Nintendo just unleashed Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch, and according to early reports, it’s a phenomenal success. The highly-anticipated crossover fighting game had a record-breaking number of pre-orders, and that has translated into record-breaking early sales. Based on numbers out of Japan and the UK, Smash Ultimate is living up to its name.

Morgan Stanley has provided sales figures for Smash based on Famitsu data. While the official total (which should be announced on Wednesday) may slightly differ, early indications are that Smash sold around 1.3 million copies in Japan alone. This is the best opening weekend for any Nintendo Switch game and also for any Smash game. No other Smash title has ever sold 1 million at launch in Japan.

It’s a similar story in the UK, where Smash Ultimate completely destroyed its predecessors. Based on physical sales (digital has not been reported), Ultimate sales are 302% higher than those of the Wii U iteration, 233% higher than 3DS, and 62.5% higher than Brawl. It easily took the top spot in the UK this week, and it even outsold the launch numbers achieved by Pok√©mon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee.

Source: Morgan Stanley, Games Industry

Ben Lamoreux


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