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#1 Andrew G.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 15:24

Mario Kart 8 boosts UK Wii U hardware sales 666%
Game enjoys biggest week one for any Wii U title and the second best in series history
 

By Tom Ivan on Monday 2nd Jun 2014 at 10:18 AM BST

 

The UK release of Mario Kart 8 helped boost weekly Wii U sales by 666 per cent.

 

Retail monitor Chart-Track said the game recorded the highest week one sales for any Wii U title since the console's November 2012 release and the second best launch in the series' history. Mario Kart 8 hardware bundles accounted for 82 per cent of weekly Wii U sales.

 

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Nintendo will be hoping the release of Mario Kart 8 can kickstart a turnaround for the console globally following disappointing Wii U sales in the year ended March 2014.

 

Those who purchase Mario Kart 8 then register their copy on the Club Nintendo website before July 31 will receive a code to download a free Wii U game.

 

Mario Kart 8 debuted at No.2 on the UK all formats all prices chart behind Watch Dogs, which set a new IP sales record and also enjoyed the 17th highest week one sales of any game in the UK.

 

"This is Nintendo serving up unprecedented helpings of joy as only it can," we said in our Mario Kart 8 review. "Each and every track is a delight to experience," it reads, and "the master of karting is a real looker to boot."

 

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#2 Tha Bloo Monkee

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 15:32

Not surprised, it's just uphill from here for Nintendo now that the heavy hitters are going to start finally coming out.  Wait until the new Super Smash comes out as well.



#3 Jason Stillion

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 15:36

New Zelda should also be a big boon.

 

For fans of JRPG's, Monolith's X game should be a spike (not as big as AAA Nintendo title mind you). 



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 15:37

How ominous lol



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 15:38

The devil is working behind closed doors in order to boost Wii u sales  :shifty:



#6 Brian M.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 15:38

I said all along, this is the game that the Wii U should have launched with.

If this had launched at it's launch price with this instead of a copy of Nintendoland, they'd have flown off the shelves IMO.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 15:41

Does it run at 1080p? :shiftyninja:



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 15:44

Does it run at 1080p? :shiftyninja:

no, it runs at 8K  :shifty:



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 15:44

Does it run at 1080p? :shiftyninja:

 

Yes, and 60fps.



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 15:48

Yup I bought the Wii U (the first console I've bought since my n64) and Mario Kart 8 bundle over the weekend. Probably the most fun I've had gaming in a long time. Decided to get Super Mario Bros and that was quite a blast too.

Sure the Wii U isn't the most powerful gaming console but the IPs that Nintendo owns are truly fantastic. Oh and I love the gamepad.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 15:55

do you know if Wii U supports 4K video display?



#12 +Livin in a box

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 15:56

Yes, and 60fps.

720p actually...

It looks very nice though. I bought the MK8 Deluxe Wii U pack and I'm not disappointed thus far. There's so many games I just want to buy for it!

#13 Andre S.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 15:59

I must admit I was genuinely tempted to get a Wii U just for that game after I saw the reviews.

 

But then reason took over.  :(



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 16:14

I must admit I was genuinely tempted to get a Wii U just for that game after I saw the reviews.

 

But then reason took over.  :(

Oh stop I been having more fun playing the wii u over my xbox one. Id say its way better  than the wii and worth it



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 16:15

I must admit I was genuinely tempted to get a Wii U just for that game after I saw the reviews.

 

But then reason took over.  :(

 

Same here, it looks amazing and i'm desperate to pay so i am considering buying a Wii U... but as u say: reason





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