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!
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.

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