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Splatoon 3 Has Had an Absurdly Big Launch in Japan – Reso

Outpacing Animal Crossing, Pokémon, and more.

Splatoon 3 is off to an incredibly hot start in Japan as the game has sold 3.45 million copies in just three days, outpacing huge Nintendo Switch titles including Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pokémon Sword and Shield, and more.

As reported by GamesRadar, Nintendo’s Japanese corporate Twitter account shared the impressive sales numbers, with 3.45 million far outperforming Animal Crossing’s 1.88 million and Pokémon’s 1.365 million in the same period.

While Nintendo hasn’t shared Splatoon 3’s sales in other regions, including the United States, the numbers certainly bode well for the game’s long term success, given that Animal Crossing is currently the Switch’s best selling game in Japan.

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Anticipation for the game has been building since it was announced in February last year, and it also received just as much fanfare as the upcoming Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, with Nintendo releasing a limited edition Splatoon 3 Switch console and Pro Controller ahead of the game’s launch on September 9.

Fans of the franchise have arguably been waiting much longer, of course, as Splatoon 2 released way back in 2017. It also proved incredibly popular, currently sitting at fifth in Japan’s best selling Nintendo Switch games, and Nintendo is even rewarding each player who bought it with bonuses in the new game.

Our multiplayer review is still in progress for Splatoon 3, with Reso saying what we’ve played “has already been a lot of fun, with enough tweaks and new additions to feel like a new and vastly improved version” of Splatoon 2.

In our 8/10 review of the single player, however, Reso said: “Splatoon 3’s campaign features a fresh take on an open hub world design, mixing in short but satisfying missions to let you experiment with different weapons and abilities.”

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Ryan Dinsdale is an Reso freelancer. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.



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