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welshfreak
11-22-2005, 03:53 AM
This article has been swiped from Revo-Europe. Thanks revo europe!

Its official. America is off to the races with Mario Kart DS garnering some impressive first week figures...

Nintendo of America has revealed that in its first week, over 45% of Mario Kart DS buyers have already sampled online play. Utilizing the new Nintendo WiFi Connection, Mario Kart DS becomes the first Nintendo game to use the online service. Sales for the hotly anticipated game exceeded 112k copies, which would mean over 52k unique DS users were seen playing online at some point over the week.

Beth Lewellyn, NOA Senior Director of Public Relations, seemed pleased with the game's first week fortunes:

"We are ecstatic with the results, and this definitely sets the standard for future Wi-Fi online gaming. Mario Kart should easily be a million seller in its life cycle, and we'd love for everyone with the game to touch the Wi-Fi experience. We've got Animal Crossing just around the corner, and Metroid Prime Hunters next year, with more to come."

Note that these early returns fall well short of Nintendo President Satoru Iwata's stated desire to see at least 90% of Mario Kart DS users to give online play a spin. However, it should be pointed out that users who have not yet done so will likely eventually give the free service a try due to its relatively pain-free setup. Additionally, the game is primed to experience another significant spike in sales when the special edition Red DS pack-in bundle goes on sale on November 28th in America.

With Europe set to join the online advent of Mario Kart Madness (are you ready?) in short time, tracking the ultimate online user penetration of the title should prove intriguing. One thing is for sure, Mario Kart DS is certainly off to a flying start.

spider-prime
11-22-2005, 05:04 AM
Iwata is still a little crazy with that 90 percent must play online crap.

I wonder how much it will sell once december comes, christmas time always makes people go nuts with buying and Mario Kart is one of those kind of sellers.

justin_credible
11-22-2005, 05:11 AM
heh, funny how fast their stance has changed from "nobody wants to play online" to "90% will play online"

Oh well, Mario Kart needed to be online. It's pretty retarded that battle mode isn't online though, that's what everyone wants.

spider-prime
11-22-2005, 05:15 AM
No, they didn't say, 90 % will play online, they WANT 90% to play online, or they will consider online gameplay a failure.

justin_credible
11-22-2005, 05:39 AM
Well that's even MORE pathetic. Unrealistic expectations only leads to dissapointment.

haruko
11-22-2005, 06:44 AM
bout time the DS was utilised... gotta admit though this version of MK is the best since the original SNES release.

Joe Redifer
11-22-2005, 09:00 AM
It's much better than the SNES version. It is the best MK ever (and yes you can count Mortal Kombat in the "MK").

Icarus4578
11-22-2005, 09:31 AM
112,000? That's it?? I was expecting something like 500k. Nintendo failed to live up to my expectations. Therefore, they must consider themselves failures.

Seraph
11-22-2005, 10:51 AM
This is the first mario kart ive actually gotten into, that says something in itself.

I wonder how many people out there are like our MB members who wont go online until they get that USB adapter? I good portion of our community (at least half) are waiting on that adapter before they play.

welshfreak
11-22-2005, 11:33 AM
I'm waiting for the game. I have a 2wire wireless router but can't see it on the list from Nintendo so I am just praying it will work fine.

spider-prime
11-22-2005, 01:45 PM
well I just found out why my USB adapter didn't ship yet, its backed ordered, I emailed Nintendo and they said its selling online from their store better then they expected.

justin_credible
11-22-2005, 03:54 PM
Nintendo must not like Canadians. You ordered yours before me spider-prime and I got mine yesterday!

Or maybe Nintendo realized putting the USB adaptor in my hands as soon as possible would be a good business decision!

spider-prime
11-22-2005, 04:29 PM
Bastards!!!

zsidane
11-24-2005, 12:51 PM
112,000? That's it?? I was expecting something like 500k. Nintendo failed to live up to my expectations. Therefore, they must consider themselves failures.

Those sales numbers are for the first week!

spider-prime
11-24-2005, 05:05 PM
HURRAY my adapter finally shipped!!!

Icarus4578
11-24-2005, 11:32 PM
Those sales numbers are for the first week!

**sarcasm**

SuperAngelo64
11-25-2005, 02:34 PM
You know maybe it's just me, but I think a good 25% (at least) of those people who purchased MK DS haven't even played it!

It's this thing people do in November called Christmas shopping.

welshfreak
11-25-2005, 02:45 PM
Yeah a sweet old grandma buying the game for her grandson isn't exactly going to be playing hardcore online deathmatches against some guys in Colorado.

MarionetteKazuk
11-25-2005, 02:48 PM
Yeah a sweet old grandma buying the game for her grandson isn't exactly going to be playing hardcore online deathmatches against some guys in Colorado.

I'm not sure about that, this grandma looks pretty hardcore to me

http://img448.imageshack.us/img448/2070/grandma8rs.jpg

Nindalf
11-25-2005, 02:51 PM
http://www.dumpalink.com/media/1132138191/Granny_Gamer

Ryu1Revline
11-25-2005, 09:27 PM
That video was hilarious. She has some pretty good reflexes for a granny, Psychonauts is a challenging game.