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US sales: Smash Bros. Ultimate has sold 3 million copies, Switch fastest-selling console this generation

Posted on December 18, 2018 by (@OnePunchMaz) in News, Switch

Nintendo just sent out a press release detailing some of their recent software and hardware sales in the US. Specifically, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has managed to sell 3 million copies in 11 days, making it both the fastest-selling Switch game as well as the fastest-selling Smash Bros. game. Also, as of November 2018, the Switch itself is it 8.7 million units sold, which is more than any other current-generation console managed at this point in its life cycle.

Here is the full press release:

Nintendo Switch is the Fastest-Selling Video Game System of This Generation

Nintendo Switch Maintains Strong Momentum Into Its Second Holiday Season

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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 U.S. sales of all other current-generation systems at the same point in their life cycles.

Nintendo is also the overall top-selling U.S. 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 U.S. sales of over 3 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 U.S. 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 4 million and 5 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 Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, which together total 2 million units, and Super Mario Party at 1.4 million.

Source: Nintendo PR

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