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According to Reggie, Mario Kart 8 sales quadrupled Wii U weekly sales

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Mario Kart 8 has having the intended sales boost affect Nintendo hoped it would, according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. Wii U sales for the week after the game’s release were quadruple the previous few weeks, with around 18% of current Wii U owners purchasing the game within its first weekend.

It’s one of the things I have to do with certain media, remind them, look, for us, the drive toward the holiday began a couple of weeks ago with Mario Kart 8. And that’s off to a fantastic start. For us, on a global basis, and certainly here in the United States, it’s driving hardware, which is great to see.

It should be noted that this also includes the Wii U Mario Kart 8 bundle sales, so first time Wii U owners are counted in the number if they decided to pick up the bundle. Mario Kart 8 topped 1 million sales within the release weekend, meaning its currently the fastest selling Wii U game to date.

[via Polygon]

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  • jjbredesen

    Well seeing that Wii U is outselling PS4 in Japan, and Xbox One in the rest of the world, i would say that they underselling argument can now be put to rest.

    With so many great games coming, and the sales are rising and showing no sign of stopping, i would actually dare say, that Wii U could realistically sell around 45-50M units lifetime, if Nintendo keeps making great games, Mario Kart is the sort of game that keeps a steady line of sales over an enitre generation, and i am sure Smash will do a lot to, so untimely i think Wii U is now fine.

    • matthew garcia

      I’m still skeptical. I’m not sure a 2 week pick up of good sales makes up for a year and a half of bad sales. Will have to wait and see

      • jjbredesen

        That is true, and i am not saying that its a 100% chance that Wii U will sell fantastic, but rather that the future now looks really bright, as there are a lot of major games coming out soon, and a lot of them are system sellers, or appeal to a lot of people, and after E3, i saw a huge amount of previously “Nintendo is doomed people” on IGN saying they now want a Wii U etc. so it looks like it should do good, one things for sure and thats that it will not be as bad as 2013, can’t really get much worse.

        • Officer Raichu

          yeah i see tons of people now going to get bayonetta 2 day 1 because of the 1st one is included
          they listened :)

          • jjbredesen

            They sure did!

          • Officer Raichu

            itsll also sell more because you get to ride a mech :D
            no problem with mechs makes the game fun
            exp: titanfall xeno x and now bayo 2 :D

        • oontz

          Define “soon” cause I only see 4 major releases coming in 2014.

          • jjbredesen

            Think there is a bit more than 4 games coming in 2014.

            http://www.ign.com/games/upcoming/wii-u

          • oontz

            That’s why I said “major releases” sure there are a bunch of games coming, but most of them are meh. Unless you’re into those titles.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I wonder where the third party is at? Well….the ones that people care about.

          • Rinslowe

            Same could be said for all platforms though really…
            Between them they make up the no’s for a good year in gaming.

          • oontz

            “Same could be said for all platforms though really”

            Can’t disagree with that logic. That’s why multiple platforms is the best way to game.

      • Officer Raichu

        hoping for a hardware boost because of how awesome smash and zelda looked

    • greengecko007

      I’m really glad the Wii U is getting this break and sales are up, but we definitely can’t just put away the fact that it has had a hard time up until this point. I’d like to think that the Wii U can keep this momentum going, with Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2, and Smash Bros. coming out later this year, but nothing is guaranteed.

      • Officer Raichu

        well if they can keep mk8 relevant keep advertising have dlc and stuff then it could happen
        then do some advertising for hyrule warriors more for bayo 2 then blow out for smash and i think were good to go

        • Daniel Carvalho

          And here we hit the Wii U’s weak spot: advertisement. Ever since its launch Nintendo has been really timid with advertising the console and its games, and although they have been getting better over the past months, they’re still way behind their approach with the Wii.

          Well, let’s hope they manage to get through this, and Mario Kart 8 doesn’t work like Pikmin 3, boosting sales for two weeks and then falling back in sales again.

          • Willie Crespo

            I don’t see a lot of adverts these days, either.

            I see little to NO commercials for PS4 or Wii U, and the only Xbox One adverts I’ve seen just tell you about it’s multitasking features.

      • jjbredesen

        Yeah i agree on that, i am just saying that i think Wii U should sell a lot better on average the next year than last year.

  • Razo_E

    Great news! I can imagine similar results for Smash Bros and the new Zelda. Wii U is no longer doomed, but it probably won’t break any records.

    • FutureFox

      I predict all consoles having record low numbers compared to last gen not just Wii U. The “casuals” who got into the fray already have the PS3 for the blu-ray, 360 for Kinetic and Wii for the Wiimote play style.

      Also recall the PS2 had DVD which appeals to everybody, Xbox polished and made online gaming a penetrable thing that again appealed to everybody. There’s nothing now to wow and snag the masses this time around however, so it will be interesting to see the outcome of a generation where the offerings don’t appeal “all.”

      But after this E3′s surprise from Nintendo with Amiibo, I think that could potentially be the thing that get more people outside of gaming to pay attention to it. Nintendo may have found their “in” with that strategy because everybody likes toys and they’re likely hoping the toys-to-life category will help retain more casual players young and old.

      • oontz

        I really don’t see older gamers buying amiibo toys unless it’s for their children.

        • FutureFox

          Even in that scenario parents will likely buy a toy for themselves, take it to work (sneak in a little SSMB action on their 3DS), come home and use their Amiibo with/against their kid. The kid of course probably doing the same thing at school.

          I think it can serve a family bonding agent which would encourage parents to buy one or two for themselves. Stick it on their office desk or something.

          But even without that justification, some people just like having game related trinkets lying around their office. Its not unusual.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          It sure doesn’t appeal to me. I’m sure the kids will love it. Seems like another Skylanders thing.

        • Rinslowe

          I see more older gamer’s buying amiibo toys for their children. But secretly for themselves.
          Lol…

  • Noah

    “Mario Kart 8 is driving hardware.” I see what you did there Reggie

    • Roadkill409

      You would think Reggie was talking at a Shareholder’s meeting in this quote. I noticed over E3 that everytime I hear him talk it always seems like he is talking to shareholders, no matter who he is talking to. This time It looks like Reggie is talking to Polygon. I understand it is his style and It’s not bad, but just listen to how he talks. One would think he would talk differently to IGN or Polygon or the end user. But nope, it is alway’s the same, he sounds like he is at a shareholders meeting.
      At least he is entertaining.

      • The Clockwork Being

        I get what you mean.

        Well it’s mostly because of the type questions that they ask him. They mostly ask him about sales and profit so of course he will try to sound professional.

        • Roadkill409

          I don’t know the question he was asked. But I heard him being asked some non-sales/profit type questions and he always answered it in a “shareholder meeting” type answer.
          Like I said, at least he is entertaining. I always know I will get a laugh.

          • Willie Crespo

            He IS a businessman, after all.

            He acts like it… most of the time.

      • keithmaxx

        Think of it as him talking to stakeholders. You and I, as Nintendo gamers, have as much stake in the Wii U as the rest of the gaming industry. Some people may not realize it, but N performing either way has an effect on the rest.

        • Roadkill409

          I would consider myself a stakeholder and even sometimes a shareholder (when the price is right). I want Nintendo to do well as the Wii U is my only current generation system. I just wonder what my kid hears and understands when Reggie says “software drives hardware and the holiday season started a few weeks ago” I know he understand when Reggie said, “kids tell your parents, parents tell your kids” :-)

      • oontz

        He is a salesman first and foremost. Not a gamer.

    • A SNES Day Off

      His Wii Wheel was ready.

  • Rinslowe

    Yeah, I noticed in another interview Reggie mentioned the figure 450,000 units sold in the first three days of Kart being on the market…

    “A: The first three days we sold 450,000 units in the United States. That has had a 4x lift on our hardware sales.”

    http://blogs.seattletimes.com/brierdudley/2014/06/11/e3-nintendo-boss-on-wii-u-beating-xbox-and-playstation/

    Still pretty certain that’s software…

    Even so, 1.2m software sales in the first week was pretty phenomenal. (think that was actually only 4 days data)
    And it had to have inspired more than a few decent hardware sales as well.

    • Tsijiari

      wasnt 1.2 million in just a weekend(2 days)?

      • Officer Raichu

        actually vgchartz(if you chose to believe them) has a little over 1.1 million sold Thursday through saturday

      • Rinslowe

        Could have been…

      • The Clockwork Being

        Yeah they announced 1.2 million worldwide in 2 days. But what I really want to know is the hardware sales.

    • oontz

      Must have been software as the previous month wiiu units sold was only 50k

      • Rinslowe

        60+ K for the month of May. With two days of Kart 8 sales included. Lol.
        Everything in perspective huh.

        June sales figures will be interesting…
        Of those 1.2m copies sold. Reggie has already gone on record and stated a decent % of the hardware figures (of which is not reflected in the May monthly count due to Kart 8 obviously releasing from May 30th in the US) were MK8 bundles…

        • oontz

          “June sales figures will be interesting…”

          Agreed.

          Although I don’t think it will be enough to change the tides of this generation.

          • Rinslowe

            That’s ultimately irrelevant at this point. For us consumers, it is now obvious Wii U can sell. More importantly, that it has compelling software available now. And that it has undeniably compelling software in the pipeline, that we can see and track.
            For Nintendo, it only needs to be profitable.
            On the title side, a game like Mario Kart or any of Nintendo’s first party IP’s, the sales will continue for longer than the average annual franchise. This has been proven time and again in the past. And it looks to be following that trend again this generation.
            Hyrule Warriors may only sell an average no’ of copies and hardware in the west. But it’s looking to be a hit in Japan. Bayo 1 & 2 should do ok in the west as well and even better in Japan but the point here is maintaining momentum.
            Kart has longevity so sales should continue in healthy no’s through to Smash, helped by the two titles mentioned. And Smash is likely to perform the same if not better than Mario Kart 8 for the holiday’s.

            Third parties are an ongoing issue for Nintendo. But I think they’ve found a middle ground on the problem and have obviously ramp’d up internal production to compensate. Filling areas , previously catered for by third parties – Bayo 1 & 2/ Devils Third/ Splatoon as their take on the shooter genre etc…
            2015 is looking to be an even bigger year in terms of content. But no point in trying to predict too far ahead as delays are likely to happen in some cases.

            So in fact, the tides of this generation should be looked at singularly for the best objectivity. Wii U is profitable for Nintendo, according to them. Kart can only help recuperate lost profits through consistent sales. They still need to clear their initial investment of the Wii U. But now there’s a clear direction on getting there. For us current and future Wii U owners. It only matters that the exclusive content justifies the cost of purchase over time.

            I think it’s enough to change the tides of Wii U’s situation this generation. Who wins in sales is again, irrelevant.

          • oontz

            “Who wins in sales is again, irrelevant.”

            More units sold directly reflects the relevance of the product in the retail market place, and in turn allows for more outside support and public perception for the product.

            The only people who think sales are irrelevant are gamers who own multiple platforms and and are happy buying a wiiu JUST for mario, zelda, etc. For everyone else more sales means more 3rd party support, which means more reasons to own the wiiu system.

          • Rinslowe

            It’s quite funny that what you have quoted me to have written which is indeed what I had written. Is absolutely not the same thing as what you took away from it.
            Not only that but the explanations provided as to why “who wins” in sales is irrelevant seems to have been loosely interpreted by you as well.
            I never said sales weren’t important. I even stated more than one reason why I think it is crucial to success.
            You need to read more carefully mate. Because what I said was, “who wins” this generation is irrelevant if not entirely subjective…
            Lol

          • oontz

            Sorry you got me, I’m trying to finish this project and I didn’t fully read what you wrote and only quoted your end statement.

            Very sorry, but you wrote so much. I will take my time reading and replying in the future.

            Cheers

          • Rinslowe

            Haha. Now now…

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            “The only people who think sales are irrelevant are gamers who own
            multiple platforms and and are happy buying a wiiu JUST for mario,
            zelda, etc. For everyone else more sales means more 3rd party support,
            which means more reasons to own the wiiu system.”

            Very true. I like a console that has a balance of 1st and 3rd party.

          • Rinslowe

            I prefer concern trolls to take longer holidays…

  • Fuzzylittlebastard

    You know the console is going badly when a single game quadruples the sales.

    • Rinslowe

      You could say equally, you know when it’s doing better than it was before. When a single game quadruples sales…

    • keithmaxx

      Not necessarily so, but I see why you say so.

  • Ernie Sanguyo

    Nintendo was never doom in the first place. They had games line up on the way for a while. We all know that Nintendo will bring all their first party franchise to boost the sales. As for the third party, I still hope more to come and help us make more games.

    • Jon Turner

      I don’t have any hopes for Western third parties, but I have better hopes for the Japanese ones. Considering WiiU is outselling PS4 there at the moment (and will probably continue to do so), I can see a gradual return for such companies.

  • ZeldaFan83

    I wonder what the total sales are up to now. They have only released sales numbers for the release weekend. Nintendo what are the sales numbers for Mario Kart 8 including digital sales?

  • Roadkill409

    Absoultly no surprise. The masses will buy this game without a thought.
    This game is still growing on me. It has not grabed me like MK Wii did.

    • mikeybruises

      Yeah, I agree. I like MK8, but for me it just doesn’t have the feel of pure raw racing like MK Wii did. I contend that it there were more strategy and tactics involved in the overall racing scheme. I also liked the tracks on the Wii version better as well; the courses just seems as though they were longer and I am quite disappointed with both “Rainbow Road”s.

      • Roadkill409

        It is not a bad racing game by any means, I have played many, many, many worse kart racing games, but I agree. I think the game looks great, the online parts are nice, and there are many updates, for example when I use the “wheel” I think the steering is much more accurate, but I totally agree, the tracks on the Wii version were much better, they felt more technical.
        I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but it took me weeks to unlock everything in MK Wii, it only took me days to do the same on MK8. It felt like items were always unlocking and I wasn’t doing much at all.
        So, I am glad I get a 2nd game with the purchase. I have not decided what game yet.

        • Rich Garriques

          again i dont know what these morons are talking about pure raw racing? , that is all you get in this mario kart? , the wii one was weak sauce. it was so easy , i never had to try to get into first in mario kart wii. in mk 8 you actually have difficulty that is were mario kart wii went wrong it never had difficulty and there was hardly better drifting mechanics in the wii one. it just does not even come close to how good mk 8 is. its definitely years ahead of mk wii. they never should of released that.

          • Andrew St. Clair

            “again i dont know what these morons are talking about pure raw racing?”

            That’s because you’re a complete idiot. Good job at being a complete idiot, you complete idiot.

          • mikeybruises

            Mr.Garriques I’ve seen you’re kind before. You waste no time to overreact when someone’s opinions differs from yours. Perhaps you may want engage in a little thoughtful introspection to come up with an explanation as to why you choose to express yourself in this manner. This is a discussing about a subjective topic; there is no right or wrong. I would like to further add that every discussion in forums such as these do not necessarily always merit an antagonistic response. That being said, if you choose to respond please make sure that is more thoughtful or at least somewhat profound or it will be duly ignored.

          • Roadkill409

            My opinion is that MK 8 is not as technical of a racing game as other racers. Here’s an example, when I got Sonic Racing Transformed, it bothered me to no end that I could not shake my controller to do a “trick” to get the speed burst like in MK Wii. I thought how could have Sega missed this?? But one day I realized in Sonic Racing Transformed you do more that an “trick” for a speed boost, but you roll, forwards, backwards, left, or right. I now understood what Sega was doing. Because in some areas if you want avoid hitting an object after a jump you needed to roll a specific direction and by understanding what direction to roll you could hit a jump at top speed you could avoid hitting the obstacle and keep moving and get a speed burst. And there are many other areas where it matters what direction you roll or how many times you roll. And you still get the speed burst too.
            Now when I play Mario Kart, either Wii or 8, I see the shaking as kind of primitive.
            It is very minimal but, I miss the podium and fireworks. I hated standing at the edge of the cliff looking at the winners in MK Wii. It felt like I won something when I was on a podium, and it felt like I really lost when I was not on the podium. :-) There’s no podium in MK8. There’s only a list.

      • Rich Garriques

        what in gods name are you guys talking about? , i have both and id never EVER touch the wii one again its the worst mario kart out of all them. it doesnt even have two player grand prix and this one not only has two player grand prix IT HAS 4 player grand prix. i feel no ways this is simply the best mario kart game they ever made. it has better graphics and the driving is years better then any mario kart game. its just as good as mario kart 64. so try again with that it doesnt feel pure raw thats bullshit.

        • Nintenjoe82

          I love both and think 8 improves more than enough to take MKW’s crown. I’ve only owned all the home console MKs but I don’t see why MKW comes in for so much criticism. I thought it was the best up until 8 came out. I have the others on VC/GC and they’ve aged worse than MKW ever will….

          • Roadkill409

            Besides playing the original MK years ago, MK Wii was really the first MK game I got into. So I was super excited for MK8. In my opinion, they improved on almost everything, but I just can’t get into the game. I played MK Wii for years and really enjoyed it. I liked it right after my first race. Mario Kart 8 is taking a very long time to grow on me. I really wish it would grab me like the other one, but it is not. I would have stopped playing it already if I did not have kids. So maybe it will grow on me still.

        • Roadkill409

          No one is arguing that Nintendo improved on almost everything. That is why I am having a hard time understanding why I can’t get into MK 8. But if I would not have kids who are playing it, I would have moved on to another game already. So maybe it will still grow on me.
          I would agree and disagree with the driving is better though. Using the “steering wheel” is much better on MK 8

        • wiimenonowiiu

          I agree i did not like the wii kart as much as the wii u i have not had this much since kart 64 i just cant stop playing lol

          • oontz

            My thoughts as well, this version is a ton of fun!

      • Nintenjoe82

        I think you’ll realise by the time of Mario Kart 9 that this one has more going for it than the better graphics. I think MKW had better retro tracks but the new tracks on MK8 are much better than the new ones on MKW.

        I do agree about the Rainbow Roads though. The N64 one is brilliant so why is it only 1 lap? The new one is just a pain rather than a fun difficult course like MKW’s but I am sure practice will make me equally good at both!

        • Andrew St. Clair

          Because the N64 one sucked. It was too long and wasn’t challenging.

          • C4

            Mirror added a bit “excitement” by having the traffic all drive in the opposite direction on the N64 ;)

        • Roadkill409

          The tracks that I think are new and refreshing are the Mount Wario track. I like how there are no laps and it is just a downward plunge. I have fun on that one. And Cloudtop Cruise, I don’t know why I like this one, but I find it fun.
          But for example, the track that is similar to “Moonview Highway”, “Toads Turnpike” from the N64 has got to be one of my least favorite. Avoiding the traffic is so easy the cars might not even be there and for some reason this track feels extra slow. And it always feel like you can’t catch the person in front of you. I can see them the entire race and unless they make a mistake, I can’t catch them no matter how many boost I use. Frusterating!
          I thought the N64 Rainbow Road was fun, although a little short, but fun (and that is what really matters). The new Rainbow Road was just OK. It was very pretty to look at, but I thought the challage of the track was not as fun. MK Wii’s version was hard and yet fun. That version felt like it was my fault when I fell off the track, on MK8 it is different.
          What I have yet to understand is how going underwater enhances the game. It does not seem to do anything except it sort of feels like it slows the race down a little.
          But I keep playing MK 8 with the kids beause they are having fun.

    • Rich Garriques

      don’t listen to this guy , he has his own preference. even if its totally wrong.

      • Roadkill409

        I get it. No need to get mad. Like I said, Mario Kart 8 is not a bad game at all. It is far from being a bad game.
        I’ve put hours and hours of gaming into Mario Kart Wii. I had tons of fun. Maybe “raw racing” is not the best way describe it. But I have been played Mario Kart 8 for a few weeks now and it still has not grabbed me like Mario Kart Wii did (or even Sonic Racing Transformed). After playing the older game for years, my first reaction when I played Mario Kart 8 was it felt like they slowed it down. The speed boost don’t seem like they boost you as fast and the karts don’t hug the corners like I was use to. No one is arguing that the graphics are better, really, that goes without saying.
        Mario Kart 8 was a day one buy (midnight release) for me. But Besides playing MK8 with my kids, I just I don’t see myself as addicted to Mario Kart 8 like I was to other recent racing games.
        I am a Nintendo fan through and through, I hope MK8 sell very, very well. The Wii U is my only current generation system, and I have no plans on buying anything else. I will keep playing it with my kids, so maybe it will grow on me. Like I said, I just can’t quite put my finger on why this game is not grabbing me. I really wanted it to!
        Many, many people are enjoying MK8, so keep having fun! Don’t get so upset, it’s just a video game. Life’s way too short.

        • mikeybruises

          Again I agree. I like the game as well. I’ve played the game and I find it rather easy. Its funny, I just had a discussion with a couple of people I used to race and we agree that the game does not feel as fast. We’re all legit 9999 racers (no hacks), and we also agree that there isn’t that drive to fully engross ourselves in this version. Of course we will be good, but I don’t think that I will get in the morning wanting to improve my score as I did with MK Wii.

          • Roadkill409

            I agree. I wanted to play MK Wii at the expense of sleep. I was pretty good at it too. I played online and I won most of the time. I did not dedicate my life to the game and there were better players than me for sure, but I was no slouch. I let my young kids use my online persona so I never really had a very high online score. But I never let that bother me too much.
            But for some reason I just can’t, as you say, “fully engross” myself in the new one. I won’t have as many Mario Kart lost nights of sleep. I was really hoping there were going to be some night of lost sleep. But I enjoy playing it with my kids. I mean my 6 year old had unlocked everything the first weekend. It seemed like unlocking items was about as easy as just playing the game.
            I hope people buy the game and enjoy it, I really do. It is not as bad as I may make it sound, but it is just not my game :-(

    • oontz

      I have been loving mk8 maybe more so cause I haven’t played the wii version. But I am finding some of the mechanics are quite cheap. You can easily go from 1st to last and stay there if the CPU is being cheeky.

      • Rinslowe

        You find yourself last against the CPU?

        • oontz

          no what I was saying is there are instances where you are in first and something happens (blue shell) and then while you are stunned, another shell and then another… then you are basically last and have no way to redeem the race and take back first. I consider mechanics like that cheap. But it happens in many different titles not just MK8.

          • Rinslowe

            Never happened to me against the CPU. Well once or twice but only cost me a spot. Two at most…
            Online can be just as you describe. Often.

          • oontz

            Yeah it’s happened a couple of times to me. Online I haven’t played against more than 4 people at once so far. Not sure why though.

          • Rinslowe

            Lol. That is strange. Only ever full for me so far. Two weeks in.
            It’s normal for sore losers to quit at the end of a stressful match. But after the round ends the lobby is full again. Mostly people from the US, Japan and Germany. Not sure why. The odd occasional Aussie, Brit, South African. Actually most of Europe as well. Just not the same frequency as the US and Japan. Guess there should be no surprises there.

          • oontz

            Yeah to be fair I have only played a few multiplayer matches to check it out. I’ll play more when I get all stars and trophies in each class… Half way there now.

  • Officer Raichu

    keep in mind its only for US

    • Alex

      Yeah but US and Europe is very important for Nintendo to sell there which is a very great news.

      • Officer Raichu

        yeah its good news but we dint know europe sales other than uk hardware boost 666%

        • oontz

          Exactly and saying there was a 666% increase without knowing what the original number was is kinda pointless.

    • oontz

      Exactly and the previous month the wiiu was sitting around 50k units sold, so by Reggie’s math it’s around 200k now. Not that big of an increase.

  • Peter Rogers

    It must be said. I am unbelievably good at mario kart 8. When can I enter wiiudaillys tournaments??

  • Brandon

    This is good news for the wii u, but I was surprised to see it sell less then the ps4, and mario kart to sell less then the ps4 version of watch dogs.

  • http://facebook.com/validgraphics val berger

    still for all people buying WiiU for MK8, Nintendo should have had something nice ready for a june/july launch. Bayonetta in August is supernice, but won’t really fit to the MK8-audience. at least not most of it. Something like Pikmin 3 would be nice. something that isn’t driving hardwaresales but an instant buy for people who already own the system.

    • Brandon

      Bayonetta 2 doesnt come out till october.

      • http://facebook.com/validgraphics val berger

        oh noes, damn late :(

        • Brandon

          But hyrule warriors comes out September, if that helps.

          • http://facebook.com/validgraphics val berger

            beggars can’t be choosers, right? ;)
            still over 3 months gap and I’m not sure if too many will be into Hyrule Warriors, although, why not. Still I’m not too happy. If things work out, then 2015 on the other hand, seems to be a really nice year for the WiiU. I’ll count Smash Bros as a 2015-game because that’s the game that will drive WiiU sales through january and february. I just hope it’s not too late until then.

          • Brandon

            2015 is going to be a good year for all three consoles. Zelda, Uncharted, halo. Not to mention all the great third parties coming.

          • http://facebook.com/validgraphics val berger

            yeah, but the other consoles aren’t as struggling as the WiiU is, so I’m not too worried about them. XBone might not shine too bright though, but still it’s somehow doing OK I guess.
            Seing WiiU performing good for once would just be a 1,5 year old dream coming true. MK8 pretty much shows, how this can look like. The greatest thing about the MK8-hyoe is, that there…. there…. THERE ARE ACTUALLY PLAYERS AVAILABLE ONLINE ! ! ! !
            Haven’t tried onlinegaming out too often on the WiiU but everytime I did it was like I was the only one.

          • Brandon

            Im not worried about either one, they have the games coming the end of this year and all of next year. I still want nintendo to improve the online. At least make it like xbox 360.

    • steveb944

      There are plenty of older games in the library that will suffice for the new users. Don’t forget their free game will also hold them over for a bit.

      • http://facebook.com/validgraphics val berger

        forgot that free game thing, you’re right. still as brandon clarified, there won’t even be coming Bayonetta until October. Plus older games often aren’t as interesting as new ones. Far less momentum in terms of marketing and hype. But yeah, sure they have some nice games to rely to, still it’s quite typical for N to bet everything on one major release instead of having something ready for the following months. Most people won’t have ANYTHING new on their radar until Smash in … WINTER? Maybe Nintendo should upgrade their calendersoftware to find out that a year actually has 365 days, not 50.

        I’m not even complaining too much for my own sake. I’m covered with nice games for the rest of the year. But in terms of how that system appeals to the mainstream audience, it’s just not enough to rely on one release. just not enough. sigh.

    • C4

      You can still buy Pikmin or even get it from that Mario Kart thing. Also they released verion 2.0 with GamePad Touchscreen (for the “MK audience”?) support recently. Problem is the same as 1 year ago, they just need to market it properly.

    • oontz

      Yeah bayonetta is a niche game, many gamers have no interest in that title.

      • Rinslowe

        Says who?
        How many?

        • oontz

          The original barely sold 1.3 million units worldwide (lifetime). Come on are you really going to try and say this type of game is a mainstream game and will see massive sales? Let’s be serious… people will buy it and enjoy it, but it’s a niche product and will never see mainstream notoriety.

          • Rinslowe

            Niche and “no interest” aren’t even remotely related lol…
            Obviously I was referring to “gamers” with “no interest”. You cannot quantify; niche…

            Niche is exactly right. However, that’s part of the cult classic appeal…

          • oontz

            “Niche and “no interest” aren’t even remotely related”

            They are totally related. A niche game means that many gamers don’t have interest in playing said game.

            You’re always out to bust my balls about something.

            ha ha

          • Rinslowe

            No they aren’t. No interest is premeditated. Niche is not a prerequisite for no interest. And they weren’t related in the context I mentioned either. Neither is your reply. I’m starting to wonder about you mate…
            o_0
            They are only related within a particular framework. It’s not universal and again, it wasn’t the question either.

            I asked you, how many people weren’t interested in Bayo 1 & 2 for Wii U and who are they…
            Yes you could say I’m busting your balls right now. But then so are you talking blsht. Or care to substantiate… :)

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Haha. What else is new?

          • Rinslowe

            You two crazies are a match made in heaven. Everything out of context and oblivious or unwilling to face the facts…
            Realists lol… yeeah.

  • juan

    Good news to hear and now with devils third, hyrule warriors, Bayonetta 1 and 2, sonic boom and smash all coming out from August to December wii u has a great rest of the lineup gor the rest of the year. Advertise each game well and there will be no worries.

  • Screamin Mime

    Wait till Zelda!

    • oontz

      Yes wait is the key word.. Wait till holiday 2015.

  • TheSkeletonMan939 .

    I’m not surprised. Just imagine what SSB4 and the two new Zeldas will do to sales.

    • oontz

      One of those Zelda’s is 1.5 years away though.

      • Shootdatrupee!…

        Always the pessimist oontz… Not saying anything you say is false, but scrolling down this comments section…well…you have negative comment after comment…

        • oontz

          Ironically enough, I would actually consider myself as a realist. I am a person who tends to view or represent things as they really are. I don’t sugar coat things, or look at things with fanboy blinders on. It may come of as negative but that is the reality of the issue at hand.

          • Shootdatrupee!…

            Of course. That’s what they all say, including the me half a year ago.

          • oontz

            That’s cool. So you used to be a realist and now you’re a pessimist?

          • Shootdatrupee!…

            I try to be neither.
            I can say with some confidence that it has:
            1: Increased my up votes tenfold
            2: Made me brighter

          • oontz

            If you’re here for up-votes… you’re here for the wrong reasons.

          • Shootdatrupee!…

            No no, my up votes come from other places. I come here simply for da news.
            Commenting like this, however, screws up my comment upvote ratio.

          • oontz

            There an up-vote for you.

          • Shootdatrupee!…

            Ty!

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            It makes you no more brighter or stupid. Intelligence is in the eye of the beholder. Kinda like beauty. As oontz said, if you’re looking for upvotes, then you’re here for poor reasons. Speak your mind regardless of what the outcome is. Upvotes or none. Personally, I don’t feel you’re stupid, just misguided. Use your confidence to something that is more meaningful in life than a comment section. Peace.

          • Shootdatrupee!…

            Brighter…as in happier…

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Some reason, that seems to be a bad thing to fanboys.

          • Rinslowe

            A realist is the last thing a concern troll like yourself would be labelled by the informed user or otherwise.
            It’s painfully obvious you’re a jaded pessimist with an identity crisis.
            I mean a Sony fanboy who thinks he’s a Nintendo realist lol…

          • Rinslowe

            That would be a tragic irony…

          • oontz

            I can set my watch to your replies.

          • Rinslowe

            That makes three of us, lol.

          • oontz

            ha ha ha. Well played.

      • TheSkeletonMan939 .

        That doesn’t mean sales won’t go up.

        • oontz

          LOL, okay then. Obviously Zelda will result in sales of wiiu hardware, that’s not even up for debate. But are you really banking on sales that are 1.5 years away to turn the current situation around?

          • Rinslowe

            “But are you really banking on sales that are 1.5 years away to turn the current situation around?”

            No need to. It’s obviously doing that with Mario Kart right now…
            Nintendo just needs to maintain the momentum.

            In fact giving credit to their recent E3 success. With for the first time Nintendo admitting their need to follow on with consistent titles through to Smash. That they need to expand internal development which we saw in progress. To compensate for lack of third party.
            It’s likely we’re seeing a genuine shift in Nintendo’s attitude towards Wii U already…

            What that really means is. They are proactive now. Taking the window afforded by Kart.

            Whether or not they do in fact follow through with that, we’ll only know by the time Smash hits the shelves later this year.

          • TheSkeletonMan939 .

            All I’m saying is that the Wii U is quite simply not selling as well as its predecessor. New first-party games will change that. The only games I believe will change the “current situation” would be Hyrule Warriors and SSB4, but next year’s Zelda will help sales skyrocket as well.

          • oontz

            I agree, but let’s look at the present not the distant future.

  • iamserious

    I don’t understand why people feel that the Wii u needs a price drop. Right now it’s $300 and u get a bundled game plus a free game download. It’s a very good deal. Almost makes the Wii u $200 alone! What the heck!?!

    • Keronos

      people are self entitled cheapskates that’s why lol. OR, they are just that stupid and think it is worth that much, it would only be worth $200 if didn’t have anything but the system itself(yes without the gamepad as well)

  • lonewolf

    Actually it sold 1.2 millions in 2 or 3 days not a week. So edit that. We dont know how many has it sold right now and expecting to see japanese sales numbers.

    • ThisGuy18

      Wait.. Doesn’t a weekend = 2 or 3 days? xD i believe that’s what the article said

      • lonewolf

        Oh yea my bad for some reason I thought that I read week.

  • Joseph Oliveira

    Of course it will quadruple sales. But Mario Kart 8, and register it and get a free $60 game for free is such a steal!

  • Carlos Webster

    I already knew that the game is a monster hit, because I saw its sales numbers on vgchartz. P. S. I now have the game.

  • Dark Lord Sauron

    mario kart 8 sales probably way higher then 1.2million

  • Krzysztof

    Wow wow wow. Quadrupled? The week before Wii U sales were at 187k point. Is that mean that we’re looking at around 750k sales … ???

    • oontz

      Where did you pull those numbers from? Wiiu North American sales were sitting around 50k for the last month. Ps4 sold the most at around 150k.

      • Krzysztof

        Unless I misunderstood the article.

        • oontz

          Reggie is the Head of NOA (nintendo of america) I am assuming he was speaking about the North American numbers.

          • Shootdatrupee!…

            That would still be more than 300K…
            We haven’t seen that number since…whew…

          • oontz

            Yes based on the numbers above it would be more than 300K

  • MujuraNoKamen

    Wow Mario Kart might just turn things around but looking at the bigger picture I think Nintendo’s set up for another sales slump in the next few weeks. Mario Kart might have bought more attention to Wii U but how long will it last and how long till the next big game? I mean name a big Wii U game coming in the next 8 weeks.
    It’ll be September before Hyrule Warriors and October for Bayonetta. Smash will be delayed and we’ve got no clear release date for Captain Toad so that’ll be closer to Christmas than summer!

    • Alan Michael Hensley

      well, considering that the release window for super smash for wii u was changed from “winter 2014″ to “holiday 2014″ i doubt it’ll get delayed. it’ll come out sometime between November 14th through December 12th

    • legendofzub

      Name a big game coming in the next 8 weeks. Including “Wii U” as a qualifier makes it seem like any other games are coming out between now and then. And why do you say Smash will be delayed? They had the game working flawlessly with nearly all of the characters already implemented at the tournament at E3, on the show floor at E3, and in Best Buys across the US. I don’t see why they would delay it.

      • MujuraNoKamen

        I just get the feeling it will be delayed. Either way, the point still stands that the momentum is being lost again. We’ve had a great release from Mario Kart 8 but it’s over 3 months ill the next game isn’t it. Doesn’t sound healthy does it?

  • Christian Schoff

    Heck yes!

  • Allvalve

    MarioKart will drive sales through June, but will tail off in July.
    Smash Bros needs to be released in August to keep momentum going (if possible)
    I think Nintendo have been caught off guard with the Wii U, despite all the talk of greater 3rd party support its been no different to any other Nintendo console (since the SNES). They got away with it on the Wii purely because the runaway success meant first party games always struck gold, and lack of 3rd party support wasn’t an issue.
    I expect WiiU2 will see Nintendo working much closer with 3rd party developers to make sure that next gen they don’t have these peaks and troughs.

    • Prizm

      ex-3rd party developers have talked about the nightmare of working with Nintendo when making Wii U games: Developer kit instructions being in japanese or something, with slow, painfully translated responses from NOJ when they had questions about programming, etc. If Nintendo is serious about 3rd party games, it needs some serious work on its communication with its english-speaking neighbours. This out-dated closed-Japan mentality is killing them.

      • Allvalve

        True, although a lot of those comments relate to pre launch and immediately after launch. I think most of these issue’s are now ironed out, obviously some will continue to stay away after being burnt, but titles like Devils third as an exclusive would suggest things are now as they should be.
        I’d like to see Nintendo invest in more 2nd party devs like Retro, and also part fund games from 3rd parties next gen. Or even approach the big players with a royalty free first year, and a rising scale following that. Perhaps 2 dollars for year 2, 4 dollars for year 3 etc, just to guarantee a great launch. With this strategy they’d sell a lot more hardware in the first year off the back of 3rd parties, meaning that they’d sell more 1st/2nd party software, and if any of their own games were delayed it wouldn’t matter so much.
        Even EA would release games if they had no royalty to pay.

  • Shootdatrupee!…

    God this game outsold WWHD in 3 days…
    It’s making me a bit…ugh…

  • Commander Jim

    Good news. The problem is that there nothing to keep the momentum going. SSB can’t carry half a year.

  • james

    Good game and all, but kinda sad this outsells Zelda and Metroid games really…