Everyone cares about Splatoon 3 more than you think

A Splatoon 3-themed Switch OLED model sits on concrete as its characters join the screen.

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Splatoon 3 it didn’t just top the charts, it’s absolutely tearing them down, at least in Japan. Nintendo has announced that the latest sequel to the party shooter series has already sold over 3 million copies in just three days there, making Splatoon 3‘s launch greater than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Pokemon Sword and Shieldand any other Switch game you can think of.

“[D]omestic sales of Splatoon 3 The game for the Nintendo Switch system has surpassed 3.45 million units in the first three days since its release on September 9, 2022,” Nintendo wrote in a press release today. To put that number in perspective, it’s more than combined launch its sales Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Pokémon Legends: Arceus In Japan.

Here are the top four Switch game releases according Famitsu:

  1. Splatoon 3: 3.45 million units (September 9, 2022)
  2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons: 1.888 million units (March 20, 2020)
  1. Pokémon Legends: Arceus: 1.425 million units (January 28, 2022)
  2. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shiny pearl: 1,396 (November 19, 2021)

While Splatoon 3his reviews were pretty positive so farthis is a huge leap from the last game for painting battlefields and making billboard memes was released. Splatoon 2Lifetime sales in Japan are only 4 million, and Splatoon 1Its worldwide sales are just 4.95 million. This means that if the momentum continues, Splatoon 3 it is likely to sold out the first game in a single month and in a single country.

We don’t have US sales numbers for the game yet, but early indications point to it Splatoon 3 is one of the biggest Switch games ever. And it’s not because it’s some huge series development. I played it a bit over the weekend and in many ways it feels like the kind of iterative improvement you’d expect for an online shooter, taking the lessons learned from Splatoon 2 and making a more refined and robust sequel.

So why the new surge in popularity? Probably, it’s because everyone who was seated initially Splatoon 2 out (which was released shortly after the Switch in 2017 along with hits like Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey) wanted to join after years of positive buzz from one of Nintendo’s most passionate fans. The Switch has also sold 25 million units in Japan and 111 million worldwide in recent years. Maybe it Splatoon 3 The hype just goes to show the power of releasing a major first-party Nintendo game on fifth best selling console of all time.

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