Mario Kart 8 Sales Top 5 Million Units Worldwide, Over 50% Attach Rate

VGChartz's William D'Angelo: "Nintendo's flagship series, Mario Kart, has continued its success on the Wii U despite the console's limited sell-through.

Mario Kart 8 is the first Wii U game to top five million units sold worldwide at retail, according to VGChartz's latest sales data. It has taken the game 57 weeks to reach the milestone and continues to top 20,000 units sold on a weekly basis."

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PhoenixUp1209d ago ShowReplies(1)
R00bot1209d ago

That's insane. Good job! Definitely the best Mario Kart game so far, and deserves the sales.

mcstorm1209d ago

I disagree about the best mario kart so far as for me the battle mode is where it gets let down and DD is still the best mario kart game for me but if Nintendo do make battle ground dlc for the game with would beat dd. That said still love the game and love the dlc we have had for it and the price is amazing too.
Great to see Nintendo IP's selling well and that Nintendo are still making money. I really hope Nintendo stay in the console market as for me their games would not be the same on a 3rd party console.

R00bot1208d ago

I agree that the battle mode sucks. Everything else about the game is near perfect though.

bouzebbal1209d ago

Insane sales.. i'm proud to be one of them.
Great game.

FallenAngel19841209d ago (Edited 1209d ago )

Mario Kart 8 is on course to outsell the previous lowest selling installment in the series, Super Circuit. That's quite the accomplishment considering the GBA had a much bigger install base than Wii U. Heck from the look at its sales legs, Mario Kart 8 has the potential to outsell Double Dash.

StormSailor1209d ago (Edited 1209d ago )

Imagine just how this game would have sold if it had been launched also on PC. PS4 and Xbone? much more than five million, three times this or more. It's just a hypothesis, it is not necessary you make a war over this...

gamingpro1209d ago

No it probably wouldn't sell anymore if it was multi platform as most Sony fans prefer to watch games rather than play them hence all these cinematic titles.

Mario kart is game where you need to get stuck in and have some skill to win. No sitting back and pressing the occasional button every so often while watching a movie.

Mario kart is about gameplay, skill and fun so it caters to a different audience than Sony who prefer cinematic easier games with minimal involvement from the gamer.

So I doubt Mario kart 8 would sell more if it was available else were.

Crimzon1209d ago

Well I can't speak for everyone but I'd definitely buy this game if it was available on PS4. I've got a feeling that many others would as well given how starved we are for a good racing game.

I'll never buy a Wii U and I really don't think I'd buy any future Nintendo consoles either because the software support is lacking in my opinion. Nintendo make great games, but they're just not making them fast enough to justify owning their hardware. If their games were available on PS4 though? They'd see a lot of money from me.

I think Nintendo would be really surprised if they ditched the hardware side of things to focus on software, but there's no way any of us can predict their success/failure of taking that route unless they actually tried it. I've got a feeling that if the next Nintendo home console performs as poorly as the Wii U that they might start considering it.

iplay1up21209d ago (Edited 1209d ago )

Uh, your right and wrong. You can have all the skill in the world, but you will NEVER out run the blue shell.

CrowbaitBob1209d ago (Edited 1209d ago )


Every gamer I have ever known has been a huge fan of the Mario Kart franchise, since the days of the original. MK8 is an amazing game that appeals to people with a huge variety of tastes.

I've heard a lot of convoluted arguments against Nintendo going third-party before, but what you just spewed is utter nonsense.

Gemmol1209d ago

Wii it sold over 32 million before it got bundle, so we already know how much it can sell if more consoles sold. It's the number 1 selling game for this Gen for 1st party. I think Sony best selling 1st party game sold around 2 million

Concertoine1209d ago

Yeah, at the cost of developing for more platforms with a different architecture. It probably would've taken an extra year of development to release simultaneously on all those platforms, pushing the DLC back a year.

Also if this game was on those platforms, it would invalidate the Wii U version since it is much weaker. In reality these 5 million sales would probably only be increased slightly and spread across other platforms (since less would be buying the Wii U version).

StormSailor1209d ago

I had a great time with Mario Kart 8 before I sell my Wii U. And remember an uncle who came to visit my house, asked - "can I buy this Mario Kart for Xbox?" of course, he knew nothing about games and consoles, it's the kind of guy who plays only, FIFA, Forza, UFC on your Xbox. He fell in love with the game, remembered the time was playing older versions, but he said he would "not buy another console just to this nostalgic games".

Since then I started thinking, how much more Nintendo could sell if their games were on many platforms? they would sell more games that Rockstar and Activsion together? I'm sure they would be the most profitable Multi-platform Softhouse of all time. Course if he did it right and not the way that the Sega did.

wonderfulmonkeyman1209d ago (Edited 1209d ago )

Considering all the other racing games they have, and all the disdain the gamers on the other systems show for "rehashed Mario crap", I hold sincere doubts that it would sell enough, as a multiplat, to be worth jumping through all the hoops required to adapt it to pad-less systems with different architectures.

Then there's the production fees such moves would cost, in addition to any fees and content demands forced upon Nintendo by other console devs as a condition for allowing it to be put onto other systems.

Fun fact: Sony once tried to get rights to Nintendo games through their initial deal with Nintendo for a CD add-on for the SNES.
It was hidden in the fine print of the contract drawn up by Sony that any games made for that device would be owned in part by them.
Naturally, Nintendo backed out.
Sadly, Nintendo went to Phillips, resulting in a much more embarrassing series of CD-I blunders.

But I digress...

To be blunt, the minority who would pick Mario over the next realistic racer, let alone other third party games like The Witcher 3, isn't big enough to recoup the effort spent trying to cram the game onto systems it doesn't belong on.

Those who truly care for Mario Kart, will get a Nintendo system for it.
They'll support the series by supporting its home.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1209d ago

that would just prove no one cares about Sony and Microsoft exclusives if Nintendo games sold more. As a matter of fact this game sold more than any exclusives owned by Sony and Microsoft on PS4 and Xbone.

user409791209d ago

tell me, what can Wii U owners buy exept nintendo exclusives?

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1209d ago


Indies, the third parties games that are available,
buy a 3DS or Vita or PS4 or Xbone or get a great PC for third party games, buy classic third party vc games they may have missed or never beaten and etc.

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OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1209d ago

And if all four don't then that going to be very sad considering the bigger install base.

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deafdani1209d ago

And, if any game that was console-exclusive was to be launched on all platforms, instead of just one, it also would sell more than it would in a single console. HERP DERP.

Why the hell are you singling Nintendo out here? Why don't you make some insinuations about Sony and Microsoft going multiplatform as well, while you're at it?

Jeez. >_>

StormSailor1209d ago (Edited 1209d ago )

This is not obvious? But it is simple to explain, Wii U sold poorly, perhaps the most commercially failed console from Nintendo and will soon be buried prematurely, MK8 sold well, but several other games in the Wii U will be forgotten and played by a few people, they deserved to have sold more on a platform with largest installed base and with more years of breathing to come.

marloc_x1209d ago

I think the platforms you mentioned..
.. would have a tough time rendering this much fun 😉

deafdani1209d ago

...and I can agree with that. More people should get to enjoy their games, but that doesn't mean that they should go multiplatform. Anyway, not more than Sony or Microsoft should. Nope, I'd rather see Nintendo try again, and hope they come away with a successful console next time.

Shnazzyone1208d ago

Right? I want bloodborne on PC too. Also God of war and last of us. Guess that's it, everything xbox is already coming to pc.

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