Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Had the Best Launch Month of Any Video Game Exclusive Ever

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Had the Best Launch Month of Any Video Game Exclusive Ever

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a bonafide hit.

The NPD video game sales report for December 2018 is out and the clear winner is Nintendo. Both the Nintendo Switch and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate finished the month as the best-selling hardware and software for December 2018. Not only that, but Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was the fifth best-selling game in all of 2018 despite NPD not tracking digital sales.

Nintendo dominated NPD’s sales report for December 2018. The Nintendo Switch hardware generated the highest December month hardware sales for any platform since the Nintendo Wii back in 2009. The Switch was also 2018’s best-selling hardware in terms of both units sold and dollars generated.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate had an even more impressive performance in December, becoming the number one selling game for that month. As a note, NPD doesn’t track Nintendo’s digital sales, so Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s huge success only considers the physical sales.

Furthermore, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate had the best launch month dollar sales for any video game platform exclusive in history. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate easily ended the year as the fifth best-selling game in 2018, edging out games like Marvel's Spider-Man and God of War. This is also only after a month in retail. Nintendo ended 2018 as the highest software revenue generating publisher of the year, something the company hasn’t been since 2009.

Top 10 Games in 2018

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2

  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4^

  3. NBA 2K19

  4. Madden NFL 19^

  5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*

  6. Marvel's Spider-Man

  7. Far Cry 5

  8. God of War 2018

  9. Monster Hunter: World

  10. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

December 2018 Top 10 Games

  1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*

  2. Red Dead Redemption 2

  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4^

  4. Battlefield 5^

  5. NBA 2K19

  6. Mario Kart 8*

  7. Madden NFL 19^

  8. Super Mario Party*

  9. Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu*

  10. Marvel's Spider-Man

Xbox One Top 10 Games for December 2018

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2

  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

  3. Battlefield 5

  4. Madden NFL 19

  5. NBA 2K19

  6. Forza Horizon 4

  7. Assassin's Creed Odyssey

  8. Just Cause 4

  9. Grand Theft Auto 5

  10. FIFA 19

PS4 Top 10 Games for December 2018

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2

  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

  3. Marvel's Spider-Man

  4. NBA 2K19

  5. Battlefield 5

  6. Madden NFL 19

  7. Just Cause 4

  8. FIFA 19

  9. Assassin's Creed Odyssey

  10. Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Nintendo Switch Top 10 Games for 2018*

  1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  2. Mario Kart 8

  3. Super Mario Party

  4. Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu

  5. Pokemon: Let's Go Eevee

  6. Super Mario Odyssey

  7. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

  8. Splatoon 2

  9. Minecraft

  10. Just Dance 2019

*Digital sales not included

^PC digital sales not included

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Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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