Insiders Say ‘Mario Kart 8′ And Price Drop Could Be Wii U’s Last Hope In UK

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Mario Kart 8 Wii U Last Hope In UK

It’s no surprise that right now is a tumultuous time for Nintendo. After it was recently made public that they had significantly reduced their Wii U sales forecast, many people began to question the future of the Big N. Whether this fear is founded or not, Nintendo’s position in the news is not an ideal one.

In the UK though, belief in Nintendo is slightly more positive. Members of the gaming retail sphere, speaking anonymously, have expressed their faith in the console giant’s future.

According to MCV, these industry leaders believe that a bundle containing the Wii U hardware and the highly-anticipated Mario Kart 8 at a significantly reduced price could be the move that turns everything around for Nintendo.

“A sub-£200 machine will help, and Mario Kart is desperately needed to reach the fans. We also need something revolutionary that makes use of the second screen and has mainstream appeal, which is easier said than done.”

This brings to light an interesting question though. While the second screen of the Wii U is indeed one of its key selling features, would its effective use really make a significant difference in sales? Remote play is without a doubt a useful feature in settings where multiple people share a TV, but is the average casual gamer really going to get excited about a creative use of the secondary screen?

Despite this uncertainty, the release of Mario Kart 8 ushering in an increase to Wii U sales seems like a no-brainer. Alongside Super Smash Bros. For Wii U which is also slated to release later this year (and made our list of most anticipated games for 2014), the Nintendo is about to see the release of arguably its two strongest multiplayer properties. As such, it’s not unreasonable for these UK retail members to assume that either of these games’ releases could open up the Wii U floodgates to a wider audience of people wanting to play with their friends.

The more pressing question though, is whether Nintendo will capitalize on the chance. The Wii U has already seen a price cut, but if Mario Kart 8 is to be bundled with it, another price cut would be almost a necessity in order to make the bundle more attractive to consumers. While this could definitely have a negative impact, with their recently falling stock prices, Nintendo is at a point where they need to begin making concessions if they are to remain competitive in the console circuit.

Does Nintendo need to focus more on releasing more of their beloved first-party titles? Do you think a bundle with Mario Kart 8 and a price drop could initiate the push that Nintendo needs?

Source: MCV

TAGS: Mario Kart 8, Nintendo, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Wii U

  • COREY_1993

    i dont think wii u has any chance as long as these games go to the handheld… why bother playing the same game on console? only hardcore gamers would get both versions. all of nintendos biggest franchises are coming to the 3ds… DK tropical freeze will come to it too.

    • Kaihaku

      I agree with this concern when it comes to Smash Brothers and even Donkey Kong… But I don’t think that it’s a problem with other titles like Mario Kart. I’m a big fan of Mario Kart 7 but that won’t stop me from picking up the gorgeous HD Mario Kart 8. The same is true of Super Mario 3D Land, didn’t stop me from getting Super Mario 3D World.

  • Sausage Nose

    Yes. This is all that is needed.

  • briancox

    They R fine It the end of Year One my lord this happens to all systems look at ms/sony.most of the good games start in years 2-3 then again in 5-7.if you dont own a U tou shouldnt comment on t since u havent even played it,the same games dont come to both systems and they are diffrent.also when it comes to rehash lookat halo,cod,bf,gta,final fantasy,etc…!after owning a Wii U the Pad makes the other controllers look and feel prehistoric!

  • Kaihaku

    I think that Mario Kart 8 will help…but I’m not sure that Nintendo can pull off the same strategy that it used to save the 3DS for the Wii U. That strategy boiled down to “release lots of high quality games very quickly.” I have no doubt that Nintendo can deliver on the high quality part but they are having a terrible time delivering HD games quickly. The jump to high definition has been a difficult one for them and almost every first party title has been delayed.

    I think that Nintendo either needs to get other developers in on the Wii U, which will be difficult with most third party developers abandoning the system, or they need to release a game changer – that one exclusive that gets customers to invest in the entire system. The good news for Nintendo is that all of this Wii U trouble might force them to embrace the obvious game changer that they’ve been stubbornly resisting, online multiplayer. I’m convinced that “core” gamers would buy a Wii U simply to play a Metroid title that had Halo-style online multiplayer. Even an conservative Mario title, like New Super Mario Brothers U, could be a game changer if it had robust online multiplayer. It’s a bit too obvious for Nintendo but it would work. Alternatively, they could take the more difficult route of delivering on their promise of revolutionary second screen gameplay…I’m still waiting for the FPS/RTS hybrid that the Wii U design screams for.

  • sporeboy100

    nintendo needs to stop bringing so many games to the 3DS at once!

  • Daniel Carlson

    i dont think mario will save them. i think its a bit poetic actually… they lived by mario and now mario is gonna kill them. GG, how… Shakespeare

    • Ron Dontei

      Mario is not gonna kill them you idiot. Nintendo has $4 Billion in the bank, they can afford to make a few more mistakes like the Wii u and not be sunk. Your metaphors about poetry and Shakespeare are douchey as hell

  • Marcus

    I think bundling the Wii U with Mario Kart would tremendously help sale more consoles. In addition, they need to come out with an SKU that would separate the Game pad. They would effectively destroy the key difference the console has with the other two next-gen consoles, but they could release it with half the price say $200 and release a bundle with Mario Kart for $250. There are tons of gamers, but even more parents who would be more inclined to purchase a console if it was $200 especially when you consider Big Ninty’s top franchises. In the end, Nintendo is not going anywhere as long as they produce quality games, which they continually do and always will. I do own a Ps4 and Wii U and I could safely say I am looking forward to more games on the Wii U than the Ps4.

    • Daniel Carlson

      probably the best idea i’ve heard so far. the gamepad is cool but i use the pro controller more simply because the gamepad doesnt add much depth to most games. and we still havent seen a game that can use 2 gamepads and we STILL havent seen a gamepad for sale in stores. if you break yours you have to call nintendo… and theyre 100$ its a lot to replace

  • d

    I’ll buy one for MK8.

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  • ex-sell69

    Everyone plus their dog has an idea on what Nintendo should do to make the Wii U sell more… And none of this matters! The Wii was the number 1 selling system, the 3DS is the number 1 selling system (compared to the Vita.)… It feels like people want Nintendo to die, just so they can say they were there when it happened. Besides, today’s video games (if you can call them that) take so long develop, cost a lot to make, and have to sell so many millions just to make their money back… It feel like most companies make games just to bankrupt themselves! So let’s play the game everyone in the industry loves to play: How many companies will we lose in this generation of video game systems!

  • Jimmy

    It’s not the console that is the main problem (well, maybe the price is a slight one)but the games. There isn’t a single revolutionary, new and amazing game for the Wii U only. New Super Mario Bros WiiU was just what we’ve seen on the Wii while New Super Mario Land 3d seems like a huge step back from Mario Galaxy in terms of quality. Mario Kart for WiiU looks exactly the same as the 3DS and Wii versions at the moment. Super Smash Bros 4 is perhaps the only game that has the potential to be a really great game for the WiiU but it’s not exactly revolutionary because we had Brawl, which it looks very similar to.

    Until there are more great games, I won’t be buying a Wii U. I’d love to see a completely different game that makes use of the Wii U’s features but is still related to the Mario universe. (Something that is as new/different as Mario Galaxy, Luigi’s Mansion or Mario Sunshine were)

  • TheSockRemover


    Enough said,you guys are gonna have to learn that the onsoles are betatesting projects for the handhelds.

    GBA=Super NES

    That are all the same hardware and you morons keep buying them without taking one big look at the similarities but choose to get robbed by this company.Grow up community,bye.

    • Adam Collinson

      Idiotic comment!!!. Its called technology. As it progresses handhelds and consoles improve their capabilities. Tell me, What n64game is playedon two screens with one touchscreen? Exactly. You could easily make same argument for ANY handheld but you’d still be wrong.

      • Blair

        Super Mario 64 DS….

  • Adam Collinson

    What nintendo need to do is get the message out how universal the wii u is. The can use game pad, wii remotes and traditional pro controller. So many options for all preferences. And most ppl have a few wiimotes lying around. I did when I bought my wii u so could play 4 or 5 player games without needing to buy extra controllers. It gives ppl choice.
    All the wii u neef is a huge ad campaign. Adverts during the TOP peogrammes of all genres. Show how you can play with all controllers. Show games not just families on sofas. That’s all Nintendo need.

  • MarioMan

    I have read that Nintendo is losing money on every console sold at $299, but this is the problem with the lackluster sales. When they finally get it together and reduce the price of the Wii U to $199, they will dominate the market. They must understand that this console is number 3 in quality. While we all love Nintendo, the fact is that hard core gamers are gravitating to the PS4 and Xbox1. The only people buying the Wii U are children, people who want “another” game system, and Mario fanatics. At $199, it is a no brainer. At $299, Nintendo can kiss this ill-fated attempt at a console goodbye. Let’s face it, the Wii was a mega hit. You can’t get them all right…

  • Nztp

    Hmm… 199$ seems a bit too low of a price drop for Nintendo simply because the gamepad could be a 100$ to make and the console itself for 200$. Nintendo gets away selling the wii at 120$ because the console is about 80$-90$ and the controller is 30$ 250$ would seem a reasonable price to me its not too pricey but it is moderately pricey if that makes any sense.

    • BOTRix

      You really think it cost more than $299 to manufacture Wii U? I’d be surprised if the actual real world production cost is over $100 per unit. If they are losing money it’s because of low sales volume. I’ve seen what china can manufacture for $1 and it is impressive.