Wii U

This Week In Sales: Even Mario Kart 8 Can’t Help Wii U Sales


Period: The week of May 26th – June 1st (2014)

Top-seller: Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) – 325,892

Nintendo 3DS sales: 4,957 | Total sales: 9,501,187

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 18,776 | Total sales: 6,103,282

PlayStation Vita sales: 12,859 | Total sales: 2,821,901

Vita TV sales: 1,098 | 1142,75

Wii U sales: 19,312 | Total sales: 1,764,866

PlayStation 4 sales: 6,508 | 587,690

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Mario Kart 8 was released in Japan on May 29th for the Wii U, and the game sold 325,892 copies. That’s a fairly decent amount, but unfortunately it’s also significantly lower than its predecessors.


Here’s how Mario Kart 8’s first week compares to the opening week sales of Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7:


Mario Kart Wii (2008) – 593,576

Mario Kart 7 (2011) – 423,619


The argument could be made that Mario Kart Wii on the Wii and Mario Kart 7 on the Nintendo 3DS debuted on platforms that had sold far more many units than the Wii U has, which is why the new game’s opening sales were lower. Unfortunately, another fact that must be taken into consideration is that Mario Kart 8’s release barely helped Wii U hardware sales.


The Wii U sold just 19,312 units for the week—lower than the Nintendo 3DS during a week where the 3DS had no new games released for it. That isn’t a good sign, and it brings back some rather unfortunate memories of Super Mario 3D World, another major Wii U game that started out slow and failed to turn the system’s fortunes around.


In the coming months, Nintendo will release Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors and Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. I doubt Bayonetta and Hyrule Warriors will do much to help sales in Japan, so at this point, it looks as though all hopes are riding on Smash to help pull the platform out of dire straits.


The top-20 software sales chart for last week is as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Mario Kart 8325,892NewWiiUNintendo
New02.Mobile Suit Gundam: Side Stories82,048NewPS3Bandai Namco
03.03.Yo-kai Watch36,8681,020,8773DSLevel 5
New 04.Planet Destroyer Black Heart28,397NewPSVCompile Heart
01.05.Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Challenge of the Blue Samurai27,40663,062PS3Konami
05.06.Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Challenge of the Blue Samurai12,26529,0283DSKonami
02.07.Infamous: Second Son8,62243,423PS4Sony
06.08.[email protected]: One For All6,910102,793PS3Bandai Namco
New 09.Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!!6,273NewPS3Arc System Works
11.10.Mario Party: Island Tour6,064383,9893DSNintendo
New11.Heart no Kuni no Alice: Wonderful Twin World5,920NewPSPQuinrose
New12.Nobunaga’s Ambition: Creation5,648NewPSVTecmo Koei
10.13.Mario Golf: World Tour5,38898,6663DSNintendo
07.14.Moero Chronicle5,16047,609PSVCompile Heart
12.15.Pokémon X and Y4,9604,073,9153DSPokémon Co.
09.16.Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Challenge of the Blue Samurai4,55211,798PSPKonami
16.17.Mario Kart 74,4062,326,9443DSNintendo
04.18.To Love-Ru Darkness: Battle Ecstasy3,96326,289PSVFuRyu
08.19.Amnesia World3,89812,548PSPIdea Factory
15.20.Kirby Triple Deluxe3,858592,4223DSNintendo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.