Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch has sold over five million units worldwide in its first week. This was revealed by Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa in an interview this week with Japanese daily Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun. In addition to this, he stated that the Nintendo Switch is the home console that is seeing the fastest software sales in the company's history so far. Also, he mentioned that game sales on the Nintendo Switch picked up mid-November. No surprise when you consider that Pokemon Let's Go, Pikachu and Eevee were released at the time and were followed up by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Furukawa also talked about Nintendo's mobile games being a pillar of its earnings, according to industry insider Serkan Toto who translated and summarised the interview on Twitter.
Nonetheless, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's success should come as no surprise. It has a fantastic roster of characters that keeps getting bigger. A new leak suggests that we might see Doom's Doom Slayer, Minecraft's Steve, and Ninja Gaiden's Ryu Hayabusa to fill up the remaining slots in the five fighter list for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's season pass, or Fighter Pass as Nintendo calls it.
This leak has emerged from Japanese message board 5Channel (viaVG247) which claimed Dragon Quest hero Erdrick will be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with alternate skins including Dragon Quest X's Anlucia and XI's protagonist. Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden is also a possibility to be announced along with an anniversary project in development. As for Doom's Doom Slayer or Doomguy as he's known, he would be revealed at E3 2019 along with Steve from Minecraft to promote Doom Eternal and Minecraft Dungeons respectively. Doomguy's alternate skin would be based on Doom 64 while Steve's alternates include Alex and Master Chief.
Other possibilities include Rayman from Ubisoft's Rayman series and Heihachi from Tekken. However with the former being an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it seems unlikely. Heihachi seems like an outside possibility as well when you consider the likes of Jin Kazama being a more popular option.
As is the case is with most leaks, we'd recommend taking this with a tonne of salt until we hear something official from Nintendo.
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