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Mario Kart 8 nears 3m sales, but can't drive Wii U recovery

System sales remain sluggish despite year-on-year increase

Nintendo has sold more than 2.8 million copies of Mario Kart 8 since the game launched at the end of May.

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That means nearly a half of all Wii U owners (of which there are believed to be about 6.6 million) have purchased a copy of the game, representing a significantly high attach rate.

However, the latest entry in Nintendo's money-spinning racing series didn't manage to considerably broaden the system's appeal to new audiences.

About 510,000 Wii U consoles were sold during the three months ending in June, which represents a year-on-year increase, though not enough to make a meaningful change to lifetime system sales.

Wii U sales now stand at 6.68 million units. Nintendo plans to ship several major games for the console this year, including Smash Bros, Bayonetta 2 and Hyrule Warrriors.

For the first quarter of the current financial year, Nintendo lost £57.2 million.

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