Super Smash Bros. Ultimate becomes highest selling game in series history in just 5 weeks in Japan

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has become the highest selling entry in the series’ history in just 5 weeks according to the latest sales numbers in Japan.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released worldwide on December 7 for the Switch and has performed above all expectations becoming one of the fastest selling games of all time.

According to the latest sales numbers in Japan, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has already outsold all previous entries in the series in its five weeks out. The weekly Famitsu rankings put the game’s sales in Japan to be 2,628,087 units, which is just a few shy of 100k units of the second highest selling entry. Do note these numbers are retail only as Famitsu doesn’t report on online numbers.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate becomes highest selling game in series history in just 5 weeks in Japan

Following are the sales numbers of all Smash games for comparison:

  1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch) – 2.62 mil
  2. Super Smash Bros. 4 For Nintendo 3DS (3DS) – 2.55 mil
  3. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) – 2.37 mil
  4. Super Smash Bros. (N64) – 1.97 mil
  5. Super Smash Bros. Melee (GameCube) – 1.51 mil
  6. Super Smash Bros. 4 For Wii U (Wii U) – 746k

Considering how strong digital sales are for games on the Switch, its safe to assume for Smash Ultimate to add a few more hundred thousand of sales to the retail number.

The game didn’t just sell well in Japan, but dominated the US and European charts as well. Smash Ultimate even managed to outsell Red Dead Redemption 2 on Amazon even though the prior released more than a month later.

DLC for Smash is all the talk these days and rumors for upcoming characters are heating up. The first character from the DLC Character Pass was revealed to be Joker from Persona 5, the rest are still up to speculations right now. Nintendo also recently confirmed that DLC Mii Costumes from Smash 4 were making a return.

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