Smash Ultimate becomes best-selling FGC title of all time, overtaking SF2 - Dexerto
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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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Sora finally joins Smash Ultimate with must-have Kingdom Hearts fighter mod

Published: 22/Jan/2021 0:15

by Michael Gwilliam

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Kingdom Hearts’ Sora has long been a fan-favorite candidate for a Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC fighter. For those who can’t wait to see if he gets added, a new mod can let players finally choose the Disney-Square protagonist.

Sora is one of the most popular characters in all of gaming, bridging the worlds of Final Fantasy and Disney with the Kingdom Hearts franchise. As such, he has scored incredibly high in Smash Ultimate fighter ballots, with fans craving to see him duke it out with other gaming greats like Mario, Link, Sonic, Solid Snake and more.

While he hasn’t come to Smash yet – and it’s unlikely that he ever will –  talented modder ‘mastaklo’ has crafted one of the best fighter mods yet that finally brings the character to Smash.

Everything about Sora seems to completely match his Kingdom Hearts look, with the Keyblade sword, shorts, hair and shoes. So if you’re a stickler for visual perfection, you’re in luck.

Sora in Smash Ultimate
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This could be the only way Sora ever gets added to Smash.

When it comes to gameplay, the mod uses Shulk’s moveset, and was actually originally teased in a leak from December 2020. As Dexerto previously reported, visuals from the mod were posted to a message board, claiming that Sora would be coming to Smash.

Mastaklo told Dexerto that a friend, to whom he’d sent an early build of the mod, ended up posting those photos.

As for when you can download the mod, mastaklo is letting his Patreon supporters have early access, but it will be available for everyone starting February 19.

Sadly, for anyone hoping to actually see Sora come to Smash, you shouldn’t get your hopes up. Imran Kahn, a former senior editor for Game Informer, has gone on record saying that Disney Japan prevented Nintendo from adding the character to Smash, which is likely why we got Sephiroth instead.

In any case, at least now fans can finally find a way to use Sora in Smash – just think of him as a Shulk Echo fighter. Who knows, though; with three more DLC packs still to come in Fighters Pass Volume 2, it’s always possible that Sora makes his way to Ultimate in a more official capacity.