The Success of 'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' Underscores How Badly Wii U Flopped


#1

To many people, it's like 'Mario Kart 8' never existed before last week. Nintendo would be smart to take advantage of this.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/the-success-of-mario-kart-8-deluxe-underscores-how-badly-wii-u-flopped

#2

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe almost makes me wish I never picked the game up for WiiU. This just seems like A Better Version in all ways, but I can’t justify spending 60 dollars on it when I already own the game, even if I own a version with less stuff in it.

At least I got Wind Waker HD for free, I guess?


#3

There’s probably quite a few games that would vastly outsell their Wii U counterparts if they had Switch versions. They’re good games (MK8 carried me through a lot of travelling time this weekend), and to be honest I know a lot of people are just really hungry for more Switch titles.


#4

yeah i mean the wii u was a massive failure duh.

E: when you sell worse than the gamecube, then you know something is wrong. It was a disaster from the start.


#5

I’m beginning to think that a slate of ports (BotW being, in many ways, a launch-day port) would have been a smart move for Nintendo.


#6

Heh. Just another frustration on my part as a late buyer for the Wii U. Heh. Although, I still really enjoy this older console and Mario Maker is a blast. It’s the console I can play with my daughter (until I inevitably get the Switch), and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve played of the original Mario Kart 8.

Too bad about that ol’ Wii U, though. :stuck_out_tongue:


#7

I would fully support a re-release of most great Wii U games onto the Switch. I’ve already purchased Mario Kart, and I’d happily pick up some of the other classic Wii U titles.

Also, who wants some new Kirby and Metroid action on the Switch?


#8

I’m always pleasantly surprised how easy it is to find games of Mario Kart 8 online on Wii U, even after Deluxe came out. Feels like the few people who bought Wii Us are pretty dedicated to them.


#9

I’m glad people are enjoying MK8. It’s a really good Mario Kart game. As someone who won’t be getting a switch anytime soon, I’m just sad that the WiiU version will now be forever lacking a tolerable battle mode. I hope Nintendo does re-release more of the WiiU library on the Switch though. Give some of those games a better chance.


#10

45% attach rate on launch day is fucking bonkers


#11

It pretty much underlines the situation of the WiiU: great games, but hampered-down by some very questionable tech and marketing decisions.


#12

When I heard Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was coming out last Friday, I kind of scoffed at paying $60 for a port. But when I had multiple friends who owned a Wii U tell me it was the best Mario Kart in years, my resolve wavered, and I’m glad it did. I haven’t owned a Mario Kart since the Nintendo 64, and I had a bunch of fun playing this over the weekend.

I really hope they start porting over other Wii U exclusives. Mario Maker Deluxe would be killer.


#13

I intend to get a Switch and a lot of my hope is that it can make up for games I’ve missed on Wii U, but also classics all the way up to the Gamecube.


#14

Hopefully this leads them to re-release Tokyo Mirage Sessions on Switch.


#15

At this point i’ve pretty much mentally prepared myself for the reality that i’m just taking the L on the wii u and rebuying everything on the switch. Let’s just put Smash and Mario 3D World on there and call it a day.


#16

I bought MK8 for Switch because I felt like if I owned a nintendo console I should probably have Mario Kart and I had some trade in value at my local game shop, but I was not hyped at all, didn’t think it would take my attention away from other stuff

3 days later I’ve played 150+ online races, I can’t stop. I won’t stop. I can’t wait to tether my switch to my phone on my lunch break at work tomorrow