Mario Kart 8 Secures Place as Top-Selling SKU in NPD June Sales, With Hardware Boost for Wii U

Tomodachi Life joins MK8 in overall Top 10

The latest NPD results — which provide data on physical retail sales in the US — have been released, and Nintendo has been confident enough about the outcome to break recent trends and provide a press release update on its position. There are strong numbers for both the Wii U and 3DS.

To begin with NPD's figures, prior to Nintendo's own details, Mario Kart 8 continues the excellent performance of its launch weekend in securing second spot over the whole of June, an impressive result as a single-format title. Tomodachi Life makes its début in 9th place, with Nintendo's titles the only single-format games in the top 10.

1. Watch Dogs (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
2. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
3. Minecraft (360, PS3)
4. UFC (PS4, Xbox One)
5. FIFA 14 (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, Vita)
6. NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
7. Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
8. Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
9. Tomodachi Life (3DS)
10. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)

To Nintendo's figures, it's stated that Mario Kart 8 sold 470,000 physical and download copies in the US in June, taking its lifetime sales in the country to 885,000 units. The Tomodachi Life figure was given as 175,000 US sales in stores and through the eShop.

Both of those software successes contributed to boosts in hardware sales — Wii U hardware sales in June were up a whopping 233% over the 2013 number, with the first half of the year bringing an increase of 48% over the same period last year. The software figures for Wii U also showed a major leap over 2013 numbers, up 373% in June and 129% for the first half of the year, further emphasizing the impact of Nintendo's kart racer.

The 3DS saw hardware sales jump 55% over May this year, though the choice of that statistic from Nintendo suggests it's below the June 2013 figure, when Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released.

Estimates of hardware sales, based on those percentages from Nintendo, place 3DS at around 150,000 units and Wii U at around 140,000 units. That said, the PS4 remains the top-selling system in the US for yet another month; overall industry hardware and retail sales were up in the US over June 2013, but with a small drop in software sales across the whole picture.

Nintendo of America, in summary, is clearly happy enough with the figures this month, emphasizing a continued move in the right direction for Wii U through Mario Kart 8, and a respectable début for Tomodachi Life. Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing, has said the following.

These results reinforce the power of the Mario Kart franchise and speak to a bright future for 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 business through the holidays and into the foreseeable future.

Let us know what you think of these results, and your hopes for upcoming releases in driving Nintendo's sales further, in the comments below.


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