GR: Mario Kart 8 is set to arrive on Wii U during the first half of 2014, and according to a handful of major retailers, it's the last bastion of hope for Nintendo's struggling console.
Admittedly this will boost sales somewhat but it's too little too late.
I agree. Mario Kart 8 will definitely cause a spike. But it likely won't be enough to overcome the console's marketing issues, consumer confusion, price, etc.
No love for Smash Bros.?
Just to add to that, I look at Kart (and all other popular Wii U titles) as peaks. Because like all console sales there are peaks and valleys centered around the popular games (like Kart 8, as you said). But the Wii U's problem is that the valleys last way, way, way too long, and conversely the peaks are very few and far between. Add to that, the peaks aren't as high as they're expected to be (i.e. Pikmin 3, W101)
3DS is the Wii U's biggest competition.
Not in agreement with the article that much... for me Metroid Prime and Zelda will boast sale for me. I may pickup Mario Kart.Till then my PS4 is filling my gaming gap.
The system should have a bunch of new heavy hitters by summer, so nothing is lost. MK, SSB, DK, Bayonetta, X, Project Cars, Watch Dogs...Hopefully, they will announce more of it coming. I would think at least 4-5 new important 1st party titles for 2014.
Metroid and Zelda are games for the core. While I can see Zelda selling some units to those on the fence or waiting for the next installment, it won't appeal to the millions of casual Wii owners. Plus that game won't be out by next year at best and by then it could be to late. Metroid on the other hand will do nothing more than a small increase for maybe a week. It's crazy when you think about how Nintendo built this huge install base with the Wii and they can't even rely on even 75% of it to upgrade.
Sad thing is that most of the people that bought Mario Kart Wii were casual gamers and they moved on to their smart phones and tablets. I see this helping as it their biggest franchise but I just don't think there are that many people left from the Wii install base willing to upgrade. This is make it or break it year for Wii U. If this or Smash won't save it then frankly nothing will.
your point. Mario Kart Wii being online greatness. Joining a live party and Racing together or against plus Wii was bought by people who stop gaming after SNES so it was nostalgic to them reason from NSMBWii and Mario Kart Wii sold well.
Well i think SSB has a chance to save the Wii U as well. Also donkey kong will help some in the mean time. But Bayonetta & X will be more for the Nintendo fans that already exist and won't move incredible amounts of Wii U's
Yup. But Mario Kart is the company's biggest seller, so that one will be the most telling, I think.
Oh, i don't disagree. Kart is the biggest Wii U game (Wii U console mover) in 2014. I was just simply saying it isn't it's only chance. SSB, Kong, and Zelda (when it drops) also have chances to move Wii U consoles, but not as much as Kart (like you said)
agreed, mario kart wii sold like hot cakes, hopefully all those player come back for wiiu mario kart 8
This game will definitely move units in Japan for sure where they ate up Mario Kart on the Wii. 30+ million units moved worldwide. And this isn't your soccer moms and grandmas buying the game. Nintendo needs to release a bundle with MK8 as soon as the game launches.
Absolutely. If they released a $250 bundle with MK8, that would do wonders.
I wonder, when both MK8 and SSMB are out, how does a Wii U "Ultimate Online Bundle" (with a packed-in MK8 and a free code download of SSMB and since both will be have online multipolayer) would fare.
The difference from wii to wiiu is theres only 5 million wiiu's compared to 1hundred million wii's so it will not sell that many. If mario world 3d didnt keep wiiu alive I dont see any other game doing it.
@aceitman - first off there weren't 100 million Wii's at the time of Mario Kart's launch. And secondly, Mario 3D World is selling just fine. Over 1.5 Million units sold worldwide for a console that only has 5 million is pretty darn good if you ask me. Not to mention that this game will continue to sell and sell to all new Wii U owners in the future.
@aceitman That where your logic fails. Mario Kart Wii launch in 2008 not 2013.
I sure hope so too. Whether or not that will prove to be the case is a whole other story...
Mariokart has been the traditional system seller. It worked for GameCube to ds, to 3ds, and Wii. Hopefully it will work its magic for the Wii U. I will definitely pick it up day one for my Wii U.
The game looks great. I really hope it does help the console.
What retailer? Oh they didn't want that out there because they know they'll get backlash from customers and higher ups for saying idiotic things. Granted it will help momentum, its not "the only thing that can save it"
I know a lot of people waiting for X or the next Zelda game.
MarioKart could arguably be Nintendo's biggest franchise. So I can see the point where if this game does not help move units, well then what will? I know I'll be doing my part with a day one purchase. Good luck, N.
Agreed, but.. I wish Nintendo could get Rare back, they made some awesome games and the ones they made you just don't see anymore.. they had good humor & were so fun to play.. A lot of games are quite stale and the same thing over and over these days, not like it used to be.
Oh my god yes. Rare was the best back in the day. Perfect Dark, Banjo Kazooie, Jet Force Gemini, Goldeneye....They were kings. Too bad they split and Microsoft got the pieces.
What would it matter? The people that made Rare awesome back in the day are all pretty much gone. However, if re-purchasing Retro meant Nintendo would get access to their old IPs (Conker, I'm looking at you), I would be all over that. Sadly, Nintendo just doesn't have the power to re-acquire Retro. Microsoft just won't let them go. On the other hand, Nintendo has got Retro Studios, and they have made exactly 4 games for Nintendo so far, and all of them have been amazing. I think Nintendo should give more projects to Retro, see what they make with them.
The "Nintendo Rare" of the past and the "Microsoft Rare" of today are two different "Rare's"; they only share the same name. The team itself consists of different people now. So even if N did get them back - they wouldn't be carrying the same *magic touch* of the before-times. I guess RETRO has arguably filled that void..
Wrong! Mario Kart 8, SSB, MONOLITH SOFT X, NEW ZELDA, a new MONSTER HUNTER is possible too (it will sell like five millions in japan) and the others games will sell probably even more, so this man is totally wrong, reminds me of a sillish song in the whatever charts: " I don't know wherw I belong, I don't know where I went wrong, I belong to you, you belong to me in my sweeeet hooooomeee" or something along those lines. I just heard it in the radio and it is still stuck in my poor brain, I should have kept the radio off.
No matter what happens with the Wii U, I'll be playing some of the best games of 2014 on it.
Naming it the Wii U was the biggest mistake, I have 7 nephews and nieces and when they visit my house they all say what's that thing a new controller for the wii.And when they play it they all love it and want one but that's only because they now know what it is.
Alright, everyone over to evilbart's house. He's doing Nintendo's job for them.
Wii U is fantastic NOW, all this hyperbole is stupid
It will always be one game or another that will "save" the WiiU but if your flagship franchise failed to do it, another Mario Kart certainly won't. The next Smash will only serve the diehards that bought a WiiU day1. Bayo didn't sell on platforms with 80+ million users. Zelda is a pipedream at this point. DKCR is just more of the same game on the original Wii.
Nah, I think a lot of Smash fans are waiting to buy the console. I could see that game moving a million units of hardware on day 1.
They know it's coming. Why wait until the console loses support? You're telling me Smash fans are not 2d/3d Mario fans or Kart fans or Pikmin fans or Nintendo fans in general? Why would they be waiting for a game they know will launch soon? Could it be that those fans instead bought a 3DS and plan to buy it for the better platform? The one being supported by N?
It is called waiting for a library to form. No one game is going to "save" (hyperbole is unnecessary) the wii u, but if a person waits until they have a library to play it makes more sense. It honestly is what I should have done instead of buying a PS4 and XBOX1 so early. Also no "hardcore" smash fan would pick up the game for 3ds OVER wii u (i will be getting both) because the cirlce pad will be sufficient, but definitely not the best way to play the game. Anyone who is halfway decent at smash can tell you that.
It's not doing poorly, it's just doing okay. All this exaggeration is making my head hurt.
Oh its doing poorly, or at least poorly then what Nintendo thought it would do. Though seriously 9 million projected Wii U by the end of their fiscal year was just stupid.
I loved Mario Kart 3DS(last winter I was really sick for 2 weeks & all I played was Mario kart on the 3DS it got me through it). Day 1 purchase for me when it comes out on the wii u. I hope they release dlc like add new tracks or new cars.
I wonder if they would add new race modes or new battle modes via DLC. That's what I would want (in addition to new and classic tracks added).
this is cold heartily the truth. I do believe that smash bro if they wanted could be released sooner than we think but strategy wise i believe they are holding it back to test the waters with these games, if mario kart doesnt do much then all nintendo has left that's a big seller is smash bro but its a stretch
The real sales spike will be when they bundle Wii U with Mario Kart 8 for $250.
add to that a free(or heavily discounted) DL code of SSMB. That'd be nice. Another thing is to make a "twin" deal of sorts. Get MK8 and receive a considerable price slash of SSMB. I'm pretty convinced that'd help.
Nintendo made a bad mistake not releasing Mario kart during the holiday season instead they released super Mario 3d world instead.
Yep but it probably won't even get half the sales mario kart Wii pulled.
Mario Kart is a big moment for Wii U but it's not last chance saloon.
I have high hopes for Mario Kart and Super Smash to boost sales. I don't think it's ever gonna reach the heights that the Wii did, but if Nintendo plays the cards correctly, they could definitely turn it around by a lot. If they REALLY want to do something amazing, put a Pokemon game on the Wii U. I'm not talking about a spinoff game (even though an XD/Colosseum type game wouldn't be too bad), but one that's like the main games. They already proved that 3d models work really well with the main game format with XY. If they just happened to do that for the Wii U, I think we would see a gigantic difference in sales.
Wii U already has great games. Thing that will sell Wii U is hiring a great marketing team like the one they saked which marketed the Wii and learning how to use social media like MS and Sony to stamp out the Nintendoomed click-bait scene.
The stupid thing about all these articles is that looking for one title to save the wii u is rediculous. What will help the wii u is many different titles or software library that is available to it exclusive and 3rd party will help improve the adoption rate for the system
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