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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sales officially surpass 21 million, DLC numbers increase in 2020

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • November 9, 2020 at 7:40 a.m. PST • Comments: 20

Masahiro Sakurai and his team have been taking an already immensely attractive idea in the Super Smash Bros. franchise, and increasingly made it more refined, further fleshed out, and a must-have for personal gaming libraries. Updated sales numbers have come out for the latest entry in the series, 2018's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and they're jaw-dropping.

We heard tell from Sakurai back in September of this year that Ultimate had surpassed the 20 million unit sales mark, but it seems the title has been continuing to chug right along as the latest report finds it having sold a whopping 2,110,000 copies... and there's more.

Not only are people still forking over cash for the game itself, the numbers for the steady stream of downloadable content that has expanded the already brimming roster are going up as well. Though we don't get quite the same specifics here, Nintendo did directly state as much in their recent Investor Relations report.

"Sales of downloadable content such as the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass, Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, and the Fighter Pass Vol.2 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate also increased," it mentions immediately after sharing the following graphic:


Nintendo Switch DLC Sales

As you can see, first quarter digital sales for the Switch are up just shy of a billion yen over the last fiscal year (an 139.4% increase). While this is surely noteworthy, the fact that COVID has ushered so many to go with less social options is the most likely main contributor to this change.

While we don't know precisely how much of this came from Ultimate's neck of the woods, the fact that the company notes the title by name in their report for this section leads us to suspect it was a significant contributor.

In looking at the breakdown for Smash Ultimate's sales numbers, both for the recent quarter and all time, we see that the game sold an impressive 2.26 million copies between April and September of this year alone:

These kinds of numbers are simply unheard of in the fighting game genre. For some reference, 2016's Street Fighter 5 was most recently noted to be around the 4.7 million mark and Capcom's best selling fighting title of all time, Street Fighter 2 for the Super Nintendo, has sold 6.3 million.

NetherRealm Studios' Mortal Kombat X and Mortal Kombat 11 have reached notable heights with around 11 million and 8 million copies sold, respectively, and Bandai Namco's Tekken 7 has broken the 6 million barrier. As encouraging as these numbers are, Nintendo's Smash Ultimate nearly doubles the next runner up's performance.

Despite these lofty reports, Ultimate is not the top dog on Nintendo's overall charts. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (which lends a character or two to Ultimate's roster) has reached 2,604,000 units sold since its release in March of this year, and 2014's Mario Kart 8 remains top dog with 2,899,000.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is currently two of six characters through Fighters Pass Vol. 2, and so fans can expect at least four more fighters and stages to be added to the game as DLC. Given the way things have been trending, however, it's easy to see a future where Sakurai and Nintendo continue beyond.

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