Mario Kart 8 is on a Roll: Sells More Than 1.2 Million Units Worldwide Over First Weekend

  Mario Kart 8 is on a Roll: Sells More Than 1.2 Million Units Worldwide Over
  First Weekend

Latest Entry in Venerable Franchise is Now the Fastest-Selling Wii U Game Ever

Business Wire

REDMOND, Wash. -- June 2, 2014

Momentum is spelled M-A-R-I-O K-A-R-T.

The Mario Kart 8 game for the Wii U console just launched around the world to
global acclaim, earning some of the strongest review scores in franchise
history, including becoming the 14^th Wii U game to launch in the U.S. with a
Metacritic score of 85 or higher. Nintendo reported today that the game sold
more than 1.2 million* total units across Japan, Europe and the Americas
during its first weekend on the market.**

“The early response to Mario Kart 8 demonstrates that the best days for Wii U
are still ahead,” said Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime.
“This year’s E3 is just days away, and it will be all about the future games
for Nintendo platforms. This milestone is a great place to start!”

Prior to Mario Kart 8, the seven games that have launched previously in the
series have combined to sell more than 100 million total units worldwide. This
includes two of the best-selling video games of all time: Mario Kart Wii for
Wii and Mario Kart DS for the Nintendo DS family of systems. The full list
includes:

Title                      System              Global Sales (as of
                                                   3/31/14)
Super Mario Kart           Super Nintendo      8.76 million
Mario Kart 64              Nintendo 64         9.87 million
Mario Kart Advance         Game Boy Advance    5.91 million
Mario Kart: Double         Nintendo GameCube   6.88 million
Dash!!
Mario Kart DS              Nintendo DS         23.56 million
Mario Kart Wii             Wii                 35.53 million
Mario Kart 7               Nintendo 3DS        9.62 million
                                             Total: 100.13 million
                                              

*Based on Nintendo’s internal sales figures.

**Mario Kart 8 launched on Thursday, May 29, in Japan and Friday, May 30,
across Europe and the Americas.

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launched the Nintendo Entertainment System^™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.2
billion video games and more than 670 million hardware units globally,
including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as
well as the Game Boy^™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi^™ and
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systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known,
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