Nintendo's latest financial results have revealed the Switch has now shifted 22.86 million units worldwide. The system has done so well, it has already outsold the lifetime sales of the GameCube.
While revenue for the company is predominantly coming from its new hybrid device released early last year, there's a certain Nintendo-developed Wii game from 2008 that's still earning a pretty penny on the side. Over the period of the last quarter, Mario Kart Wii has shifted another 40,000 copies. This puts its total sales at 37.14 million.
Wii Sports still reigns supreme as the best-selling Wii game, with a total of 82.86 million sales. Back in July of this year, Nintendo game sales figures for the Switch revealed the latest Mario Kart outing - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - had shifted 10.35 million copies globally, making it the second best-selling game on the system so far.
So where are all these Mario Kart Wii sales coming from, you ask? Obviously, there are still new copies of the game out in the wild. At the end of last year, the Wii release was the 83rd best-selling game on Amazon for the holiday season. Not bad for a title that's now a decade old.
[source nintendo.co.jp, via old.reddit.com]
If I were working at Nintendo I would have actually had them still selling the Wii today, and at a further reduced and truly mass market price, with brand new first party games still coming out for it every now and then (and there would also be continued third party support as a result too). And, much like how the Master System and Mega Drive still sell in decent numbers in Brazil and still see new games to this day, I think the Wii could have done similarly and at this point would probably be the best selling console of all time. Imagine how satisfied you'd be as a Wii customer if your console was still being supported with new software even now, and the Wii Virtual Console was still going strong, and so on. But instead Nintendo decided to drop its most popular console ever like a bad smell as soon as the Wii U came out, which always felt like a bit of a stupid move to me.
Also, even if the above scenario is a bit fantastical, it really should have sold the DS for just a bit longer simply to beat the PS2 as the best selling console of all time.
Wonder how many it would have sold if they had made it a Selects game earlier than they did?
assuming a modest $40/copy x 37.14 million copies = $1,485,600,000 in sales, almost a BILLION and a half for just one game
Hell Yah !!!
bought a used copy not to long ago. i've missed playing MKW online, so glad that there other ways to bring it back.
other then that. not surprised that it's still selling
Man... Mario Kart Wii online truly were the golden days. Good thing the game is still being played with custom tracks and custom servers.
I bought Mario Kart Wii from my friend long time ago.
Too bad, cannot play Online anymore.
I am honestly amazed that there are still unsold new copies out there. I played the heck out of Mario Kart Wii back in the day, but I do think Mario Kart 8 DX surpassed it in almost every way.
I happen to agree with @impurekind Nintendo could have kept selling the Wii at bargain bin prices. It'd still move units. I bet they could have made a 40 dollar Wii, pre-packaged with 4 or 5 games that'd sell out regularly.
@thesilverbrick Did you not read the story? NL are just copying other sites that posted this story yesterday, they're late as usual. I guess that it's still selling somewhat, and that it's passed another million milestone is interesting. People think the Switch is doing well, and it is to a degree. But the Wii is a whole other level, another stratosphere really. It has games that will still have sold more than the Switch will have sold hardware at the end of its cycle. Like, MK8, can anyone honestly see it surpass MK Wii in terms of sales? Not a chance.
Mario Kart Wii was one of the better ones imo, though the Kart series in general is bigger than I thought
100 million consoles, less than 40million copies of the game? Ouch!
@impurekind Imagine how unsatisfied you'd be as a Switch customer if Wii games were still being sold, though. Nintendo doesn't have endless resources, and we would only have further software droughts for Nintendo's current-gen system if they invested more time elsewhere. Which is why people are upset they're still supporting the 3DS.
not NL, themselves so much as certain article writers who try to scrounge around for anything on Google and reword then post, but usually with a lot of missing info making the readers actually go and search and find the info then share in the comments section, it happens far too much here
This game was a masterpiece. I remember playing it as a kid and not understanding the motion controls. I bumped into a lot of walls.
Simply put Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the only kart racer anyone needs and it is the only one truly worth buying. Once you have it you don't need anything else in the genre.
Exactly! Every PS1/PS2/DS/Gameboy game flopped hard.
Crazy stuff! Great game though!
I agree with @impurekind as well. Nintendo hardly did anything with the Wii Mini and though the Wii was the most popular system of the mid noughts they were the first to shut down their online services. Nobody talks about the 360's Live Arcade, or the PS3 version of PSN, but the VC still gets people misty-eyed, especially with many of the classic games released are available in 240p if so desired.
Ome of the best mk
Mario Kart Wii's modding scene was great. MK8D is gorgeous and the tracks are all solid (and there's more than Wii without mods), but sometimes I miss the hundreds of custom tracks.
Was my favorite Mario Kart before MK 8 Deluxe. Loved playing this game online back in the day, in fact it was the first game I ever played extensively online. I know a lot of people had their issues with the game but I thought it was an absolute blast. Would definitely be in my top 10 favorite Wii games.
Do you know what's really weird? There are two Switch in my house, my cousin has one, my three nephews and not one of us has MK8 Deluxe!
Isn't most Wii games out of production? If so, then the sales of MK Wii may be skewed by the fact that other Wii games are no longer in production.
The kart game with the best music
Its a great game, it deserves the sucess. Loved the music from this version.
And if Nintendo had bothered to port this to the Wii U VC, they could have added a few hundred thousand more at least to that total.
M A X I M U M N O S T A L G I A
@Not_Soos There's no real reason any newly developed Wii games couldn't also be released on Switch at the same time, and probably with a few upgrades here and there too, like a bump in output resolution for example. That way everyone would be happy.
@Heavyarms55 Well, maybe Nintendo will get around to releasing a Wii Classic one day.
A smaller Wii console with Wiimotes that have MotionPlus included and 20+ of the system's best games built in, for say $99 (max)--that could actually be kinda cool.
Note: It would actually be doubly-triply cool if it had the same Wii menu interface, maybe 20+ of the best full Wii games, a bunch of additional bonus Virtual Console titles, and even a couple of random Wii Channels too.
@impurekind Really I don't think they'd need to do that. It'd be better to have just to have released a Smaller, cheaper Wii without cutting all the features they did in the Wii Mini. Wii game discs are still really easy to find and pretty cheap. And WiiMotes are a dime a dozen.
@Not_Soos If it’s a good game, who cares which system it’s on? I’d be perfectly happy if they started making N64 games again. As long as it’s on a system I actually have (I still don’t have a Switch). In that regard the install base for Wii games (100M+) greatly exceeds that of the Switch.
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