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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Mario Kart 8 325,892 New WiiU Nintendo
New 02. Mobile Suit Gundam: Side Stories 82,048 New PS3 Bandai Namco
03. 03. Yo-kai Watch 36,868 1,020,877 3DS Level 5
New 04. Planet Destroyer Black Heart 28,397 New PSV Compile Heart
01. 05. Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Challenge of the Blue Samurai 27,406 63,062 PS3 Konami
05. 06. Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Challenge of the Blue Samurai 12,265 29,028 3DS Konami
02. 07. Infamous: Second Son 8,622 43,423 PS4 Sony
06. 08. [email protected]: One For All 6,910 102,793 PS3 Bandai Namco
New 09. Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! 6,273 New PS3 Arc System Works
11. 10. Mario Party: Island Tour 6,064 383,989 3DS Nintendo
New 11. Heart no Kuni no Alice: Wonderful Twin World 5,920 New PSP Quinrose
New 12. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Creation 5,648 New PSV Tecmo Koei
10. 13. Mario Golf: World Tour 5,388 98,666 3DS Nintendo
07. 14. Moero Chronicle 5,160 47,609 PSV Compile Heart
12. 15. Pokémon X and Y 4,960 4,073,915 3DS Pokémon Co.
09. 16. Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Challenge of the Blue Samurai 4,552 11,798 PSP Konami
16. 17. Mario Kart 7 4,406 2,326,944 3DS Nintendo
04. 18. To Love-Ru Darkness: Battle Ecstasy 3,963 26,289 PSV FuRyu
08. 19. Amnesia World 3,898 12,548 PSP Idea Factory
15. 20. Kirby Triple Deluxe 3,858 592,422 3DS Nintendo


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.