Mario Kart 8 Reaches 2 Million Sold As Iwata Re-elected Again


Mario Kart 8, combined with the Club Nintendo offer of registering the title to earn another free game, may have been exactly the trick that Nintendo needed to revitalize sales of the Wii U. As Game Informer noted, in a recent shareholder’s meeting Nintendo announced that Mario Kart 8 has already reached 2 million software units sold directly to consumers, indicating just under a third of all Wii U owners have a copy of the game.

Furthermore, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata and 8 other executives were re-elected to their positions once again, showing continued support for Iwata’s leadership despite failing to reach sales goals and reporting major losses for the past few years.

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I think that the next 365 days (not the calendar year) will be quite telling for Nintendo and the future of the Wii U. The Amiibo program has the opportunity to more than replicate the success of what Skylanders did with NFC technology, especially with a hardcore base of supports within the Super Smash Bros community. Some of the 2015 titles shown off at E3 2014 (Xenoblade Chronicles X, Splatoon, Mario Party 10, Bayonetta 2) show real promise within the core and hardcore communities of gamers, and can prove to give the platform a second wind. I still think Super Smash Bros alone can move millions of consoles. We’ll just have to see if they can do what games like Super Mario 3D World and The Wonderful 101 couldn’t.


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