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Mario Kart Wii (Yes, Wii) sells 100k in the FY ending March 2019

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Doing better than a lot of launch games.



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These news are making me upset. The Wii had some gems in it's library, and they weren't commercially successful; Fragile Dreams, The Last Story, The Crystal Bearers, Excitebots Trick Racing, etc. They died on release date, meanwhile Mario is out here selling 100k over a decade after release.



When ever the amazon US top 100 cools down a bit, Mario Kart Wii reappears on the list. It's quite funny.
But one day it will be the last time MK Wii was on the chart and we won't know until years after :(



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Kuksenkov said:
These news are making me upset. The Wii had some gems in it's library, and they weren't commercially successful; Fragile Dreams, The Last Story, The Crystal Bearers, Excitebots Trick Racing, etc. They died on release date, meanwhile Mario is out here selling 100k over a decade after release.

It is a shame that a lot of excellent Wii games got overlooked; I'd add the likes of Sin & Punishment Star Successor and Silent Hill Shattered Memories to that list. Still, I don't begrudge Mario Kart its success. It really did earn it, it bridged the new and traditional gamer demographics arguably better than any other game on the console. Its chaotic multiplayer mayhem was something almost anybody could sit back and enjoy on the couch with friends and family, from the blue ocean crowd brought in by Wii Sports to those who'd been gaming for decades.

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Freaking amen. I never understood the hate it got, it's the best in the series after MK8 in my book.

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From about 2011 onward, I saw it as the normie Mario Kart. While I played Double Dash, DS, 7, 8, etc. so many people think of Mario Kart Wii. I don't see MK8D outselling it, but MK8D is doing insanely well for a port. I wouldn't have predicted it would be the best-selling game on Switch.



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Shaqazooloo0 said:
I still see it in the Amazon top 100 everytime I check so not surprised it's still selling. I have to wonder why people are still buying after the Wii died and was discontinued though...

Wii software sales sold over 1 million for FY2019, topping the Wii U's 850K for the same time period.



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Wman1996 said:
From about 2011 onward, I saw it as the normie Mario Kart. While I played Double Dash, DS, 7, 8, etc. so many people think of Mario Kart Wii. I don't see MK8D outselling it, but MK8D is doing insanely well for a port. I wouldn't have predicted it would be the best-selling game on Switch.

And that's really what it was. Mario Kart Wii was when they got the foundation for the series right. Calling it the normal Mario Kart, or the first modern Mario Kart would also be a fair description.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is also perhaps the main piece of software driving Switch sales right now. I work in an office, and we play Mario Kart 8 religiously at lunch no less than twice a week (and five times a week when the game was new) since it launched, others see us playing and want in, so they get a Switch. While this is my own anecdote, I can't imagine that this story is not a common one; perhaps a little different depending on the situation, like University campus hangouts or grade school recess waiting places/cafeterias (whatever kids do these days).



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I still find it mind-blowing that new copies of this game are selling. With over 37 million units in the wild surely there are enough second hand copies floating around to meet any remaining demand? And who is buying them? Nintendo stopped manufacturing the Wii in 2013.