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Mario Kart 8 has highest software attach rate than any other game in the series


With Nintendo’s financial report for this quarter of 2015 out in the open, we now know that the Wii U has sold 10 million units worldwide. Nintendo also released some interesting software sales rates, where we learned Splatoon has rocketed past 1.62 million sold in only two months, while long-standing Wii U favorite Mario Kart 8 has broken the 5 million sold barrier. That’s outstanding, as it means Mario Kart 8 has a software attach rate of 50%. For every two Wii U consoles Nintendo has sold, they’ve sold one copy of Mario Kart 8.

That’s great for Nintendo and it highlights just how much low consoles sales don’t matter if you make a great game. Remember how eager Polygon was to forecast that Mario Kart 8 wouldn’t sell more than 1.5 million units in its lifetime thanks to the low sales of the Wii U? This graph says it all.


Mario Kart 8 has blown well past Polygon’s projected sales for it and it will continue to do so thanks to Nintendo’s DLC efforts.

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