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Mario Kart 8 drives Wii U hardware sales up 666% in the UK


1:15 PM on 06.02.2014
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After nearly two years of being on the ropes, Nintendo's troubled console has finally gotten a pick-me-up. And a major one at that. With the release of Mario Kart 8, which secured the #2 spot in the UK for most sales during the week, Wii U purchases have increased exponentially.

As reported by CVG, retail monitor Chart-Track says these Wii U sales managed to outperform the console's debut in 2012, which was previously its highest selling point. Moreover, sales of Mario Kart 8 marked the series' second strongest debut, right behind the 3DS' Mario Kart 7.

It's no surprise that Mario Kart 8 would do well, as its predecessors were top sellers on other platforms -- however it's extremely surprising that it not only outsold the competition on a struggling system, but it still managed to become the second highest debut in series history. It's an impressive start.

Mario Kart 8 boosts UK Wii U hardware sales 666% [CVG]

In light of this good news, I now have an excuse to post this great GIF.

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11:30 AM on 07.22.2014
Luigi's death stare returns in new Mario Kart 8 TV ad

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8:00 PM on 07.17.2014
Luigi's death glare moves 885,000 US Mario Kart copies

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3:00 AM on 07.14.2014
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1:45 PM on 07.07.2014
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12:00 AM on 07.05.2014
There's a commercial for those McDonald's Mario Kart toys now

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4:00 PM on 07.03.2014
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2:45 PM on 06.27.2014
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1:45 PM on 06.25.2014
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2:30 PM on 06.20.2014
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6:45 PM on 06.13.2014
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4:15 PM on 06.04.2014
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