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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate deemed number one Nintendo Switch title of 2018 even before launch

If Smash is a fighting game that means the Switch's biggest title this year is a fighting game

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • November 17, 2018 at 5:24 p.m. PST • Comments: 19

It seems like just last week the commercial featuring giant, plush versions of Mario, Yoshi, Donkey Kong and others beating each other up on a beautiful afternoon to The Beatles' "So Happy Together" was on... but it was actually January of 1999.

With nearly 20 years of carnage now under its belt, the Super Smash Bros. franchise is on the verge of releasing its biggest and baddest title yet: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Ultimate will be a Nintendo console exclusive, coming to the Switch on December 7th. Despite dropping a week into the last month of the year, Business Insider has deemed Ultimate the biggest Nintendo game of 2018, and we're not disagreeing.

Indeed the franchise's last entry, Smash Wii-U/3DS, has sold a combined total of 14.7 million copies worldwide since its release in 2014, with 9.35 million of that coming from the handheld version alone.

Ultimate is certainly busting out the big guns as it will bring with it every single character that's ever been in a Smash title previously as well as a handful of new faces. This means a whopping 74-fighter roster (76 if you count Pokemon Trainer as three) with more DLC newcomers to periodically join throughout 2019.

Nintendo has not been shy about how much push its putting behind this fifth Smash installment. The company highlighted Ultimate with the main spotlight during its 2018 E3 presentation, and has showcased the upcoming title in all of its Directs, making it the central focus of two of them.

Without a Zelda or Mario title to contend with, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate very much looks to be the Switch's hardest hitter of 2018. Now the question is whether or not it will be enough to get console unit sales up from 6 million to Nintendo's 20 million sale goal by the end of the year.

Trailer source: IGN.

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