Pre-orders of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U are at a record high and have beaten pre-order numbers for Mario Kart 8, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told Bloomberg in a recent interview. As a result, Nintendo expects Wii U hardware sales to be significant this holiday season.
“The launch of Mario Kart 8 has essentially doubled our Wii U sales year-on-year,” Fils-Aime tells Bloomberg. “Our expectation is that the sell-through for Smash is going to be very strong, certainly on par with what we saw with Mario Kart 8. We think the impact on hardware will be similarly dramatic.”
Nintendo hopes Wii U’s increased sales could spark more interest from third-party publishers to want to hopefully supply high-profile games onto the console. “Consumers buy the hardware so they can play the software,” Fils-Aime said. “When you have a robust library of games, that’s when consumers jump in.”