The new Mario Kart 8 is breaking all sorts of records in the world of Wii U. NPR.org reports that within the first three days of the Mario Kart 8 release, it has sold over 1.2 million copies.
And, Cinema Blend reveals that in addition to 325,892 of those sales being based in Japan, Mario Kart 8 has become “the fastest selling and best selling title for the Wii U (within its launch window) since the console’s debut in 2012.”
There could be many reasons for this incredible success for Mario Kart 8. NPR.org believes the new feature of anti-gravity racing could play a large role in gamers gravitating to Mario Kart 8. This new feature allows players to drive on walls and ceilings. Defying gravity is always a plus, right?
Mario Kart 8 also introduces phenomenal HD graphics and amazing visuals, making it extremely appealing to the eye. In addition, Huffington Post reports that Mario Kart 8 gamers can “watch, edit and save highlights from their favorite races.” How fun is that for gamers? The gamers can also upload their best clips to Miiverse and YouTube to share their Mario Kart 8 racing skills with their friends, and the world.
But, despite all these perks, the one topic that is hitting the mainstream about Mario Kart 8 is Luigi’s death stare per Huffington Post. If you haven’t seen it, you must review the clip. No gamer is immune from receiving the creepy death stare from Luigi. If Luigi is on the track, he will hunt you down, and turn his head to face you and narrow his eyes as if to say, “You are going down!” It’s all in good Mario Kart 8 fun.
Did Mario Kart 8 creators know Luigi’s death stare was going to be such a phenomenon? Doubtful. It is hit or miss when creating a game as to what will soar into a huge hubbub. Mario Kart 8 may be just the game to save Wii U and bring new customers. Why not be one of the millions buying Mario Kart 8 and whip up on Luigi when he gives you the death stare?
Photo Credit: mariokart8.nintendo.com