On May 30th, Mario Kart 8 launched around the world to global acclaim, garnering some of the strongest review scores in the history of the series. Following this, Nintendo has today reported that the game sold more than 1.2 million total units across Japan, Europe and The Americas from Thursday, 29th May to Sunday, 1st June.
“Such positive early feedback for Mario Kart 8 reinforces the great gameplay experiences that Wii U currently offers,” said Nintendo of Europe president Satoru Shibata. “With Nintendo set to showcase its future releases at E3 next week, this is a great milestone going into the summer season.”
Prior to Mario Kart 8, the seven titles that have launched previously in the series have combined to sell more than 100 million total units, an average of more than 14 million units per title. 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.
So MK8 has sold incredibly well, no the Wii U isn’t saved, but if games like Smash Bros, Bayonetta 2, X, and Zelda do the same type of sales or better, then maybe Nintendo can salvage something from the Wii U.