Mario Kart 8 enjoyed a great initial release, with shipments of 2.82 million by June’s end, and even though several Wii U’s were sold to those looking for their first reason to buy one, most copies of Mario Kart 8 weren’t to these new Wii U buyers, but to those with an already existing Wii U in their home. Nintendo had expected far more then that. They shipped nearly 500,000 units of the Wii U to stores across April to June, a quarter of which the company did not make back. 9.924 billion yet net loss to be exact, or $97.2 million.

3.6 million units to sell is still Nintendo’s target across the fiscal year, but last May the company dd admit that their home console “still faces a challenging sales situation,” and they look to build off the success of their Nintendo gems, Mario Kart 8 being one, along with Super Smash Bros. and their new NFC line called Amiibo that was announced over E3.

Mario Kart 8 did do well however, compensating for an otherwise quiet quarter for the Wii U, tallying up 64 percent of the 4.39 million units of the home console shipped across the three months, with 80 percent of Mario Kart 8’s success happening outside of Japan.

While the Wii U struggles however, the Nintendo handheld 3DS seems to shine a little brighter. 820,000 units have been shipped in those same three months, from April to June, raising the systems total sales to 44 million. This is a pretty big degrees however from what was shipped the previous year, a 1.4 million decrees, though the arrival of Animal Crossing: New Leaf did lend a hand in that department. And despite the relative success and growth in popularity that Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Tomodachi Life have received, they together can’t compete.

Concerns for Nintendo’s future are still sound. They believe in a “robust” lineup and profits to be coming their way from their upcoming first party lineup, from such things like the remakes of Pokemon Sapphire and Ruby, Super Smash Bros. in the holidays, and a target for a more mature audience, Bayonetta 2.

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Caitlin F
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Caitlin has two passions in life, writing and video games. Only seemed wise to combine the two. When she isn’t playing the latest title, she is partaking in other nerd endeavors online or at local comic shops.