It is official, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the best selling fighting game of all time. First reported by Digital Trends, there have been 15.7 million copies of Smash Ultimate sold since the game first released on December 7, 2018. It has not been even a full year before Smash Bros. Ultimate became the best selling fighting game.
Compared to previous Smash Bros. titles, Ultimate blew past their record sales. Smash Bros. for the Wii U sold a mere 3.39 million units. This is partly the reason why Smash Bros. Wii U did not thrive as well as an esport scene. Smash Bros. Brawl used to be the highest selling Smash game. By March 31, 2019, Brawl had sold over 13.30 million units.
But it is not only Smash titles that Ultimate surpassed. The previous highest-selling fighting game was Street Fighter II. Street Fighter II has sold 15.5 million copies after being released seven times after its initial release in 1991. The fact that Smash Bros. Ultimate has outsold Street Fighter II in less than a year of its initial release shows the wide range appeal the game has.
Smash Ultimate is not just for casual players. There are many players who are making entire careers from playing this game. Smash Bros. Ultimate is extremely popular to watch on Twitch as well. Twitch Metrics shows that peak viewership for Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments surpasses over 71,000 viewers for major tournaments.
The exciting prospect is that Smash Bros. Ultimate is still in its infancy. New tech is still being discovered on a regular basis for Smash Bros. Ultimate. Not only that, but new characters are continuously being added as well. Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury is slated to be released in the very near future with more DLC characters to come.
With the holiday season upcoming, more DLC characters to be released, and more tournaments to occur, Smash Bros. Ultimate will likely continue to sell well and develop as an esport.
Written by Daniel Borjas
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