The Nintendo Switch console has become the fastest-selling video game system of this hardware generation through 21 months, that’s before selling over three million units of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in 11 days in the United States.
According to the latest press release, the from its launch in March 2017 through November 2018, the Nintendo Switch has sold more than 8.7 million units to outpace all other current-generation systems at the same point in their life cycles.
The NPD Group also reports that Nintendo is the top-selling U.S. software publisher so far for 2018 through November. After including sales from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate this month, we can expect to see an additional boost in performance. With over three million units sold in just 11 days, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now the fastest-selling game in the Super Smash Bros. series in the U.S. as well.
Here’s a quote from Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing:
“We are thrilled to see such a strong reaction from consumers in the second holiday season for Nintendo Switch. We’re looking forward to delivering more excitement and smiles to our fans in the coming year and beyond.”
Here are some additional tidbits of data from Nintendo of America (specific to the U.S. only):
- Nintendo hardware unit and dollar sales for 2018 are at their highest annual totals since 2011.
- Nintendo eShop sales have grown 105 percent over 2017.
- Evergreen Nintendo Switch games have set new milestones, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling over 4 million and 5 million units, respectively. Super Mario Odyssey has sold over 4.7 million units.
- In addition to the fast-selling Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game, other recently released games that continue to make a splash include Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, which together total 2 million units, and Super Mario Party at 1.4 million.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released for the Nintendo Switch on December 7, 2018.