Mario Kart 8 sales top two million in first month
posted on 06.27.14 at 12:09 AM EDT by (@salromano)
470,000 of two million from Japan.

Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 sales have topped two million units worldwide since its May 29 and May 30 Japanese and western launches, Nintendo announced at its 74th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.

Hardware sales are also picking up.

We know that 469,316 of those Mario Kart 8 sales come from Japan. Thus, the remaining 1.5 million units must come from western sales.

For further reading, check out Cheesemeister’s handy roundup of the Shareholders Meeting Q&A session over at NeoGAF.

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  • Locksus

    Good news! The game will have long legs just like all MKs before it. Loving the game so far.

  • 武神水樹

    Those sales from Japan seem low, looks like the WiiU won’t take off there either

  • Guelin

    This isn’t really all that surprising since Mario Kart tends to be a staple for most Nintendo-hardware owners (we should probably expect similar numbers for Smash and/or Zelda)… pretty sure this will end up being the worst selling Mario Kart ever unless it is able to sell more than 5-6 million.

  • AdamBoy64

    Was the item-warding horn in MK7, or is it new to MK8?
    It’s such a good addition.

    Oh, and congratulations Nintendo.
    It’s a fantastic game.

    • Fen

      New to MK8.

      The only issue I hear is that the frequency of getting one is low…I still need to get a wii u and game before I can say for sure about the frequency.

    • FlameEmperor

      It’s new to MK8.

  • SOforever

    impressive (applause) sales will only continue to grow

    PS: ♥ the new Gematsu homepage design

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    I’ve been interested in playing this though i have yet to get a Wii U. Regardless though i will have one by November.

    As far as Nintendo games go I’ve pre-ordered the new “Super Smash Bros.”

    • SOforever

      I could buy a wii u right now if I REALLY wanted to but will wait for a lot of the BIG games coming out in 2015 & beyond. I didn’t buy each of the last generation systems until about almost mid cycle

      PS: I’d keep watch on weekly deals might be some good “Black Friday” buys in November or maybe even a SWEETER DEAL before then. Hoping for Yoshi Woolly World bundle

      • AdamBoy64

        That game looks like it’ll be a lot of fun.
        That multiplayer.

  • DietSoap

    Knowing how Nintendo treats Wii U sales, that’s sold to retailers aka shipped.

    And for all the hype this game had and the fact its predecessor sold over 35 million, 2 million in nearly a month isn’t very impressive.

    • CrackerJackPrize

      Yeah man they can totally sell that many since they sold that many Wii U’s

  • Lara Croft

    This is the title I bought my Wii U for :)

  • Elvick

    I’m 1 of ’em.

    It’s a good game. Haven’t gotten to 150CC yet. Been playing LEGO City Undercover mostly.

  • MDH

    The article picture explained:

    Wario = Nintendo
    Super Horn = MK8 sales
    Yoshi & Koopa = Sony & Microsoft


    Too bad the game is crap, other than graphics the game is horrible, RNG is horribly bad, bad item choices, roster isn’t even the slightest fan based, Battle Mode has been destroyed, and my personal favorite….

    Coins are now items and you can get them 1st – 8th place.

    Gotta love how they messed up mario kart for me and my brother.

    • Zancrow

      You’re a bit harsh on it.
      I agree that they dropped the ball on some things, but it’s still fun to play with friends.

    • AdamBoy64

      I don’t understand the complaints about the RNG and the roster.

      But I can understand about Battle Mode – however they destroyed that in Mario Kart Wii. It’s been dead for a while.

    • Jason

      Have to say most people I know, including myself, thanks it a great game. Sorry you didn’t like it.

    • MPZOID

      For me this game is amazing, but yeah the rng is pretty annoying. I always get hit by NPCs like 2 red shells or like pushed of the edge when I’m doing inside drifting.

  • Paul Rodriguez

    Not bad. You can tell Nintendo put a lot of love and attention the the game. Even the smallest things in the game are great.

  • tokyobassist

    The online play is so smooth it makes me laugh that people are stupid enough to pay to play their games online.

    The game is extremely fun. Frustrating as hell at points with the item bombardment but otherwise it’s good.