We already know that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the best-selling fighting game of all time – it achieved that accolade back in 2019 when it surpassed Street Fighter II in sales – but how does the entire series stack up against its rivals?
As of December 31st 2021, total sales for the whole Smash franchise now stand at almost 69 million units. The N64 original has sold 5.4 million, Melee has sold 7.41 million, Brawl has shifted 13.32 million and Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS has sold 5.38 and 9.63 respectively. Add on the 27.4 million units that Ultimate has sold, and you have 68.54 million copies combined.
Where does that rank against other popular fight game franchises? Daniel Ahmad, Senior Analyst at Niko Partners, has the answer:
Mortal Kombat is still out in front, but Smash has now overtaken both Tekken and Street Fighter in terms of combined sales.