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Nintendo had a pleasingly successful holiday season in the UK market, selling enough physical games to become the best-selling publisher of December.

According to GamesIndustry.biz, a major portion of this success came thanks to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which sold an impressive 284,155 copies at retail. Other titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! also had a solid month, with Mario Kart actually joining Smash in the top ten for overall sales.

Nintendo didn't manage to walk away with top spot in the December charts - Red Dead Redemption 2, FIFA 19, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 all outsold Smash Ultimate - but the combined presence of major Nintendo titles meant that 29.5% of all physical sales were for the Nintendo Switch (slightly behind PS4's 39.7% total).

Of course, the PS4's top games all come from a variety of publishers, however, allowing Nintendo-published games to take top spot by accounting for 19.3% of all games sold; EA came in second with 13.6% (FIFA 19, Battlefield V, and more).

Here are the top 20 best-selling games in the UK for December 2018 (physical only):

1) Red Dead Redemption 2
2) FIFA 19
3) Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
4) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
5) Battlefield V
6) Spyro Reignited Trilogy
7) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
8) Forza Horizon 4
9) Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
10) Spider-Man
11) Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle
12) Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu
13) Assassin's Creed Odyssey
14) Just Cause 4
15) Fallout 76
16) Super Mario Party
17) WWE 2K19
18) Just Dance 2019
19) Shadow of the Tomb Raider
20) Grand Theft Auto V

Are you surprised to see Nintendo come out on top, or is that exactly what you would have expected with the release of Smash? Share your thoughts with us below.

[via gamesindustry.biz]