Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has become the fastest-selling Nintendo game of all-time. There's no doubt that Nintendo was banking big on the game to move consoles during the holiday season in 2018. Ultimate was immediately a smash-hit upon release, so much so that it set a sales record for the highest-grossing console exclusive within a 30-day period – usurping previous record-holder Halo: Reach in the process.
Suffice it to say, Nintendo has had an interesting quarter filled with some major success for the company. After ample speculation on just how well Nintendo had performed, some numbers have finally arrived to cement the beliefs of fans and analysts. Those being that the company hit several major milestones with its Switch hardware, while simultaneous dominating the 2018 holiday season with none other than Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Keeping in mind the fact that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been met with a lot of success, Nintendo has confirmed the sales numbers for the title. A total of 12.08 million copies of the game were sold as of December 31, 2018, making it the fastest-selling Nintendo home console title ever released. The previous record-holder in that department was New Super Mario Bros. Wii which sold through 10.55 million in a month and half.
Not willing to stop there, company also confirmed that the Nintendo Switch console has reached the lifetime sales number of 32.27 million units. This places the Switch within spitting distance of the lifetime sales of the Nintendo 64, which sold 32.93 million units during its time on store shelves. Finally, Nintendo also confirmed that the Switch has accumulated an impressive 162.61 million in software sales.
Other titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey have continued to dominate on the charts as well, building up lifetime sales of 15.02 million and 13.76 million, respectively. All three of the aforementioned games performed exceptionally well for Nintendo in 2018, and their continued profitability is almost a guarantee as consumers continue to invest in the Switch console.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in particular should prove to be an evergreen performer for the company, as new content continues to arrive for the fighting game throughout 2019. The playable Piranha Plant just released for Super Smash Bros. Utlimate, and soon she will be joined by Persona 5's Joker on the Smash Ultimate roster. Joker will then be followed by four additional fighters that are set to arrive throughout this year, although the only information about which mascots those will be stems from a leak highlighting all of the DLC characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Whether or not that particular report is true remains to be seen, but Nintendo is very well aware of the install base of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the various opportunities that provides. The company can now utilize the game and corresponding DLC as a means to promote upcoming games from third parties and its own studios. Keeping that in mind, it's not out of the question to suggest that another Fighters Pass for Smash Bros. Ultimate may very well already be in the works to stretch out the sales window for the title.