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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the Best-Selling Console Game in Japan This Decade

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the Best-Selling Console Game in Japan This Decade - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 January 2020 / 4,028 Views

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (NS) sold 21,135 units last week in Japan to bring its lifetime sales to 3,383,582 units in the land of the rising sun. This makes it the best-selling game in Japan this decade. 

Pokemon Sword and Shield (NS) has a chance of eventually catching up and outselling Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Pokemon is outselling Ultimate on a weekly basis since it launched in mid-November with sales of over 200,000 units per week and sales of 2,456,459 through December 15. 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launched on December 7, 2018. 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the Best-Selling Console Game in Japan This Decade

Thanks GoNintendo.


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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25 Comments
Zenos (on 18 December 2019)

Fully deserved. Smash Ultimate is a must have for Switch owners.

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curl-6 Zenos (on 18 December 2019)

Unless like me you're a Switch owner who doesn't like Smash ;)

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Slownenberg Zenos (on 18 December 2019)

curl-6 that's absurd! why you no like beating people up?

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curl-6 Zenos (on 18 December 2019)

Fighting games just aren't fun to me. I prefer to progress through a level with many different foes and an evolving structure.

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Zenos Zenos (on 19 December 2019)

@curl-6 I'd say that even if you are not a fan of fighting games Smash Ultimate is a tribute to gaming franchises and can be more of a party game than a serious fighter. Obviously I'm not telling you to buy a game you don't like, I'm just saying there's a lot to love in there.

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Slownenberg Zenos (on 19 December 2019)

Zenos, agreed. I haven't been that into fighting games in like 20 years, but Smash is always great! Kinda like Mario Kart, I don't really play racing games but Mario Kart is always great. Both of those games have the party game mentality that elevates them above just being a specific genre.

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SwitchUP (on 19 December 2019)

Isnt splatoon really close to that number too?

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think-man (on 19 December 2019)

Now I don't feel so guilty about pirating it :P can't wait to see who the final dlc character is.

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Bofferbrauer2 (on 18 December 2019)

What's the bestselling game in Japan ever? Maybe Smash can creep up on that one over the years, too?

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Darwinianevolution Bofferbrauer2 (on 18 December 2019)

I think it's Pokémon Red/Blue, but maybe a multiplat has sold more.

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Slownenberg Bofferbrauer2 (on 18 December 2019)

Pokemon S/S will pass Smash in Japan. Should be within a couple hundred thousand in February. Then of course Animal Crossing comes out and might beat them both!

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Bofferbrauer2 Bofferbrauer2 (on 18 December 2019)

Not so sure about that, Pokemon normally drop down hard after the holidays while Smash keeps a steady pace. Even if Swo/Sh surpasses Smash momentarily, I don't think it can stay in front over a prolonged period of time - Smash's legs will make it overtake Pokemon again.

As for Animal Crossing, we'll see how well it will do. It could be a very serious contender and unlike Pokemon, also should have some legs to stay in front should it surpass Smash. By then Smash will probably be at 3.5M+, a very high bar to reach, so we'll have to wait and see how this plays out.

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Bofferbrauer2 Bofferbrauer2 (on 18 December 2019)

I also checked out which game sold the most in Japan, and according to the database here, Pokemon Red/Blue sold a staggering 10.22M in Japan alone, which is nuts! Smash ain't even in the top 30, it's on 34 (physical only), in front of Wii Sports resort and behind Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS, so with digital it should be in front.

However, Pokemon X/Y (4.4M), Sun/Moon (3.82M) and Animal Crossing: New Leaf (4.9M) should still be in front this gen in Japan, so I'm not sure this article is actually correct...

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Bofferbrauer2 Bofferbrauer2 (on 18 December 2019)

I also checked out which game sold the most in Japan, and according to the database here, Pokemon Red/Blue sold a staggering 10.22M in Japan alone, which is nuts! Smash ain't even in the top 30, it's on 34 (physical only), in front of Wii Sports resort and behind Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS, so with digital it should be in front.

However, Pokemon X/Y (4.4M), Sun/Moon (3.82M) and Animal Crossing: New Leaf (4.9M) should still be in front this gen in Japan, so I'm not sure this article is actually correct...

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crissindahouse Bofferbrauer2 (on 18 December 2019)

Console game which excludes the 3ds in this article

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I LOVE GIGGS Bofferbrauer2 (on 18 December 2019)

This article does not consider handheld games.

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Bofferbrauer2 Bofferbrauer2 (on 19 December 2019)

Ah, thanks for the clarification

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Slownenberg Bofferbrauer2 (on 19 December 2019)

Smash is very front loaded, perhaps pokemon is as well but Smash already has less legs than Zelda, Mario, Mario Kart despite coming out much later. I expect Pokemon will be a few hundred thousand ahead of Smash by the time its weekly sales drop down to Smash levels.

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Bofferbrauer2 Bofferbrauer2 (on 19 December 2019)

That's true on a worldwide scale, but in Japan, much less so

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Darwinianevolution (on 18 December 2019)

Only two years to be the best selling game of the decade over there. That's impressive.

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Coolback Darwinianevolution (on 18 December 2019)

Two ?

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Well, December 2018 and 2019.

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badskywalker Darwinianevolution (on 18 December 2019)

I like how the dislikes aren't about how impressive it is, but about him being wrong on how long it's been out

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Coolback Darwinianevolution (on 18 December 2019)

You count like a 3 year old child.

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TruckOSaurus Darwinianevolution (on 19 December 2019)

Well when you round up 1 year and 12 days to 2 years it's bound to raise some eyebrows.

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