This December Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is prepping to launch for the Nintendo Switch as one of the big exclusives set to destroy the competition. However, the game is already destroying records and it’s not even out yet. How can a game pull off such a feat? Well, smashing records is probably expected from a game called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and that’s exactly what it did by smashing through the record for highest pre-ordered Switch game and the most pre-ordered Smash Bros. game.
The Nintendo Versus Twitter channel, covering Nintendo’s competitive versus games such as the Super Smash Bros. series, sent out a tweet indicating that the upcoming game is one of Nintendo’s biggest launches ever. And that the game coming out for the switch is already breaking through the records like the hammer smashing through opponents on the Final Destination stage.
According to the B-Roll footage showcased in the tweet, it’s explained that the game has become the best pre-selling Super Smash Bros., game of all time. Meaning that it has trumped the Wii U’s outing, which was pretty big in itself despite the console not selling that many units. It also means that it’s overcome Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s stats on the Wii, which is one of Nintendo’s best selling consoles of all time.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has also become the best pre-selling game on the Nintendo Switch. It’s not a long lifespan but it’s long enough to have a rather sizable library of high-quality games, some of which includes the GOTY winner The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and the multi-million selling Super Mario Odyssey, which has one of the best attach-rates to a console ever.
Basically, what this means is that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is tracking to possibly sell better than Super Mario Odyssey, which has sold over 12.17 million SKUs. That would be an extremely impressive feat if that possibility turns into a reality.
Even the designers of the game are a little leery about any possible Smash Bros. sequels because Ultimate is so huge that there don’t seem to be anymore characters to add to the line-up. However, I would say that that’s an incorrect assessment based on the widely popular characters still swimming around in pop-culture. Nintendo could very well add characters like Ralph from Wreck-It Ralph to the line-up. He’s like a perfect shoo-in for a guest DLC character, especially with Ralph Breaks The Internet out in theaters. Banjo from Banjo Kazooie would be another one, along with Crash Bandicoot from his eponymous series also making a ton of sense, too.
Anyway, the roster is stacked with some of the biggest names in gaming already, including Sonic from Sonic The Hedgehog and Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid, along with dozens of other characters and guest stars. The one character that everyone has been clamoring for is Goku from Arc System Works’ recent Dragon Ball FighterZ. If that did become a reality I could easily see the sales break right through the roof for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate after it launches on December 7th for the Nintendo Switch.