Splatoon 3 is Japan's Fastest-Selling Game of All Time

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Splatoon 3 was announced in February 2021 and was officially released on Sept. 9, 2022. Many were surprised at the announcement of a third franchise entry since it did not dominate the headlines as much as Mario Kart and Smash do.

Splatoon and Splatoon 2 had a combined 17 million units sold and the numbers for Splatoon 3 show how much bigger the series has gotten. Nintendo officially announced that the domestic sales of Splatoon 3 for Nintendo Switch surpassed 3.45 million in the first three days. This is the highest number of domestic sales for any Nintendo Switch software within the first three days of launch.

Nintendo has yet to release any Splatoon 3 sales for the US, UK or other markets outside of its home country Japan.

Splatoon is a series of action-shooting games, players play as Inklings. Nintendo launched the Splatoon game for the Wii U system in May 2015 and the Splatoon 2 game for Nintendo Switch in July 2017. Splatoon 3 has taken over the title from Animal Crossing: New Horizons for being the fastest-selling game for Nintendo Switch in Japan.

Splatoon 3 exclusively launched for Nintendo Switch on Sept 9. 2022. The new addition to the series features 12 different multiplayer stages including returning and refurbished maps from the first two Splatoon games.

Splatoon 3 is the latest game in the Splatoon series, in which players face off against each other in two teams of four players, claiming territory by covering it in ink in Turf War battles. Building on the series’ foundation, Splatoon 3 features new weapons, special weapons, and action to the game.