Recent Articles: Mario Kart 8

Almost 3 million copies of Mario Kart 8 sold, but Wii U continues to struggle


Mario Kart 8 is an unqualified hit. Nintendo has announced that the latest entry in the kart-racing franchise has sold more than 2.82 million copies since its release in May. Even more astonishing is the fact that it accounts for 64% of all Wii U game sales in the April-June quarter. To make that number even more ridiculous, remember that Mario Kart 8 was released towards the end of May, so it’s only been available for a little more than a month.

While it’s good news for kart-racing fans everywhere, it’s bad news for everybody else. With Mario Kart 8 sucking up all the attention these past few weeks, every other Wii U game in existence could only account for 1.57 copies sold in the past three months.

Nintendo isn’t faring much better on the hardware front. The Wii U checked off about 510,000 console sales in the April-June quarter, bringing the worldwide total to 6.68 million. That’s not bad, but it’s still well behind the PS4 (and Nintendo’s expectations).

Perhaps a packed Fall, which begins with Hyrule Warriors on September 26, will turn things around.

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Nintendo opens up Mario Kart 8 Comic-Con tournament to the masses


If you can’t be at Comic-Con this year, you can still get in on some of the action if you have a Wii U. Announced in a recent tweet, Nintendo will be opening up the live Mario Kart 8 tournaments to anyone who wants to join… so long as they own a Wii U, and a copy of the game.

The tournaments will start this Friday, with a number of game modes and events, including Bob-ombs only, Frantic Mode, and straight out of a slapstick movie from the 20′s, Banana’s Only. Participants will be taking on the best players from San Diego all weekend, Friday through Sunday. Anyone wishing to join the fun should enter the game’s Tournament Mode, and enter the codes corresponding to the desired event.

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June 2014 NPD: Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 are the top-selling titles once again


Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 once again reign supreme over the monthly sales chart as The NPD Group has confirmed the two titles were #1 and #2, respectively, in their June 2014 top-selling games report. The two games were part of a trend that included other May releases such as Minecraft (#3) and Wolfenstein: The New Order (#7).

The only June releases to crack the top ten were EA Sports UFC (#4) and Tomodachi Life (#9),

With Microsoft’s Kinect-less Xbox One hit store shelves in June, so the battle between the next-generation heated up just as the thermometer did. According to Joystiq, the PS4 once again topped the Xbox One, though all console sales more than doubled (a 106% increase, to be exact) the month of May. Ultimate, the entire industry saw a 24% increase in sales over the last month… and that includes a big jump in Wii U hardware sales too.

You can view the complete top ten chart for the month of June after the break. (more…)

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Mario Kart 8 Mercedes GLA DLC officially coming to US this Summer

The Mario Kart 8/Mercedes GLA commercial is still as terrifying now as it was three weeks ago. But now, the terror is closer than ever. Nintendo has announced that the DLC will be available in the US this Summer:

Look at that picture! Mario’s nefarious, wild-eyed and angry expression is only a prelude to his murderous overtures. Like he’s going to pull off to the side of the road and pretend he has car trouble. Then, when someone stops, he’s going to stab them with a hook and shove them into the GLA’s roomy trunk. The 14.9 cubic foot trunk of the GLA has enough space for Bowser, Yoshi, and Princess Peach. With the seats folded down, the trunk expands to 29.5 cubic feet, enough room for Donkey Kong too… if he sees something he shouldn’t have.

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Watch Dogs hacks its way into our hearts as the best-selling game of May 2014


We were already pretty aware of the fact that a lot of copies of Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 were sold in the last week of May. Now, the NPD Group has made it official by releasing their official report of the best-selling games of May 2014.

Not surprisingly, Watch Dogs took the gold while Mario Kart 8 had to settle for the silver. The top ten was populated by several other May releases including Wolfenstein: The New Order (#4) and Kirby: Triple Deluxe (#9). A retail release of Minecraft on the PS3 also pushed that game back into the top five (#5, to be exact).

According to Joystiq, the NPD Group also confirmed that the PS4 has outsold the Xbox One for the fifth straight month. You can view the complete top ten list from the month of May after the break. (more…)

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Mario Kart 8 Review: Nintendo Is (Almost) Firing On All Cylinders With This Sequel


It’s a safe bet that the gaming public has some idea what to expect from a game whose title ends in a numeral that many people subconsciously pair with the phrase “Is Enough.” Such is the case with Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8. At a time in the franchise’s lifecycle when most publishers would attempt to hide how long the series has been running with a clever subtitle, Nintendo comes right out and says, “Yeah, this is the eighth Mario Kart game, you wanna make something of it?” (more…)

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Happy Friday! Have some hilarious Luigi Death Stare videos

Jason Schreier over at Kotaku has done the Internet a great service by compiling a bunch of Luigi Death Stare videos (some of these are NSFW, because of cursing!). I dare you to watch these and keep a straight face. Make sure your volume is up – wayyyy up.

You can see Luigi’s Death Stare in the new Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U.

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Mario Kart 8 now the fastest-selling Wii U game after 1.2 million copies sold over first weekend


In the kart race that is the 8th Generation Console War, Nintendo picked up a Blue Shell over the weekend in the form of Mario Kart 8. The latest addition to Nintendo’s popular racing franchise bowled over the competition and sold 1.2 million copies in its first three days of availability across North America, Europe, and Japan. That makes it the fastest-selling Wii U game ever and the seventh Nintendo-published title to sell more than a million copies.

“The early response to Mario Kart 8 demonstrates that the best days for Wii U are still ahead,” said Nintendo of America President and COO 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!”

So I guess that ultra-creepy live-action commercial actually increased sales of Mario Kart 8. Mean Mario means business!

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