Super Smash Bros Ultimate Sells 3 Million Copies, Making it the Switch's Fastest-Selling Game

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Sells 3 Million Copies, Making it the Switch's Fastest-Selling Game

These brothers are smashing Nintendo's sales records.

It's beginning to look at lot like a Merry Christmas for Nintendo. According to Nintendo of America, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch sold 3 million units in 11 days. That makes it the fastest-selling Switch game so far.

Nintendo distributed a cheerful press release earlier today announcing the Switch sold 8.7 million consoles between its launch in March 2017 and November 2018, making it the fastest-selling console of this generation. According to the NPD data firm, Nintendo is also the top-selling publisher f 2018. Moreover, digital eShop sales are up 105% in 2017 over 2018, and Nintendo's hardware unit and dollar sales are at the highest they've been since 2011.

More numbers supplied by the NPD indicate many of Nintendo's previous first-party releases for the Switch are huge hits. Pokémon Let's Go is a million-seller, as is another recent release, Super Mario Party. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate already sold over 1.2 million copies in Japan alone. Other hits include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (over 4 million sold), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (over 5 million) and Super Mario Odyssey (4.7 million).

Our friends at Gamesindustry.biz report Nintendo's enjoying success in Europe as well, and that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the fastest-selling Nintendo console title ever. Spoiler alert for next year: More great Switch games are coming in 2019.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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