Against all odds, the Mario Kart Wii game on one of Nintendo’s most popular consoles is still shifting a considerable amount of units.
Mario Kart Wii is a fun title that mostly holds up, but surely it isn’t that good. Originally released in 2008, the hit Wii racing title is still giving Nintendo a decent profit margin.
In the past six months, Nintendo reports that they have sold 40,000 copies of Mario Kart Wii. This brings the total amount sold for the title up to 37.24 million copies.
The fact that there are still brick-and-mortar copies of Mario Kart Wii is a testament to the power of the Nintendo Wii. The Wii hit in 2006, capturing the world by storm and sending players out in a frenzy to secure their very own Wiimote waggling console.
Top games like Animal Crossing: City Folk, Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Wii Sports Resort, the Mario Party games, and New Super Mario Bros. secured the Nintendo Wii as one of the top-selling consoles of all-time. With Mario Kart Wii being a top hit for the Wii, the fact that there are still copies of the hit kart racer out at brick-and-mortar stores should come as no surprise to gamers.
The latest iteration of the kart racer series is the Gacha mobile game Mario Kart Tour. Mario’s iOS and Android racing game relies on a free-to-start and microtransactions formula that has proved successful for other Nintendo mobile games such as Pokémon Go, Super Mario Run, and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.
While there has yet to be a new Mario racing game for the Nintendo Switch, the portable hybrid console did see a port/remaster of the Wii U title Mario Kart 8. Recently, Nintendo confirmed that they will indeed be introducing multiplayer for Tour in the future.