Nintendo Switch sales have dominated worldwide over Christmas, but the scale of Splatoon’s success in Japan may warn you…
With expectation for the first Nintendo Direct of the year already at heat pitch, it’s unexpected turn very easy to envision what new games competence be in the Switch’s future – as Splatoon 2 becomes Nintendo’s biggest Japanese hit in eight years.
One of the good frustrations about the video games attention is that it’s always so formidable to tell how good games are actually selling. European and American charts are purposefully deceptive and never embody sales figures, but in Japan things are very opposite and you get rarely accurate sales information every week.
And this week has seen the first new draft of the year, stating sales over the new year duration – which in Japan is the many critical gift-giving season. And as you can see it’s almost sum Nintendo domination…
Japanese console draft – 7 January
1 (2) Splatoon 2 (NS)
2 (3) Super Mario Odyssey (NS)
3 (1) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS)
4 (4) Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon (3DS)
5 (5) Mario Party: The Top 100 (3DS)
6 (6) Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Hihou Densetsu Banbarayaa – Sword/Magnum (3DS)
7 (7) The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (NS)
8 (10)ARMS (NS)
9 (8) 1-2-Switch (NS)
10(9) Earth Defense Forces 5 (PS4)
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Hardware sales of the Switch also handily kick the PlayStation 4, at 159,636 to 103,607, but the biggest news is that Splatoon 2 was not only the series one diversion but is the first console pretension to sell over 2 million copies in Japan given Wii Party in 2010.
Total sales now mount at 1,882,997 earthy copies and 150,617 digital, for a grand sum of 2,033,614.
Although successful in the West, the Splatoon authorization has been disproportionately renouned in Japan with mixed live music concerts and other media appearances. And that can meant only one thing: some-more sequels.
When we’ll find out about that is anyone’s theory but in the meantime there’s been some-more good news for Nintendo, as their French auxiliary has reported that Switch sales have hit 911,000 – beating their aim of 800,000 and both the Wii (703,000) and PlayStation 4 (650,000) during the same period. It’s also some-more than the Wii U’s whole lifetime sales in the country, at 832,000.
The conditions seems to be identical in Italy, which this week reported that the Switch was selling faster than the Wii there too. And this is only a few days after the Switch was named the fastest selling console ever in the US, where it’s sole 4.8 million units in just 10 months.
As usual, the country with the slightest volume of information on sales is the UK, but as ever it’s the success in Japan that has the many change on Nintendo themselves. And so hopefully this all means not just some-more Splatoon. but also some-more new franchises in general.
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