Be excited Mario Kart fans… Nintendo has revealed that in a single weekend of availability, Mario Kart 8 has already raced past the 1.2 million unit sold (to retailers, we think) milestone, worldwide. Not a bad start for one of the more exciting Wii U game to hit the system in some time.
Read on for the announcement.
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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 14th 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 Dash!! Nintendo GameCube 6.88 million 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.
Feel the rush as your kart rockets across the ceiling. Race upside-down and along walls on anti-gravity tracks in the most action-fueled Mario Kart game yet. Take on racers across the globe and share videos of your greatest moments via Mario Kart TV.
Driving up a waterfall or across the ceiling can provide an intense adrenaline rush, but that's not all anti-gravity is good for. It also provides a wild new gameplay mechanic: if you collide into other racers in zero-g, you'll earn speed boosts worth bragging about. Upload and share your best moments and watch your friends' using Mario Kart TV. Returning features include 12-player online play, gliders, underwater racing, motorbikes, and custom karts. You can even race as Bowser's seven minions, the Koopalings.
Race along walls and upside-down on twisting anti-gravity racetracks
Share highlight videos of your greatest moments with friends via the Mario Kart TV feature and Miiverse
Race and battle with friends locally or connect online to play with random players from around the world
Fan favorite features from past Mario Kart games include gliders, underwater racing, motorbikes, mid-air tricks, and more
For the first time ever, play as all seven of Bowser's minions, the Koopalings
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