Earlier this week, Nintendo sent a press release to announce that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was the fastest-selling game ever released on a Nintendo home console in Europe (just like in North America), surpassing the launch sales of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (over 10 million units shipped to date).
During the first 3 days, total European sales (retail, digital, bundles, etc.) were almost higher than Mario Kart Wii, a game that ended up selling over 37 million units worldwide. And naturally, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate also happens to be the fastest-selling game of all times on the Nintendo eShop.
Overall, the Nintendo Switch is doing wonders to Nintendo games, as 5 of Nintendo’s 10 best-ever home console launches in Europe are on Nintendo Switch:
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee!
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
But that’s not all: earlier this week, Nikkei revealed that total shipments for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate topped 5 million units worldwide during the first 3 days (December 7th to December 9th). That includes retail sales, but also digital sales via the Nintendo eShop. It’s the best debut ever for a Nintendo game on a home console.
In an interview with Kyoto Shimbun, Shuntaro Furukawa explained that Nintendo was confident about meeting its Software goal for the Nintendo Switch this Fiscal Year (100 million units). They were at 42.13 million units as of September 30th, just before the holiday season (by far biggest season for Nintendo).
As for the Hardware goal (20 million units), he explains that it’s going to be more difficult, and it looks like it will come down to how well the console sells at the beginning of the new year (Q1).
For 2019, Nintendo is planning to keep doing what it has been been doing since launch: release popular game on a regular basis.