Mario Kart 8 - worth owning a Wii U for?

Both Sony and Microsoft have revealed their next-gen consoles at E3, showing off new titles as well as talking about the fresh experiences offered by the platforms. Given that Nintendo has had no new hardware to show off this year, you might assume that the Japanese company is on the back foot — however, according to senior communications director Charlie Scibetta, that couldn't be further from the truth.

When asked by GameSpot if Nintendo has a struggle ahead of it this Christmas, Scibetta replied:

The short answer is no.

If you're a consumer going in and you have these options; we know what the price points are now from the competitors, we know what the games are from the competitors; and we know now what the Wii U is going to offer. We feel good about where we stack up. It's the software that's going to motivate them.

We saw with the Nintendo 3DS, it got off to a slow start, but then when software started rolling in, sales have done really well.

Nintendo is clearly hoping that 2013 big-hitters like Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will entice players away from PS4 and Xbox One this holiday season, and the promise of Mario Kart 8 in the new year will sustain their interest.

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