Nintendo Says Strong ‘Mario Kart 8’ Sales Mean Wii U Could Outsell PS4, Xbox One. Wait, What?

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Jun. 16 2014, Updated 7:53 p.m. ET

New sales figures show that Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8 appears to have turned around what has undeniably been a rough start for the Wii U. Now, Nintendo is saying that the new Mario Kart‘s sales could see the Wii U outselling the PS4 and the Xbox One in the near future… lolwhut?

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Console warriors wait for the middle of the month like stock brokers awaiting quarterly returns. The mid-month week means NPD figures get released, and that means rough sales figures on hardware and software for Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft platforms. Since the Wii U’s launch, Nintendo has seen the same dismal figures showing an underperforming console with a poor attach rate. Once Sony and Microsoft launched their systems last fall, the common wisdom held that the more powerful PS4 and Xbox One zoomed past the tablet-enabled Wii U.

And that might be true, but Mario Kart 8 might well have turned things around. The new Mario Kart title power-slid into the hearts of reviewers, sparking memes and generating the first true buzz around Nintendo in quite a while. So, how did it do in sales?

We already know that it sold 1.2 million in its first weekend, and it appears to have gone on to even better numbers since. Mario Kart 8 took the second place spot in software sales for May, behind Watch Dogs. That figure might be even more impressive, considering the fact that Watch Dogs was available across the PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, whereas Mario Kart 8 was available only on Nintendo’s Wii U.

The new Mario Kart beat out Minecraft for consoles, a licensed Spider-Man game, Titanfall, and even the new Wolfenstein.

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