Did Mario Kart 8 Save the Wii U? I'm Not So Sure

By Ryan Winslett 2014-06-02 18:58:03 discussion comments
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When I see figures that show a jump of nearly 700 percent in Wii U sales following the release of Mario Kart 8, my first thought is, ďWell, I would certainly hope so.Ē Considering how low sales were on a weekly basis to begin with, Iím curious to see if those kinds of figures will hold strong or if they will quickly putter back down to the regular abysmal levels. I canít help but suspect this is the foreseeable future for Nintendo, considering its scant lineup through the rest of the year.

I expect a small jump following the launch of Bayonetta, but Iím not sure even that game has enough ďumphĒ to convince those who havenít bought the console to finally take the plunge. Weíll see another big surge once Smash Bros. gets here this winter but, again, how long will said surge last? How many people are still waiting on a game like Smash to arrive who didnít finally buy a Wii U once Mario Kart 8 released?

As for Mario Kart 8 selling a bit over a million copies over the weekend, again, Iím not sure how excited I should be for those numbers. Those were worldwide sales and for, quite literally, the only show in town if youíre gaming on a Wii U. I would expect pretty much everyone who owns the console would have rushed out and bought Mario Kart 8 because, what else could they possibly be hoping to play anytime soon? Similar to the jump in console sales, I kind of expected to see bigger numbers than the ones that seem to have everyone else beating the Nintendo drum.

I cannot, however, argue that this isnít a positive sign for Nintendo and will hopefully give everyone the right kind of motivation to finally get this console rolling. I would love to see numbers like this on a regular basis, but Nintendo sure as hell donít have the lineup to support it. I can only assume that Nintendo is hoping to use this flash in the pan to convince more developers to design games for their system, literally the only thing that could turn the Wii U into a legitimate success. Well, that, or they need to release major first party games on the regular and, from what I can tell, that simply isnít happening.
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