Talk about legs! Or should we say wheels?
Still have your Wii hooked up to race down Coconut Mall and toss shells in Funky Stadium? You’re not alone: as reported by GoNintendo, Nintendo’s recent financial briefing revealed Mario Kart Wii‘s sales went from 37.10 million to 37.20 million between March 2018 and March 2019; to be exact, that’s over a hundred thousand copies! While the game frequently broke gaming sales records throughout the Wii era — it remains the console’s best-selling Mario game and is the tenth best-selling game of all time — it’s a wonder a 2008 title continues selling copies in the shadow of Switch’s Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Speaking of which, here’s a brief comparison — remember the Wii U version of that game? According to that same report, Mario Kart 8 only sold 20,000 copies in that same period (8.42 to 8.44 million). While you’d normally expect as much from a dead console, its being outstripped by its Wii predecessor only further highlights the failure of Nintendo’s ill-fated HD console. To further rub salt into the wound, perhaps Mario Kart 8‘s sales only reached 20k in part of confused parents? Of course, one could apply the same logic for Mario Kart Wii, but the point remains regarding Wii’s penetration.
Pat yourself on the back, Mario: you’ve earned it! In the meantime, what do you think of Mario Kart Wii‘s silent sales success? Let us know in the comments below!