Wii will, Wii will, rock you.
Ladies and gentlemen, what a time it is to be alive right now.
We’re living in 2019 where a game from two generations ago managed to outsell a newer iteration from its ongoing series. That game being Mario Kart Wii, which debuted on the Wii over 11 years ago.
The Wii was the clear-cut winner that generation fencing against the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, which both still sold great, but couldn’t quite reach the Wii in lifetime sales.
On the other hand, you had the abysmal Wii U, which from a marketing sales point, was a complete failure, forcing Nintendo to do a console refresh much earlier than anticipated. This latest sales figure was unfortunately another shot at the Wii U, getting outsold by an older game during the last year’s fiscal year.
Mario Kart Wii hovered from 37.10 million units sold to 37.20 million, while Mario Kart 8 went from 8.42 million to 8.44 million. To this day, Mario Kart 8 remains one of the best selling Wii U games, but the market only allowed it to sell 13.56 million worldwide.
Thankfully for Nintendo, they re-released Mario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Switch in 2017, under the new name of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which to this date, has sold an outstanding 16.69 million copies.