Nintendo's highly anticipated krazy racer Mario Kart 8 launched over the weekend, giving gamers old and new a fun, wacky game to have some good old fashioned Mushroom Kingdom fun on wheels. It was enjoyed by many review sites around the Internet, being the 14th Wii U game in the US with a Metacritic score of at least 85 acording to Nintendo. We're not here to talk about reviews, though. Mario Kart 8 sold over 1.2 million units over the weekend, making it one of the most well received Wii U titles yet.
Over a million units sold over one weekend may not seem like much compared to Sony's success with the PS4, but it's cause for celebration at Nintendo. The Wii U has been in a bit of a slump, selling less than three million units over the past twelve months. Mario Kart 8's krazy sales have surely given that number a bit of a mushroom power up, as many would be Wii U owners have been holding out for the Mario crew's latest track based adventure.
The sales so far have pushed the Mario Kart franchise well over the coveted 100 million mark, with total franchise sales sitting at about 101.3 million. Super Mario Kart paved the track with 8.76 million total sales back in the SNES days, with Mario Kart Wii leading the pack at 35.53 million sales. Mario Kart 7 is holding steady in fourth place with 9.62 million, but there's still plenty of time left for the 3DS and Wii U releases both to push ahead and take the lead.
Mario Kart 8 launched May 29 in Japan and May 30 for North America and Europe.