Super Smash Bros. Ultimate continues to break all kinds of records, becoming the fastest selling Nintendo game of all time.
There was a time a few decades ago when Nintendo was effectively the king of the console world. During the late 80s and early 90s, it competed and eventually saw off Sega. Then, the Nintendo 64 went toe-to-toe with the PlayStation One. However, as we ventured into the 21st century, Nintendo realized that to remain relevant in the console wars, it would have to be different than its rivals.
Nintendo achieved that goal with the release of the Wii. An innovative console that captured the imagination of gamers around the world. So much so that it sold more than 100 million units, becoming the 5th best-selling console of all time. With the Wii in the past, Nintendo is now changing the console game once again via the Switch. Its newest system and its games are already breaking all kinds of records.
While a fair few of the Switch's games have been expected hits, the biggest and best to date came in the form of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The latest Smash offering was released in December 2018 and has since become the fastest selling Nintendo game of all time. Nintendo revealed that from the game's release in early December up until the end of the month, and hence the year, a whopping 12.08 million copies were sold.
The previous holder of that record was New Super Mario Bros. Wii which sold 10.55 million copies in a month and a half. The latest chapter of the Smash Bros. series also has another impressive record to boast. The game is the highest grossing console exclusive over a 30-day period. Up until recently, that record had been proudly held by the Xbox 360's Halo: Reach.
The release date of Ultimate was no coincidence, and its tremendous sales figures can be attributed to people buying it over the festive period. We are by no means trying to take away from its success, though. What's even more impressive is the number of Switches that have been sold so far. At last count, 32.27 million consoles had been sold worldwide. To put that into perspective, the Nintendo 64 only managed 32.93 million during its entire lifetime. Truth be told, the Switch may have already overtaken its much older brother by now.