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Mario Kart 8 sold 470k units in the US last month

Mario Kart 8 sold 470k units in the US last month

A few days ago, NPD released sales charts for North America for June. As usual, they didn’t provide any specific sales numbers, and only ranked the best selling games and consoles. According to NPD, Mario Kart 8 was the second best selling game in June across all platforms.

Now we know just how many units Mario Kart 8 sold. Nintendo issued a press release outlining some of its best selling games in June, where it went on the record saying that Mario Kart 8 sold an impressive 470,000 units in June in the US alone, bringing lifetime sales of the game to 885,000 in the US.

See also: Mercedes says its Mario Kart 8 advertising partnership was a success

Recently, UK hardware sales charts showed the Wii U software sales climbing 480% in June, largely thanks to Mario Kart 8.

Nintendo didn’t release the specific sales numbers for the Wii U, only saying that sales were up 48 percent in the first 6 months of the year. However, a recent analysis put the Wii U sales number in June at 140,000 units.

Mario Kart 8 has been a massive success for Nintendo and a much needed boost for the Wii U console. And it’s not just in the US and Europe that Mario Kart 8 has been a big success: the game sold an impressive 500,000 copies in Japan last month as well.

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  • Mr Ninty

    wiiu is doing better finally. hope the smash, bayo, amiibo and hyrule warriors keep the momentum going for this year.

    • Jon Turner

      Yes, and hopefully intrigue third parties again. I don’t expect more from them this year, but next year SHOULD be better.

      • https://www.imthegoddamnbatman.com Gamer Mania

        I see third parties slowly coming back.

        • Jon Turner

          Regrettably, many others want to believe that they’re never returning.

          • Quicksilver88

            I think we may see more late ports of popular games like Ubi is doing with WD. It is cheaper to port games than to co-develop them. I expect this may happen with some ps4/xb1 ‘only’ games that will be downported to ps360 and also WiiU.

          • Jon Turner

            True, and we can always get KH3 (hey that game’s still in development; might be good to get it on WiiU too.)

          • Andrew Clear

            watch dogs wasn’t a port, they developed it in tandem with the ps4 and xbox one version. The physics weren’t working properly, so they are taking more time (so they say) to fix that. Honestly, they probably just had to get the game out the door, and stopped working on the Wii U and focused on the PS4 and Xbox One versions (hell, the two consoles use almost all the same hardware and dev software). Ubi most likely needed to get out Watch Dogs, to recoup some investment, especially when you consider they have to answer to share holders as well.

          • Rinslowe

            True. But for Nintendo and Wii U, co-developing is really their only ticket to success with third party content. Third parties know they have more to contend with than just install base before their titles are able to sell on Nintendo’s hardware.
            This is the realities of the situation for them, last few generations. So to me, Wii U simply selling more hardware won’t solve that obstacle on it’s own. Unfortunately.
            But more rounded and calculated third party exclusive content may be the better way to approach it. And if Nintendo has to co-fund that, then do what you have to do Ninty to get Wii U in a healthier position…

          • Jon Turner

            Absolutely. More third party exclusives are a great asset. Also, I think Nintendo should try to get KH3 on WiiU since that’s a game that would appeal greatly to their audience. Hey, maybe cut a deal to add some exclusive content in that game to sweeten it for fans. That would be a GREAT bonus.

          • Quicksilver88

            I agree….look at a game like Soul Cal on the GC and how just including Zelda made it much more attractive to Nintendo gamers. Nintendo could have more 3rd party development if they would allow certain teams to work on their huge library of untapped IPs.

          • Rinslowe

            Totally agree. But I think you’re referring to “Link”…

          • Quicksilver88

            Whoops…….I was really surprised that given the relationship between Namco and Nintendo they didn’t bring the Soul Cal 2 HD remake to eShop. Maybe after Smash Bros releases they will take advantage of the fighting gamer surge and bring it over then.

          • Rinslowe

            Well. That’s kinda sad if people “want” to believe that. But I’m one of those people that actually believe third parties likely won’t be back this generation. The line in the sand has been drawn. And we all know there’s more to it than just install base. Even if the hardware from now until after Smash continues to sell in decent no’s, the Wii proved there’s no guarantees third parties are going to invest in making their titles right. With full features, optimised performance and online components + DLC intact. In fact history has proven the opposite, time and time again.
            Nintendo’s best bet, I reckon, is in exclusive cooperation on ground up projects for the platform. Third party multiplats are almost destined to do better in terms of sales, on the other two consoles – regardless of effort.

          • Jon Turner

            Third party exclusives are a GREAT thing to invest in, yes. But I still believe there WILL be third parties that will gradually return to WiiU. If they don’t go after ALL multi plats, I say go for the ones that would suit Nintendo gamers best. I still would like to see KH3 on WiiU (and since it’s nowhere near finished yet, we most probably will), and another RE on WiiU, for instance.

          • Jonathan Robitaille

            nobody but trolls ‘want’ to believe that. If you actually own a Wii U the more and better the games the better. Some of us would rather no 3rd party than gimped ones though. And I can understand that and actually agree.

      • Capt. Smoker

        Major 3rd party has passed it by I’m afraid, it’s probably just too much of an effort to make multiplatform games for a system different from the others, same story for all other Nintendo home consoles after the Snes, but I believe there will be 3rd party exclusives for sure.

        I think people need to put things into perspective, people expect Nintendo to sell a lot of Wii Us because they sold a lot of Wii’s, if they don’t it’s a failure, that’s a high bar to set, Iwata set that himself without even considering the mobile market shifting the Wii and handheld market, fact is, the Wii U is an average console, great games but there almost all Nintendo games, for most gamers, that makes it a bang average console.

        The Wii U isn’t supposed to be top of the chartz, selling tens of millions of units a year, it’s not supposed to get all the games others get, it’s supposed to be like the N64 and GameCube, a platform where Nintendo can sell Nintendo games to Nintendo fans, as long as their software is selling, it’ll do them just fine, and as long as I get Xenoblade Chronicles X, that’s fine by me.

        • Rinslowe

          Quite a few people out there, often gloss over the fact Nintendo makes an absolute killing on their software. Not only are they the developers but also the publishers, the hardware owners etc.. etc..
          Their games sell even now on Wii U in high no’s, especially considering the hardware base. And their prices stay at a premium for far longer than any other company out there. A point I wish they’d adjust. But hey, it does make sense for them.
          So I believe even as it is today. They’re doing ok on the software front.

          Does that mean I’m implying install base is fine. Nope. Absolutely their install base needs to grow. And exponentially if they’re going to post any profits by this time next year. But, things are looking better for them lately. Who knows…

          • Capt. Smoker

            You nailed it, 100% profits vs very minor profits on mostly a catalog of 3rd party games on other consoles, the industry views them as irrelevant, yet the profits made off games tells a different story.

            The Wii U numbers will grow, ain’t no doubt about that, but it’ll take years to really see it take shape, it won’t hit huge Wii numbers but Nintendo won’t mind, even at 100 million units sold, that didn’t make them a lot of money, it was the software that did and I’d wager more and more Nintendo fans who bought that software are hopping on board the Wii U right now and even the oldest games in it’s library will simply keep on selling, as is always the case with Nintendo games.

          • Officer Raichu

            new super mario bros u has over a 60% attach rate O_O

          • Jonathan Robitaille

            yeah, that fact escapes people. Maybe Amiibo is a big hit. I think it might be. Maybe they can squeeze some profits out of the Wii U for the next couple of years. Either way I am having a blast. I still think they should make a very powerful hybrid and that way they can appease the handhelds and the console fans at the same time. And also offer a unique development proposition 3rd parties will actually embrace unlike the motion controls and gamepad. Not even the staunchest critics could argue the appeal of console quality graphics played on the go.

      • Prizm

        I thought there were two problems 3rd parties were having: not just struggling to get sales, but Nintendo being a pain in the ass to develop for.

    • https://www.imthegoddamnbatman.com Gamer Mania

      Well from what’s happening over at Microsoft, the Wii U is doing better than what every thought they would do.

    • AlexLuigi

      If Nintendo releases Super Smash Bros, GameCube controller and adapter, amiibo, bundles, and many games by Christmas Nintendo would sell like crazy.

    • Geckoblade64

      amiibo, if anything will slow the sales way down. I’ve lost a lot of faith in nintendo. it’s going to fucking ruin the games!

      • Mr Ninty

        i think you dont understand the concept of amiibo in the games department.
        if it sells a lot i dont care realy al i want is a Fox McCloud and Yoshi amiibo.
        amiibo is not like DLC or Mirco-transactions on the remakestation/box its an add-on. the content that is on the amiibo wil cover multiple games like MK8 and smash.
        for example: if you buy a FOX amiibo you (might be able to play fox in MK8 or have a starwing cart),in smash you can summon fox to aid you, in Cap Toad he might kill a enemy, in yoshi world he might help you or a playable wool fox would be cool. its all extra stuff for you to enjoy for only$15 and it will be for the 3DS and the next ninty console.
        but what you are thinking now is that Nintendo makes a game for 90% and lets you buy the extra 10% as 5 different amiibo’s. that is not going to happen. Nintendo has often stated that the will offer a complete gameing experience with all content available to play. the amiibo are just what is said a fun nice to look at game add-on and it will not ruin the games.
        Nintendo doesnt equal EA, Nintendo equals GOD

        • Geckoblade64

          First of all, I did understand the concept before you told me.
          But my problem is that knowing Nintendo, they will probably heavily limit multi-game Amiibo, like only making the Mario characters from smash playable in Mario Kart 8, and only letting smash Yoshi be used in Yoshi’s Woolly World. They’re trying to get as much money as possible from us without ‘taking away from the experience.’
          Despite all the fanboy replies I’m going to get, they will probably use Amiibo in some games that they can’t afford to litter with so called ‘fun extras’ e.g. The new Zelda or Splatoon or Star Fox. From what I gathered, you’re also a fan of Star Fox. How would you feel about amiibo being in the Wii U version?
          Also, I live in New Zealand and Nintendo is ABSOLUTE SHIT at converting prices. (Several other companies are no exception). The exchange rate as of when I send this is hovering around $0.80-0.89 US to $1 NZ and which means that using rounding, something costing $1 US costs $1.20 in New Zealand. now obviously that difference goes up when you buy more expensive products, but when something would cost $15US, things should be $2-2.50 more expensive, but no! Probably game stores here will list them for the same price as fucking skylanders! we have to pay $650 for a Wii U when you pay $300! One of the game stores here sells Wii U games for $110 (the one I get my games from charge $80) when yours cost $60 max!! I understand that it costs more to make PAL versions of multimedia, but the Playstation 4 and XBox one are completely region free, so why should we suffer? If nintendo and my retailer get the price conversion right, I will get just one to commend them for it, then get the new Zelda and never get anything from nintendo again.
          Nintendo has gone from making childhoods to monetizing childhoods.

  • Madmagican

    Finally on the right track, but we’re not clear of the forest yet

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    Not bad at all. Still a long road ahead, though.

    • matthew garcia

      Uh oh another sales article. I better keep my mouth shut lol

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Say what’s on your mind. It’s a personal problem if your fellow posters can’t handle what you have to say.

        • matthew garcia

          You know what your right. I honestly thought I was gonna see higher U.S sales. Especially when people were boasting how much consoles were being moved. Still came in 3rd place and by still quite a bit. Japan was solid though

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I think the sales for the Wii U were good, but people did blow it out of proportion. Plenty were vocal saying that Mario Kart 8 was going to sell 5 -10 million units for Wii U, but from sales shown already, it didn’t even come close. Regardless, PS4, Xbox One and Wii U had a good boost. Look forward to next months sales.

          • matthew garcia

            I completely agree. People were hyping the Wii u sales quite a bit. I’m curious about next month also

          • Officer Raichu

            july should be interesting because the free game deal is still going on so we will see if sales can continue to be good

          • Rinslowe

            Do you have a link to even “one” poster that commented on Kart selling 5 – 10m in less than 2 months? That sounds like your typical mumbo jumbo voodoo to me, lol.
            We all thought Kart would have sold more hardware units in the US, true. But I can’t recall a single person claiming millions from the end of May to now.

            Talk about an exaggerated figure.

        • Yen

          And if you can’t handle that your fellow posters won’t always agree with you then it’s your personal problem as well.

          • matthew garcia

            I’d say we handle it pretty well. We’re still here dispite the criticism. I have nothing against you or the people who respond with cursing or name calling. I’m sure in person you and many other people on this site are actually cool people if you knew them beyond this gaming site. I don’t judge people based on there opinions on video games

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            “I’d say we handle it pretty well. We’re still here dispite the criticism.”

            Yup. If I couldn’t handle it, I certainly wouldn’t be here. Whatever issues people have with you or even myself, is their own personal problem. They only waste their own time.

          • matthew garcia

            Fa sho

          • Rinslowe

            “They only waste their own time.”
            That’s your opinion being noted. Imo, you should just get used to it. Lol

          • Yen

            Then say anything you want on this site, I’m not stopping you either. Why care if you’re met with cursing and name calling? That sounds like you taking it a bit personal to me.

          • matthew garcia

            I have had plenty of good civil arguments that didn’t result in cursing and degrading someone. I don’t take it personally you just want me to.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I don’t expect my fellow posters to agree with me, Yen. They’re free to believe whatever conclusion they come to. So, not exactly a personal problem for me to deal with. I can’t say the same for a handful on here that take things to a personal level, though. Have a good one.

          • Yen

            If you say things that are personal for some people and they take it personally, I think it’s perfectly acceptable. If you’re criticizing Nintendo on a Nintendo forum, you should expect people to take it to a personal level because there are people that grew up with it. I’d expect the same if I criticize PS or Xbox on their forums as well.

          • matthew garcia

            I take somebody talking about my mother personal not video games lol. You get it there gaaaaaaames

          • Yen

            You clearly care enough to frequent this site and share opinions. They’re just games, why do you care enough to come here so often if there’s no personal value at all to you?

          • matthew garcia

            Cuz I like talking about games not degrading people

          • Yen

            Then don’t degrade what people are happy about. You can disagree without being sarcastic about it.

          • matthew garcia

            I’m not being sarcastic about it. This article was about mk8 sales in the U.S and by how hyped the sales for mk8 and Wii u were I expected to see higher numbers but hey that’s just me. How is that sarcastic

          • Yen

            “Uh oh another sales article. I better keep my mouth shut lol”

            Sarcasm.

          • matthew garcia

            Lol it was a joke cuz I know as soon as I type something people like you will get offended when you really shouldn’t. Read some of Magnus’s post there better then mine lol

          • Yen

            Did I say anything personal? I just criticized what you said and how you said it which is my opinion.

          • matthew garcia

            Yes you are right and I apologize for saying people like you but I think you know where I’m getting at

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I’ve grew up with Nintendo in the 80’s. Only product I don’t have is the Wii U. I can accept they aren’t the top dog any longer, and no one should really take it personal as it’s just video games at the end of the day. I visit a few PS and Xbox forums throughout the week. I get the same responses. Hell, I got attacked just for calling the PS Now rental prices rip offs and will probably fail at that business model. I trust that Sony will work out the kinks in time, but I’m nowhere near impressed with it, just as I’m not impressed with Nintendo’s direction. As for Microsoft, I don’t have much to say about them since I never really cared for their products.

            Just in case you bring up the question “why am I here?.” I’m here because I like to discuss anything video game related. As Wii U Daily is about the Wii U and pertains to video games, it gives me enough reason to be here. Anywho, thanks for coming at me respectfully. Props to you.

          • Rinslowe

            ” I can’t say the same for a handful on here that take things to a personal level, though.”

            Oh you mean like this?
            http://wiiudaily.com/2014/07/japanese-sales-yokai-watch-2/#comment-1492053152

            Honestly Gonzalez. You’re so full of shit.
            LOL. I can’t stop laughing, seriously. Hahaha…..

          • InterTreble

            Gonzy is failed even as an hater… News like these ones are the clear demostration he is always wrong. He always make an ass of himslef. He’s so stupid! :D

        • Rinslowe

          I think this is one of those times where it’s better to consider taking some of your own medicine doctor Phil. Lol.
          Are you sure it’s my ego that needs taming? Do yourself a favour and just lay low on the advice for a few days. These constant contradictions are too hilarious!
          o_O

    • great deku tree

      indeed, although 2015 looks to be the best year for gamers of all consoles in general.

      what Nintendo needs is a continuous stream of great games to keep up the upwards sales momentum in between the big AAA games like SSB4 and Zelda U. it’s all very well and good that these games increase sales every now and then (there’s about 6+ months in between MK8 and SSB4) but what they need are games in between to keep interest in the console.

      Also I think Amiibos will do VERY well for Nintendo.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        “it’s all very well and good that these games increase sales every now and then (there’s about 6+ months in between MK8 and SSB4) but what they need are games in between to keep interest in the console.”

        That’s when third party support comes in, which Nintendo lacks. Without it, 1st party releases feel like an eternity. It’s probably something they’ll struggle to get, so getting some third party exclusives is likely their own option. Multiplats are out of the question it seems due to the Wii U’s hardware being too diverse, but mainly because third party games don’t sell well on Nintendo platforms.

        • matthew garcia

          Delays like project cars doesn’t help

          • Jon Turner

            Not all multi plats should be hard to get. I’m sure there are still some that would be a good fit for WiiU. The SKYLANDERS is good, and actually JRPGs are a good fit for WiiU. Since nobody in Japan is aboard PS4, I think as WiiU continues to surpass it over there we SHOULD see some.

          • matthew garcia

            I agree one of these consoles needs to start pumping out jrpgs or this will be the worst console gen for me. Jrpg’s are my favorite genre. I think Nintendo should get involved and I don’t mean with handhelds even though I loved bravely default. I want at least a few big epic jrpg this gen

          • Jon Turner

            Well so far JRPG developers aren’t onboard with PS4 (unless you count KH3 and FFXV), but hopefully we can get one of these two (and I still think we might be able to).

          • matthew garcia

            Well with kingdom hearts and final fantasy for ps4 and X and that fire emblem game coming for Wii u maybe it won’t be to bad. Wish it was like the ps2 days when like 10 rpgs a year came out

          • Jon Turner

            Don’t forget either that SE didn’t rule out either title for WiiU (although I think KH3 is the more likely of the two).

          • matthew garcia

            Wii u should have kingdom hearts. I love western rpgs so I’m looking forward to Dragon age in October. Hopefully they took that game in the right direction

          • Jon Turner

            Absolutely. Also don’t forget SE sent out that evaluation sheet awhile ago. That MIGHT mean they’re secretly considering it.

          • matthew garcia

            I hope so, it will still be a while before it releases so maybe things will change over time

          • Jon Turner

            Yes, at least it’s not as far into development. I think it may be too late to get FFXV on WiiU, but even if it was ported late, I still think it’d do pretty good on WiiU.

          • Ducked

            Kingdom Hearts 3 should definitely come to Wii U

          • Jon Turner

            That’s a major problem I’ve been detecting with Nintendo going after all multi plats. They need to select the “right” ones. Don’t chase after multi plats that audiences wouldn’t rush out to buy in droves (AC, CoD, GTA) on WiiU. No, seek out instead the sort of multi plats that click with audiences. KH3 is one such example and I believe it’s worth fighting for. Other JRPG franchises such as FF and TALES, plus classic franchises like MEGA MAN, RESIDENT EVIL, the ones that have had a presence on Nintendo platforms over the years. Not just “dudebro” FPS stuff. If you’re going to go after multi plats, go after the ones that appeal best to the audience, not titles that won’t sell just because they want it.

          • Ducked

            Exactly . Kingdom Hearts is suited on Nintendo. It would make perfect sense seeing both JRPGs and Disney is very popular with Nintendo . I know many Wii U owners who want Kingdom Hearts III. GTA, CoD, and EA franchises are pointless .

          • Jon Turner

            What other multi plats are there that would click best with Nintendo? Help me think of some. Those aforementioned franchises wouldn’t do much on WiiU, so what else is there, multi plat wise that could appeal to the Nintendo audience. Wait, how about RESIDENT EVIL? Now THAT’S an exception to the rule of M-rated franchises that don’t sell on Nintendo platforms.

          • Ducked

            Star Wars Battlefront

          • Rinslowe

            Star Wars anything….

          • Rinslowe

            Minecraft? Sims?

          • Rinslowe

            Exactly. Honestly, I have no idea who takes care of this part of the business. But they need to get current or get out, imo.
            It’s a no-brainer right? Stuff gamer’s want to play. It’s not exactly rocket science. Or at least it shouldn’t be. LOL.
            KH3 is one of those no-brainer’s…

            And if they could treat every decent title with the same attention or similar comparably to Kart. Then advertising might just work in their favour as well. We all know Nintendo makes the lions share on first party titles. But that doesn’t mean they can’t assist more with marketing third party content as well. I mean helping to diversify their user base can only be a good thing. It’s not just this generation they need to think about. But every one to come as well, until they decide to do something else…

          • Capt. Smoker

            Dragon Quest X should just be localized, looks good enough to me, far and wide, miles better than anything Final Fantasy offers these days, at least while they focus on the nova crystal bullshit world they’ve created, never heard so much of a tripe storyline in all my life, it’s even worse than the Kingdom Hearts nonsense, shame too, cause Type 0 had a fun battle system, 13 had a fun battle system, but that plot…. and those characters….

          • Jon Turner

            Well Nintendo DID localize the last couple of DQ games. Maybe they can do the same with DQX.

          • Capt. Smoker

            Here’s hoping so, that’s a game in the style that Nintendo fans would go after.

          • Capt. Smoker

            There are still jrpgs about, it’s just, compared to ps1 days, most are toilet, ps2 had some amazing jrpgs, but like the ps3, had shovelware courtesy of NIS

          • matthew garcia

            Very true. I know jrpg’s have seen overblown years back but they been pretty quiet for a while. I think there ready for a comeback

          • Capt. Smoker

            I hope so, jrpgs are my favourite genre, it’s the only reason I ever owned a Playstation console at all, without jrpgs, it’s just a worthless console in my eyes, on paper ps4 has bangs, bells, whistles, wangs, wongs, chongs, you name it, but without jrpgs, it ain’t a Playstation, it’s a piece of crap for dude where’s my car stereotypes ^^

          • matthew garcia

            I completely agree with you

          • Capt. Smoker

            Xenoblade X will sell at least 2 million units in Japan alone, I think we all know how the Japanese feel about quality jrpgs, it never got better than Xenogears and Xenoblade for many a Jrpg fan.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            When it’s the only realistic racing game coming to the Wii U, not at all. Who knows the real reason for the delay, but I’m sure everyone will assume they hate Nintendo or something along those lines. I see it as a business decision. Delays happen on all platforms. That’s the norm.

          • Rinslowe

            “but I’m sure everyone will assume they hate Nintendo or something along those lines. I see it as a business decision.”

            Is there any time where you’re not trying to inflate your own ego. While claiming to be more objective than “everybody” else? Lol. Always selling people short…
            Of course the “entire world” understands it’s a business decision. But you have terrible skills in empathising with others obviously.
            Just because it is a business decision or corporate decision etc.. Does not make it an “acceptable” decision for the user base affected by that “decision”. In this case most Wii U only owners are rightfully upset that they will have to wait for a title that everyone else is playing months before their version releases. A title that will be “no doubt” sell at a premium price and not to mention, if anything like the myriad of other ports on that platform – missing comparable features/ DLC/ online etc.. etc..
            “This” is what the majority of Wii U owners that were interested in Project Cars are thinking now.

            Damn you have some simplistic views, buddy.

          • Dark Lord Sauron

            and thats not nintendos fault

    • Magnus Eriksson

      You are optimistic. The hardware sales are horrible. Remember this is Wii Us third year. This should be its primetime. Even with Smash coming up Wii U wont hit the 10M mark when it goes into its fourth financial year. Even if 2015 will be a good year its too late to save this product now. My most optimistic guess, and I think its a realistic one too, is that Nintendo will sell 15M consoles at best, but probably more around 12M. Its sad, but Nintendo kind of deserved it after treating their fans like they have done the last generations.

      • matthew garcia

        Your a brave man lol

        • Magnus Eriksson

          Its honesty, nothing else. Nintendo have become irrelevant in this industry now. They will not be able to sell their products at this price point in the future. Its too expensive compared to what you get. And they have shown that they are unable to support it, and lacks the will to do so. Therefore they deserve to go under. Its pure Darwins law…

          • matthew garcia

            They definitely don’t have the fan base they use to. It seems Nintendo kinda dwindled down to just the hardcore Nintendo fans they have had for years

          • Magnus Eriksson

            If things was that good. They actually tried to attract the grandmas and grandpas this generation again, but failed to do so. In that strategy they didnt care about the fans at all, leaving huge dry spots between the releases. They just threw some crumbs from the table to the fans while greedy tried to grab money from people who gives a shit of Nintendo. Sadly the fans have not been able to expose them yet, and thats kind of sad…

          • matthew garcia

            Yeah the original Wii had all the grandma’s and grandpa’s playing bowing and golf lol. That was a huge part of Wii’s sales

          • Magnus Eriksson

            They had too. They were too greedy to be satisfied with honest gamers in the GCN era. So they decided to give a shit about the last supporting gamers and instead making something new. Its like Ferrari stopped to make cars just because it sold too bad and instead made T-Shirts. When they have started with that instead there is no turning back, and Nintendo have done so for two gens now. They are making overpriced inferior products just to make money, and now that they failed there its no turning back. In two gens they will make games for other devices, and thats probably for the best…

          • Officer Raichu

            gamecube was amazing imo
            metroid prime melee double dash pikmin f zero it had some good games

          • Magnus Eriksson

            It was, but that time is sadly gone. Nintendo blew their chance… :(

          • matthew garcia

            Huh I never thought of it that way. When I think about it you are making sense

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Pretty much.

          • Officer Raichu

            wait hardware i thought were talking about software XD

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Talking about both really. They have failed in both aspects…

          • Officer Raichu

            Mario Kart 8 was never meant to single handeling save wii u
            it was meant for 2 things
            1: awareness- mcdonalds toys and ads are working kids want mario and wii u
            2: baseline- its been selling more than 60k for the pass month according to vgchartz who literally nailed wii u sales for june
            mario kart is doing its job so far i would have to wait untill august to see if it worked

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Even if it raise awareness its way too late. Wii U will be called a flop in the future even if it will do somewhat better the last three years than the first.

          • Officer Raichu

            here lets see how wii u does this holiday to determine because with a bigger libarary/smash bros and mario kart and amiibo things could change possibly

          • Dark Lord Sauron

            we got hyrule warriors coming in september,then we got bayonetta 2 that comes with the first game in october, and then we got sonic boom,advance warfare/possibility,smash bros and few others as well

          • Officer Raichu

            forgot b=about those too and you know what japan is also getting some games like fatal frame and a new edition of dragon quest 10 in august

          • Dark Lord Sauron

            lets hope fatal frame comes over and maybe get people on miiverse to help with that

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Fatal Frame is something Nintendo needs now, but that should have come around march 2013 to keep onto the people who joined in because of ZombiU

          • Officer Raichu

            cant blame nintendo tecmo is making it XD

        • Rinslowe

          Stop over sensationalising the facts. People aren’t like bots that are programmed to respond to basic stimuli. People “choose” to respond to you in particular because you’re “particularly” pessimistic. Lol
          Nothing more than that I’d wager.

          Magnus on the other hand has a sense of humour most people can relate to. Which you clearly lack. Don’t worry. I don’t have much of an obvious sense of humour either…

          • matthew garcia

            It’s hard to tell sense of humor or any emotions when we post something. Especially since you can’t hear tone of voice, facial expressions or body language. I guess you go by smiley faces lol

          • Rinslowe

            …. yeeeah.

      • Nintendo Of North Korea

        Don’t tell them that! The fans are finally happy for once! Let them have something to brag about Magnus, even if it isn’t actually that impressive in the long run.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          I think its good that they are happy, but I wish they were happy for things that deserved happiness. MK8 no matter how good it is will probably be Nintendo’s worst selling Mario Kart, the same goes for Zelda that will likely sell way less than Skyward Sword did. SS failed to attract customers even though it had a userbase with 100M and Wii U have less, maybe a tenth of that by then.

      • Officer Raichu
      • Officer Raichu

        where you get third year from XD
        its not even 2 years old XD

        • Magnus Eriksson

          Oh, its in its third financial year now. Its first started in 2012 and ended in March 2013, the second started in April 2013 and ended in March 2014, and in April this year its third financial year started.

          • Officer Raichu

            yeah but the wii u was selling extremely well at the end of 2012(almost 3 million)
            the reason they had poor 2012 financials was because the wii was falling off the edge and the 3ds hadnt hit its peak yet

          • Magnus Eriksson

            The first month It sold more than half of its total sales until today. That alone should tell something about the bad shape its in.

          • Officer Raichu

            It’s in bad shape but there is still games coming heck im a big fan of what splatoon is started an official thread on vgchartz and many people are saying it has the chance to big
            now vgchartz might not be the most reliable but it shows wii u having a baseline of 4k in uk 5k in france and 3k in germany literally doubled its baseline there. US was undertracked for wii u by 5k so european numbers could be undertracked(or overtracked but who knows) mario kart is doing something like iwata said a stream line of games can sell a console and thats whats coming a stream line of games
            we have hyrule warriors,bayonetta 2,sonic boom,toad,smash bros, yoshi,kirby,devils third,xeno x, zelda u, star fox, mario vs dk, mario maker, mario party 10, wii sports club u retail, watch dogs, project cars, skylanders, disney infinity, lego games, tons of amazing indies like fast racing neo its there its enought games for a secondary console its still being supported thats how nintendo will work they wont give up until wii u owners are satisfied(according to iwata)

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Splatoon looks fun. It could very well be something. But its still too late. It should have been a game in Nintendoland or released at start. I dont think it will be that big systemseller now as it will be released in 2015 at earliest. Probably later if its hyped up as it is now.

          • Officer Raichu

            coming out early 2015 according to developers

          • Officer Raichu

            what games would keep the momentum if they released them too early XD

          • Magnus Eriksson

            They needed third party support to keep it from sinking, that we know they didnt get. They should have rolled out their games much earlier to get a decent installbase, they didnt do that either.

          • Officer Raichu

            well reggie did admit they were hoping mario 3d world pikmin 3 and ww hd got done for early 2013

          • Rinslowe

            Financial year lol. That’s a technicality with little practical relevance. Sales no’s are more accurately calculated by the amount of time the goods have been on the market. From date of release to present day. No-one calculates sales based on financial year status…

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Actually I disagree. Financial years are the only measurement that can tell if a company have reached its forecasts. When Nintendo have failed to do so three years in a row, and they say that they are satisfied it tells you that they are lying. When they have failed three years in a row without doing things like a) work hard to get more interesting games. b) lower the price of the product. You see that they are unwilling to commit to their customers or to their own promises. That a bad sign. Theres a lot of things they could have done. For example:
            – Pay third parties to get exclusives
            – Pay SEGA to bring Dreamcast and Saturn games to Virtual Console
            – Bring N64 and GCN to Virtual Console

            Instead they did nothing. They pushed DKCF back to get it released in the beginning of the year instead of the end of last year – making 2013 a worse year than it could have been. Pushing Mario Kart 8 back to bring the illusion of two games coming the first six months of 2014.

            They could have done something that made the Wii U a bit less empty, but they chose not to. And I think people have every reason to be unhappy wit that. Especially taken in consideration what Reggie said about 2014 being less dry than 2013.

          • Rinslowe

            No I Have to disagree here. It just wouldn’t be fair to to include a fiscal year that didn’t actually include the Wii U for an entire year. That’s really the point of the financial year, is to report on the operations for that given year. Although I totally get where you’re coming from, I still stand by that opinion that the only time calculating sales based on the fiscal year is on the day your financial briefing includes that entire years operations. Otherwise you could say Q4 of 2012 to present etc…

            But hey that’s just my opinion, lol.

            You see, in the context of how you had originally phrased it; ” Remember this is Wii Us third year.” Is simply incorrect. And it was not on the market for 3 consecutive financial “years” either. It hasn’t even been on the market for 2 full years to date. But has only been on the market “within” 3 fiscal years. But this is not the same thing surely you can see that. It was on the market for only 4 months of the 2012 fiscal year. That does not fit with your description of being on the market, again – as per the following; ” Remember this is Wii Us third year.” Even if you’re describing that by financial years.

            So we can gracefully disagree here.
            :)

            I agree with paying for exclusives, but not for multiplats or timed releases.
            Totally agree with any SEGA legacy content being made available to VC. And of course the same for N64 and GC titles. Yes to all of that.

            I think Wii U was made empty due to simply releasing too early. That was their no’ one mistake. A lot of people believe they would have fared worse releasing around the same time as the other next gen systems. Because of the power difference. And maybe Nintendo thought about that a bit as well. But I don’t believe that would have happened at all. Had they released with NSMB U, SM3DW, Ninteno Land, WWHD and Pikmin 3 together with more current ports (and I’ll throw in NFSMWU/ Zombie U & Deus EX cause of being awesome), then I think the power deabte would have been a non issue. I mean realistically those titles hold their own for what they are and I’m a PC enthusiast gamer so that’s straight up and down. They were right when they said it’s all about the games. But sadly for them their motto was ready well before their content. And it hurt them…

      • Capt. Smoker

        I think that’s a bit harsh, probably not far off though, I hope they go on to sell at least 30 – 40 million, but at this point, it’s just Nintendo selling Nintendo games to Nintendo fans, but ain’t that the way it’s always been?, I saw sub par 3rd party efforts on the Wii, nothing but Nintendo and 3rd party exclusives on the GameCube, N64 forget about it, only Snes, DS and 3DS have ever really had full on support from 3rd party, Gameboy/colour too I guess, I don’t see the Wii U going far passed Gamecube numbers, but as a consumer, I care very little, so long as I get 1 or 2 Xenoblade games, my purchase will be justified.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          One main reason that third parties didnt work on Wii U is that their games looked awful compared to its competitors. The best games could not even be ported. I hope like you that Wii U would sell 40M but I dont see that its realistic at all. If you look at console sales in history you will see its always a bell curve and this should be Nintendos prime time. Now we know that its titles will be released in 2015 and that will probably become the top of it. 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and is it reason to believe N. will continue for two more years after that? Unlikely if you look at GCN that only had five years and Wii U sells much worse than that. Today it have sold maybe around 6.5M. I think its unlikely that it will sell as much as it has it whole life in one year (2015). By 2016 Nintendo will discontinue the Wii U and introduce something new.

          • Capt. Smoker

            I can’t remember the last time a 3rd party game sold over a million copies on a Nintendo home console, my main complaint would be why does it take till 2015 for the system sellers to come out?, and I don’t mind 3rd party skipping out, but why not cut some deals so we get some exclusives to patch the gaps at least, they do their own thing is what people say, and thats fine, if they didn’t half ass it, I invision a new console February 2017, as for what it’ll be or do, who knows, but it probably won’t sell either lol.

          • Jonathan Robitaille

            several have though. I believe the Just Dance games, Resident Evil 4, COD, Sonic,Rayman, Skylanders, etc all did over a million sometimes way more. It takes a Nintendo type game done extremely well I think. The Wii just needed it to be cheap and a party game it seems.

          • Capt. Smoker

            Long time a go though, happens very rarely, I get ya though, I feel the same, if 3rd party offered what the install base wanted, the games would sell, they insul us by offering out shovelware and shoddy ports, nobody would buy into it on other systems, Nintendo fans won’t either.

          • Jonathan Robitaille

            “I hope like you that Wii U would sell 40M but I dont see that its realistic at all”

            no you don’t you fraud. You have said on multiple occasions you want them to fail and get their games on other systems. lol, what a troll

          • Magnus Eriksson

            I think you must have misunderstood me. I wish Nintendo could sell 40M or maybe Its more correct to say that I wish Wii U would deserve to sell that much. I dont think thats the correct thing to say today. We all know how bad Nintendo have treated their fanbase this generation, all lies, overpriced products, rushed unsupported hardware and a very poor library. I wish it was different, and that Nintendo deserved 40M but sorry to say, they dont.

          • Jonathan Robitaille

            I agree, they deserve for this to fail and badly. It took them until offering a free game with Mario Kart 8 and then E3…a full two years late…to do anything remotely right. I still think the Wii U is great and is a good value, but as far as its chances at success…well, it’s got very little. I’m a shareholder and I still don’t understand why management changes haven’t been made. The board seems to be gluttons for punishment…then again, they are able to buy up shares at cheaper prices…maybe they will go private..I’ve heard rumors.

          • Rinslowe

            “. The best games could not even be ported.”
            This is a misleading statement, imo. Those “best” games all made it to last gen systems. It’s not about power Magnus. Honestly, if your technical understanding is limited. Better to keep to the facts.
            It was more to do with the political situation with game engine designers in the west choosing not to support the platform as it did not conform to their preferred specifications. Which as we know they had made very clear to the public, months before any of the next gen systems hit the market. Including Wii U. Nintendo went off the reservation, did there own thing. And now they’re paying for it. Those game engines were designed to be scalable across every and all systems out their to varying degrees. Wii U included. But the business model suited western dev’s/ studios and publishers more. This generation has seen the rise of game engines as a viable business model in and of itself. Something which Nintendo historically has never supported. Imagine if all of a sudden, Nintendo asked D.I.C.E for exclusive right to use/ modify and adapt the latest frostbite engine for every and all Nintendo first party titles made till the end of Wii U’s tenure. Do you really think BF4 would have problems running on Wii U hardware then?
            The other main issue is in studios and their over cautious cost control. Spending less begets less. Every time. That’s why third party ports are missing features, lacking comparable performance and online content – DLC etc…
            Smaller teams and less budget than their peers. Consumers are supposed to just suck it up? On that account? Even though we know why the studios are doing it. It’s not any consolation to the Wii U owner that’s supposed to wait longer and pay more…
            The last reason is in how third party titles never sell as well as first party IP on Nintendo hardware. That means studios are consciously accounting for this fact as well. Scheduling release dates around it and trying to place blame in obscure areas like “install base”. Because no-one has the answer to that problem obviously..
            Just saying.
            :)

  • bistricky

    The numbers and the general perception from the media about the Wii U, continues to improve. :D

    These numbers are very good……. and shows a continued trend in the positive direction …
    BUT …
    No single game has been able to sustain selling massive amounts of Wii U’s.

    Christmas season: Super Smash Bros. & the amiibo collection, IMO, will clearly state the fate of the Wii U (as either the comeback console of the decade, or the forever under-achiever).

    Cheers :D

    • Arthur Jarret

      They’ve gotten bad press overall – yet those who look into wii u now find a rich library of unique games. It’s a good turnaround and has enough unique titles to sustain it for new users. Unfortunately, for us early adopters, releases seem tediously slow despite there being plenty of interesting titles on the horizon.

      • Rinslowe

        “They’ve gotten bad press overall – yet those who look into wii u now find a rich library of unique games.”
        True.

    • Rinslowe

      Well. True.
      But would it be that bad to be an underachiever in this case? If Nintendo manages to make their initial investment back. Post operating profits from next year till release of their next console. For them that’s probably the more important part. Considering the landscape. For us gamer’s, there’s already enough compelling experiences to be had to validate the existence of a Wii U. And quite a few titles of interest on the way.

      Nintendo does have an uphill battle to win in mending relationships with third parties for the next dedicated system after Wii U. And good luck with that task. Not to mention a shrinking console market share, generation over generation ( with the exception of the Wii). The next system will need to hit all the right spots or it’s going to be yet another difficult struggle for the big N. And looking at all major players performance so far – apart from all three having decent explosive qualities at launch – it doesn’t seem like any will be hitting anywhere near the same no’s as last generation.

      Sony has their in-house studios where they can themselves make the same kind of coin as Nintendo game for game. And a growing install base to support it. But where does that leave MS and Xbox One? Where trailing stats can be observed across the board from both hardware and software. Plus their only real first party seller is Halo. I’m day one on that myself, but is it enough to keep them relevant till next gen? It’s a big investment designing and prototyping new systems. And lay-offs and restructures this early is something to keep an eye on.

      If MS bows out, we better hope SEGA makes a come back LOL….

      • Jonathan Robitaille

        All three will be okay really. You’re right. The numbers won’t come remotely close as last gen. It’s a little early to write off the Xbone. Doing that would be hypocritical because I’ve been trying to defend Nintendo for their many launch blunders and they have made strides to at least correct things. I honestly enjoyed gaming on the 360 more than PS3 because of the controller. I think that edge is still there (thought the PS4 really bridged the gap mostly-stupid blue light) I’ve heard they are spending a ridiculous amount of resources on game development so don’t be surprised if they too right the ship.

        I am still waiting on this magical cloud advantage that was supposed to allow them to use the lower tech but still make games on par or better graphically than the PS4. I wonder if that was just hot air and isn’t really possible. Time will tell. They need more and better exclusives honestly. But them getting 3d blu ray recently is a good sign.

        PS4 might double the sales of the others. I know they have crap for offerings now but I have a feeling starting next year they are going to offer a barrage of games and sadly Nintendo won’t get any of them. That’s why once TLOU bundle comes out I got to get it. PS4 Wii U combo I think is the sweet spot for this gen

  • TheAnimal Fleming

    DANIEL GO HOME

    • Arthur Jarret

      Why are you obsessed with one person voicing his opinion and making fanboy rile-up jokes? He’s one of the last ones that make this comment section feel like a group – Magnus, Zorpix, Ducked, Rinslwe, Jjbresden, Donaald, fake reggie and fake iwata – without those this site just wouldn’t be the same thing.

      • Nintendo Of North Korea

        Exactly, without Magnus everything would be happy and non-realistic without Zorpix with won’t get tons of articles to argue about and politely discuss, without Ducked people could get away with anything without response, Rinslwe, Donaald and jjbesden help add alot to the conversations and keep them interesting, and the fakes stop it from getting too serious.

        • Officer Raichu

          i think jj is gone :(

          • bistricky

            Gone where ??????

          • Arthur Jarret

            Tell me it’s not true! There are always IP spoofs and other accounts!

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Didnt see him for a while. Not in Miivetse either. Maybe he bought a PS4 instead like most people did… Well then he is in a happier place at least :)

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Greener pastures.

          • Rinslowe

            Haha…
            No, that can’t be it. All us dudes with PS4’s seem to congregate to Wii U Daily anyway.
            For various reasons… Some more sinister than others… Eh, Daniel
            lol.

        • Ducked

          You knew you were getting a response!

        • 00EpicGamer00

          I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Zorpix doesn’t write articles anymore.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Thats sad. I hope WiiUDaily offers him a paid job. He wrote the best articles here.

          • matthew garcia

            Yes he sure did. Very realistic and honest articles

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Agreed.

          • 00EpicGamer00

            Indeed he did. I hope he writes articles again as well. But…..Only time will tell.

          • Rinslowe

            Yeah that’s not cool at all. He had a vibe and easy going approach that just worked. And topics for gamer’s, not just news. Not that I’m complaining but yeah…

          • 00EpicGamer00

            He was an amazing writer. The topics of his articles were never really questionable. He wrote articles that probably everyone enjoyed. *sigh* he will be missed.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Yes, but this page needs rage and anger too. So you should really encourage him.

        • Arthur Jarret

          True, that’s a big part of the local ambiance here.

        • Rinslowe

          Well, you have a point…
          I’m sure the Devil is just doing what he was designed to do to. Like all the rest of us..
          Wait… Where does that leave free will?
          Oh darn. Back to contemplating…

        • Michael Hancock

          Insightful.

      • Ducked

        I’m a celebrity :D

        • Arthur Jarret

          Yeah – you know you are!

        • matthew garcia

          Lol I bet you get laid all the time

          • Rinslowe

            You have a thing for getting laid, don’t you…
            Oh, doh.
            That’s really not a negative. Haha…
            :P

          • Ducked

            I won’t disagree with you there

      • http://Website.com/ Shane Michaels

        Do you hate me?

    • Enumerating Wishes

      And quite frankly he has a point. Only software can sustain hardware sales. Admittedly Nintendo is putting out a good line up but I’m still curious to see more.

  • Officer Raichu

    hey guys im back and anyways good job wii u

    • matthew garcia

      Nice to have you back

      • Officer Raichu

        yeah i had a to use my back up account but finally found my password XD

        • matthew garcia

          If I recall correctly you had this issue before

          • Officer Raichu

            yep few months back seems everything is different but actually im knda happy vgchartz undertracked wii u, was selling almost 30k per week in june, tomadachi life selling more and more every week(literally started with 25k first week and now its at 75k per week XD)

          • matthew garcia

            How does vgchartz get there estimates?

          • Officer Raichu

            they had wii u at 135k in US for june :P almost spot on for being inaccurate(and everyone was confused why they adjusted them so late XD)

          • Officer Raichu

            and i dont know :P

          • matthew garcia

            Lol it’s all good

          • Officer Raichu

            the 30k goes for june

    • bistricky

      Welcome back …. cheers :D

  • Mike

    Nintendo will be streaming on Twitch @ San Diego Comic-Con 2014
    Source: http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/38102/nintendo-announces-details-for-san-diego-comic-con

  • brian

    Son of a bitch! Stop referencing the 479% jump, as if it were month to month! It’s YEAR OVER YEAR

    • Guest

      Nobody cares anymore

  • Squid

    The games on Wii U were never the problem, they’re all really good

  • MetroidZero

    Mario Kart 8: 90% Luck, 10% Skill

    Red Shell coming after you and you’re leading the race on the final lap…the item you get to defend yourself: Coins.

    You finish: 8th.

    • matthew garcia

      This is definitely true. Mario greatly rewards people in last place and hurts people in 1st

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Thats Nintendo. Tried to play it Party series? There you get “extra points” for lots of shit. Making the game more into lottery than gaming.

        • matthew garcia

          Yeah kinda lets you know that the game is aimed more towards children

          • Magnus Eriksson

            I think that goes for Mario Kart 8 too and the handholding in Zeldas. There was a time when Nintendo said “We make games, not movies”today they should say “we make lottery (Mario Kart, Mario Party) and movies (Zelda), not games”

          • Arthur Jarret

            Actually, they said: “we make products, not art”

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Actually, they said: “We print money, not make games”

          • Arthur Jarret
          • TehEngineer

            Whist Skyward Sword did have quite a bit of handholding, compared to other games, it’s in the Games half of the Games/Movies spectrum.

        • MetroidZero

          THIS. “More into lottery than gaming.” MK8 in a nutshell.

    • leo

      that’s I like need for speed lol

    • Merry_Blind

      Wut? So not true. Once you get the hang of it, you dominate most people, except others who are skilled too. When I play now, whether online or offline or with friends, most of the time I finish in the top 3. SOMETIMES yes you’ll get raped throughout the whole race, or have a bad luck at the end.

      As for the ‘Coins’ thing when your 1st… well that shows you’re a ‘noob’ because you’re supposed to keep your shells or bananas to defend yourself whenever you get them when you’re 1st, not use them for no reasons and then complain you get coins after them…

      • MetroidZero

        The whole item system is broken in MK8. I will would be in 5th and get 1 green shell, while the person in 4th would get a Golden Mushroom.

        Or…I’d be in the back, and get 1 Mushroom and everyone else around me gets 3 Mushrooms, and with those 3 mushrooms, they would drive off in the grass sections of the track for a major shortcut while I have to stay on the road because of my 1 Mushroom, and there would be no way for me to recover.

        Screw. That.

        Mario Kart 8 is made for the laughs and giggles…like Mario Party, and like Marty Party, it makes me rage A LOT.

        • Merry_Blind

          Well yeah… even if you’re 10th you have a small chance of getting coins, bananas, or a mushroom, just like in 3rd you have a small chance of getting a star, however you have far more chances of getting a star in 10th than in 3rd. It’s just that the chance of getting any given item is influenced by the position you’re in.

      • MetroidZero

        Oh and to address your second paragraph:

        More times than not, I would be saving a banana or shell, only for it to be destroyed by a random green shell that bounced of a wall or it used to defend off a red shell, and only then will my next item would be a Coin. Guess I just get all the bad luck.

        • Rinslowe

          I had a green shell somehow magically chase me along the entire back of that giant eel on Dolphin Shoals the other day. I hit every boost. And it still managed to somehow contact. I heard it coming so adjusted course twice…
          And that wasn’t the first time a green shell has acted more like a red shell in game. Odd.

        • Merry_Blind

          well yeah, that’s a bad luck, it happens, but not ALL the time.

      • Jonathan Robitaille

        I ‘thought’ I was good. Then I went online and seriously got smoked. I think you really have to play this a lot so you have each track memorized and find out shortcuts. I don’t have the time for all that and I guess just have to be content beating it solo. It’d be nice if they patched it so the coins weren’t so prevalent.

    • Krzysztof

      Sadly, this is true. Lately, when i play MK8 I stick with custom no item race or try to beat some ghosts. I’m sorry, but personally after MK7 this the worst of the series.

      • Michael Hancock

        It’s the best in the series.

    • kevin nun—-

      No, it’s more like 50/50. You need skills to know how to drift with each type of vehicle. The different controllers one can use can also vary the game play. Luck is also a big factor, but not more than skills.For example, if a red shell is coming after you nearing the final lap and you have the knowledge of how it works and if you are lucky enough to find a wall or something that will make the shell hit the obstacle instead of you then you can still finish first.

      • MetroidZero

        50/50? Hell no. Mario Kart 64 was 50/50. More skill was required in that game. Mario Kart 8 is nothing but item spam and major item unbalance. And the AI should be sharpshooters and not racers.

        • Merry_Blind

          errr. I feel like 64 relied on chance just as much… except that items are less op in 8.

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

          MK64? are you kidding? the game with the worst handicap in videogame history?

    • steveb944

      OMG I thought it was only me! This is what’s stopping me from mastering this game. Cheap AI!!

    • Arthur Jarret

      I disagree with that – I think severalof the last-place items are greatly nerfed in 8 both in effect and appearance rate – making it a more skilled-based racer than 7, Wii or DS

    • Rinslowe

      Hahaha. Glad I’m not the only one constantly getting knocked to second place because of the predictable red shell before the finish line, lol. And yeah, I’ll consistently hit coins on every power-up in the last lap. It’s worth a patch imo. But well. It’s fun when you’re the guy with the red shell…

    • Michael Hancock

      “Mario Kart 8: 90% Luck, 10% Skill”- Impossible. How is it that in a given group, the same skilled players consistently place in 1st-3rd? Perhaps, YOU, temporarily sitting in 1st are there by chance. As in, a more skilled player was hit by a rouge green shell and was knocked into 2nd-8th. That player should have a chance to respawn and attack. MK8 gives him those red shells, he wins and you cry.

      • Arthur Jarret

        True – I manage to be first most of the time – although in a local competition there was one guy that was first 60% of the time while I almost got second every time. This is the most balanced Mario Kart ever made, thanks to the nerfed last-place items and the blue-shield-stopping megahorn.

    • Andrew St. Clair

      It sounds to me like you just suck at Mario Kart.

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

      you’re blowing this out of proportions, still you got a point though. As always, the game lives from it’s chaos factor that can always change things for people way behind or ahead of others but for me, Mario Kart is like Poker. If you’re good at it, then you’ll still be better than people who aren’t good at it. and 90% luck is bullshit. You might need luck but not 90%. Your Red-shell scenario doesn’t happen so much if you just always stick to some green shell or banana to carry around on your back. If you just don’t have one, then it’s bad luck, but it’s not like you never ever get anything like this. You just have to keep carrying this with you all.the.time.

  • Darkness

    I really wanted to like this game because all the past MK’s have been amazing (except MK7) but the game was a huge let down. I got to try it many times at my cousins house and the online part of the game is horrible. All the powerful items that used to help you if you were close to last place don’t do shit. The lag in the game is retarded. The battle mode is the worst thing I have ever seen! The character roster is just ok, not great. The game desperately needs DLC to fix issues and bring in new stuff.

    I didn’t make this but I support it
    http://www.change.org/petitions/nintendo-fix-battle-mode-in-mario-kart-8

    • Arthur Jarret

      I agree with the battle mode, but I really love the nerfed items which emphasize skill over luck – and haven’t had a single case of lag myself.

      • Jonathan Robitaille

        nope. There is zero lag in this game. trolling

  • Krzysztof

    Pure evil !

  • anthony optimo

    I’ll say it again, I have yet to see a commercial for Mario Kart 8 on the boob tube.

    • Arthur Jarret

      You missed this commercial?

      • anthony optimo

        I’ve seen all of those commercials on YouTube and the Virtual Console, but outside of those two mediums, I haven’t seen any commercial on TV. Have you seen those on TV?

        • Arthur Jarret

          No, but that’s because I’m european.

          Seems they’re playing this ad on Cartoon Network in the US – so they’re really targetting kids with their advertisement campaign.

          • anthony optimo

            Right on, yea as adult who played the first MK on SNES at friend’s house, I feel Nintendo could have reached a market of people who have fond memories of MK by airing commercials of MK8 on television channels with more mature audiences, such potential, bad execution.

            Hello from California brother, play on.

  • TheAnimal Fleming

    Wii u should be the number one console the way so many people are obsessed with it

  • WellWisher

    Great game. Very deserving.

  • Javier Vega

    June everyone wanted to play First Party Games.

  • Rinslowe

    Mario Kart 8….
    Congrats to the big N. It might not have sold millions of hardware units to date, nearly 2 months on the market. But hey, the attach ratio has to be scary good all the same.

  • keithmaxx

    Considering home consoles do relatively poorly in Japan than elsewhere, I’d say those sales numbers are encouraging.

  • Robinpreet Sidhu

    Let’s Hope this game does even better!

  • ChariotMan7

    Let’s go keep this momentum going all the way straight thru. When is these damn 3rd parties is going to notice the Wii U sales are seriously improving. It’s a conspiracy for the 3 parties to want the Wii U to fail!

    • Jon Turner

      It’s NOT too late. There is still a chance some can return. If not the West, then Japan for sure. The more exclusives they can snare from 3rds, the better.

  • PS4WiiURocks

    Looks good for Wii U now///as for thirds party i don’t see most of them coming back..which is sad on their part

    • Jon Turner

      Don’t give up hope altogether; we could STILL see some return, particularly the ones Nintendo is still on good terms with (Capcom, SE, Namco, Atlus, Sega, and MAYBE Konami). That said, I wouldn’t expect Ubisoft or EA to step up their game despite claiming they’d return in the event things get better for WiiU.

      • Jonathan Robitaille

        I’d like a ZombiU 2. I just beat the first and really liked it. It could have used more polish of course. I think many experienced bugs and I am not sure if they patched it or something but I never got any. Ubisoft’s UbiArt seems like a good fit for the Wii U so not sure why all those games don’t make it over. I think once the install base gets a bit better maybe we’ll see a really well done 3rd party game from someone we don’t expect who does a great job with the gamepad.

        • Petri

          I beat Zombi U once, only got one progress blocking bug on that playthrough. Was able to fix that with only 10 minutes of playtime.
          On second round, things did not go as smooth. I have progress block, that can’t be fixed without restarting from the beginning.
          Don’t know if some of the patches might have fixed it for me, might try some day, the game is pretty good survival horror.

      • allvalve

        We can forget about Ubisoft, EA, Konami and Namco, but we might see additional content from Capcom and Sega.
        And where is the TRUE 3D Mario? No mention at E3, I can’t believe we won’t see one this generation, but they are leaving it very late. If they show it at E3 2015, it most likely won’t launch until 2016, which will probably be the twilight year for Wii U, and a bit too late to impact hardware figures.

        • Jon Turner

          No, Namco is still on Nintendo’s side for co-developing SUPER SMASH BROS. WiiU and for the ONE PIECE game they recently gave us, even though their support has been kinda dodgy at best. I don’t excuse the delay for PROJET CARS, but on the other hand, Hideo Baba DID say that he MIGHT consider a TALES for WiiU and that it’s not impossible, so despite their questionable acts, they’re still on my list. As for Konami, who knows. The DID release their VC classics, and for that I applaud them. I just hope they do more than that Now as for Ubisoft and EA, I agree.

          • allvalve

            To suggest Namco are on good terms with Nintendo because they are co developing Smash Bros is incorrect.
            They are probably being paid a lot of money up front, and getting a cut from the total sales. Even EA would make a game for Wii U on these terms.
            The Namco/Nintendo relationship soured after Soul Caliber 2 on PS2/Xbox/Gamecube. It sold better on the Cube than Xbox, and wasn’t far behind the PS2 version despite the huge gap in users, so something else must have been in play to influence Namco from there.
            Namco’s biggest franchises come to Nintendo consoles either late, or not at all.
            The only way to remedy this is for Nintendo to either change the way they interact with 3rd parties, or buy them.

          • Jon Turner

            Hopefully they are still in talks about it.

          • allvalve

            No chance. Nintendo are being dictated to by the shareholders who only concentrate on quick return.
            Nintendo’s long term strategy should be to buy Namco, Sega, Capcom and SquareEnix who can make a short term difference, and some western houses that will help 5 or 6 years down the road, but generally shareholders want a return in 2 to 3 years.
            Nintendo are over cautious, add in the share holder pressure and its easy to see why Nintendo are following the same pattern.
            They need to look long term and consolidate the Japanese developers while they are on their knees (about now), and worry about western development later.

            Imagine a console with exclusive content from:
            Nintendo
            Capcom
            Sega
            Square Enix

            Even without strong western development this would sew up Asia, and generate a very large niche following in Europe and the America’s.

            They can worry about the west later.

          • Jon Turner

            I never was talking about the west anyway. Hopefully we’ll see something work out. I’m still rooting for a TALES on WiiU (and luckily Baba didn’t rule it out, so it still COULD happen).

      • PS4WiiURocks

        I can agree but with EA i could care less if they came back..They suck anyways and will never buy another EA game

  • Gordon Tillett

    That is because the game is awesome. Period.

  • Pilu Skifte Grønvold

    This game have too much noise! getting hit by something everything 30sec, having to speed up again and again. Meh.

    • brian

      Mute.

    • Gabrielsen

      You must be doing something wrong. Usually get hit by about 3 items each game, it’s all about the start and the coins. Get the start boost and if that ain’t enough draft and you are in the lead. Now to maintain that collect coin. Red and blues are the only issue, but red shells aren’t too common at 2nd.

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