As we continue to unpack Nintendo's latest financial report, it's been discovered Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now the best-selling game in the history of the series.
This follows on from yesterday's news about Nintendo's top ten best-selling Switch games as of 30th September 2019, where Ultimate placed second on the list (right underneath Mario Kart 8 Deluxe), having sold 15.71 million units to date.
In contrast, the previous Smash entries on Wii U and 3DS sold a combined total of 14.91 million units. Before then, Brawl on the Nintendo Wii shifted 13.27 million units. Melee on GameCube sold 7.41 million copies and the original Nintendo 64 game recorded 5.55 million units when the series first started out. Here's a visual:
Considering the latest entry is Masahiro Sakurai's ultimate work, it's no surprise it is now the best-selling entry in the series. The fact there are so many cross-promotions with guest fighters has also likely contributed to its success over time.
Do you own a copy of Smash on Switch? How about the previous games? Comment below.
[source nintendo.co.jp, via resetera.com]
Well deserved, the best entry in the franchise for sure. I did miss Subspace, but Ultimate nails everything else and makes up for it.
All in less than a year. It might top 25 million lifetime.
I’d argue this is the best Switch game period so far. Very well deserved.
@Daldra I know it might sound crazy, but this thing very well might be at 18 million or more by the next report
It sold about a million since last report and we are heading towards the holiday season with Pokémon and Luigi’s mansion and the switch lite to push sales (along other things)
Many will pick up smash as a second game for their new switch
Anyway, so now Smash Ultimate took the crown as the best selling fighting game of all time
That's just a crazy number, especially given that's under a years worth of sales. Excellent game and well deserved.
That's impressive, hopefully Super Smash Bros. 6 would beat that number with an over 100 character roster including Crash Bandicoot, Bullet Bill, Mike Jones, Captain Rainbow, Tatanga, Geno, Dillon, Viewtiful Joe, Skull Kid, Black Shadow, Girahim, Cackletta, Ribbon Girl, Tingle, Isaac, Wart, and Takamaru.
@retro_player_22 Don't get your hopes up. Sakurai had to pull teeth and kiss butts to get everyone back, and the effort to do so isn't something so readily repeated. If we get a Smash 6, it will likely be a reboot of the series paring the roster back.
Should be at 17+ million copies sold by the end of the year.
Will cross 20 milliom copies sold by the end of 2020.
I'd like to see the bar graph with the 3DS and WiiU versions separated.
It deserves it. This time Sakurai actually added looong requested pipe dream fan favorites which generated a lot of hype (Ridley, King K Rool, Banjo Kazooie).
That plus “everyone is here” has made this out to be the best smash yet!
@Narrator1 It could still had an over 100 character roster without any or some of them 3rd party characters though.
@sketchturner About two thirds come from the 3DS there's literally another article on the site right now that has both sales broken down
According to the most recently released sales figures, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS sits between Melee and Brawl at 9.54 million, while for Wii U ranks below the original Super Smash Bros. at 5.37 million, making it the lowest selling entry in the series.
My favorite entry in the series.
Its a shame the online is hot garbage though
@Spudtendo is the game decent single player? I don't really game online or multiplayer much. I have enjoyed previous games in the series, just not sure if I want to dive in at full price if the single player is lacking.
@Sakisa Yes and no. Gameplay-wise, yes it's probably the best. I really enjoyed Smash 4. I had LOADS of games on Wii U, but it was by far my most played game there, and Smash Ultimate is much better than Smash 4 in all things except one that is extremely important (to me anyway)- playing online!
It's made me quite unhappy with the game. I spent almost all the hundreds upon hundreds of hours I put in Smash 4 playing online and it's the same with Smash Ultimate now. The difference is here most of that time has been spent waiting to find a match to play online. Sometimes spending 30-40mins just to find a match. Just ridiculous! Such a huge install base and it's taking forever to find a match?! And then some really poor gameplay choices like why can't you have local co-op in Battle arenas online?? You can find a nice arena in Battle Arena and once the host leaves, the room is shut down instead of making someone else there the new host. And what is the point of adding, as friends, people you played in the game when there's no way to invite them to a game. They now have Online Game Invites and none of their games support it. Not even Smash which would have benefitted massively from that. They add Online tourneys and then fill it up with bots! I'm sure Mortal Kombat 11 install base on Switch is nowhere near the number of Smash Ultimate players but I find people to play with online quite easily. Splatoon which is another Nintendo IP has very decent online gameplay. Smash Ultimate online gameplay is just terrible!
I still hope they add a big DLC where they drop a bomb like a new Subspace. Man the story in that whas brilliant, or they save that for a new smashbros.
Well, it has "Ultimate" in its name, so I'm not surprised by this at all. SSBU is the only game in the world where Mario, Link, and Donkey Kong can join forces with Cloud Strife, Snake, Banjo-Kazooie, and Bayonetta and beat the living crap out of Sonic!
It deserves all the sales it gets! There will never be a game like this anymore!
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again:
Nintendo needs to keep porting this absolute gem of a title to new consoles, adding new things every time. A crossover of this magnitude may never happen again, so why not cut out most of the work and shove work you’ve already done onto a new console?
I'm glad Ultimate is #1! I've played all the games in the series but I only own Brawl, 3DS, and Ultimate. I hope that for future installment they just port Ultimate and add on DLC. Maybe add a different story mode to future ports but the base game needs to just be ported from here on out. I don't see how the game's mechanics can get better from here.
Very well deserved - it's one of my favorite games of all time - but I don't understand why it's just now making headlines. Sakurai himself considers the 3DS and Wii U versions separate games, so going by that logic, Smash Ultimate surpassed Brawl basically around launch.
I would say so. Not a huge fan of the series historically myself and I don’t play multiplayer much but I’ve really enjoyed this instalment.
Uhm..this has been a thing for a while now? Event Hubs reported on this way back when it hit 12 million.
And for the record; I think it's unfair to roll Smash Bros 4 into 1 full game. That version had 2 copies and 1 of them was on the very popular Nintendo 3DS and even the Nintendo Wii U actually pulled in a lot of effort there so to roll them into 1 isn't really fair to the games that only had 1 game on 1 console. Heck, Sakurai himself even considers them separate games.
@Spudtendo The game mostly nails everything but my gosh, that online needs work.
If they make another smash they should worry about more of a story mode. (Ultimate basically is for all the characters) I know there was a story mode on Ultimate but it wasn't very good and you kinda had to grind a bit to get everything in it, But in smash six they should actually make a SUBSPACE EMISSARY two and keep all the original characters and add some new ones that would be great. I'm pretty sure if there was another smash (Smash 6) there probably wouldn't be as many characters in Ultimate.
@NCChris Online does need quite of bit of work and some of there other games. Kirby super klash this game lags like crazy
@retro_player_22 Sakurai himself even said there's no chance the roster will be this big after this game
Also like it or not, third party characters are probably just as integral to the series as first party reps at present. I doubt the next game is going to solely be just Nintendo characters, tho I expect a larger focus on them to make up for fans who may have been disappointed by the abundance of third party franchises in this game, although I personally love seeing characters like Joker and Terry here
Ultimate is great. Still wish it had a few more features.
@BlueBlur101 He's said similar things in the past.
@LUIGITORNADO yeah but do you really think he's going to be willing and able to program a 100+ character roster for the second consecutive time
He has calcific tendinitis in his right arm
He's only human and he should develop games based on how well he can simultaneously manage his welfare too
@BlueBlur101 so he takes.a less involved approach. He’s getting older anyway. Surely Nintendo needs to be looking at how they’ll continue the series without him.
Smashbros and mariokart are the games i can play like forever.
I even play smashbros 64 sometimes lol
@LUIGITORNADO I'd want him to but he seems like the kind of director that won't step away from what he's working on until the literal day he dies. He's really dedicated to Smash it seems
@BlueBlur101 In his younger years he expressed interest in getting out, supposedly Iwata had convinced him to stay. I wonder if he feels obligated to see the series out with Iwata's passing. It's kind of a morbid thought.
@LUIGITORNADO I mean if you saw his Famitsu Game Awards speech Sakurai actually developed Ultimate in Iwata's memory, so it's less morbid, more melancholic.
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