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Switch Fastest-Selling System This Generation in the US, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Sells 3M Units in 11 Days - VGChartz
Switch Fastest-Selling System This Generation in the US, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Sells 3M Units in 11 Days

Switch Fastest-Selling System This Generation in the US, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Sells 3M Units in 11 Days - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 January 2019 / 3,670 Views

Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling system in the US this generation with more than 8.7 million units sold through the end of November 2018, according to NPD. It took the system 21 months to reach the figure. 

Nintendo is also the best-selling software publisher in the US in 2018 through November. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has sold over three million units in 11 days, according to Nintendo’s internal sales data.


"We are thrilled to see such a strong reaction from consumers in the second holiday season for Nintendo Switch," said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We’re looking forward to delivering more excitement and smiles to our fans in the coming year and beyond."

Here is data from Nintendo of America with sales specific to the US:

  • 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 four million and five 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 Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, which together total two million units, and Super Mario Party at 1.4 million.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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14 Comments

Ganoncrotch (on 18 December 2018)

Nintendo back on form. Really impressive how well they recovered from the wiiu


Chorlin (on 18 December 2018)

Where is the cliff?


Ljink96 (on 18 December 2018)

Nintendo's really cleaning up, I expect even more impressive figures for 2019.


Jranation (on 18 December 2018)

I still remember when people told Nintendo to go third party........ Those were some great times!


polofresco (on 18 December 2018)

Those are really healthy numbers for Nintendo!


OTBWY (on 18 December 2018)

It's not even Nintendo's final form.


StriderKiwi (on 18 December 2018)

Excellent. Well deserved.


SuperNintend0rk (on 18 December 2018)

Apparently (Doug) Bowser is thrilled about the sales. This must be part of his latest plot to take over the world :P


TheBlackNaruto (on 18 December 2018)

Wait I thought we had already knew this? Didn't they say this a while back as well? Either way AMAZING sales and it will just keep on pushing!


Megiddo (on 18 December 2018)

Amazing numbers all around!


aris4me (on 19 December 2018)

Well well done!! Bravo Ninty!


method114 (on 18 December 2018)

Awesome. I sold my switch because I have no time to play portable anymore like I did when I originally got it. Either way so glad for them. The switch was an amazing idea and I think it should be standard for every console period.


gemini_d@rk (on 18 December 2018)

This gen? Wii U + ps4 + xone. Next gen Switch + ps5 + xtwo.


GuyDuke (on 18 December 2018)

Switch will most likely be at the end of its fourth year when the next wave will launch. So it's definitely part of the same generation as PS4 + Xbox One + Wii U because of longer lifespans.

As such, this is the definition of a ''generation'': all of the people [in this case, objects] born [created] and living [coexisting] at about the same time, regarded collectively.


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