After over a year of anticipation, Nintendo finally unleashed Mario Kart 8 onto the world. The game, which is the first HD instalment in Nintendo’s long-running racing franchise obviously received a Bullet Bill as it stormed through the weekly video game charts, confidently crossing the finish line of the All Format Chart in second place (and third place on the individual format chart), making it the highest charting Wii U game since the console’s launch back in November 2012 and the second strongest launch in the series’ history. The launch of the game also saw a phenomenal 666% increase in sales of the Wii U console, with 82% of them being the Mario Kart 8 Premium Pack.
The number one slot however, was predictably taken by Ubisoft’s Watch_Dogs, which launched on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, XBox 360 and XBox One earlier in the week. Its sales were so strong that the title has earned the accolade of being the highest selling new IP in UK video game history, beating the previous record holder by more than half its sales. The open-world hacking-focused game will be released on the Wii U later in the year.