Is Mario Kart 8 a system seller? In the UK we appear to have that answer. While the Wii U has pretty much been non-existent in sales in the UK, that all changed this past weekend. Mario Kart 8 finished the week, despite only two days of sales, as the #2 selling game for the week, beating out a few versions of Watch Dogs. The Wii U itself saw a massive 666% increase in sales – of course many might note that 666% more of nothing is still… nothing. Then again, a staggering 88% of the Wii U’s that sold were the Mario Kart 8 Bundle… so it likely had its best sales week since launch.

This is obviously a good sign for Nintendo, as Mario Kart 8 will probably move many consoles in other territories as well. The real question is how long the sales boost will last. Now that we’re past launch, are we still going to see high Wii U sales this week, next week, and beyond? I would love to think so, but I feel Nintendo would need another bigger game to come out at the end of this month for that to occur. Who knows? That may even be possible. Even something like Bayonetta 2 arriving at the end of this month would surely help momentum, at least a little bit.

What do you think – is this a short lived boost, or will we see continued momentum the rest of the year?

Our Verdict

Nathanial Rumphol-Janc
I am the current Editor-in-Chief of Zelda Informer and have been running the show here since July 16th, 2008. I've actually been running Zelda Fan sites since 1998, so I've been in this "industry" for roughly 16 years. I'm 28 years old and have two kids, one biological, the other more of a step daughter (not legally yet, but practically). I live with my girlfriend and our two kids (Aiden, age 1 and half, Melody age 3 and half). I'm attending college to create video games web applications, and I naturally love Nintendo (I run a Zeld a website after all!). For those curious, I currently own a Wii U, Xbox One, 3DS, PlayStation 3, and a gaming PC (and a gaming capable laptop too!). I do plan to eventually get a PlayStation 4, likely when more comes out I am interested in playing on the system. I do play the Wii U more than any other system I own.


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