Masahiro Sakurai: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold over 5 million copies in its first week... I deeply appreciate the developers and players

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • January 18, 2019 at 6:20 p.m. PST

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a game that was creating quite the stir after its announcement among fans thanks to its "everyone is here" tagline. The developers clearly went out of their way to meet fan demand. Not surprisingly, it has been reported that the game has sold extremely well.

In fact, the game sold over 1.2 million units in Japan just three days after launch. We also learned that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is currently the fastest selling Switch title and the fastest selling Super Smash Bros. entry.

Nintendo Everything recently released a translation of a Famitsu column featuring Masahiro Sakurai himself. He took the time to express his appreciation for the developers and fans for the success of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

"Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold over 5 million copies in its first week – that's the most of any of Nintendo's games for home consoles," said Sakurai. "I deeply appreciate the developers and fans of each title, and of course, the players. Again, thank you so much."

Sakurai has stated many times before that the development of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was very difficult — as if the 74 character roster wasn't proof of this alone. He's stated before that the "everyone is here" theme almost didn't happen so his gratitude towards the developers for letting him use their characters is to be understood.

"Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold over 5 million copies in its first week – that's the most of any of Nintendo's games for home consoles. I deeply appreciate the developers and fans of each title, and of course, the players." — Masahiro Sakurai

Interestingly enough, Sakurai stated that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold more during its first week for Nintendo's games on home consoles. This seems to imply that this could be the fastest selling Nintendo console game of all time.

Previous reports have indicated that Super Smash Bros. 64 has sold about 5.55 million, Super Smash Bros. Melee has sold about 7.41 million, Super Smash Bros. Brawl has sold about 13.29 million, and Super Smash Bros. 4 has sold a combined — 3DS and Wii U — 14.69 million units worldwide.

Sakurai also mentioned that he's been playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate during his free time. He mentioned that there are "going to be regrets on the development side of things [as] not everything always goes according to plan."

Notably though, he never goes into detail about what those regrets are. Previously it's been stated that Sakurai has never been completely satisfied with the final product. It looks like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might not be an exception.

As ambitious as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is, it sounds as though there were a few things that didn't work out as intended. Like previous Smash games, there's likely some scrapped content.

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