With the smashing success in Japan of the original Splatoon on the beleaguered Wii U, we figured that Splatoon 2 would have a great debut on the Nintendo Switch. However, we didn’t think it would sell this many copies right out of the gate!
Famitsu is reporting that Splatoon 2 sold 670,955 copies in just three days in Japan. That does not include digital eShop sales, but it does include download cards bought in stores (Japan sells game-specific download codes) and the copies sold in the bundle. This makes Splatoon 2 the biggest debut of a Switch title so far and the overall highest selling Switch game in Japan. The original Splatoon had lifetime sales of around 1.5 million in Japan – the Switch sequel is more than half way to that number already!
Although there’s still a massive shortage of Nintendo Switch consoles in Japan, there were greater quantities available for the Splatoon 2 launch. Nintendo managed to shift 102,000 systems during the same period. The total number of Switch systems in Japan sits at around 1.2 million.
Needless to say, the game is off to an awesome start in Japan, and hopefully it will continue to drive demand for the Switch over the coming months. We haven’t heard how sales are faring in the U.S. yet, but we’ll keep you updated if Nintendo makes any official announcements!