Super Smash Bros. Ultimate just might be the hottest Nintendo Switch game yet. The beloved fighting franchise returned in December, and it dominated sales charts around the world for the rest of the year and into January. Nintendo of Europe declared it the fastest-selling Nintendo console game ever, and in Japan it has already sold over 2.6 million units.
Thanks to recent comments from Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa, we now know that it's on pace to be the highest-selling Smash game ever. Japanese analyst and Kantan Games CEO Dr. Serkan Toto translated a few tidbits from an interview between Furukawa and Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, and during the conversation, Nintendo's top executive announced that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold over 5 million copies worldwide in its first week.
To put that in perspective, let's look at the most successful Smash game of all time, Brawl. According to Nintendo's earnings report for the year ending March 31st, 2008, Brawl had sold 4.85 million copies by March 31st, 2008. By that point, it had been out in Japan for two full months and in the US for nearly one full month, although it was not yet out in Europe or Australia. At the time, it was the fastest-selling Nintendo game in US history. Ultimate launched everywhere at the same time, which is definitely an advantage, but it sold more copies in one week than Brawl's one-to-two record-setting months in the US and Japan.
Ultimate has a much bigger lead when compared to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Last gen's Smash launched in Japan in September and everywhere else in October of 2014. By December 31st, Nintendo's records show it had sold 3.39 million copies. Once again, Ultimate's sales through one week are much higher than previous games' sales after months.
At this pace, it's almost certain that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will go on to be the highest-selling Super Smash Bros. game of all time. Top Switch games like Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Super Mario Odyssey have proven to have exceptionally impressive post-launch selling power, and early on, Ultimate looks like another evergreen candidate. There's no telling how many copies it will sell when it's all said and done, but it'll need to pass up 13 million to claim the top spot for Smash games.