Media Create published the latest Japanese games sales, including first week sales for Mario Kart 8.
I think best sales for a Wii U game till today in Japan...
They will sell plenty copies of MK8. I work at gamestop and Wii U customers are always looking for new games. I have sold alot of MK8 but no consoles. I try but when people see the small wall space for Wii U thats been out almost 2 years they say the same thing every time I try to sell one. Not enough games or I don't want to play those games. We have a Mario Kart 8 2player kiosk and only Nintendo fans play it most kids don't care. When I try to get them to play it instead of messing up my walls the say no thank you. I like MK8 picked it up day one. But it's not as good people act like it is. It doesn't wow me. They need alot more than a Kart game to save Wii U. Adult zelda, Metroid, and Star Fox might be able so save it, along with 3rd party titles.
Darth, sorry to tell you but you are the minority that thinks mario kart 8 isn't great, also you act like mario kart 8 is the only game the wii u has do a little research and you will know that the wii u has plenty amazing exclusives to go with mario kart 8. So its just not one game thats gonna save the wii u, its gonna be its amazing line up of exclusives, which will be more exclusives then ps4/xbone will have after their out a year
A year and half isn't "almost two years". Nice gap you made up there. Also, as Ramen said, you're in the minority if you think Mario Kart 8 is not that great. I respect that, it's your opinion, but don't pass it along as fact, especially considering how almost everyone loves this game. Also, Zelda, Metroid and Star Fox, COMBINED, won't sell as many copies as Mario Kart 8. You're seriously underestimating the power of Nintendo's racing franchise. For a Gamestop employee, you seem to be rather ignorant about the videogame industry. Well, nothing new to see here.
Ramen and deadfani If you read Darths post more carefully your comments would not come off as petty and uninformed as they did - Re read and try again-
@Ramen and @deadfani I'm telling you what customers say! I have a Wii U and MK8! Ok it been out 1 1/2 years there still aren't many games that make a customer have to buy one. I had a lot of customers ask for MK8 on Wii, when I tell them its exclusive to Wii U everyone of them asks 1 of 3 questions. Whats Wii U, how much is Wii U and what section is it (on the wall), do you have the Mario Kart for Wii in stock. When I try to sell Wii Us I alway talk about how high the ratings are for the games and tell them I like mine. They don't care. Most just ask what games are like it on their Wii. Our Wii U kiosk has the most demos by far, way more than the PS4 and X1 kiosk combined no one touches that thing unless I make just really push it on them,and Gamestop already wants me to be pushy enough. Also guys I probably know more about gaming than you ever will. I have played and beat most of our games, I have owned every major concole since Atari, i been playing Mmos since ultima, gtfo!
Yet, you make ignorant comments. smh.
I'm not a big mariokart fan, but the game is phenomenal. You sound like you don't have any games. I'll take Indies over 3rd party forever. If you like 3rd party games then PC is the way to go. Consoles are for exclusives, but you already knew that because you work at gamestop... sizzle
Wow, 325k copies over 3 days (MK8 released May 29th in Japan). Those are some very impressive numbers.
Great number for MK8, but Wii U sold less than 20k? Consoles are almost dead in Japan.
console gaming seems to definitely be on the decline, but MK8 was only available for half of the time reported, so numbers may be a little low as a result.
No matter how you try and spin it, that hardware boost for Wii U is extremely poor. Even I was expecting the hardware boost to be higher than that.
@Knushwood - yep, wasn't as high as I wanted either. Let's wait and see how the numbers hold up over the next few weeks before we call it a failure. Obviously the install base in Japan is quite a bit considering the game moved close to 350k in Japan.
MK8 itself has done well, but looks like it has only sold to existing Wii U owners. This week I'd imagine Persona on 3DS will take the top spot. Then there's a 3DS Pokemon spin off, and Watch Dogs at the end of the month which will probably do OK in Japan. If word of mouth is good and Nintendo keep advertising (like they always do) then they could keep some momentum, but if they don't shift Wii U hardware there'll be nobody left to buy MK8.
@Knushwood Butt Amazes me seeing anyone disagree with you, some people cannot face reality at all. Those numbers are extremely poor. You people think I didn't want it to do way better? F*ck yea I did but it just didn't, why is that so hard to accept. Obviously the software is selling great but once again it just isn't moving that many Wii U's and that could be a problem. To know it sold almost double these numbers last year and people said it was doing poorly then, that boggles my mind how people are saying its doing good now with sales like this with one of its biggest releases. When in reality its selling worse than it did last year with bigger games.
It's worth noting that Wii U was the highest selling hardware in Japan, that includes both 3DS and Vita. It seems hardware in general just isn't doing well if these numbers really aren't good for Wii U.
The hardware boost will obviously be low considering its Japan. Do a little research and it will show that consoles are almost obsolete in Japan. So many people playing mobile games over there, it is ridicules. If there will be any boost in hardware sells its probably gonna come from North America and Europe.
still 3x as many than the PS4. Quite impressive considering home console gaming is a much smaller market in japan.
Nobody sees that
Only 2 days are shown for the chart. I wouldn't say that yet it could still have a swift rise for a few weeks.
Fantastic sales of Mario Kart 8. http://i.minus.com/ieWvNy6m... WII U rise!
Funny gif but I disagree with the all coming back from the dead piece.
the Wii u is not dead, people like to compare next gen sell and since wii u is last and release early they think its dead. I can guarantee the wii u might come in last place in sells but it will have more gems then the ps4/xbone.
Technically Nintendo is still taking Japan on all fronts.. as bad as it looks... spinny, spinny, spin-spin. MK8 won't be the worst selling edition to the franchise. That's quite a feat considering WiiU's death... spin, spin.. I'm still betting breaking 10 million. Hell, even Forbes called it a "Golden bullet"... spin, spin, spin... Damn, it!! ... all those banana peels... ... spin
Persona Q comes out tomorrow. Hope that game does well. It will help Atlus see that there is a Persona fan base on 3DS.
Also Youkai Watch 2
Wii U is what it is...but PS3 outsold PS4... How's this for spin: Wii U outsold all other home consoles, combined.
Yeah, I was gonna say. People are saying Wii U sales aren't good but it vastly outsold all the other hardware in Japan. I don't personally know what to make of it, but a boost is a boost is a boost. Wii U is the best selling hardware in Japan right now. Someone should try to spin that one.
Allow me to spin it: - "But I play games, not sales!! Wii U haz no gaemz!!!" - "But it has Wonderful 101, Donkey Kong, Zelda HD, Mario 3D World, this Mario Kart, Mario Bros U, Zombi U, Lego City Underc---" - "NAH NAH NAH NAH NAH NAH NAH I CAN'T HEAR YOU!" *Goes back to posting how much he loves all the games that still haven't come to the PS4, and how many gazillion billion consoles it has sold to date. PS4 FOREVA!!!!*
Obviously home console sales have been terrible in Japan so selling 19 k last week is good .....for Japan. But the other consoles are making up for a weak Japanese market by selling more in the rest of the world and but the Wii u is not So it is all relative - 19 k greatt for Japan but really doesn't get the Wii u much closer to critical mass- A few weeks over 100 k worldwide this time of year will help though
@Deafdani You forgot the "Z" at the end of "FOREVA" lol "Funny" 0P @Randomass "Well Said"
I am curious to see Watch Dogs numbers in Japan.
Those sales are not even a full week sales, people claim down and wait for the results At least it's number one in Japan I'm really expecting a really big boost in North America and Europe. Remember mostly people prefer handheld in Japan yall still hadn't figured it out.
Did yall read when it says 5/26 - 6/1 remember mario kart came out 5/29 so that's 4 days of sales of mario kart yall people stop panicking
Key points to remember about Japan. 1. No Mario kart 8 bundle. 2. 29th - 1st = 4 days 3. 19,000 new systems sold at a profit.
Could you direct me to any link or otherwise that Nintendo says they are selling the Wii u at a profit. According to Iwata ( the most recent investor Q and A) the Wii u is still being sold at a loss w the exception of last years remaining inventory that was already written down)
The latest sales forecast Nintendo clearly stated that the WiiU is now profitable and not being sold at a loss. Let's not backtrack and stay with the times people!
I am sorry, call me negative but I don't see how people are saying this is good, sure the software is selling but I honestly expected so much more. Sadly again the hardware is barely moving. I feared this would happen but as usual I just get labeled as a troll for being concerned and realistic about the sales (I even predicted it would do these numbers), to me, saying because the sales are only days in is just another hopeful excuse in my book. Bottom line the system should have saw a big increase in sales on the day the game released and even days after its still very low. A couple more days or even another week is not seriously going to make a huge difference obviously. I can't be as blind with optimism as some of you are being, these are terrible numbers for such a big release, no matter how you look at it. It is just worrisome that some of you don't take this more seriously and see this as good numbers. Someone asked the question can the Wii U survive on good software sales only? I think that is a good question because right now that looks like its future.
perhaps... but games like this have legs. So every new Wii U owner is going to want to get this game. Sure maybe it hasn't moved that many Wii U units in Japan so far, but 350k copies sold is like a 20-25% attachment rate over there. We will see over the coming weeks how the Wii U hardware does.
Honestly how many Wii U games are people going to say this for? I mean honestly Neo, ask yourself how many Wii U games people have said this for that just aren't pulling the weight anymore. I am sorry people, I am really am but dang this just ain't looking good. I am about to give up on Japan though altogether, they can have their damn smartphones if that is the future of gaming they want.
@slivery - NSMBU crossed the 4 million mark not too long ago... how many millions do these games have to sell before they are considered a success? The PS4 and XB1 can only dream of having a first party game that sells that many copies on an install base this big. SM3DW surpassed 2 million and MK8 crossed 1 million in less than 2 days. Those are impressive numbers for a console you claim that nobody is buying.
This is Japan, home console sales aren't that great there in the first place. It's not just the Wii U that's selling poorly. The UK saw a 666% increase, which is fantastic. Japan's sales only doubled, not so good. It'll be interesting to see what effect Mario Kart has on the U.S. as well.
I can relatively say this at the PS4 as well, its tracking below Wii U and PS3 is outselling it. There's a massive heat have in Japan as well which is one of the causes. Don't be surprised if the 3DS and Vita outsold the Wii U and PS4 at the end of this gen in Japan. Consoles ain't looking to well in there man. So at this point stopping being on the Wii U's case its happening to the PS4 as well.
WTF? Did I ever bring up the PS4 or say the PS4 was doing good in Japan? No, so how about instead of using another console that is selling just as poorly as some sort of example, you focus on what the article is actually about. The Wii U. I will tell you the exact same thing about the PS4, I am not handing it any free passes either, so that has nothing to do with anything.
Lol, slivery, calm down. You talked about the Wii U's sales in Japan as if it was reflective of it's overall sales. Well, going by sales in Japan, Microsoft is barely selling anything and the PS4 is behind the PS3. Obviously not the case. Why don't you wait for the sales in other regions before passing overall judgement on the Wii U? I'm not saying the sales are good, just that it's not reflective on how the game preformed worldwide.
lol heat wave. Yeah, maybe there is hardware supply constraint too. /s
@slivery Why are you getting antsy about someone bringing up the PS4? This post concerns all hardware sales in Japan this week, not just Wii U. Personally I'm disappointed that PS4 is not doing so hot over there, but it just doesn't have Japanese-centric games right now, just like the Vita did for a while. Wii U just got its first killer app and now it's the best selling hardware in Japan. I don't see why everyone is trying to downplay this fact.
It's one of those typical sony fanboys act like they don't care but defend it till dead
@slivery Well thanks for the Reply because it looked like you were going Ham on the Wii U only. Another correction: the article isn't about Wii U. Its about Consoles sales of Japan of the Week that has gone by. That is why i said something about the PS4. But its cool bro.
Mario Kart 8 deserves the sales. It makes me laugh how people continue to try and downplay the game as well as the Wii U. Congrats Nintendo you have another hit on your hands.
I was expecting way more out of Japan. I'm not sure WiiU will bounce high enough to take any lead globally, but it could've been much worse for Nintendo considering.
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