Mario Kart 8 Sells Over 1 Million Copies In Its First Weekend

Mario Kart 8 launched last week and has sold over one million copies since.

Mario Kart 8 launched last week and has sold over one million copies since.

Mario Kart 8 is the newest Mario game from Nintendo for the Wii U.  The game was released last week, May 29 in Japan, May 30 in North America and Europe, and May 31 in Australia.  

Mario Kart 8 has a great new addition of anti-gravity that allows players to drive on almost any surface.  It features bikes, gliders, and a new ATV vehicle. The game modes feature Grand Prix, Time Trials, VS Race, Battle, and online.  And, of course, you can see this wonderful Luigi death stare.

Mario Kart 8 has earned some of the best reviews of all of the 11 Mario Kart games and has a Metacritic score over 85.

Players of the game have been anticipating the newest installment in the series for a long time and skyrocketed Wii U sales 666% in the UK, 82% of those from the special Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle.  It sold over 1.22 million copies in its first weekend alone in Japan, Europe, and the Americas.  

“The early response to Mario Kart 8 demonstrates that the best days for Wii U are still ahead,” said Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime. “This year’s E3 is just days away, and it will be all about the future games for Nintendo platforms. This milestone is a great place to start!”

Mario Kart 8 was one of two major Wii U releases with Super Smash Bros. but has been deemed one of the best-selling games for the Wii U. 

Let’s hope that the upcoming E3 brings more great news from Nintendo.

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