Splatoon 2 is officially the most successful game this decade…if you live in Japan at least.
Hot on the heels of confirmation that the Switch has outsold the Wii U in Japan, it’s now been revealed that Splatoon 2 is the most successful game there this decade, having sold over 2 million copies.
The last title to sell more than Splatoon 2 was Wii Party way back in 2010. With sales of the Switch in Japan standing at 3.4 million, that means almost two-thirds of owners have purchased Splatoon 2. That’s significantly more than Breath Of The Wild has sold (780,000 units), although Super Mario Odyssey may soon pass the 2 million milestone, having sold 1.5 million units since its release in October.
Splatoon has been an incredibly successful franchise for Nintendo, but the Japanese fanbase appears to be particularly rabid, with the game’s popularity having even resulted in actual Squid Sisters live concerts featuring Callie and Marie performing songs from Splatoon, whilst occasionally talking to the audience.
The Squidlings have already popped up in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and at this point it would be entirely unsurprising to see further cameos and spin-offs before the now-inevitable Splatoon 3 release date is announced. In the meantime, Splatoon 2 is still shifting big numbers in Japan, having become the first chart topper of 2018 in a Nintendo-dominated top ten.
There are also further hardware sales updates slowly coming in that underline the success of the Switch. In France sales now sit at 911,000, far exceeding Nintendo‘s target of 800,000 and also equivalent sales of the Wii and PlayStation 4 in their first year (they shifted 703,000 and 650,000 units respectively). It also surpasses the Wii U‘s lifetime sales of 832,000.
Meanwhile, the Switch was unintentionally revealed to have outsold both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in America over Christmas as Microsoft‘s head of marketing Aaron Greenberg tweeted that the Xbox One had outsold the PlayStation 4 and achieved its highest December market share ever…before having to clarify that the Switch had in fact outsold both consoles.