Nintendo has the perfect opportunity to gain a lot of momentum. Whether or not they do that successfully is another story. Part of gaining momentum and driving Wii U sales up would be having actual release dates for upcoming Wii U games, and having those release dates fairly close by. Additionally, we need to know about what new games to look forward to next year.

    • Rinslowe

      Bingo. I’m totally with that idea. Mario Kart 8 is only the catalyst like any title released in history. Wii U is struggling to take off. But the follow up strategy needs to be equally as tight. What is coming and when. And making sure the right titles like X and Bayo 2 are spaced accordingly for release.

      It’s only fair that Nintendo addresses at E3 those titles we know are in the mid term for release, up to Q2 2015 for eg… And detail some of their progress as well.
      They always seem to act in accordance to whats directly in front of them, but there’s no harm in letting the hype machine play it’s part as well…

      • greengecko007

        It’s getting to be quite difficult for me to keep my expectations low for what Nintendo does during E3 this year. I don’t want to be disappointed, but it’s hard not to see the near perfect opportunity they have.

        If Bayonetta 2, or even that Hyrule Warriors game, gets released shortly after E3 (say July or August), and X actually releases this year, then the wait for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be much easier.

        • Rinslowe

          Exactly that. Between Kart and the titles you mentioned (we know are nearing release surely) including Smash. I think that’s Nintendo’s year well organised. And will provide the momentum we all keep harping on about. :)
          I’m still going to expect them to stuff it up though. Then Maybe they quietly surprise, lol.

          I won’t be thinking a whole lot after seeing Zelda U for a few months after E3 so they have a moment of grace to get it right. I’m sure there’ll be an angry mob if they don’t deliver at least that from the titles expected in 2014.

          • Purple

            It’s not that Nintendo is even releasing their first party titles too far apart. it’s that there are not enough 3rd party titles between to fill the time and “keep momentum” flowing.

            I really hope they surprise me this E3… I’m scared we’ll just hear about games we’ve known since last year!

            I would really be happy to hear about New games in development and hearing release dates so i know I have something to look forward to.
            So far all these gaming sites just tell me whats not coming to Wii U.
            It would make me happy knowing there are great games coming.

          • Rinslowe

            Yes this was a fact factored in long ago. Now people are referring to first party titles due to lack of third party support. What we are speaking of is the strategy required by Nintendo to compensate for this issue.
            I’ve actually posted quite a few comments saying that in the last 3 or so months, pretty much to the letter. So it’s not just an attempt to justify my previous comment. :)

            You’re right of course but also somewhat late to that conclusion and therefore also not quite right.
            Nintendo does have an issue with the spacing of their first party titles because they need to rely on them to fill the gap where third party support should be.
            But it’s not that simple. People need to invest in third party titles for third parties to see the reason to invest in the platform to begin with.
            And yet despite that, third parties need to invest more in their programming to provide comparable experiences on the Wii U platform for many owners to feel the same reason to invest their hard earned dollars. And round and round it goes….

            So in a nut shell, it’s either space the titles effectively to compensate or fund exclusive content from third parties or allow third parties access to developing certain first party content or all of those options.
            But I think third party studios coming back to the Wii U in strength on their own in the next few years – without incentive, is a major stretch…

          • Magnus Gonzalez

            I think 3rd parties are still pissed about the Wii. Only in rare cases did 3rd party games do well. There were very few titles that didn’t involve dancing/fitness that did well for 3rd parties on the wii. RE4 was very well done and it sold pretty good. But for the most part once the ‘fad’ died down people were not buying 3rd party or even 1st party games. Wii’s became the quinitessential dust collectors. It’s a shame because there were several really good games after 09 but they just didn’t sell as well. 3rd parties seem to be holding a grudge about that. 007, Red Steel 2, Epic Yarn, Metroid Prime, The Last Story, and even the titles like SMG2 and DKCR should have done much better considering the massive install base.
            This is why maybe 3rd parties gave up. They tried with the wii but nothing except party games sold well. Instead of embracing this and making amazing party games they loaded the wii with shovelware which I believe is what turned people away from the wii in droves. I recall so many times over the years parents with their kids choosing to buy the dumbest shovelware because they were party games and cheap. Nintendo was really lax in what they allowed on there and it diluted their wii brand big time. So 3rd party deserves some blame, Nintendo as well. Never the consumer though.
            The Wii U once again forced developers to commit additional resources for little potential financial gains so they are just not bothering. Part of me can’t blame them but if Ubisoft made Rayman exclusive to Nintendo it would keep gaining traction and become a Nintendo staple. They need to cultivate a following but they are too short sighted. Forget games like Watchdogs. Focus more on COL, Rayman, and that new game Valient Hearts. But instead they keep wasting money with AC, Watchdogs, ZombiU…i.e. games that are nice to have for a small majority of Nintendo fans but that don’t appeal to the majority as evidenced by the sales.
            We’ve seen what can happen if a game is developed for the Wii U (Rayman Legends) and it’s greatness. But it will take 3rd parties to commit to the Wii U in that fashion to make a great game that can sell. Maybe if it remained exclusive they would have moved another couple hundred thousand. As it stands, it has sold pretty darn good considering it’s install base. It won’t happen though. The fact that Valient Hearts is not coming and COL is only 720p means to me, that Ubi is pretty much through with the Wii U. Activision as well and seems like WB is too.
            The only thing Nintendo can do is to release more 1st party games, and also to purchase studios like they did with Retro and Monolith. They’ve got a pretty good stable of 2nd party partners but they could purchase Sega and make it exclusive as an example. They have to do something regarding the pace of software releases

          • Carl Fin

            F- Essay is too long.

          • Magnus Gonzalez

            tough to keep up huh? perhaps stick to the dudebro forums?

          • Carl Fin

            Ah yes, that’s where all we accountants hang out. With our surf boards and calculators. Or maybe I have a job, couldn’t be bothered reading your HUGE comment, play games for fun, and they aren’t…you know….my entire life. I also can take a joke. Can you?

          • Magnus Gonzalez

            interesting…yet you have time to try being cute and put me down for articulating my thoughts on something I am passionate about. And then, you have time to respond a second time despite your busy ‘life’. LOL. Whatever dude. If you can’t be bothered to read my long comments than it wasn’t meant for you and nobody cares to hear your smarmy remarks. Move along

    • Purple

      It’s not that Nintendo is even releasing their first party titles too far apart. it’s that there are not enough 3rd party titles between to fill the time and “keep momentum” flowing.

      I really hope they surprise me this E3… I’m scared we’ll just hear about games we’ve known since last year!

      I would really be happy to hear about New games in development and hearing release dates so i know I have something to look forward to.
      So far all these gaming sites just tell me whats not coming to Wii U.
      It would make me happy knowing there are great games coming

      • greengecko007

        Obviously the lack of third party titles is a major blow, but when you know that a steady release schedule of games is your problem, and has been a problem for a year and a half, then you should know that the solution is obviously to release more games.

        Nintendo is by far the biggest developer and publisher of 1st party games, but even so, the gaps between releases hurt. Nintendo is sitting on lots of money, and could outsource IPs to other studios to speed things along. The Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap is one of my favorite in the series, right up there with Wind Waker, and it was developed by Capcom.

        As for E3, Iwata has stated that we will be seeing games that we haven’t seen before, including games that make it a point to use the gamepad in creative ways.

        • Chase U

          I hope N delivers on what Iwata stated.. If not then it’ll be very disappointing.

  • linxz

    i love my wiiu regardless.

  • Magnus Gonzalez

    and rain is wet

  • ben

    The thing about all NIntendo games is they sell for the whole of the consoles life span. So Mariokart 8 sales will be over 4-5 years/

    Some games sell for 8 years. Smash brawl re-entered the Amazon Japan top 100 games, at full price, recently.

    • iamserious

      I just bought Smash Bros for Wii last month. It’s awesome! :-)

      • ben

        I feel stupid because I missed the chance to buy a heavily discounted new copy. It was being cleared by a Japanese Supermarket to make shelf space for the wIi u.
        I just thought I dont need two physical copies of Smash this year. I am regretting it now. I could have resold it for twice what I would have paid.

  • Ninjatendo_forever

    people have been bitching about wanting this in HD 1080P 60FPS…… >:|

    they better buy it….

  • Elvis Michael

    A very disturbing pattern i noticed is the lack of hype around other upcoming games. Have you guys noticed how anything regarding Smash Bros is “newsworthy?”

    Someone spotted a new character = let’s report about it. Someone spotted a new trophy = Let’s write an article about it….

    If companies would adapt a similar thing for their games, they would give people the same exact enthusiasm they have over MK and Smash Bros. Even if those games are not currently “big” in people’s minds — the constant teasing would TURN them into big games.

    For example, why not release more info about X (something we haven’t seen before), such as a new combat move, and a little tease every other month? Same goes for other titles.

    Hype turns little franchises into big franchises, especially if they are well-received once they come out. It seems like many companies lack a certain marketing bone….

    Perfect example: Look at how old that Zelda teaser trailer is. It’s been going around the internet for quite a few months now, and they’ve never bothered to give us much more…..quite possibly until E3.

  • Dark Lord Sauron

    i was talking with one of my friends on facebook and he said that several game stores in new york city are selling early copys of mario kart 8 and i said wtf really their not suppose to be selling them till the 30th-_-

    • anthony optimo

      New York is just one big shady underground black market that does the retail business by their own rules… I like it.

    • Des

      Smaller mom and pop stores don’t always conform to release dates. They’re just trying to stay in business.

  • Scott Mitchell

    They are marketing it. I saw it when I went to the movies to see Godzilla. And yes Godzilla was pretty good. Get asked that all the time. Mario Kart looked awesome on the movie screen. Wish I could hook my Wii U up and play it. Would be the ultimate multiplayer platform.

    • condor87z

      Ah I miss the commercial, just saw the movie!

  • anthony optimo

    I would really like to see Mario Kart 8 commercials on late night TV, or on TV spots where the shows are aimed for adults. The crowd needs to be reminded that Mario Kart is back from their childhood, bigger, badder, and ready to make them Nintendo fans all over again.

  • http://obaforums.wordpress.com DragonSilths

    MK8 will boost Wii U sales thats a given, but will it “save” the Wii U? Hell no.

  • PrincessKairi

    If thats the case, how about a worldwide price drop ya fools? Here in Australia, the Wii U is still being sold at launch price!

  • Rinslowe

    It seems the articles are always a few steps behind the forums, lol. But no big deal.

    On topic; definitely a catalyst. What Nintendo does from there is arguably even more important. :)

  • tom

    I think between Mario Kart 8 and Smash bros the Wii U will hit at least 5 million sales this year.

  • Krzysztof

    Let’s face it. This game will be huge.

    • Chase U

      No. 3 now in US now eh? Last time I checked it was no. 4

      • Krzysztof

        Obviously these charts are changing daily. MK8 was 3rd at the time of posting (around 6 hours ago). That means, MK8 and Watchdogs for PS4, going head-to-head, at least on Amazon US.

      • Carl Fin

        It’s number 3 right now in the US

  • GmailIsDown

    wii u needs at least 10 more AAA titles like mario kart 8 to have a chance of survival.

    • Rinslowe

      Just ten huh?

      • GmailIsDown

        10 is enough to establish a trend, and will be a good predictor of future outcome.

        • Rinslowe

          Future Outcome :)

          • GmailIsDown

            ;)

  • Roman

    I don’t know how this is even considered an “argument”. It’s stating the obvious.

  • iamserious

    Idk folks, Mario Kart 8 releases in just 10 days and Wii U sales are not showing any signs of improvement. I’m hoping for the best but I’m preparing for the worst.

    • Chase U

      How do you know about the Wii U sales as of the last two months? Nintendo hasn’t come out with those sales results yet have they?

      • Jon Turner

        They DID have a somewhat better February and March and April this year as opposed to last, if I remember correctly.

        • Chase U

          But the last fiscal year sales results they announced was only through March 31, so we don’t know how the Wii U has faired over the last 2 months (almost two months), unless I just haven’t seen em.

          • Jon Turner

            Oh. Well either way, I think a LOT of people are seriously underestimating this game. Considering it’s constantly topping the Amazon charts AND selling the bundle, why wouldn’t it be a catalyst? Note: by catalyst I don’t mean THE catalyst, but A catalyst. One of many, starting with this.

          • Chase U

            exactly

      • iamserious

        Well I’m judging based off VGChartz and the fact that Nintendo hasn’t released any sales info as of yet. Might mean sales aren’t too good.

    • Carl Fin

      The MK8 console bundle hasn’t been released yet :P

      • iamserious

        That’s what I’m thinking as well. People are holding off for the Mario Kart Wii U bundle. I would do the same thing. Really hope that’s true.

  • Jon Turner

    WiiU sales WILL improve when MK8 hits. C’mon, haven’t you all forgotten about the MK8 bundle? It’s still on the bestsellers list at GameStop, and it will continue to do so as well. Anyone who thinks MK8 will do nothing for WiiU is seriously underestimating the popularity of this title.

  • Chase U

    I think MK8 will help the Wii U out tremendously in sales, as I’m sure it already has since MK8 is #4 most ordered video game on Amazon right now and the bundle is a best-seller at GameStop. I’m sure it is selling like crazy in the UK too. I dnno if it could help to overtake XB1 and PS4 tho.. highly unlikely

    • Jon Turner

      That’s a bigger question to be seen, but personally I see it stomping XBox One worldwide AND maybe outselling PS4 in Japan. As for the final victor, I am holding off on such judgments.

  • Crakkers

    Well I bought a Wii U last weekend purely to play Mario Kart 8. Can’t wait till it comes out.
    I’ve been completely addicted to Mario Kart Wii online for 6 years now and would’ve been happy to keep playing that if it wasn’t shutting down today. May 20 – a very sad day.

  • Joe

    If you live in Europe check out game.co.uk mario kart 8 deal you get five pounds off the price and a free wheel aswel.

  • xTrucho3

    Somebody help me choose between Pikmin 3 and Nintendo Land

    • janco tianno

      If you have friends that visit your home and enjoy playing local multiplayer games, Nintendo Land is the perfect party game. 5 people can play together many different funny games.

      If you like to play strategy games alone, then you may prefer Pikmin.

    • iamserious

      Nintendo Land is fun enough but I’m gettin Pikmin 3 since it would be the first time I ever played a Pikmin game.

  • InterTreble

    Mario kart is the most wanted Nintendo title, even among Nintendo haters. There is nothing comparable in all the videogame industry. If you don’t want to have fun, you can easily skip Wii U. But a game like this, on PS4 and Xbox One, simply do not exist.

  • janco tianno

    It seems there are many people here expecting to see MK8 selling 2 million copies in two weeks…
    Or that suddenly Wii U will sell in one month 800.000 units…

    So… as we can see, Wii U sold >6 million consoles.
    Well, that was because it had: NSMBU, SM3DW, Pikmin 3, Zelda WW, -WII SPORTS CLUB-… (some good 3rd Parties)….

    None of them worked like “Titanfall”… Actually SM3DW did well (sold more than 2 million) but in the case of MK8 it’s sad to see everything focused in a single game.

    MK8 Will be a System Seller. Sure. But it needs time to sell.

    The Marketing Strategy is another problem. It was a beautiful message from Reggie explaining the Wii U MK8 Bundle: “Kids, tell your parents and parents, tell your kids” and showing that you’ll get Wii U + Wiimote Plus + Plastic Wheel ( :X ) + MK8 + A Good Downloadable game for 320 bucks. (A great deal).

    The problem is: Most of the people that saw this video were Wii U owners. The other people have no idea. It means nothing to have an amazing TV commercial if it doesn’t reach a big audience.

    • Carl Fin

      None of your figures are right. The Wii U, for example, has sold 6.2 million.

      Mario Kart will sell Wii U’s. Although, I do agree with you that most people don’t even know what a Wii U is, that will change with Mario Kart 8.

      • Chase U

        Sadly, I didn’t even know what a Wii U was (never even heard of it) until last christmas (2013) when my nephew got one and I’ve always been a HUGE Nintendo fan.

        • Carl Fin

          Things like the lack of a Wii U facebook page make for confusion. The Wii has many millions of followers on it’s own page. The Wii U, however, has multiple different pages for each country with few followers. People will usually only follow a page that has a lot of followers already, or else they will simply think it’s a “plastic” page. Just one example of the bad marketing of Nintendo.

          • Chase U

            Wow.. no official facebook page? That’s sad. I think the Wii U will become a lot more recognized within the coming months. Whenever I found out what the Wii U was I was ALL IN as I usually am with Nintendo consoles. Haven’t regretted my purchase even for a second.

          • Carl Fin

            Yeah there is like “wii U germany” or Wii U UK” and no Wii U Usa page. The Wii has almost 7,000,000 likes as a product. The Wii U has about 45 pages and it’s confusing as to what their official page is. There is one that is an “interest” rather than a product, and it has like 17,000 likes.

          • Chase U

            They just need to advertise the crap out of that bad boy

  • CaptRodgers

    We’re there honestly people that thought 3D World would sell wii us? Or any of the other games released? They were great games but come on there not system sellers. 3D World should be, but it’s trailers don’t do it justice. I had no real desire for it until the rave reviews. It’s the most fun Mario, but it doesn’t appeal just watching the trailers

    Mario kart on the other hand can move units. It has before and it now has a wide appeal. The only other games to move systems though will be a new traditional 3d Mario or the new Zelda. Those are the franchise’s that sell systems. Nintendo should aim to release one of these a year. Zelda next year and mario the next.

  • Dáibhí wotshissurname

    Correction – advertising is the catalyst HUH NINTENDO OONTS OONTS OONTS