A new challenger has appeared for the title of Nintendo’s biggest UK launch on the Switch, and it seems as though nothing is slowing Super Smash Bros Ultimate down following last week's launch. Not only has Ultimate beat its predecessors to become the most successful launch in the series so far, the game has sold more physical copies than Nintendo’s other flagship titles in its first weekend.
Although digital video games sales have seen a marked increase in recent years, Super Smash Bros Ultimate has managed to sell more cartridges than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, according to Chart-Track. Ultimate even managed to edge out the combined sales of Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee. As usual, Chart-Track doesn’t document digital sales, which are sure to help smash previous records.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate sees a 60 percent improvement upon the Wii’s Super Smash Bros Brawl, the last major success story in the series. Debatably less impressive due to the Switch’s adoption rate versus the Wii U is the 300 percent improvement upon its direct predecessor, Smash 4.
Nintendo is undoubtedly banking on its biggest Smash to date to fulfil the Switch’s lofty end-of-year sales targets, which were previously deemed just out of reach. With Persona 5’s Joker and more unexpected DLC characters to eventually enter the fray, it’s onward and upward for Smash fans.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- FIFA 19
- Battlefield 5
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Just Cause 4
- COD: BLOPS 4
- Spyro: Reignited Trilogy
- Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu
One of the most surprising things revealed by Chart-Track’s latest update is Square Enix’s Just Cause 4. Having released just last week, it looks as though the open world game has failed to impress the physical market, falling 60 percent from Just Cause 3. Hopefully its digital sales will prove to be a saving grace.
KitGuru Says: Having played Super Smash Bros Ultimate over the weekend, I can safely say that Nintendo delivers on its promise to provide the biggest crossover thus far– sorry Marvel. Its RPG-esque World of Light Adventure Mode is also a pleasure to go through, proving to be much more expansive than its first glance. Have you been playing the new Smash?