Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold almost 18 million copies

Jan 30 2020 2 min read

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Nintendo has shared the updated sales figures for its latest console and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate through 2019. The numbers are up from the third quarter, which also garnered excellent results. 

The Nintendo Switch sold 52.48 million consoles worldwide by the end of last year, which means it sold roughly 11 million units during the holiday season. That final sales push for the year is almost the equivalent of the total Wii U units sold during that console’s entire lifespan. This figure places the Switch beneath the NES (62.91 million units) and above the SNES (49.10 million units), some of the companies highest selling consoles. 

The Switch now accounts for about 96% of all revenue for Nintendo, with the Switch Lite selling 19 million units since its September release. The hybrid console sold 20.21 million units in 2019, 17.41 million in 2018, and 14.86 million in 2017. Nintendo’s handheld devices are known to sell quite well, but the Switch still has some way to go if its to catch up to the sales figures of devices like the Game Boy Advance and 3DS.  

As for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it took Street Fighter 2’s place as the highest-selling fighting game of all time before the year ended. In the third quarter, the game had sold 15.71 million units, but gained another 2 million by December 31, taking it up to 17.68 million copies. However, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe still beats it as the best selling Switch game to date. 


Pokémon Sword and Shield are looking to overtake Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as they sold 16.06 million copies in less than two months. Given time, they could even surpass Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as well. 

With Pokémon Sword and Shield releasing DLC and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Fighter Pass 2 also on the way, there are still a lot of incentives for new players to purchase these games. While the Pokémon games were released more recently, the multiplayer and esports aspect of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate could still see it sell a lot more copies yet.  


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