Despite not even being released yet, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has already become the best selling game on Amazon so far. It takes the 5th place in the “Top Selling Items So Far” for the video games category, however, the first four are all gift cards, making Super Smash Bros. Ultimate the first actual game on the list.
This is pretty absurd for a game that has not yet been released, which is definitely good news for Smash. I don’t think anyone doubted if they game would well, as Super Smash Bros games always do well, but it being the best selling game so far while not yet being released is beyond anyone’s expectations.
Of course, Amazon isn’t the be-all-end-all for the video game industry, thus Smash being the best selling game on Amazon is probably not representative of the entire industry. We must not forget that a large number of video games is nowadays sold via online stores, such as via Steam or the PlayStation Store. This means that, although Smash is doing extremely well already, it is by no means an indication that it will be the best selling video game of 2018.
The reason as to why the game is so popular is mostly just because it’s Smash. Ever since the first game, it has had an immense following and the number of Smash fans grows each year as more and more children become fans of Nintendo. Most of the appeal from the game comes from all of the lovable Nintendo characters present in the game, which you can use to beat up other Nintendo characters. The game is also very lighthearted compared to a lot of other fighting games, which makes it a perfect game to play with friends and family.
The game is scheduled to be released on December 7th, 2018 and will feature the largest roster of characters than the game has ever had before. The game was fully revealed during E3 this year and was tagged with the phrase “Everyone is here” to indicate that all the characters that previously appeared are coming back to the game. A recent Nintendo Direct stream has shed more light on the game as well and also revealed some unexpected new characters that will come to the game.