Mario Kart 8 Top Seller In US; Wii U Sales Are Up – Estimates around 140k
One cannot help, but think that the tides are turning in Nintendo’s favor. NPD has released it’s number (not to the public), and for once it is good news for the Wii U. Via press release, Nintendo has proudly announced that Mario Kart 8 is the best selling SKU in the US. During the month of June, Mario Kart 8 has sold 470 000 units in retailers and through digital means. Since the launch of Mario Kart 8 – the system seller has sold a combined total of 885, 000.
“After firing out of the gate at the end of May, Mario Kart 8 had an even stronger second lap. The game was the top-selling physical software SKU in the U.S. in June, and sold more than 470,000 physical and digital units. This brings its lifetime total to more than 885,000 units in the U.S. alone. Mario Kart 8 is also driving new momentum for the Wii U platform and its library of great titles, which includes an industry-best 15 games with a Metacritic score of 85 or higher. “
More importantly, Hardware sales of the Wii U are up by 373% over June 2013. Furthemore, Wii U sales during the first half are up by 129% over the same period in 2013.
“Sales of hardware and software in June 2014 were up 233 percent and 373 percent, respectively, over June 2013. For the first half of the year, total sales of Wii U hardware and software have increased by 48 percent and 129 percent, respectively, over the same period in 2013.”
Scott Moffit of Nintendo attributes the growth in sales to the release of Mario Kart 8, and has full confidence that the game can drive hardware sales well into the future.
“These results reinforce the power of the Mario Kart franchise and speak to a bright future for the Wii U platform,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “History has shown that Mario Kart games tend to have an extremely long tail. We fully expect Mario Kart 8 to continue to drive momentum for our hardware and software business through the holidays and into the foreseeable future.”
The 3DS has also enjoyed a good June with sales up by 55% over the previous Month – citing good numbers from Tomodachi Life.
Nintendo 3DS also had a strong month: Hardware sales in June increased by more than 55 percent over sales in May, and Tomodachi Life sold more than 175,000 combined physical and digital units after launching on June 6.
Furthermore, Nintendo is looking forward to strong sales in the future, with the release of Amiibo’s Hyrule Warriors, Bayonnetaa 2, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Super Smash Bros For Wii U leading up to the holiday season.
Looking ahead to the rest of 2014, Wii U has a great lineup of upcoming games and amiibo, Nintendo’s foray into the toys-to-life category, that will help Nintendo build on its Mario Kart 8 momentum. Notable titles on the way include: Hyrule Warriors (Sept. 26), Bayonetta 2 (October), Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Holiday) and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Holiday). Likewise, three of the most anticipated games of the year are coming exclusively to Nintendo 3DS in 2014: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Oct. 3) and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (Nov. 21).
Overall, I am very happy to see that the Wii U has picked up steam. According, to some estimates (mainly those that have access at Neogaf) – the Wii U has sold around 140k, which is fantastic considering that it averaged in the 60k mark without Mario Kart 8 in the months before.
Are you happy with the growth in sales? Is Nintendo changing the fate of the Wii U? Let me know!