Nintendo has provided some new information on how the Nintendo Switch and the recently released Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are faring in the US and to no surprise both are on fire.
Nintendo has announced that the Nintendo Switch is now the fastest-selling game system this generation in the United States. Not only that but Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is off to an incredible start having sold over three million copies in the first 11 days it’s been on sale in the US. We also know Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold around 1.3 million in Japan in the first three days and Nintendo Europe announced it’s the fastest selling Nintendo home console game of all time.
— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) December 18, 2018
You can read the full statement Nintendo released below for more information on the precise Switch numbers as well as an update on how some other Nintendo Switch games are selling.
Nintendo Switch has become the fastest-selling video game system of this hardware generation through 21 months, according to The NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States. From its launch in March 2017 through November 2018, Nintendo Switch has sold more than 8.7 million units, outpacing United States sales of all other current-generation systems at the same point in their life cycles.
Nintendo is also the overall top-selling United States software publisher so far for 2018, according to NPD data through November. This performance should receive an additional boost from the December release of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game, which has become not only the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time, but also the fastest-selling game in the Super Smash Bros. series, with United States sales of over three million units in just 11 days, according to Nintendo’s internal sales data.
“We are thrilled to see such a strong reaction from consumers in the second holiday season for Nintendo Switch,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We’re looking forward to delivering more excitement and smiles to our fans in the coming year and beyond.”
The following data from Nintendo of America is specific to the United States only:
- Nintendo hardware unit and dollar sales for 2018 are at their highest annual totals since 2011.
- Nintendo eShop sales have grown 105 percent over 2017.
- Evergreen Nintendo Switch games have set new milestones, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling over four million and five million units, respectively. Super Mario Odyssey has sold over 4.7 million units.
- In addition to the fast-selling Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game, other recently released games that continue to make a splash include Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, which together total two million units, and Super Mario Party at 1.4 million.