As one of the more successful I.P. to come out of Nintendo in recent memory, Splatoon 2 was clearly going to be a hit upon its release earlier this year. The game has an especially large following in the region it originated from, quickly becoming a favorite amongst gamers residing in the Land of the Rising Sun upon the original’s debut on Wii U. It appears that this passion has carried over to the Switch-only sequel as well, as the title has officially cleared over one million units sold in Japan alone.
There is a bit of a disparity depending on which sales tracking report gamers choose to follow, with Media Create reporting a total of 949,737 physical units sold and Famitsu claiming Splatoon 2 has moved 1,013,842 copies. Regardless, both reports exclude digital sales which are likely to have pushed the Switch game well over the one million mark in Japan.
Given the wealth of free content that Nintendo has been releasing for the game following its release in late July, it’s likely that the ink-centric shooter will continue to sell well for the house of Mario. Since the Switch has been an incredibly hot commodity in Japan, Splatoon 2 sales are also likely to rise as more and more consumers get their hands on the almost always sold-out system.
As previously mentioned, there is still plenty of free DLC in the works for Splatoon 2 that current and hopeful players can anticipate. All of it acts as a means to provide consumers with a reason to keep revisiting the title long after they’ve purchased it, which in turn will help prolong the shelf life of the game and lead to more sales. While a current accounting of Splatoon 2‘s sales worldwide are currently unknown, selling over one million copies in Japan is a very good start for a piece of software that’s been available for less than a month.
Splatoon 2 is currently available exclusively on Nintendo Switch.