Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has today announced that Mario Kart 8 will be released for the Wii U in May this year. The news of the Mario Kart 8 release date was reported by The Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog during a business strategy meeting held by Nintendo in Japan on Thursday.

Mario Kart 8 is one of our most anticipated titles of 2014 and is the latest installment in the popular arcade racing series. It will be the first Mario Kart game for Nintendo’s Wii U console, and subsequently the first time the series will make the jump to high definition visuals. Mario Kart 8 will also feature anti-gravity gameplay, giving players the ability to drive upside down and on walls.

DS Games coming to Wii U Virtual Console

In other news, Nintendo has also announced that they plan to bring classic DS games to the Wii U Virtual Console. Iwata went on to explain that due to their dual screen gameplay, porting DS games to the Wii U has proved challenging so far. Nintendo did not go into further detail about which games are scheduled for release on the Wii U Virtual Console, or when it plans to make them available.

Mario Kart 8 Release Date - 3DS games on Wii U

Software Sales for Wii U and 3DS

Finally in Nintendo news, Nintendo has recently shared worldwide sales figures for a handful of Wii U and 3DS games. These are lifetime sales figures and include downloads and copies which shipped as part of hardware bundles.

Wii U:

New Super Mario Bros. U – 3.89 million
Super Mario 3D World – 1.94 million
New Super Luigi U – 1.51 million
Wii Party U – 1.24 million
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – 1.15 million

Nintendo 3DS:

Pokémon X/Pokémon Y – 11.16 million
Mario Kart 7 – 9.35 million
New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 7.63 million
Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 7.38 million
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 3.79 million
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – 2 million
Tomodachi Collection – 1.82 million
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – 1.43 million
LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins – 1.11 million

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