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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, 5th best selling game for 2018

NPD results showcase Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sitting at 5th place for best-selling game throughout 2018.

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Jak Connor
Published Wed, Jan 23 2019 5:00 AM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Most Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players are very curious towards how many units the game has shipped. Well, as we move closer to the date of Nintendo's fiscal year report some news has surfaced regarding the physical sales of the game.

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Some sales results have been released by NPD group, a website dedicating to tracking the success of both hardware and software sales from game developers, console manufacturers and publishers. It should be noted before we jump into what the best-selling games of 2018 were, "NPD tracks physical sales at retailers, but it also gets digital data directly from publishers. But not every company participates. For example, Nintendo doesn't share its first-party sales, and Activision Blizzard does not provide its Battle.net sales."

Despite Nintendo not releasing the digital sales data for their titles, the Big N still has managed to get 7 Nintendo exclusive titles into 2018's best-selling games of December. Sitting at the top we have Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, followed by Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, then Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption II, DICE's Battlefiled V and at fifth 2K's NBA 2K19. Moving onto the best-selling games for the entire of 2018, Mat Piscatella, an analyst for NPD has said "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the best-selling game of December 2018 and the fifth best-selling game of 2018, despite digital sales not currently being tracked by The NPD Group."

  1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4**
  3. Red Dead Redemption II
  4. Battlefield V**
  5. NBA 2K19
  6. Mario Kart 8*
  7. Madden NFL 19**
  8. Super Mario Party*
  9. Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu*
  10. Marvel's Spider-Man
  11. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  12. Pokemon: Lets Go Eevee*
  13. Super Mario Odyssey*
  14. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  15. Just Cause 4
  16. FIFA 19
  17. Grand Theft Auto V
  18. Minecraft
  19. Spyro Reignited Trilogy**
  20. Fallout 76*

What is most interesting about Super Smash Bros. Ultimates position, is that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Spider-Man all have provided their digital sales data from console sales, while Nintendo hasn't. Just to really shine a light onto how successful Super Smash Bros. UItimate has been for Nintendo, Piscatella has said "Packaged software launch month dollar sales of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate exceeded those of the previous best in franchise history, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, by over 70 percent. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate set a new launch-month dollar sales record for a platform exclusive in Video Game history. [It exceeded] the launch month dollar sales of 2010's Halo: Reach."

NEWS SOURCES:venturebeat.com, npd.com

Jak's love for technology, and, more specifically, PC gaming, began at 10 years old. It was the day his dad showed him how to play Age of Empires on an old Compaq PC. Ever since that day, Jak fell in love with games and the progression of the technology industry in all its forms. Instead of typical FPS, Jak holds a very special spot in his heart for RTS games.

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