After firing out of the gate in late May, Mario Kart 8 had an even stronger June.
The game was the “top-selling physical software SKU” in the US this June, and sold more than 470,000 units. This brings its lifetime total to more than 885,000 units in the U.S. alone. Mario Kart 8 is also driving new momentum for the Wii U platform. Sales of hardware and software in June were up 233 and 373 percent, respectively. For the first half of the year, total sales of Wii U hardware and software have increased by 48 and 129 percent, respectively, over the same period in 2013.
Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America executive vice president of Sales & Marketing:
“These results reinforce the power of the Mario Kart franchise and speak to a bright future of the Wii U platform. History has shown that Mario Kart games tend to have an extremely long tail. We fully expect Mario Kart 8 to continue to drive momentum for our hardware and software businesses through the holidays and into the foreseeable future.”
Nintendo 3DS also had a strong month: Hardware sales in June increased by more than 55 percent over sales in May, and Tomodachi Life sold more than 175,000 combined physical and digital units after its June 6 launch.