An aerial view of Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros in their connection with Nintendo Wii U sale boost.
MK8 will no doubt be the biggest seller game 2014. I am pleased MK8 isn't being rushed but Nintendo should have known better than to let it take this long. Mario Kart will definitely get families and casuals on board if they actually advertise it like they did for MK Wii.
Nintendo has stated their giving Mario Kart 8 a Years worth of advertising. Were talking commercials, online advertising, journalists, toys, and anything else you can dream of lol.
Hopefully it pays off. This is the kind of media push I wish we had seen from Nintendo at launch.
They're doing a good job hyping this game and Smash Bros, also they're giving away a free game with MK8 when you register it which is great incentive. Can't wait to pick it up.
Well I plan to buy a Wii U when Smash Bros is out. I won't buy one yet just for Mario Kart... Got my PS4 recently with Infamous Second Son, i got it for UFC in june and Destiny on Oct, I also want to play the Destiny beta. Oh and the remastered Last of Us since i didnt play it on PS3.
@ Spinal, If you've got the money, it wouldn't be a bad idea to pick one up before July 31st with Mario Kart so you can get the free game deal.
Nope, everyone will just buy Xbox
Reality is about to strike hard. Can't wait. Only a few more months.
@Spinal Well then you will miss out on a free game for buying MK8 if i was you i'd buy MK8 now and register it on club Nintendo and then buy the WiiU when you're ready.
Of course they will. Any huge first party game that fans love will boost sales
The article answers it's own question really. Two big franchises will boost Wii U sales? You tell me.
No way.....maybe a small increase, thats all.
A small increase for two of the largest Nintendo franchises in history? You sir are underestimating these games.
I am playing Mario Kart from the Super Mario Kart and I know very well the importance of this series, I love it!! Just, Wii U has many problems and it can be solved by a great game which is coming.
@Geobros I would not say the Wiiu has many problems. It is a very under rated consoles. For me the Wiiu is the console with the best line up at this moment in time. The biggest issue with the WiiU is the same issue Nintendo had with the 3DS in that its name is making people think that it is a add on to the wii. Nintendo just need to show people like they did with the 3DS that its a new console and once that happens sales will start to pickup. Cant wait for Mario Kart and super smash bros. I do think if Nintendo want to pull users over from the PS3 and 360 they do need to bring out a FPS game that stands out against Halo and COD though. But I think the 2nd half of this year will be big for Nintendo as well as Microsoft and Sony.
two of the largest and fastest growing fans in gaming history not just Nintendo
It'll sell well, but it will do little for hardware sales. People need to remember that N64 and GC has these same games and they sold phenomenally, but each console still never did well in their lifetime. Considering that Wii-U is at half the sales GC was at this point in it's lifetime, I sincerely doubt both combined will push more than 1 - 2 million units for the rest of the consoles lifetime.
It sold 3 million consoles last year without any huge titles. I can't imagine it's sales with all the big stuff coming this year.
i would buy a wii u first and mostly for smash bros if anything
These games were important 10 years ago.
Correction: This franchise has been important since 1992. :)
Ha, Moonman you get a bubble. :D
Short answer: YES! Long Answer: YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!
Yeah it will boost but if anybody believes it will boost pass PS4 then you dead wrong.
I don't get why you got a thumbs down. to think wii u sales will rival any home console this gen is crazy. But, i'll still be buying one.
probably because he brought up ps4 for no reason.
If anybody believes PS4 could boost pass the software attach rate of the WiiU you are dead wrong..
My opinion: Yes, it will boost WiiU to securely stay in second place (and closer to PS4) worldwide with a dramatic boost to #1 weekly sales for maybe a few good weeks. A great place to be until console prices drop mass market. Then the real fight begins for all three. Everything is still costly at this point. This will do the trick for healthy sales. The game itself will be selling multi-millions on arrival and will easily be WiiU's top selling game life to date in no time. Hopefully no more stupid doom and gloom for Nintendo is all I need to see..lol
I certainly do hope so. Last time I said Wii U could make a grand comeback a bunch of people replied with a lot of cynicism toward the concept. Even now I think Wii U can pick back up. If people see the games they want on it, they'll get it.
Know your fact wii u is still first place in total sales tell me when sony pass wii u in sales? my bad in my part but when mk8 come out i bet it will at least help wii u to sell 7million copies
It has, PS4 is 7 million and WiiU at about 5.86-6 million. Still room to breathe. I am just seeing both sides here. Nintendo can be as optimistic as they want, they make awesome games. I love Ninty. :)
@ moonman i made mistake in my part, i though wii u was around 7-8million copies sold but it was ps4 that sold 7million.. but once mk8 comes out it will help wii u sell ike around 6-7million to tied, lead, or be second in console fanboy war
Everyone makes mistakes! I was misled to believe Microsoft sold 5 million Xbox Ones as oppose to shipped. Lots of room to breathe indeed, we have a lot of current generation ahead of us.
Well...I just finished pre-ordering my Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle and will be picking it up on May 30th, and I am not a current Wii U owner, so technically I have just boosted Nintendo's Wii U Sales by +1, does that count as a sale boost for Nintendo? :D
I will buy the Wii U/Mario Kart 8 bundle when it's $200, but until then... http://www.billglose.com/bl...
Then you'll never get one because they'll be sold out before then.
mediocre-high sales due to low number of sold wiiU, no boost
I just don't understand why they are bringing smash bro's to Wii-u 6 months later? That will surely hinder sales of the Wii-U version if everyone runs out and buys it on the 3DS?
This was what many people originally thought too. But many have realized it will actually boost Wii U sales by having the 3DS version in the summer and the Wii U version in the winter.
the denial is strong with the haters. don't bring up n64 and gamecube karts. those were different times. now mario kart is a big system seller. it sold wii, DS, and 3DS.
I just bought a Wi U a few weeks back knowing that MK8 and Smash Bros were coming out. I also have a PS4. I'm very glad I got a Wii U. It's been getting quite a bit of play in my household. MK8 is going to be great and it will sell consoles. These games should not be underestimated. These are the types of games that PS4 and Xbox owners just can't get on their consoles. Anyone who loves Nintendo games will buy a Wii U to play these games.
Let me just say this. Mario Kart should sell millions. I heard through the grape vine that Nintendo would have DLC or season passes for Mario Kart? If they added Link, Samus/Metorid, Gannon, Kirby - Basically if they did to Mario Kart what they've done to Super Smash you looking at a fuqing blow out here! This would be not only a system seller, but the game to beat in 2014 in terms of sales and popularity. Iwata I hope you reading this son.
New wii u owner. Wii U is awesome and I truly believe it will beat the Xbone in NPD in May or June or both. And yes it has a chance at beating PS4 with this insanely good deal of a bundle. if anything nintendo should be expected to at least win software for the month.
It is horrible journalistics to ask a question in the headline. Start over again.
Mario Kart 8 is going to get REALLY dinged for having poor battle mode... I cant believe battle arenas werent included .. Even tho they have this misstep it will drive system sales but not to a level you'd expect. Smash on the other hand looks very definitive when compared to the previous versions and will help continue driving the sales Mario Kart is bringing home... The gap between 3DS and Wiiu versions wont matter.. they still have features not announced for the Wii U version and it gives Mario Kart enough time to blossom and carry the load .. Especially IF at e3 Nintendo announces DLC Cups and or battle arenas...
I'm curious what you didn't like about battle mode when you played it.
The fact that it is on normal racing maps .. .it is basically a loop with no middle intersection so you are constantly waiting or someone to come around or you are going the other direction... It is a HUGE let down for most people who only play the battle mode rather than Grand Prix or racing online. The arenas created EPIC showdowns when playing locally .. just a better experience than a complete loop since most the arena maps had a wide open middle area. In reality the battle mode will still be fun, but there will be a lingering feeling that it could have been 100x better with battle arenas. The fact that they didnt include them means they either focused on other aspects of the game and didnt have time to remake a few OR they may dlc it later... either way I wish they included them to make this the completely definitive version of the game.
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