Nintendo’s Mario Kart DLC Is The Best (And Also The Worst)

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Nintendo Mario Kart Mercedes DLCNintendo has seen better times. Back in June, the company announced a quarterly loss despite tripling sales of its flagship console, the Wii U. The numbers were bad, but look even worse when looking back with context: if Nintendo sold the Wii U at the same rate as the previous quarter for a year, it would only sell about 2 million units. Sony’s PlayStation 4 has sold five times that since its launch last November.

As a company that sells both hardware and software, a small install base is terrible news for Nintendo. Yes, people love Nintendo’s various franchises, but even if the company can practically be assured that hardcore fans will buy several of its games for the Wii U, with too few consoles out in the wild it can’t profitably sell the games it spends years developing. This small install base also keeps third-party developers from releasing titles…

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