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Mario Kart Wii Scorches Off the Grid in the UK

by Greg Leahy - April 15, 2008, 9:10 pm EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Chart Track

Mario's latest Wii release becomes Nintendo UK's fastest seller yet as it racks up the eighth biggest first week of all-time on any format.

Mario Kart Wii's uncharacteristically early launch across Europe on Friday of last week has paid huge dividends for Nintendo UK, generating the eighth largest number of sales in a first week of all-time for the British market.

The blistering sales pace of Mario's latest trip to the racetrack ranks as the most successful game launch in Nintendo UK's history, dwarfing all of its previous software hits on Wii by a wide margin. In fact, Mario Kart Wii's colossal first week managed to exceed the combined launch totals of the five previously released Wii games bearing Mario's name. These include the highly acclaimed Super Mario Galaxy, as well as the enduringly successful Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, which retained its place in the top three of last week's All Formats Chart.

The complete Chart Track All Formats software top ten for last week can be seen below:

Mario Kart Wii - Nintendo

Gran Turismo 5: Prologue - Sony

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games - Sega

Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 - Konami

Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 - Ubisoft

Condemned 2 - Sega

Wii Play - Nintendo

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - Activision

Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Activision

Carnival - Funfair Games - 2K Play


MarioApril 16, 2008

Something interesting here is that it barely impacted Mario & Sonics sales at all. I wonder if Brawl can co-exist with those two as well.

TanookisuitApril 16, 2008

Did someone forget to tell them it sucks?

Quote from: Mario

I wonder if Brawl can co-exist with those two as well.

Not to worry; it's never coming out in Europe.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterApril 16, 2008

Quote from: Tanookisuit

Did someone forget to tell them it sucks?

Mario and Sonic was a solid game and I think it deserves the sales.

And Crimm beat me to the punch.

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