'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' Becomes UK's Fastest-Selling Nintendo Switch Game

GfK has released the latest UK video game charts, which records boxed sales within the previous week, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is has raced to the top.

As reported by Games Industry, Ultimate's launch sales are 302% higher than the Wii U's Super Smash Bros., and 233% greater than Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. They're also 62.5% up on Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii.

And that means that Ultimate is the fastest-selling Smash Bros. game yet, in the UK, despite physical sales being way more popular when its predecessors released.

Even more impressive, Ultimate has become the UK's fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game ever, bettering the combined figures of the recently released Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee.

As said, this is only for physical sales. So players who prefer to walk to their local gaming store, or order from an online retailer, racked these numbers up alone. The charts will consider digital downloads next year, which should paint a clearer picture on a game's success... Or failure.

Mario Kart 8: Deluxe jumped four places to place fifth this week. Nintendo offered a new Mario Kart Switch hardware bundle, which boosted sales of the racer by 45%. (Selling games partnered with consoles at a cost-effective price is also why FIFA 19 and Black Ops IIII jumped so high during the Black Friday bonanza, and in the weeks preceding it.)

Another new release, Just Cause 4, entered the charts at sixth. PUBG for PS4 landed at 22nd, while Darksiders III, which launched just last week, disappeared from the top 40 altogether.

Red Dead Redemption 2 managed to stick at second, but FIFA 19, the previous top-spot holder, moved down to third. Battlefield V, once again, held steady at fourth. The WWII shooter isn't doing bad at all.

Like I said last week, Christmas, sales, and new releases will dramatically change the running order for the best-selling games within the UK. But for now, here's how the top 10 boxed sales list is looking:

1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

2. Red Dead Redemption 2

3. FIFA 19

4. Battlefield V

5. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe

6. Just Cause 4

7. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII

8. Spyro Reignited Trilogy

9. Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu

10. Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle

An incredible roster is probably why 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' sold so well. Credit: Nintendo
An incredible roster is probably why 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' sold so well. Credit: Nintendo

What do you think about this news? Are you surprised? Have you played the new Smash Bros. yet? What game will be number one next week? Make sure you let us know.

Featured Image Credit: Nintendo

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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