Mario Kart 8 boosts UK Wii U sales by over 600%, according to UK retail Tracking Company

You know, Nintendo’s been in the spotlight quite a bit lately. Between Super Smash Bros. announcements, the fight for Miiquality, the promise of new Nintendo devices, and their own financial difficulties, May has been a busy month for the Big N, with the widely-anticipated Mario Kart 8 hitting shelves at the tail end of it all. Actually, not only did Mario Kart 8 hit shelves, but it’s also been flying off them, not only being the second best-selling game that week – behind multi-platform juggernaut Watch Dogs – but boosting Wii U sales significantly in the UK.

How well are they selling? According to UK-based Retail Tracking Company GFK Chart-Track, Wii U sales have skyrocketed 666 percent after Mario Kart 8‘s release, with 82 percent of its total sales in the UK being via the Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle.

In terms of Worldwide sales, Mario Kart 8 has sold more than 1.2 million copies within three days of release, making it, bar none, the fastest-selling game on the Wii U.

“The early response to Mario Kart 8 demonstrates that the best days for Wii U are still ahead,” Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said. “This year’s E3 is just days away, and it will be all about the future games for Nintendo platforms. This milestone is a great place to start!”

Mario Kart 8 was released on May 29, 2014 for the Wii U. The Nintendo Press Conference at E3 will take place on June 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time.

Sources: The Escapist, Gamespot, Polygon

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