69% of all physical games sold in Japan last month were Splatoon 3

Splatoon 3 reportedly accounted for almost 70% of all physical games sold in Japan in September.

The latest monthly sales data from Famitsu (via GamesIndustry.biz) shows that 2.7 million boxed copies of Splatoon 3 – released on September 9 – were sold in Japan throughout the month.

Given that 3.9 million physical games were reportedly sold in Japan last month, that means Splatoon 3 accounted for 69% of all boxed games sold during that time.

The rest of Japan’s top 10 last month was mostly Switch games, with the exception of the PS4 and PS5 versions of Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Offline and Earth Defense Force 6 on PS4.

Splatoon 3 – Deep Cut: Rainbow of Anarchy

These numbers are for physical copies of the game only, which means it’s not entirely clear what the total number of Splatoon 3 sales in Japan for the month will be, as Nintendo rarely releases information on sales numbers. digital products.

However, in the case of Splatoon 3, the company revealed days after the game’s release that it had broken Switch software records in Japan.

According to Nintendo, in the first three days of the game, 3.45 million copies were sold both physical and digital, nearly 600,000 units more than the previous biggest Switch launch in Japan, Animal Crossing. : New Horizons, managed during its first week on sale.

The Splatoon series has enjoyed continued popularity in Japan. According to Famitsu, Splatoon 2 was the fifth best-selling Switch game in the country, with 4.03 million copies sold as of March 2022. Given the start of Splatoon 3, however, it could soon overtake its predecessor, if it didn’t. already.

In VGC’s Splatoon 3 review, reviewer Matthew Castle called the game “Nintendo’s safest sequel”.

“Its core functionality feels more like (generous) patch notes than a bold invitation to a world of ink revolution. But if it provides solid enjoyment in those small steps, does it really matter? In a game where the one-point-one-percent can lead to its greatest thrills, a big splatter of paint isn’t always necessary.