Mario Kart 8 quadrupled Wii U sales in opening week

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Mario Kart 8 has gotten good buzz, but it has been difficult to tell if it was the elusive system seller the Wii U really needs. The answer, according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, appears to be "yes."

Fils-Aime told Polygon that Wii U sales quadrupled the week after the release of Mario Kart, as compared to the week prior. Wii U sales weren't doing all that hot to begin with, of course, but a four-fold increase is still impressive. 18% of Wii U owners purchased a copy of Mario Kart 8 in the first weekend, as compared to a 2-7% adoption rate for previous Mario Karts in their respective opening weekends.

Fils-Aime says he expects the impact of Mario Kart to continue well into the future, given that Nintendo games tend to enjoy steadily consistent sales instead of the sharp drop-off of many triple-A releases.

"It's one of the things I have to do with certain media, remind them, look, for us, the drive toward the holiday began a couple of weeks ago with Mario Kart 8," he said. "And that's off to a fantastic start. For us, on a global basis, and certainly here in the United States, it's driving hardware, which is great to see."

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    June 16, 2014 7:36 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Mario Kart 8 quadrupled Wii U sales in opening week.

    Mario Kart 8 has gotten good buzz, but it has been difficult to tell if it was the elusive system seller the Wii U really needs. The answer,...

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      June 16, 2014 8:06 AM

      Well sure, when you're selling two a week and it jumps to eight, that's a solid gain right there

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      June 16, 2014 8:27 AM

      Its so good too. And it's really impressive how good the game looks too. The WiiU is an odd duck of a console but when it's on point, it's pretty awesome.

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        June 16, 2014 8:45 AM

        It's all about playing to the hardware's strenghts. Wii U has a slow CPU but a decent GPU. So just keep the physics simple and you're golden.

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        June 16, 2014 9:50 AM

        Mario Kart and Super Mario 3D World are both perfect games. The art direction is triple A, and the gameplay is pure unadulterated fun. Some of the other games currently available are just slightly less awesome in my opinion (Super Mario/Luigi U, Rayman Legends, Wind Waker, Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze), but when it comes to current gen consoles, the Wii U is by far the best at the moment, at least if you're a fan of colorful platformers like I am. The console just has a lot of great exclusives right now. Rayman may not be an exclusive, but in my opinion its utilization of the gamepad is better than any first party efforts and it makes the Wii U version unique.

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        June 16, 2014 10:04 AM

        Yup. If it wasn't $300 I'd totally get one.

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        June 16, 2014 10:05 AM

        I'd buy one today if they started selling Wavebirds for d'bitch.

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          June 16, 2014 10:16 AM

          The Pro controller is pretty great.

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          June 16, 2014 12:28 PM

          Pro Controller is pretty ace. I prefer it over the fancy gamepad if the game doesn't need it.

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            June 16, 2014 12:33 PM

            yyyup. pro controller for Mario Kart with the Wii U pad right next to me for the map

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              June 16, 2014 7:54 PM

              I've really been liking the pad as a controller. The wide grip with the wonderfully wide trigger buttons seem pretty comfortable to me.

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                June 16, 2014 8:13 PM

                My hand cramps like hell if I use the face buttons and not the right stick for the gas in MK8 when using the Pad.

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                  June 16, 2014 8:28 PM

                  Ah, that sucks. I'll sometimes notice if I'm holding the gas button too hard and my finger gets sore, but that's all it is and ergonomically everything else is fine.

                  I think I like being able to have my hands further apart or something. I think I liked playing stuff like double dash with the nunchuk too.

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          June 16, 2014 8:39 PM

          They are going to sell a gamecube controller adapter for it, so if you still have a wavebird you may be in luck. I do. Though the Pro controller is damn good and you should try that.

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            June 16, 2014 8:50 PM

            So far, the only game compatible with the GC adapter is Smash Bros. It would be awesome if Nintendo patched support into Mario Kart though.

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              June 16, 2014 8:55 PM

              Yeah, I'm aware. But they've been doing that recently - they patched Pro controller support into Mario U, etc.

              But yeah, we'll see.

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        June 16, 2014 12:36 PM

        it's weird to think the last generation of consoles have had more or less had the same power as the wii u for a while now, but most games on either of them never bothered to really try to make visuals that are as pleasant-looking as the stuff you find on the Wii U. kinda makes me wish Nintendo had been doing it since the wii.

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          June 16, 2014 3:23 PM

          I'm pretty sure the Wii U a bit more capable than the PS3/360.

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            June 16, 2014 4:17 PM

            whatever, i was making more a comment about the art direction/style.

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            June 16, 2014 5:38 PM

            CPU-wise it's absolutely not. GPU is marginally better, but not enough to really matter. last gen games that were built specifically for their hardware can easily look that good (ie: The Last of Us)

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              June 16, 2014 6:54 PM

              the main thing the Wii U has over last gen is 2GB memory...

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      June 16, 2014 10:03 AM

      I picked up the game this weekend, got pikman 3 with the deal. Sweet game so far.

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      June 16, 2014 10:12 AM

      I've been seriously considering a Wii U ever since E3. Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Mario 3D World, Pikmin, new Zelda, Yoshi all look like lots of fun.

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        June 16, 2014 10:19 PM

        Do it. It's awesome. The screen remote is very convenient to play games while someone is watching TV.

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        June 16, 2014 10:32 PM

        Its a great system. MK8 + free game is a crazy deal right now.

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      June 16, 2014 3:40 PM

      It was the title that made me get a Wii U. So fun and frustrating all at the same time.

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      June 16, 2014 3:43 PM

      That's good to hear. I want the Wii U to succeed.

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      June 16, 2014 4:11 PM

      It's really fun and looks great even split screen. Glad they didn't cut and run because the games rule and I happen to like the gamepad.

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      June 16, 2014 4:17 PM

      Oh damn it's on sale on amazon for 48. I guess I should get it

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        June 16, 2014 7:51 PM

        Don't forget free Pikmin 3, Wind Waker HD, etc until 7/31.

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      June 16, 2014 4:53 PM

      It's fun but I get absolutely destroyed in multiplayer online. :<

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        June 16, 2014 8:11 PM

        Those inside-drifting bikes (like the Comet) are the way to go. Everyone with 5000+ ratings use them.

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          June 16, 2014 10:18 PM

          Wow I've only seen 1400 ratings but I always pick regional instead of worldwide.

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            June 16, 2014 10:59 PM

            The netcode is really good. I've never experience and lag while playing worldwide. The highest rating I've seen is a German with 8500.

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