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Splatoon 3 is a sales hit in the UK, biggest Switch launch in Japan – Effinate Games


Splatoon 3 is out now, and while players have been debating whether to play as the Inkling or the Octoling, they’ve all been playing the same game. In fact, a whole bunch of people have been playing Splatoon 3 and lifting it to new sales records across the globe.

First, the new game hit the top of the UK boxed charts, which as of GI.biz. This is a first for the franchise, as the original Splatoon on Wii U and Splatoon 2 on Nintendo Switch only managed to come in second place. Not only did Splatoon 3 manage to take the top spot, but it did so without the help of any special bundles — the Switch OLED Splatoon 3 model is a separate purchase. Also, Splatoon 3 reached number one despite actually selling slightly less overall than its predecessors. Taking the top spot seems to be due to the current competition in that case, but it’s a first for the franchise nonetheless.

Meanwhile, Splatoon 3’s Japan launch sets records for Switch overall. IN a press release, Nintendo stated that the game passed 3.45 million copies sold in its first three days on the market, making it “the highest domestic sales level of any Nintendo Switch software within the first three days.” In other words, Splatoon 3 has become the fastest selling Switch game in Japan. While the UK performance was based on boxed copies only, the Japanese sales record includes both physical and digital copies via the Switch eShop.

Those currently playing Splatoon 3 have a lot to enjoy. The competitive game sees the return of Salmon Run, ranked Anarchy Battles and plenty of Amiibo rewards for those who collect Nintendo’s special characters. This may be the third game in the series, but there will inevitably be a few newcomers. If you’re one of them and need a few tips, we’ve got a beginner’s guide full of tips and tricks to get you started.

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