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Gaming accessories also had a 29 percent increase in December 2018 compared to the previous year, reaching $1 billion.

NPD's annual sales summary wasn't just good news for Nintendo.

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The reason for the December surge was credited to the release of Super Smash Bros Ultimate, which became the best selling game in the franchise and helped Nintendo rake in the sales and beat the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as the best-selling console in 2018. Brawl by over 70 per cent. According to Kotaku, that puts first-month physical sales for Ultimate at over 4.5 million units.

In that chat, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa once again reaffirmed Nintendo's Switch sales goal, while also noting at that Nintendo isn't looking to release a Switch successor or even cut the price of the current model. "Console, PC, and mobile platforms all saw significant growth, while developing portions of the market like subscription and streaming services gave us a peek into a future full of possibilities for the industry and gamers", NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said in a statement.

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The end result of all this is that Nintendo generated more software revenue than any other console vendor for the entire year.

The game is an action RPG with graphics styled after the 16-bit generation, and it's seen a very positive reception on Steam since it launched out of Early Access back in September.

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Nintendo Switch sales have surpassed 10.5 million units in the United States and the platform's aligned launch sales are higher than those of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Unfortunately, this kind of granularity is hard to come by. But the better sign for Nintendo might be the continued sales success for older Switch titles like Mario Kart 8 (No. 12 for 2018), Super Mario Odyssey (No. 15), and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (No. 18). With an impressively large roster that is only going to grow throughout the year and a stellar single-player mode, it's no wonder why so many fans are enjoying every little bit that the new fighter has to offer on their Nintendo Switch.

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