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Mario Kart 8 still wasn’t enough to push Wii U past Xbox One and PS4

Published Jun 3rd, 2014 1:15PM EDT
Mario Kart 8 Wii U Sales

As expected, the highly acclaimed Mario Kart 8 has given Nintendo a significant sales boost… but it still wasn’t enough to beat the hottest game to launch on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last week. Eurogamer reports that Mario Kart 8 helped Nintendo boost week-over-week Wii U sales by 666% in the United Kingdom last week, although Nintendo’s “savior” game still finished in second place behind Watch Dogs, which outsold Mario Kart 8 on both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. In fact, Mario Kart 8’s strong showing on the charts only goes to show how poorly the Wii U is doing in the latest console wars since it’s literally the only Wii U title in the U.K.’s top 40 list — every other title besides Mario Kart 8 runs on the Xbox One, the PS4, the Xbox 360, the PS3 or even the PS Vita.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.