Nintendo ran a big risk in 2018 by launching a single marquee game, instead of several, and it gave good results.
On December 7, Nintendo released "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" for the Nintendo Switch. In the last three weeks of 2018, Nintendo managed to sell more than big blockbusters like "Assbadin's Creed Odyssey," "Far Cry 5," "Battlefield V," and even "FIFA 2019" – all the games that were launched on several consoles, while "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" is available only for the Switch.
That's according to The NPD Group, a company that tracks video game sales data and released its 2018 video game sales report this week.
This is how you see the top 20 for 2018, clbadified by sales in dollars:
"Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" reached number 5 out of 20, beating the PlayStation 4 exclusives such as "God of War" and "Marvel & # 39; s Spider-Man". As expected, it was also the best-selling game of December.
In fact, it set a sales record: "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" is the exclusive best selling platform in its release month in the history of NPD data. "Halo: Reach" of 2010 was the previous record.
Wilder still: NPD data does not make Includes digital game sales through the Nintendo online store. That means his fifth place on the top 20 list was insured only through physical sales.
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As NPD Group video game industry badyst Mat Piscatella told Business Insider in an email, securing such a high sales space for the year without including digital sales "makes the feat more impressive."
"Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" will undoubtedly continue to sell as the months go by.
The series is known for having legs, which means that it is expected to maintain a steady pace of sales over the next few years as more Switch consoles are sold and owners are looking for games to play. Certainly, it is not bad that a variety of new fighters are added to the game in the coming months, and Nintendo recently announced a tournament in North America.
For the moment, it is a murderous beginning.