Mario Kart 8 Races Into Wii U History Reaching 1 Million Units Sold

Luigi Death StareMario Kart 8 has blown past the competition and just crossed the 1 million units sold mark in the United States. As the flagship title for Nintendo this past year, the release of Mario Kart 8 has led to a 60% increase in hardware sales over the first seven months of the year. That means more Luigi death stares for everybody!

But Nintendo isn’t letting off the gas just yet. More is on the way from Nintendo, with a full lineup of Wii U games set to release this fall. These titles include: Hyrule Warriors, being released on September 26th; Bayonetta 2, coming out this October; and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, both set to hit shelves this holiday season. This is gearing up to be one of Nintendo’s strongest holiday releases during the Wii U’s lifetime and should help to continually increase the install base of the system. 

Hyrule Warriors

The 1 million unit mark has only been attained by one other title in the Wii U’s library, that being New Super Mario Bros. U which has racked up a total of 1.69 million units sold. While Nintendo’s most recent system has been building momentum, the 3DS only continues to dominate the realm of handhelds with nine titles breaking the 1 million unit mark and total software sales reaching a combined 40 million units. The 3DS is also set for a strong holiday season with three of its most anticipated games releasing in October and November. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will be released on October 3rd, and Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire will hit shelves on November 21st. 

Pokemon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire

It looks like Nintendo is shifting into high gear with their holiday 2014 release schedule. In addition to a solid software lineup Nintendo is also launching their line of Amiibo accessories which will see compatibility with a number of games including Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Wooly World, with many more to come. 

What games from Nintendo are you most looking forward to this holiday season? Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest news from Nintendo and check back regularly for all of your breaking gaming news! 

Sean Winnett
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Sean Winnett is a Marketing and Public Relations professional based in Boise, Idaho. He is also a video game journalist covering everything from gaming industry news to video game reviews and eSporting coverage. He received his degree in Mass Communication & Journalism from Boise State University in 2010, and has spent time working for some of the largest Marketing, Advertising & PR agencies in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to gaming, Sean is a diehard fan of College Football and spends his free time playing guitar, acting as the commissioner of a college football fantasy league and keeping up with his favorite TV shows (Doctor Who, The League, & The Walking Dead).

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