Sales numbers are important for many reasons, not the least of which is because it tells you how well a game has done overall. However, it can also show you what regions the game was most popular in. In the case of sequels, it also shows you how much more popular the game is (in potential) compared to the original. Splatoon 2 hasn’t been out a week yet, but the game is already getting worldwide positive response from fans and critics, and early sales numbers shows that Nintendo has another hit on their hands.
A report is showing that in Japan alone, Splatoon 2 has sold over 671,000 units in its first three days. Since it launched last Friday, that means that this number would be even bigger now. When the original Splatoon launched on Wii U, it sold 156,000 units in its first few days. Thatisn’t too bad for an original IP, but it obviously could’ve been better. This means that the sequel has sold just over four times as much as the original.
Furthermore, the original Splatoon went on to sell over 1.5 million physical units in Japan, so imagine how much it’ll sell in Japan with the sequel based on those numbers. What’s more, these numbers only count for physical copies, not digital ones. So in theory, that number could be much, much higher in Japan.
US numbers haven’t been record yet, but if it’s anything like Japan, that means that Splatoon 2 has easily sold over 1 million units, which would add it to the ranks of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and even the recent ARMS as million unit sellers.
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