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NPD - Top 20 software sales for Dec. 2018, Smash Bros. Ultimate the fastest-selling console exclusive game ever tracked by NPD

Oh man, was it a good month for Nintendo. Records broken left and right, and all on the back of Smash Bros. Ultimate. Let's get into the data, shall we?

- $3.4 billion in revenue, up 2 percent year-over-year
- highest total tracked consumer spend for a December month since December 2015
- hardware/software were down
- hardware hit $1.168 billion (down 8 percent from $1.272 billion)
- PC and console software: $1.237 billion (down 3 percent from $1.281 billion)
- Accessories and game cards: $1.01 billion (up 29 percent from $785 million)

Top 20 software overall for Dec. 2018

1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4**
3. Red Dead Redemption II
4. Battlefield V**
5. NBA 2K19
6. Mario Kart 8*
7. Madden NFL 19**
8. Super Mario Party*
9. Pokemon: Lets Go Pikachu*
10. Marvel’s Spider-Man
11. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
12. Pokemon: Lets Go Eevee*
13. Super Mario Odyssey*
14. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
15. Just Cause 4
16. FIFA 19
17. Grand Theft Auto V
18. Minecraft
19. Spyro Reignited Trilogy**
20. Fallout 76*

*Does not include digital sales
**Does not include PC digital sales

- Nintendo’s games do not include digital sales, while games like Call of Duty, Red Dead, and Spider-Man all do
- packaged software launch month dollar sales of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate exceeded those of the previous best in franchise history, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, by over 70 percent.
- Smash Bros. Ultimate is the fastest-selling console exclusive game ever tracked by the NPD
- Smash Bros. Utlimate exceeded the launch month dollar sales of 2010’s Halo: Reach, the previous record-holder

Tags: eshop, switch

Comments

gloop
Tue Jan 22 19 06:46pm
Rating: 1

Smash bros. is always something special, but this one? Oh man, it's pure magic! This smash is going down in history as THE cross over fighter. I can't wait to see what this game will be like once all of the DLC comes out. I love this game!

enthropy
Tue Jan 22 19 07:30pm
Rating: 1

You said it, Gloopy! It's pure magic Smile Yeah I DO miss gathering those trophies and playing around with them in full 3D, I'll admit. And, of course, all that gaming lore with them (is there something like that in Ultimate?), but apart from that this game is just a chaotic BLAST! Very excited to try Piranha Plant.

Maybe I should add more friends from GN..... Hmmmz

gloop
Tue Jan 22 19 07:50pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 2 times)

I don't think that Ult. has anything to make up for the trophy descriptions. It's sad, but on the other hand It does put a smile on my face to see a character as obscure as Swanky Kong make it in as a spirit.

I'd be open to do some friend invites if you want to (and anyone else for the matter). Although it will probably be easier to catch me in a game like Mario Kart rather than something you'd have to set a time for like smash. No harm done if you want to pass.

Just finished clasic mode with MArth, and what fun that was. Specially that last boss ;)

It would be a LOT of work with the trophies, I just miss them. It's a give and take scenario.

I don't have MK8D yet, but I sent you my Friend code anyway. Time to get a battle on with more GN peole I guess. hehe

This proves Nintendo should go third party. Imagine how much it would have sold if it was also on XBox.

I understood that reference.

clark2k
Tue Jan 22 19 07:14pm
(Updated 1 time)

OMFG Smash sold more than RDR2 with PS4+Xone versions combined?!? I didn't see that coming!

Edit: Ok, here it's only December.

Wed Jan 23 19 08:14pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 1 time)

There is WAY too much optimism and happiness going on here. It must be said. Nintendo iz D00med.

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