Nintendo’s Splatoon 3 is off to a very strong start in Japan. The game sold 3.45 million copies in Japan over its first three days, which reportedly makes it the fastest-selling game in history in Japan.
The previous fastest-selling game of all time across all platforms in Japan was Pokemon Black & White, while the previous fastest-selling game for Switch in Japan was Animal Crossing: New Horizons, according to industry analyst Daniel Ahmad.
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Nintendo officially announced the 3.45 million sales number, and Ahmad provided the context that speaks to the enormity of the game’s release.
When Splatoon 3 was announced in February 2021, some were surprised that Nintendo was pushing ahead with a third entry despite the franchise not dominating headlines in the way that Mario Kart, Zelda, and Smash often do. But Splatoon and Splatoon 2 combined to sell more than 17 million units, so it was never much of a surprise that Nintendo went ahead with a third game. Now, the early says numbers for Splatoon 3 show just how much of a behemoth the series is.
Nintendo has yet to announce any Splatoon 3 sales figures for the US, UK, or other markets outside of its home country of Japan, but keep checking back for more.
GameSpot’s Splatoon 3 review-in-progress currently scores the game a 7/10. Check back soon for GameSpot’s full review of the kid-friendly multiplayer shooter.
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