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 Mario Kart 8  a best-seller, as Sony beats Microsoft despite price drop
Mario Kart 8 a best-seller, as Sony beats Microsoft despite price drop
July 17, 2014 | By Christian Nutt

Nintendo sold 470,000 copies of Mario Kart 8 in the U.S. during the game's second month on sale, across both physical and digital channels, the company revealed.

At U.S. retail, MK8 was both the second best-selling game (behind Ubisoft's Watch Dogs) according to the NPD Group, and overall best-selling single SKU -- meaning more copies of Mario Kart 8 were sold than any single version of Watch Dogs.

Nintendo says that drove sales of Wii U hardware up 233 percent year-over-year, but declined to provide numbers. Software sales for the system were up 373 percent year-over-year.

Microsoft also declined to provide numbers when it made a similar claim: the Xbox One sold more than twice as many units in June as it did in May. That's because the company dropped its Kinect camera from the box (and shaved $100 off the system's price) starting on June 9.

It turns out that despite that, Sony's PlayStation 4 still outsold Microsoft's box in June, Sony said in a statement.

Console hardware sales were overall up over 200 percent year-on-year, the NPD Group said, but it did not provide any platform data.

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Kujel Selsuru
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Kudos to Nintendo on a very successful luanch of Mario Kart 8 :) I may not be a fan of the games really but I have to admit they are polished and helping Nintendo improve their financials.

Chris Hendricks
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Mario Kart 8's promotion for an extra free game was the game-changer for me. I probably would have waited for a few months to purchase it without that... but with it, I also got Pikmin 3 (which I'm liking far more than I'd expected).

Even without that promotion, Mario Kart 8 is a great game, and deserves its success.

Theresa Catalano
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I guess that promotion turned out to be a really smart idea! I'm glad it got you to buy Pikmin 3, because that is a brilliant game that more people should try out!

I'm also really happy about Mario Kart's success. Nintendo did a great job with it; the new mechanics keep it feeling fresh, but at the same time it feels like the most polished Mario Kart game they've made so far. And the soundtrack is great too! I'm glad to hear that things are looking up for the Wii-U, it's a great system and it really deserves more success.

Jay N
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Good on them. If only the Limited Edition's Blue Shell was an Amiibo, I'd have bought that version of the game immediately. As it stands now, since I already have most of the games that were on the promotion list, I'll wait until I find the game at a lower price-point before picking it up.