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More on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s debut in Japan and Switch sales

Posted on May 9, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Now that the Japanese holidays are over (specifically Golden Week), sales trackers aside from Famitsu have delivered sales numbers for the week of April 24. Both share more information about Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s big launch.

According to Media Create, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 285,000 copies up through April 30. That is down slightly from the original game on Wii U (released May 2014 at 326,000 copies first week). However, considering Wii U sold a total of 1,765,000 units as of the game’s release, when compared to Switch’s 777,000 units, there’s a difference of one million in the spread. Considering Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a port of the Wii U version with added features, Media Create feels that the initial results are favorable.

Dengeki chimes in with some data about Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as well. They actually have it much higher at 355,000 copies in its first week. Also, the site says Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold through 70 percent of its initial shipment.

Going back to Media Create, the sales tracker notes that Switch has surpassed Wii U in its nine-week total sales, where the latter sold 758,000 units. While Wii U had a decreasing trend in sales during the same period, Switch still continues to sell favorably. More major titles are planned to be released in the future, so Media Create has an outlook of Switch’s pace that’s faster than Wii U.

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  • ibo

    i think we need a transgender inkling. not fair it’s only boy and girl inkling.

    boy, girl and it should be options in the game

    #transgenderinkling

    #antifasuckgeorgesorosdick

    • Eagle367

      Are you joking?

      • TruExtent

        You can never truly tell with him.

    • wew

      There are 52148 (52149?) genders and I want an Inkling for each one.

    • hi v3.0

      Lmao

    • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

      both of them are trasngender

  • ibo

    why is the darkest inkling at the very back in the photo? and the whitest one in the front?

    #NintendobeRacist

    • #allsquidsmatter

      • ibo

        haha

  • YamiryuuZero

    Those are very good numbers for Nintendo, especially considering it’s a rerelease at full price for a console that has a million units less than its predecessor at the time the same game released for it! Impressive numbers!

    If Nintendo keeps the good stream of quality titles, one per month (as Kimishima said there would be), then the Switch will keep selling well, which will attract third parties and make the console sell even better!

    Keep it up, Nintendo! You’re proving yourself capable of letting the Wii U past behind!

  • awng781

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe should end up surpassing Zelda BOTW to become the Switch’s best selling game in Japan within the next 3-4 weeks.

    • Stuart

      Yeah. Even tho I do expect BotW to be the best selling Nintendo game this year worldwide, in Japan at least I think it will be behind MK8D, Splatoon 2 and Mario Odyssey.

      • There is no way Mario could pass up Zelda mainly because it is coming out at the end of the year. It could will definitely pass up Zelda in 2018 though.

        • Stuart

          I dunno,Mario being launch on holiday and Switch having a bigger install base will definitely help. It depend on how well the launch will be and how well it will do on Christmas.

      • awng781

        Mario Odyssey should outsell Zelda BOTW worldwide by the end of this year IMO.

        Mario Galaxy outsold Zelda TP by the end of 2007, and I expect a similar situation here.

  • Gamingfan

    after launch hopefully the switch flops and nintendo make a real console.

    • nemo37

      Personally, I hope the Switch is super successful. As a portable gamer, I love something like the Switch, which is the closest a dedicated portable device has gotten to providing a stationary console experience. I personally do not see any need for Nintendo to create a stationary system unless they offer something different; Xbox, PS, and the PC already offer stationary experiences, and if Nintendo cannot add anything unique to the mix then there is very little reason for them to get involved. The only area where I think Nintendo should make adjustments to the Switch is the price (and that is only necessary when momentum decreases).

      • Gamingfan

        If you want a portable nintendo sells handhelds.

        • nemo37

          Yes one of those handhelds is the Switch (it is designed to be played in your hands, hence the term handheld). Also, the Switch comes much closer to providing a home console like experience on the go than something like 3DS/2DS does today.

          • Gamingfan

            Nintendo’s aim is to get console only players like me to buy the switch and they have failed. We want a normal console. Not joy cons aka wii motes and docks that cost more than half the switch. How hard is it to put specs in a box and bundle it with a pro controller?

          • TruExtent

            I’ve got an idea. Buy a Switch. Buy a pro controller. Sell the joy cons. Find a nice, tiny box that will fit the Switch and dock and put it in the box. There. Specs in a box. Don’t forget to cut out a hole for the cables and draw a giant , stylized “NX” on the box in crayon.

          • Gamingfan

            The cheap plastic dock is like $60. This has got to be nintendo’s worst console minus the virtual boy.

          • TruExtent

            You know what? That one I’ll give you. The dock pricing is ridiculous. It’s also $90 at retail where in that set it will include a power adapter and another HDMI cable. But I think you’re still a little too early with the “worst console” stuff. I say give it some more time. Let’s see where it’s at come holiday season.

          • Gamingfan

            I didnt like the wii but at least it was cheap. Everything seems so overpriced with the switch.

          • TruExtent

            I can’t talk about the Wii. I’m too biased. My first console. I know a lot of the great third party stuff on that sucker. Plus, it’s become a decent emulator box for those that use the Homebrew Channel.

          • nemo37

            Actually in your region the Wii would technically be more expensive than Switch. Wii launched $400 in AU; when you take inflation into account from 2007-2017 (in AU that is about 2.2% per year) that amounts to about $490 in 2017; the Switch launched in 2017 for $470. The reason why Switch seems more expensive than the Wii, is because PS4 Slim costs significantly less than Switch (about $100 less) whereas Wii was much less expensive than its competition. This cost discrepancy is something that Nintendo will eventually have to address, considering the Switch right now is far from competitively priced in your region (and many places in EU as well; although perhaps not to the same extend as AU); the lack of competitiveness in AU is clear because the system is no longer supply constrained (assuming shipment is about the same as other regions, it indicates that demand is lower in AU) in your region whereas it continues to remain supply constrained in other regions.

          • Gamingfan

            At least you can talk logic and not just attack people. A lot of nintendo fans get very defensive.

          • pat

            What was the price of ps4 when it came out. That is not a Fair way to just the pricing.

          • Gamingfan

            You dont look at launch prices dude. You look at how capable the hardware is. The ps4 crushes the switch in power yet its still $100 more expensive. Its just not competitive and it shows when its in stock. People arent buying it.

          • ForeVision

            If hardware is all that matters, look at the PC, it crushes everything else that plays games and has a case around it or otherwise. But why do people buy consoles? Why do people hold Nintendo in such reverence as they do? Because of their awesome games and IP, since if there are no games to want/buy on a console, then why would you even bother buying a console?

          • Gamingfan

            People just see the switch is much less powerful than the competition and more expensive. You have to be competitive for people to buy your product.

          • ForeVision

            A great way to overlook the entirety of why people buy consoles, argue that point with me first. (P.S. why do you think so many Japanese devs are baffled with how they can ask such a price considering for what’s inside? Not because there’s a few ice-cubes in the Joy-Con or the main-unit itself)

          • Gamingfan

            edited.

          • masterjedi

            I’m sorry, I’ve read every single one of your comments but here I think you just fly off the rails. You are complaining about the cost of the Switch, and when someone compares it to the cost of the PS4, you say “you don’t look at launch prices”

            I cannot understand that logic. The Switch is the next generation of gaming consoles from Nintendo yet it costs LESS than BOTH iterations of the last generation from each of its major competitors. There is no other way to spin that. You can say specs and power, and break down the prices all you want, but in the end, the Switch is cheaper than the Xbox and the Playstation.

            Then you say “people aren’t buying it” and I have no idea what you’re talking about. I know that you certainly are NOT talking about the Switch because people certainly ARE buying that and all of its accessories.

            You sound like you do not like the joy con controller and that’s fine. But please stop talking about them like they aren’t normal. You kept coming back to that point over and over and my response to that is, Nintendo has been using motion controls in their game systems for over a decade now. Plus, both Sony and Microsoft have adopted motion controls and use them regularly in their game systems as well. Its normal for a controller to have motion capabilities. A controller connected to a cord that connects to a console is not the only “normal” controller style anymore.

          • pat

            You must not be a big baller lol. You complain like the switch is way over priced. If you check out the break down of the switch components it comes in at $285. Your complaints hold no weight. Maybe the new 2ds is more your price point, and it doesn’t have the things that the switch has such as motion controllers.

          • Gamingfan

            Like the guy below said, they would of got the switch cheaper because they bought it in bulk.

          • nemo37

            Nintendo likes to sell their products for a profit, even if they made a stationary system with powerful specs, I very much doubt the price would be to your liking. Keep in mind the NES Mini costs $100 in Australia.

            In addition, Nintendo’s aim with this device has been to appeal to people that want something close to a home console that can be taken anywhere; from the TV to essentially anywhere else. If they wanted to appeal to stationary-only console gamers that want specs in a box, then they would have built a system similar to Xbox or PlayStation.

          • Gamingfan

            If they kept the same specs in a box and bundled it with a pro controller I wouldnt care. It would just be a cheap console for me to play nintendo games. I shouldnt have to pay for crap I don’t want like the joy cons and dock.

          • nemo37

            I see your point. Maybe, Nintendo should create a micro-console variant for people that do not care for the portability (something like a PlayStation TV, albeit with fewer limitations, or the Nvidia Shield TV, which is very close to a Switch in terms of hardware; however, I very much doubt the price of such a system would please you considering, again, Nintendo likes to sell their systems for profit). However, as with most mass produced consumer gadgets, you will seldom find yourself paying only for what you want. Take a look at the PS4; you are not only paying for specs in a box to play games, you are also paying for codec licenses to playback Blu-Rays and DVDs, in addition I understand that you are against paid online services, but you are still paying for featues both on the system and within the games that you will not access if you do not buy into the online subscription. These are the realities of mass manufactured products; seldom will you find yourself paying for just what you want. The same applies to me, I would much rather pay less for a Switch without a dock, because it is something that I do not use (I have only used the dock about 3 times since I purchased the system at launch), but I know that is unlikely to happen (also I am pretty sure that even if Nintendo made a Switch without a dock, they would probably not charge much less for it, which is a point I will go into further in the next paragraph).

            Do not be deceived by the cost analysis by Fomalhaut that pinned the Joy-Con cost at $90 and the dock + system at $170. That cost analysis only looked at the price to make a single unit; the actual amount Nintendo pays is far less because they are buying components in large volumes. Moreover, the amount Nintendo charges for something is not necessarily related to its cost of production. Case and point, the Switch Pro controller is priced at $100, the Steam Controller which has nearly all the features of the Pro Controller (including HD rumble, but it also has more physical buttons, two touchpads, analog triggers etc.) but it is priced at $50 (both are being sold at a profit btw); this indicates that Nintendo has priced their Pro Controller higher not because it costs way more to make, but simply because they want higher profit margins. As such do not expect a micro-console to be much cheaper.

          • awng781

            If you only care about “specs in a box”, the Scorpio is coming out this November, and Nintendo isn’t for you.

          • Gamingfan

            Specs in a box doesnt have to be the most powerful console on the market. I just don’t want to pay for stuff I’m not going to use which is normal.

          • ForeVision

            Whenever someone argues a point like this: “Yes one of those handhelds is the Switch” I will drop my 5 cents. No it is not a handheld, it is a hybrid of form-factor and can be used as whatever one wishes to use it. To pidgeon-hole it into either classification is to rob it of purpose, even if it’s only used one way or the other.

          • nemo37

            However, my comment was not wrong. It is a handheld in that you can hold it in your hands and play it in that configuration (as opposed to a lapable portable product such as a notebook computer). That is a third of its intended form factor. The second third being a stationary system. It can be portable, stationary, or something in between (ie table top mode).

          • ForeVision

            That is true, but as I’ve said before, to call it a handheld is to rob it of purpose and to merely look in one particular direction. Take the combo drink “Mezzo” as an example, which is a combination of Cola and Fanta, it being a combination between two things that work (in selling and flavour) just like the Switch is a combination between two things that work (handheld and home-console, neither standing above the other), but is best called hybrid for classification, or simply Switch and what one uses it for is to their own discretion.

    • awng781
    • Jacob Groves

      Switch is awesome and the fact is powerful home console with optional on go. You have to accept it is. If don’t you better shut your mouth as you are Nintendo hater and troll it. You are PS or Xbox fanboy cried because you don’t got something to play with (or you bored with your Xbox One or PS4). You have to accept Switch is successful and many of us love Switch and enjoy it. Switch is much better than Wii / Wii U / GameCube in my opinion. 🙂

      • Gamingfan

        I bought the wii u at launch dude. But the switch is just the wii all over again with its stupid joy cons aka wii motes. The switch isnt successful yet. It just launched a couple of months ago and is at maybe 3 million. Long way to go.

        • carlos holguin holguin

          Dude stop it already.. just ignore the switch and get a ps4.. god..

          • Better yet, he needs a PC.

          • Ser2k2

            Maybe PS4 Pro!

          • TDude73

            Not happening, Carly. The Nintendo Switch has been on top of the charts in Japan for the past 10 weeks. 3 million people from around the globe are already enjoying the Nintendo Switch and you f*cking know it. Stay salty, Carly.

        • Stuart

          That’s a weird comparison,since even Nintendo itself tried to sell the Wii U as a “Wii 2.0”.

    • Ser2k2
    • TDude73

      Your name is a disgrace to the entire video gaming community. Nintendo (and NVIDIA) have already created a real console… it’s called the Switch. Get your facts straight! So freaking what if the Joy-Cons are expensive? You have no freaking friends whatsoever. At least the Pro controller costs half of the cost of the Xbox One Elite controller. You don’t belong here, trollingfan. Game over… YOU LOSE!!!!

      • hi v3.0

        LOL REKT XDDD

  • TruExtent

    I’m predicting this sales pace will keep up. Mario Kart always sells well. My question is what will happen when/if Mario Kart 9 (or whatever it’s called) gets made. Will 8 Deluxe be able to still keep up? Hell will they even bother with another Mario Kart if 8 Deluxe is doing the job fine right now?

    Personally, I want to see a Mario & Sonic racing game. That I feel would be able to sell well alongside 8 Deluxe without hurting each other, like Mario Kart 9 might hurt 8 Deluxe’s sales. Plus think about it, 4 racing styles: Kart, Bikes, Running and Hover Boards (Extreme Gear or whatever it was called). I think that would be a blast.

    • wew

      I’d be fine with no MK9 if we get a new entry in any other racing game series like Diddy Kong Racing, F-Zero or Ridge Racer.

    • Ser2k2

      The Mario Kart team is making AMRS right now. I don’t know If will see another Mario Kart soon to Nintendo Switch.

    • masterjedi

      I wonder if we’ll get another racing game at all for Switch. I think it will at least not be until year 3 or so. We already have Fast RMX and now Mario Kart. I suppose somebody could do a realistic racing game like Gran Truismo but after that, I think gamers would start to get genre fatigue. One of the reasons I personally didn’t buy RMX was because I knew I was going to buy Kart and I didn’t want two racing games that close to each other.

      • Stuart

        Well,there is Redout coming later this year. For the rest I think is a wait and see. Maybe if the Switch sells well wnough EA could decided to port the new Need For Speed or the other companies could bring the F1 games.

        • masterjedi

          I forgot about Redout. And I suppose more variety is better.

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