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Splatoon 3 is the most successful video game launch of all time in Japan

Even Nintendo should be amazed: Splatoon 3 has broken the record for the most successful launch of all time in the Japanese video game world, and even by far. In the first three days, the game sold an incredible 3,450,000 copies. For comparison: previous record holder Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold 2,680,000 copies at launch.

That’s a massive increase over its predecessor, which was released in the console’s first year and sold 648,000 copies in its first few days. The series has always enjoyed strong sales out of Japan as the debut marked the most successful launch of a new console IP since Wii Sports in the region. How many times the game has sold worldwide is still unknown, but Nintendo should be anything but dissatisfied here either.

Splatoon 3 is available exclusively for Nintendo Switch. Below is a list of the top 20 launch sales figures in Japan.

1. [NSW] Splatoon 3 – 3,450,000

2. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 2,680,000

3. [NSW] Pokemon Black/White – 2,637,285

4. [PS1] Final Fantasy VIII – 2,5404,044

5. [NDS] Dragon Quest IX – 2,343,440

6. [PS2] DragonQuest VIII – 2,236,881

7. [PSP] Monster Hunter Freedom 3 – 2,146,467

8th. [3DS] Pokemon X/Y – 2,096,050

9. [PS1] Final Fantasy VII – 2,034,879

10 [NSW] Pokemon Sword/Shield – 2,000,000

10 [NSW] Pokemon Legends: Arceus – 2,000,000

10 [PS4] Monster Hunter: World – 2,000,000

10 [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise – 2,000,000

14 [PS1] Final Fantasy IX – 1,954,421

15 [3DS] Pokemon Sun/Moon – 1,905,107

16 [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 1,875,115

17 [PS1] Dragon Quest VII – 1,862,065

18 [PS2] Final Fantasy XII – 1,840,397

19 [PS2] Final Fantasy X – 1,749,737

20 [NSW] Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl – 1,700,000


When his parents gave little Marco a Game Boy, they didn’t know what it would lead to. Every game these days has to be played by him, no matter how good or bad it may be. He is now trying to live out his passion as an editor at PS-NOW – the musical is planned.


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