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.