Super Smash Bros. for Wii U pre-orders beat Mario Kart 8 record in US

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Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime recently sat down to speak with Bloomberg, revealing the company’s building confidence behind Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

And there’s a reason for that, with pre-orders having reportedly surpassed those achieved by Mario Kart 8 earlier this year. The riotous racer has sold more than 3.49 million copies worldwide since launching in May, which has helped to double Wii U hardware sales compared to last year – 1.12 million units having been purchased since April.

“The launch of Mario Kart 8 has essentially doubled our Wii U sales year-on-year,” Fils-Aime explained. “Our expectation is that the sell-through for Smash is going to be very strong, certainly on par with what we saw with Mario Kart 8. We think the impact on hardware will be similarly dramatic.”

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