Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crosses 15 million copies sold becoming Nintendo Switch's 2nd best-selling game and perhaps top fighting game ever

And the number 1 game in the series as a whole

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • November 2, 2019 at 9:35 a.m. PDT | Comments: 27

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate hasn't even been available for a whole year yet, but the massive crossover is already one of Nintendo's biggest successes of all time.

Nintendo recently updated their financial data regarding sales for consoles and video games where Smash Ultimate has now sold 15.71 million copies worldwide as of September 30, 2019 which makes it the biggest seller of the series and almost topping the Switch charts as a whole.

This latest push in the last fiscal quarter made Smash beat out both Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild despite being available for a much shorter amount of time.

There's a good chance, however, that Smash may never be the best-selling game on the console as a whole considering Mario Kart is ridiculously popular and has been the top selling title of the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Wii generations — if we discount Wii Sports. MK8 Deluxe currently sits at 19.01 million units on Switch.

Brawl was the previous holder of top-selling Smash game back on the Wii at 13.3 million copies though Smash 4 pushed 14.91 million when you combine the Wii U and 3DS numbers together.

The original Smash on Nintendo 64 reached a total of 5.55 million units worldwide while Melee was actually the top GameCube-era title at 7 million copies.

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It's no surprise that Ultimate would reach heights like these considering it's managed to chart on the NPD sales in the United States and Japanese charts since it launched selling around the same amount of games in its home territory as Street Fighter 5 has worldwide.

Nintendo's hybrid console itself is also doing very well for itself crossing 41.67 million systems in less than three years meaning that over one-third of Switch owners also have a copy of Smash Ultimate sitting around.

Other fighting game titles have also seen strong releases in recent times with Mortal Kombat 11 becoming the top title of 2019 in the U.S. until it was finally dethroned back in September.

As expected from a game with such high sales, Smash Ultimate has also had a strong tournament scene taking the top spot at EVO 2019 for the first time and will next be headlining EVO Japan 2020 as well.

It'll certainly be interesting where everything ends up once the dust has settled though Nintendo seems pretty happy with the performance since they too have gotten in on running officially sponsored events around the world and planning more DLC characters beyond the initial Fighters Pass.

Hell, Smash Ultimate is quite possibly the best-selling fighting game of all time now unless you combine Street Fighter 2 or 4's multiple releases together. That still might not even be enough to beat that now, however.

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