Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed that Mario Kart 8 has had a “significant impact” on the status of the Wii U.
In a report from Polygon, Fils-Aime has stated that not only did the highly anticipated racer help push the Wii U over 6 million units sold, but it also quadrupled the sales figures that the console saw the previous week.
Fils-Aime also points to the attachment rate, which is the highest that the series has ever seen, hanging around eighteen percent after the first weekend. Most Mario Kart games have launched with about two to seven percent of all console owners picking up the game in its first weekend. That can point to how much people wanted the new Mario Kart just as easily as it can point to less consoles in the public mathematically means a higher attachment rate.
Nintendo did not provide any concrete sales numbers, but Fils-Aime remains positive.
“It’s one of the things I have to do with certain media, remind them, look, for us, the drive toward the holiday began a couple of weeks ago with Mario Kart 8… And that’s off to a fantastic start. For us, on a global basis, and certainly here in the United States, it’s driving hardware, which is great to see.”
Mario Kart 8 is the first major step of Nintendo trying to turn the tides of its console’s fortunes, and it is bound to remain at the top of Nintendo’s sales charts for quite some time. Heck, I even got a free copy of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD out of it.
As long as Mario Kart is selling, Super Smash Bros. and Legend of Zelda remain on the horizon, and more Metroid games are in discussion, you can’t count Nintendo out. Not by a long shot.