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Mario Kart 8 quadrupled US Wii U sales rates

Game achieves attach rate of 18 percent

Mario Kart 8 multiplied Wii U sales by 4.1 week over week in the US, Nintendo has reported.

[E3 2014: All the news | All the Nintendo news | All the Sony news | All the Microsoft news | All the new Xbox One/PS4 games | All the videos and trailers]That's compared to a 2.4 times boost for 3DS in the same period of Mario Kart 7's release. The figures were provided in a Nintendo meeting at E3, attended by games analyst David Gibson.

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Nintendo noted that Mario Kart 8 sold 450,000 units in its first three days on store shelves in the US. That's compared to 250,000 in the first three days for Mario Kart 7, which released on Nintendo 3DS in December 2011. The latest game in the kart racing series sold 1.2 million overall in its first weekend of availability.

The attach rate for the game - or the percentage of Wii U console owners who also purchased the game - was 18 percent, versus 7 percent for 3DS.

Retail monitor Chart-Track previously announced that Wii U sales jumped by 666 percent in the UK after the release of Mario Kart 8.

"This is Nintendo serving up unprecedented helpings of joy as only it can," we said in our Mario Kart 8 review. "Each and every track is a delight to experience," it reads, and "the master of karting is a real looker to boot."

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