SSBB KOs 1.4M in round one

Nintendo's first installment of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii sells nearly a million and a half units in its opening week, becoming publisher's fastest-selling title ever.

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Since the launch of Super Mario Galaxy in November, and for many even before that, Wii gamers have near-universally had one solitary thought on their minds: Brawl. With the game's hype discharging more electricity than Pikachu, it comes as little surprise that Super Smash Bros. Brawl has become the fastest-selling Nintendo title in history.

Mario, I choose you!

The Mario Factory today said that Brawl has sold more 1.4 million units in the US alone, 874,000 of which were sold on day one. Driving that point home, Nintendo delineated that tally further, noting that the game has sold more than 120 units per minute between the game's March 9 launch and March 16. In its home country, SSBB sold more than 800,000 units in its opening week, and to date more than 1.4 million copies of the game have been sold in Japan, according to stat-tracking service MediaCreate.

Featuring myriad classic characters from Nintendo's and other publisher's most venerated catalogs, Super Smash Bros. Brawl pits up to four fighters in a no-holds-barred deathmatch, with 41 different locales and 35 selectable combatants. In addition to single and local multiplayer modes, the game gives aspiring pugilists the chance to take the fight online for the first time using the Wii's built-in Wi-Fi capabilities. Check out GameSpot's previous coverage and full review for more on the critically lauded fighter.

Discussion

379 comments
TheDefinitive
TheDefinitive

LordGavo, no, it doesn't. Halo 3 had more pre-orders before release than Super Smash Bros. Brawl's first-week sales.

chrisda
chrisda

halo died only a few months after its release, it was incredibly flawed, i just don't feel like playing anymore, the Campain is short and unfifilling, and the online multiplayer is very linear and repetitivem Overall halo has a very low replay value. SSBB is incredibly high and i can't stop playing it. Graphics arent everything people

BrushedMetal
BrushedMetal

rymill: Microsoft servers did overload all throughout winter break last year becasue A LOT of people were online. some of the games worst affected (that i've saw) were Call of Duty 4 and Halo 3

enix165
enix165

Woo! 1.4mil! But...Gamer_Unleashed, I'm afraid Halo 3 ain't dead yet...AND IT RUINED MY LIFE! All my real life friends(I have two or three who are still Nintendo fans, but I don't see them much) who are went bananas and are now a bunch of 360 nerds who think that if you don't have Halo and worship that Master Chief idiot you're a nobody except one but he's only into sports games...CURSE YOU, BUNGEE! But on topic again, 1.4 mil...wow. I thought there were only like 100k Wiis a few months back...scary.

moh2in
moh2in

Hmm, funny, this section is called "Wii news", but I don't see any news here.Wheres the news? Wheres my news? Incase you didn't know, I was being sarcastic. SSBB FTW +)

gamer_unleashed
gamer_unleashed

phazervariance while SSB games may be easy to learn they are almost impossible to master. that is a fact. its why melee remained so big until Brawl came out...

Fondness
Fondness

TKandPBC, it means that Halo 3 was inordinately anticipated.

ddrstar513
ddrstar513

There was no doubt ssbb was going to sell over a million. but that is awwsome that it sold that much. the game is like sooo friggin awsome. it would be alot coller if i could get online with it because i don't have wi-fi. and does anyone think it would be a good idea for nintendo to make a super smash bros for ds? you could like draw patterns of the screen or talk into the mic to do a final smash.

rymill
rymill

@ allright715 brawl has an option where you can play w/o friend codes. some people cant get into a game because so many other people are playin on line and the servers cant handle it. as i reacall, i dont think halo 3 servers ever didnt work because of the multitude of people playing. and before you say "its because ms is better with their online gaming", keep in mind this is the wii's first major online game. also nintendos online is free

GreenC4T
GreenC4T

Wow, thats awesome. It's fun playing it online!

dj_b02us
dj_b02us

cant comment. playing ssbb. must plaaay.. @_@

SSBBPlayer
SSBBPlayer

Of Course. This game is the best ever. I already got all 35 characters and its so fun.

wilt1725grog
wilt1725grog

There's no denying that Nintendo is the only one here making the profit. What that means is that they are making money with the Wii and the Games. Another thing there's no denying that they are making the best games too/. 3rd party company's are making nothing but crap games. To be honest with u guys even if 3rd party start making high quality games like Nintendo I don't think that they still will not sale any where like Nintendo games. I honestly I think that's how is going for the WII.

ntnimara
ntnimara

Nintendo pwnin' the charts

plaestic
plaestic

Videos of ppl playing SSBM well doesn't support any sort of argument here. Questioning whether or not I can play as well doesn't either. Can you? If you could would it make the game better or just make you better at the game? And FFS who asked a damned thing about Halo, fanboy.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

No, street fighter has super moves that need timign and skill, the big moves in smash is "press direction on analog stick, and press B" ... I like smash better but SF2 has more skill level to it.

plaestic
plaestic

"theres a HELL OF A LOT more to being a pro at smash bros than there is compaired to a street fighter" I applaud your enthusiasm for this game, I enjoy it as well, but this statement is just not true.

slickvic1990
slickvic1990

i kinda feel bad for the people in Europe. all those copies floating around, and not one over there. oh well, i guess ill drown my sorrow in some onlince brawls :)

Timstuff
Timstuff

parksits: "holy cow, Nintendo made $84,000,000.00 in one week with Brawl!!! that insane! they had better do something ridiculously awesome with all that money. wow." They would have if the retailers didn't keep half.

y2jg
y2jg

wow I been playing SSBB for like 8 hours today! I luv this game!

bucanero05
bucanero05

The game deserves, is one of the funniest games i've ever played.

dewd4
dewd4

Ill actually care about this article when they release this in europe :/ @allright715 and TKandPBC yer thank god it isnt no halo i would take it back if master cheif was a secret character

TKandPBC
TKandPBC

I absolutely loved Melee, and I'll love this too! However, it's no Halo (which sold 1.7 million on day one because of pre-orders). Though, it does show exactly how much of the Wii market is hardcore. This game isn't gimmicky at all, and Wii gamers can finally rejoice for the first really hardcore game for the Wii, and the second Killer App.

allright715
allright715

WOW! That's very good. However, the game's no match for Halo 3. And in response to Anithon's comment. GO SEARCH ON THE INTERNET. Go on YouTube, Myspace, ANYWHERE and ask for their friend codes.

Anithon
Anithon

This game is awesome and the only real problem I've found is finding people to play online. I have high speed and everything but everytime I get on it times out because I can find literally no one to play. Has anyone else had this problem?

Randomd00d
Randomd00d

rockin. this game is awesome. i knew it would do amazingly well.

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@drewman419 There are plenty of people playing this online. You just have to wait for a while sometimes for it to connect you. I do understand your point though, since it took me 5 minutes to find a game when it released. Just wait for a while though. Once you find a room, just keep selecting continue playing, and you'll have games almost immediately. Anyway, you gotta love all these 360 and PS3 fanboys blasting this game here, right? Lol Ive got a 360 and I love halo, but brawl is still great, too. Both games rock and deserve to played by anyone that can play them :)

UltimateXShadow
UltimateXShadow

It was definitely worth the $5 reservation fee at GameStop. Ike is fantastic!

brawl_freak
brawl_freak

this game is huge and i bet all those UK kids are going to top this making brawl best selling game of the year go UK go UK

screwEA
screwEA

CAN'T WAIT TO GET THIS! :) also let me enlighten you about this whole 'hardcore gamer' issue... a hardcore gamer is someone who has no social life, no sense of hygene, spends £300 upgrading their alienware pc every month, and calls someone a 'n00b' for not getting enough 'pwns' (or something like that) on xbox live... honestly, i'd like to stay as a n00b and still have friends instead of druelling over master chiefs and C0D4.....

gamer_unleashed
gamer_unleashed

um... wills-b Brawl is by no means just a party title. its a hardcore and casual title. and the game is gonna be legendary, hell it already is!!

prioritymail
prioritymail

Yawn.... We all expected this, too bad the 1 million in sales wont translate to a platinum selling price for quite some time

cheezedoodle999
cheezedoodle999

COD 4 = Teh pwnage Halo 3 = Not teh pwnage Brawl = Teh pwnage (because Snake is in it)

cutline667
cutline667

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gamer_unleashed
gamer_unleashed

beanofengland says: "i have no idea why so many people assume smash bros is a 'cheap' game for casual gamers... theres a HELL OF A LOT more to being a pro at smash bros than there is compaired to a street fighter game or sodding halo. just because its characters are taken from nintendo's brilliant maskots from the past doesn't relegate it to 'casual' by default. If someone released a fighting game for the 360 or ps3 and filled it with master chiefs and cloud strifes you supposed 'hardcore' crowd would go weak at the knees and start praying in the direction of the development house, you guys are blind, stupid and hypocritical. I've been playing games for nearly 17 years, i'm probably 'better' at games than most of you playstation and xbox newborns, but i'll never happily call myself a hardcore gamer because i'd rather not be a snotty dweeb who calls people n00bs all the time over xbox live just because i'm scoring well. games are supposed to be fun and entertaining, and thats the way they should stay. So with games like smash bros still kicking around, i'm gonna be one happy chappy!" Very well said man! I completely agree with you. And to those who don't know, Melee was the worlds most competitive game and if you have seen true pros play this game you are gonna be awestruck. trust me. there are so many advanced secret moves in the game and there are so many chain combos you can make with the characters(Fox for example). I see a casual game one that is only played for 7-8 minutes with friends and family. Now I don't think anyone plays Smashbros for less than 3-4 years!! This game is gonna last a LONG time and is gonna increase sales for a long time as well. And you wanna know what? That is HARDCORE. Brawl FTW.

6h05tly
6h05tly

Drewman419: I don't blame ya. I'm in that same exact situation with Brawl :(

gamer_unleashed
gamer_unleashed

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GawNawRaw
GawNawRaw

Man I love this game. Brawl is the best game I've ever played and owned. Plus, all the features, modes, single player, and multiplayer things in this game. And with an All Star roster of not only Nintendo characters, but also Snake and Sonic in the brawl as well. This game beats Halo 3 in every way, IMO. And I'm a fan of the Halo series. Quality over Quantity. SSBB is Quailty because of everything in this one game disc, and Halo 3 is Quantity because of the number of people you can kill and fight online. SSBB is the best game in history.

edhc44
edhc44

Urge to buy a Wii rising... On a side note, I hate to be the one (or one of those) bringing this up, but I was HIGHLY skeptical with Konami's dream of selling 1M MGS4 copies on day one. But considering that I can't tell which game people are more fired up about, and the legendary simultaneous world-wide realise, US and Japan combined might be able to do it. But back to the subject at hand, SSBM was the best game on the GC on its entire run (and it's not like we didn't have strong competitors, such as F-Zero GX and RE4) and from what I've read, this one sure is a million times better. Great job, Nintendo!

wills_b
wills_b

I'm a little surprised about the hype surrounding this, it has never appealed to me; but I've never played it or its predecessors, so I guess I'm missing out. I do have to wonder if this fast selling perhaps reflects the lack of titles that cater for the tastes of older gamers, who are not as interested in party titles but were taken in by the Wii's technical brilliance? Let the flaming commence...

Luigi487
Luigi487

It's no surprise that this game is selling well, it's an awesome game.

789shadow
789shadow

Absolutely shocking.:roll:But seriously,good for you,Brawl.I am 100% sure that Brawl will sell more copies than Halo 3 in it's lifetime.

plaestic
plaestic

SSBB is good easy fun everyone can enjoy. I just hope they put out more online enabled games because this system is living off hype and little else right now.

Drewman419
Drewman419

Well its nice to see that it sold well. Only problem is I can never find any matches online.

wjuk
wjuk

With all that dough, it wouldn't hurt to make a scheme to get Brawl out in Europe earlier...