Mario Kart Wii sold five times the units Mario Kart 8 did during the last fiscal year

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the new hotness, bringing racing fun to Switch players the world over. With that said, it doesn't mean previous Mario Kart installments are dead. From Nintendo's most recent financial briefing, we know that both Mario Kart 8 on Wii U, and Mario Kart Wii are moving units.

Believe it or not, Mario Kart Wii sold five times more than Mario Kart 8 did in the last fiscal year. Mario Kart Wii went from 37.10 million in March 2018 to 37.20 million in March 2019. Mario Kart 8 went from 8.42 million to 8.44 million. That means Mario Kart 8 sold 20k throughout the year, while Mario Kart Wii sold 100k. Mario Kart Wii moving 100k after this many years shows why Nintendo loves their long-tail sellers!

Just to be 100% clear, this is only about Mario Kart 8 on Wii U, and does not include any sales of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch.


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You said it: You don't understand.

Is that just the Wii U version or including Deluxe?

Mon May 06 19 05:10am
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It's just the wiiu version

It would be insane if it sold so many times more than both the Switch and Wii U versions .Also, it would be kinda funny Smile

Collector's aside, I don't understand why anyone would buy a game for a twelve year old console instead of using that money for saving to buy a current generation system.

You said it: You don't understand.

This was a very helpful comment, thank you sir. I now understand everything.

Mon May 06 19 02:14pm
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Because not all of us have the opportunity to buy/play games when they first come out.

It took me almost 10 years to play the Excite games on Wii and I'm still working on getting 3DS games since I got mine two years ago,no joke.

I recently bought a Wii and some games, I love my Switch but it's a different experience.

I bought a PS3 back in 2016 and I still don't have much for it so I try to buy a lot from PSN that I missed out on whenever I can, import or otherwise.

Retail though, I've never bought a new copy of a PS3 game since they barely exist. I'm kinda surprised people are buying new MKWii copies over used ones

Some people buy games and stick with them. There was some story a couple days back about an old folks home that still has weekly Wii Bowling tournaments.

If you've been happy playing the same game for twelve years and your disc breaks or gets lost then why wouldn't you buy a replacement copy?

And this is why I've always thought Nintendo is at flaw for not supporting it's past gen system for longer, especially ones that are as successful as the Wii and DS.

Does this not show they don’t need to actively invest support of old systems? They just keep on truckin’

Mon May 06 19 07:01am
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To a degree. But just imagine what would happen if they did: The Wii probably would have sold about 200 million units at this point (especially as cheap as it would be at this point), making it the highest selling home console of all time (a grand claim), and each new game would have an even bigger consumer base to sell to (meaning even higher sales), and anyone who owned the system would be an even more satisfied customer, and so on. It's like win win all round imo.

At the same time, the last releases on the 3ds kind of goes against your argument.

Mon May 06 19 07:49am
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To a degree.

But I think that's largely because the Switch already exists and people see it as Nintendo's main focus and therefor would rather support and purchase games for the Switch at this point. And I think it's also partly because Nintendo has kinda forced people to move on in mind share and not really shown them it cares much about its hardware as soon as the next thing is on the horizon.

So what I'm suggesting going forward is rather than Nintendo drop the Switch in a couple years time and announce a new console, before it's ever really realised its full potential, it actually continues with the same system for like 10 years, with a few iterations in that time (fixing every little niggle with the system in the process so its nigh-on perfect for what it is at some point), and build up a consumer base of say a hundred million or so customers and a library of games and a service that is second to none.

I know we all think we want the next big thing every few years but that's only because in my opinion we've been brainwashed into getting caught in this cycle of constantly upgrading and believe that's what's best for us. I think what we'd actually rather have is for the system we buy to give us like ten+ years of genuine joy and genuine support from the manufacturer, such that by the time we're finally done with it we feel totally and utterly satisfied.

Look at what Nintendo did with the Game Boy as a good example of getting it right imo.

But maybe that's just me.

I'm pretty sure that's because most Wiis these days are bundled with MkWii.

Sitting at home with some friends, some beers and just damn good mood and play this was a total hit on Wii. I loved the half-pipes and dearly miss them from MK8.

And this is why Nintendo doesn't lower the prices of their core titles. They keep on selling several years down the line.

I mean, I think we also aren't considering the Wii was the most successful system with expanded audiences and MKWii was one of the best selling games for it, especially with non-gamers.

Follow that up with a system that sold a fraction of the amount this GAME sold and it's no wonder MK8 didn't and doesn't have the popularity MKWii does.

But even moreso, follow that up with a system that's ALSO super popular that gets a port of MK8 and... there's no reason for anyone to buy MK8 on Wii U.

Nintendo is still printing new copies of Mario Kart Wii? Wow. I wonder if it is only available online. I wouldn't have any idea where to find a new/sealed copy at a store.

Still shows there is demand for the games back then.


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