Mario Kart DS sales and online success

After being on sale for one week in the America, Mario Kart DS has sold over 112,000 copies. While the successful sales of one of Nintendo’s flagship titles isn’t surprising consider it’s long history, the sheer number of people taking it online through WiFi connection is, 45% have already come online after seven days. Compare this to Halo 2’s 18% online after three weeks and you can paint a pretty picture. There won’t be a lack of players as Europe & Asia go online at the start of December, that’s for sure.

According to Beth Lewellyn of Nintendo, it’s a guaranteed million seller worldwide. Launching online gaming on the DS alongside Mario Kart is Tony Hawk’s American Sk8land. Pre-orders are flying off the shelves in Japan for Animal Crossing Wild World with an expected half a million day-one sales, but let’s not forget about those looking forward to next years Metroid Prime Hunters, which was delayed just to add the much needed online component for deathmatches. With many more online videogames from third parties to come, to be continued…