Nintendo: Smash Bros. could double Wii U sales

Pre-orders outnumber those of the highly-successful Mario Kart 8

Super Smash Bros. is going to sell a lot of copies, and give the struggling Wii U a sorely needed boost. Just how big of a boost, though? Nintendo is pretty optimistic.

Speaking with Bloomberg, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime revealed pre-orders for the upcoming fighting game have actually eclipsed those of Mario Kart 8 — certainly a good sign.

“The launch of Mario Kart 8 has essentially doubled our Wii U sales year-on-year,” said Fils-Aime. “Our expectation is that the sell-through for Smash is going to be very strong, certainly on par with what we saw with Mario Kart 8. We think the impact on hardware will be similarly dramatic.

“Consumers buy the hardware so they can play the software,” the meaty executive added. “When you have a robust library of games, that’s when consumers jump in.”

Nintendo Says Super Smash Bros. Orders Set Wii U Record [Bloomberg]

Kyle MacGregor Burleson