Super Smash Bros. Ultimate becomes Nintendo Switch's fastest-selling game

James Marshall
December 20, 2018

Nintendo has sold 8.7 million Switch consoles since its launch 21 months ago, making it the fastest-selling video game systems in the US during that time, according to data from the NPD Group. In its first 21 months of availability, Nintendo has sold more than 8.7 million systems in the USA, outpacing all other current-gen systems through the same point in their life cycles.

Just this morning Nintendo shared the news with Destructoid that the Switch is the "fastest-selling U.S. console". Ultimate and Switch sales in Europe and the U.S. Nintendo previously reported that the Switch had sold 8.2 million units as of November 26, according to Adobe Analytics. Now that the fighter has sold over three million copies in the first 11 days of being available in the USA, the Big N has announced that this marks the fastest selling game for the Nintendo Switch.

According to a press release from the company, Smash Ultimate has hit launch sales which are more than 80 per cent higher than Super Mario Odyssey.

The publisher explains that this is their best year, sales-wise, since 2011 (that's five years after the Wii was released and after the Wii Fit craze: notable releases that year include Skylanders, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Super Mario 3D Land, Zelda Skyward Sword and Rayman Origins). They've grown 105% over 2017.


Nintendo Australia has just announced that Super Smash Bros. The game also sold 3 million units in just 11 days in the United States, according to gamesindustry.biz.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has nudged Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption II into second spot, which has been top dog for most weeks since its release.

In addition to the fast-selling Super Smash Bros.

The company's website hasn't updated global sales for the Nintendo Switch nor the system's top-selling software since September.

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