The 611th column for Masahiro Sakurai’s Femitsu column recently surfaced. Although Sakurai’s focus was mostly on the version 8.1 update that dropped not too long ago, he made a brief comment about the sale of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
“Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has now sold 20 million copies,” Sakurai declared. “There are so many people playing the game and the player count keeps increasing with every new sale, so I will continue to work to adjust and improve the game as best we possibly can for everyone.”
According to Nintendo’s financial data on its website, the latest update Super Smash Bros. Parm has sales of 19.99 million. This is the third best Nintendo Switch game ever.
Previously, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was second only to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – an updated re-release from the Wii U Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, currently sitting at 26.74 million units sold worldwide.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a Nintendo Switch game released on March 20, 2020, recently overtook Super Smash Bros. Parm with its estimated 22.4 million sales. Ironically, Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sale likely benefits from the COVID-19 global epidemic that confines many people to their homes.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is also known for being the best-selling game in the Smash Bros. series, though it is one that was founded some time ago. Super Smash Bros. Crawl’s sales were last reported at 13.32 million, while Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and YU managed to sell 14.96 million units.
The continued success of the latest entry is likely to have something to do with the post-launch developer support with Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Right now, only Min Min has been announced and released from this package. The other five remaining challengers are scheduled to be released by December 2021, although it is entirely possible that the plan has been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.