NPD Group Inc. this week said Nintendo Co., Ltd.’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch ranked as the No. 5 top-selling software at U.S. retail in 2018.
The fighter ranked in the top five despite a release date of Dec. 7 and less than one month of sales in the calendar year.
The rank is based on dollar sales.
In addition, the data firm said Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ranked as the No. 1 best-selling software based on dollar sales at U.S. retail in Dec. 2018.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a new entry in the fighting franchise that includes characters from all prior Super Smash Bros. titles, in addition to Inkling from Splatoon and Ridley from Metroid.
Updates include faster combat, new attacks, new items, and new defensive options.
New characters include Simon Belmont from Castlevania and King K. Rool from Donkey Kong Country.
Echo fighters, which have move sets based on other fighters, include Richter Belmont, Chrom, and Dark Samus.
New stages include Dracula’s Castle, New Donk City Hall, and Battlefield and Omega forms. A total of 300 stages will be available from the start. In addition, the Stage Morph option will let users choose two stages and one will transform into the other.
New items include the Banana Gun, Killing Edge, Bomber, Death’s Scythe, Staff, Ramblin’ Evil Mushroom and Rage Blaster.
Poké Ball assist characters include Abra, Solgaleo, Lunala, Mimikyu, and Alolan Exeggutor.
Modes include Classic Mode, Stamina Battle, Final Smash Meter, Squad Strike, Tourney Mode, Smashdown, and Training.
Music includes 900 compositions and more than 28 hours of game music.
The final game includes 4-player and 8-player battles, and will be compatible with all Super Smash Bros. series amiibo, including new Inking, Ridley, and Daisy amiibo products.
It sells at $59.99.