Mario Kart 8 Sells Over 1.2 Million Units on Launch Weekend

Nintendo fans around the world held their collective breath this weekend as they purchased copies of Mario Kart 8 and loaded it up… would it be all that they hoped for? Was it worth the wait? Apparently so, because between the Japanese release on May 29th (North American on May 30th) and June 1st, Mario Kart 8 sold over 1.2 million copies around the world.

That puts this brand new game at the sixth bestselling Wii U game to date. Nintendo has also released some numbers that highlight how the first seven Mario Kart games have a combined total of over 100 million units sold—Mario Kart DS sold a ridiculous 23.56 million copies, and Mario Kart Wii sold 35.53 million copies. The most recent installment before the new game, Mario Kart 7, sold 9.62 million.

Now, presently Nintendo’s userbase for Wii U is only sitting at 6.17 million units, but this past weekend has, so far at least, seen an increase in Wii U sales with the release of the new Mario Kart game.

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime released a statement about what they’ve seen so far, and it’s all smiles and cheering at this point:

“The early response to Mario Kart 8 demonstrates that the best days for Wii U are still ahead. 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!”

Here’s to keeping the momentum going… and remember, no snaking! Nobody likes a snake…


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Micah has been playing games since his first pong machine, and has been writing for as long as he could grip a pencil and not drool on the paper. So, for about a week.

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