Splatoon 3 becomes the fastest selling Nintendo Switch game in Japan


Splatoon 3
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To say Splatoon franchise has become a breakout hit for Nintendo since its debut on the Wii U back in 2015 would be something of an understatement. Although the first entry sold modest numbers, its focus on fast-paced multiplayer with a unique spin resonated with fans worldwide and has since grown exponentially in popularity in the years since.

The latest title, Splatoon 3, has become the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game in Japan, according to Nintendo. In a post on its official company website, the company confirms that Splatoon 3 has surpassed an extraordinary 3.45 million units sold within the first three days domestically. This includes both physical and digital copies of the game.

Here is the official announcement from Nintendo:

“Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Kyoto, Minami-ku, Japan; Representative Director and President: Shuntaro Furukawa) announced that domestic sales of Splatoon 3 games for the Nintendo Switch system have surpassed 3.45 million units in the first three days since launch on September 9, 2022. This is the highest domestic sales level for any Nintendo Switch software within the first three days.”

Yes, as pointed out by Jon Cartwright of Good Vibe Gamesthe number is fast approaching the combined worldwide sales figures of the first Splatoon, which stands at 4.95 million. To sell so much in just three days is simply amazing – and only in Japan! It just goes to show how insanely popular the Splatoon series is right now. Over in the UK, the game has also topped the physical charts for the week, marking a similarly strong debut for the game in the West.

In other news, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 studio Monolith Soft was recently confirmed to be helping with Splatoon 3’s development after the game appeared on its official website. This makes Splatoon 3 the eighth Nintendo Switch game the company has supported. For more in-depth information on Monolith Soft’s history, be sure to check out our feature for all the details.

What do you think of Splatoon 3’s splat tactical performance so far? Head down to the comments and let us know!



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