Nintendo Switch is Now America's Fastest-Selling Gaming Console

Pauline Obrien
December 20, 2018

"Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the biggest Super Smash Bros. ever, and not only is it the fastest-selling game in the series we've ever seen in Europe, it's become our fastest-selling home console game ever", said Nintendo of Europe COO Stephan Bole. Ultimate game the fastest selling Nintendo Switch game, but it's also the fastest in the franchise's history.

Nintendo announced on Tuesday that its Super Smash Bros.

The enthusiasm for the Switch is much different than what Nintendo experienced with the Wii U, which ultimately didn't sell as well as expected. Includes solus and bundle units sold at retail, and download versions in Nintendo eShop. With 74 characters to choose from, who are you maining? The game also sold 3 million units in just 11 days in the USA, according to gamesindustry.biz.

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According to NPD the Switch has sold more than 8.7 million consoles in the United States since last March, which compares to roughly 29 million for the PlayStation 4 and 25 million for the Xbox One.

The company highlighted 1.4 million unit sales of Super Mario Party since it came out in October, while 2017's Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe hit sales of 4 million, 4.7 million and 5 million units, respectively.

Nintendo isn't quite at the top of the current-gen hardware pile yet (Sony's head start has allowed them to reach almost 90 million PS4s sold, close to the Wii's lifetime of 101.6 million), but they're getting there quickly.

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For the second time in as many months, Nintendo's PR push focused on the USA only and didn't provide any updated global numbers.

Since the Switch launched three years later than its two rivals it'll never catch up, and so direct comparisons between overall sales are essentially meaningless.

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