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Following the sales data estimates for the Japanese release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Famitsu has now published official sales numbers confirming the game sold exactly 1,238,358 million copies in its launch week. This figure reportedly does not include digital sales.

As we noted previously, this makes Ultimate the biggest Nintendo-published game launch in Japan ever, not including the Pokémon series. It's also the best debut for the Smash series in Japan and the highest opening week for a Switch game. Ultimate also improved Nintendo's hybrid console sales last week. Famitsu said the system shifted 278,313 units compared to the previous week when it sold 107,450 units. This has helped domestic Switch sales surpass the six million mark.

Compared to existing Switch launch sales, Ultimate has smashed the competition. Last month's Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! sold 552,000 copies locally and the month before this Super Mario Party sold 131,000 copies on release. In 2017, Splatoon 2 shifted 631,000 copies at launch and Super Mario Odyssey followed this up with 514,000 sales.