It’s been a rocky couple of years for the Japanese gaming company Nintendo. After posting an operating loss for its fiscal 2013 year, the Big N has been under the gun to turn things around for the struggling Wii U platform. While some will argue that the system’s price point and name haven’t done it any favors, the true challenge Nintendo has been faced with is a lack of games for its latest home console.
One game that the house of Mario was banking on delivering big for them, and hopefully get the Wii U back on track in the process, was Mario Kart 8. And now, almost two months after launch, Nintendo has announced that the title has managed to sell over one million copies in the United States alone.
It was previously announced that Mario Kart 8 managed to sell 2.82 million units in a little over a month, which makes it interesting to learn that over one million of those sales came just from the U.S.A.. Mind you, that data was gathered last month, so sales of the racing game have likely been accumulating since then as well.
Following up with the sales milestone, Nintendo announced that Wii U sales are up 60% from the same period in 2013 and that software sales have increased more than 135% in comparison to the same time period last year as well. This is to be expected in the wake of a blockbuster of Mario Kart 8‘s stature arriving on the scene, but the numbers may still not be as high as Ninty was hoping.
Regardless, Mario Kart 8 is the second Wii U title to reach the ‘One Million Copies Sold Club’, joining the likes of New Super Mario Bros. U (which has sold 1.69 million) and cementing it as a smash-hit for the platform. Couple the game’s sales with Nintendo’s excellent E3 2014 presentation and the company is in a much better situation than it was last year.
An onslaught of exclusive games (including the likes of Hyrule Warriors and Super Smash Bros.) are also on the horizon for 2014, so things are certainly looking up for the Wii U and any gamers that own one.
Time will tell what else Nintendo has up its sleeve, but the Mario Kart series has been known to have legs given its immense popularity and widespread appeal, so the Big N is sure to let gamers and stockholders know if and when it crosses any more milestones.
Mario Kart 8 is currently available exclusively on the Nintendo Wii U.
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