Hardware sales soar in June

Never watch dogsunderestimate the power of a price cut.

On the heels of Microsoft lowering the cost of the Xbox One by $100, video game hardware sales in June more than doubled the totals of the prior year, coming in at $292.7 million last month, according to the NPD Group.

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Mario Kart 8 gives Wii U a huge sales boost

Mario Mario-Kart-salesKart 8 is proving to be quite the power-up for Nintendo’s Wii U.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told Yahoo Games that the kart racer has resulted in a significant bump in hardware sales since it hit store shelves in May, and the company has high hopes for that trend to continue.

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Nintendo to offer pricier Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle

Nintendo’s MarioKart8counting on its biggest game of the year to spur people to buy a Wii U.

The company, somewhat predictably, plans to bundle Mario Kart 8 with its console system, throwing in the now familiar Wii steering wheel and a Wii controller as well.

It’s a move that makes plenty of sense. Mario Kart might be familiar territory, but it has historically been a system mover for the company. What’s baffling us is the price.

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Taking a spin with a real-world Mario Kart

The marioKart8game might be named after him, but there was no way I was going to let Mario win this race. After all, this is apparently still the year of Luigi.

That sort of competitive thinking generally goes through my mind whenever I play Mario Kart on a couch, but when you’re sitting in a real Kart with real speed boosts and obstacles, it’s only amplified.

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