Which Top-Selling New Release of 2018 Most Exceeded Retail Sales Expectations?

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Which Top-Selling New Release of 2018 Most Exceeded Retail Sales Expectations?

Red Dead Redemption II 125 7.60%
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII 28 1.70%
FIFA 19 6 0.36%
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 468 28.47%
Spider-Man 321 19.53%
Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu & Eevee 75 4.56%
God of War 184 11.19%
Far Cry 5 18 1.09%
Monster Hunter: World 268 16.30%
Super Mario Party 151 9.18%

This is a toughie, but it comes down to MHW, Spider-Man and Smash. In the end I have to give it to Spider-Man though. I didn't have many expectations one way or the other about MHW. And with Smash it is too early to tell how well it will do. Most Smash games tend to be front loaded. Is this one front loaded too? Too early to tell.

I remember last year there was a thread asking, "which would sell better: God of War or Spider-Man?" Most people said God of War. I also remember I was on the high end of most prediction threads about Spider-Man and it still exceeded my expectations. It is selling far, far better than Spider-Man 2 on PS2 which is the only other Spider-Man game of comparable quality.

So, yeah, Spider-Man ftw!

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Except COD, FIFA 19 and Red Dead 2, most of them have all surprised in some ways people couldn't expect. I abstain my vote.

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voted monster hunter, all the rest you could expect huge sales from the start, specially smash. Spiderman is my second

Super Mario Party really surprised me. The legs are crazy for that game.

Super Mario Party was the only one that really sold more than I expected. After lower sales on 3DS and Wii U, it seems like Mario Party is going back to being a huge franchise like it was last gen.

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Im honestly beyond shocked that smash is beating out monster hunter. Monster Hunter had many people predicting doom and gloom. Then the game managed to not only sell well, but also was on track to become the best selling capcom game ever. Monster Hunter finally broke through in the West.

While Smash was guaranteed to be a huge success.

Bet with Intrinsic:

The Switch will outsell 3DS (based on VGchartz numbers), according to me, while Intrinsic thinks the opposite will hold true. One month avatar control for the loser's avatar.

Mario Party for me, 5 million since Oct is insane

LOL at smash bros, the BIGGEST Nintendo game Launch in History!

MHW.... that one is kinda easy.

I think the reason why some are picking Smash is because even though we expected Smash Bros. to sell well, did most expected Smash Bros. Ultimate to successfully literally carry the Switch's holiday season? To help the Switch sell the most units in a month ever (1.77 million in a month) in this generation AND break a record as the best-selling exclusive for a month, over the likes of 2010's Halo: Reach, 2018's Spider-Man, etc.?

To me, I think Pokemon Let's Go should get a shout out. For a game that has been maligned at times by hardcore fans and judged more as a game it was NOT, its selling well for what it is, a transitional game that is a Pokemon Yellow remake with Pokemon Go elements. And it did its job, help sell Switch units in a crucial part of the fiscal year.

Monster Hunter World did really well as a game that bridged the Western audience and the Japanese audience and bring the franchise into the mainstream. With a more streamlined gameplay experience and more emphasis in online multiplayer, the game maintained what made Monster Hunter what it is while bringing in new players that previous games couldn't.

Super Mario Party is also one to consider. After previous installments fell flat in terms of quality, Super Mario Party was a back-to-basics type of game that actually worked out well, despite a small number of boards. Surprisingly, it helped Pokemon Let's Go and Smash Bros. Ultimate carry the Switch through the holidays in 2018.