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Smash Ultimate becomes best-selling FGC title of all time, overtaking SF2

Published: 1/Nov/2019 0:16 Updated: 1/Nov/2019 4:11

by Andrew Amos

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has overtaken its predecessors, as well as Street Fighter II, to become the top-selling fighting game of all time.

Smash Ultimate has been a massive success for Nintendo. The popular crossover title has brought many of the company’s fan-favorite franchises to the arena to duel in more significant numbers than ever before.

The Japanese developer is being rewarded for their efforts, too, as their hallmark Switch title has become a cultural phenomenon and stormed to the top of the fighting game ranks in all metrics.

NintendoSmash Ultimate is now the most successful fighting game of all time.

With the release of Nintendo’s half-year financial report at the end of October 2019, Smash Ultimate has confirmed itself at the top of the fighting game charts. 

Nintendo has shipped 15.71 million copies since its release in December 2018, surpassing previous record-holder Street Fighter II’s 15.5 million.

NintendoNintendo’s sales charts for April to September 2019 paint a good picture for the company moving forward.

It also smashed its predecessors after Smash 4 fell just short of 15 million copies while Super Smash Bros. Brawl only got to 13.3 million.

The announcement has settled Super Smash Bros. as the most popular fighting game franchise of all time too, with 53.03 million sales across two decades. Tekken, Dragon Ball, Street Fighter, and Mortal Kombat all sit behind at around the 45 to 47 million mark.

The increased sales are also a reflection on the game’s booming esports scene. 3,492 players picked up Smash Ultimate at Evo 2019, which was a massive increase on Smash 4 (1,354) and Melee (1351) at Evo 2018.

It’s also outperforming other major FGC titles. No other game broke the 2,000 player signup mark at Evo 2019, with Street Fighter V managing 1,929 registrations as the second most popular tournament at the event.

With more content still being pumped out to keep the fans happy, it’s unlikely that sales will slow down for Smash Ultimate in the near future. Its release has been a cultural phenomenon for the fighting game community and set a standard for any future releases.

Whether they can keep the momentum all the way through 2020 is yet to be seen, but at this pace, Smash Ultimate will break through the 20 million barrier in no time.

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Smash Ultimate pro Tweek unveils new 9.0.2 fighter tier list

Published: 30/Nov/2020 17:42

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate pro Gavin ‘Tweek’ Dempsey has revealed his newest tier list for patch 9.0.2, and it includes some pretty surprising fighter placements.

Tweek has been one of the top Smash players for quite some time and has been known to change up his characters, making him one of the biggest threats in any tournament.

While global health issues have shut down most LAN events in 2020, the TSM star still practices and shocks fans with highlight-reel plays on social media platforms and Twitch.

On November 29, the 22-year-old uploaded his newest tier list. While he admitted to not have given it “much effort”, the list still contains his general thoughts. So it’s likely that some fighters could probably be switched around ahead of others while remaining on the same tier.

Joker with Arsene in Smash.
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Joker takes the top spot on Tweek’s tier list.

First and foremost, the Smash star gave the top slot on the whole roster to Joker, who remains an elite fighter despite some nerfs to Arsene.

Even though no one has achieved the same level of success on Joker as the world’s top player Leonardo ‘MKLeo’ Lopez Perez, the Persona character’s kit remains strong in the right hands. Not to mention that Arsene is one of the biggest threats and arguably the best passive ability in the game.

Just after Joker is Pikachu, who consistently remains a top tier in almost every Smash title. Thanks to his insane recovery and small hitbox, fighting a good Pikachu can be like trying to have a lightsaber duel with Yoda.

Surprisingly, Tweek placed Mario above Peach, Zero Suit Samus, and even one of his mains in Wario. It’s really unclear exactly why he feels this way, especially with Peach main Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris being just behind MKLeo in the PGR.

Hopefully, he ends up making a more detailed video with his thoughts so he can dig into why Mario is ahead of some of the game’s most elite characters.

Going a bit further down the list, Tweek has both of the game’s newest fighters with Steve and MinMin in B-tier. Steve has been a bit underwhelming since release, but no one has really risen up the ranks with the Minecraft fighter yet. Meanwhile, MinMin may be a major sleeper, but her weakness to close-quarters brawls may be holding her back.

Min Min grabs the ledge
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Min Min is stuck in B-tier for now.

Finally, the C-Tier is as you’d expect: Little Mac, Ganondorf, and Dr Mario round out the bottom three and for good reason: they all seriously lack recoveries. Hopefully, the next time there is a big balance update, those fighters get some quality buffs to their recoveries so they move up a tier or two.

It’s unlikely that we see another balance update until a new fighter is released. With The Game Awards on December 10, one could very well be announced there and released soon thereafter. Until then, however, expect patch 9.0.2 to remain the current meta for a bit, especially if no new fighter is revealed before the end of the year.