Smash Ultimate’s Commercial Success May Have Been “More Front-Loaded Than Usual”
The global digital sales of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are estimated to have declined 83 percent from its December 2018 launch, according to a SuperData blog post published last Friday.
“We estimate that Super Smash Bros. digital units were down 83% from December, indicating that sales were more front-loaded than usual, as well as closely linked to Switch hardware purchases during the holiday season,” the blog post read. “In-game spending increased month-over-month as more players purchased the Fighter Pass.”
This news is somewhat surprising considering how well Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has done saleswise. Last month, it was reported that this latest entry in Nintendo’s premier fighting game franchise managed to sell over 12 million units.
One also has to consider how well-received Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was in the lead up to its launch. Our review of the game described it as “the series at the height of its powers.”
“Take it from me: you don’t want to sleep on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo has knocked it out of the park with this one,” the review’s author concluded.
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