– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Is it shocking that a game that was expected to be one of the biggest blockbusters on the Nintendo Switch ended up being the biggest blockbuster on the Nintendo Switch? No, not really. You don’t need to be a fortune teller to know the future was bright for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. With its over 70 playable characters, 30-hour-long-plus adventure mode, and more other playing options than you can shake a stick at, it was a given it would sell like hotcakes — it was a just a simple question of HOW MANY hotcakes they’d be selling.

Well, the short answer is “a lot,” but I’m assuming you want something a little more specific, right? The Big N reports that the game has sold over three million copies in the U.S. alone in its first 11 days (via Variety). Furthermore, it’s taken the title as the fastest-selling game in the Nintendo Switch’s lifespan so far. Additionally, it’s sold around 1.2 million copies in Japan.

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Nintendo of America’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, Doug Bowser (yes, that name is real) had the following to say.

“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.”

But will this be enough for Nintendo to hit its goal of 38 million lifetime sales units by the end of the financial year? It doesn’t look like it. Right now, analysts have it pegged to reach 35 million — though, it’s worth noting, that that’s still a pretty solid number. But, we’re still in the throes of the holiday season, so anything can happen, right?

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SOURCE: Variety

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.