UK retailers look to Mario Kart 8 for Wii U success


With the likes of Pikmin 3, Sonic Lost World, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and Super Mario 3D World unable to dramatically reverse Wii U sales, UK retailers are pinning their hopes on the gravity-defying Mario Kart 8 to attract consumers.

Speaking under anonymity, an online games store even went as far as calling the racer the “one real last chance for Wii U.” The Wii U exclusive’s release, alongside a price cut, are largely seen as the short-term solutions to ignites interest in Nintendo’s console.

“There is only one real last chance for Wii U and it is Mario Kart 8,” they stated. “It could still be the game that sparks interest in Wii U, but it would need to be combined with a more mass market retail price.”

One of the UK’s biggest retailers added, “A sub-£200 machine will help, and Mario Kart is desperately needed to reach the fans. We also need something revolutionary that makes use of the second screen and has mainstream appeal, which is easier said than done.”

[Thanks MCV]

Alex Seedhouse
After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.
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