In Japan, Splatoon 3 has the best Switch game to date

In Japan, Splatoon 3 has the best Switch game to date

Splatoon 3 has had a great success in Japan, with the highest domestic sales for any Switch game in the first three days.

The game, which began on Friday, has sold 3.45 million copies in Japan, both physically and digitally.

It demonstrates how popular the game in Nintendo''s home market is, and how important the Splatoon IP is, outselling even Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which had the previous best launch in Japan.

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And beyond that, it''s impact isn''t quite as significant.

According to, the game is currently top one in the UK boxed charts, becoming the first game in the series to do so, despite both previous games reaching second.

Despite the drop in launch sales over the Splatoon 2, this is only physical sales and does not account for digital purchases via the eShop.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt won the first Splatoon game on Nintendo''s popular WiiU and it was removed early in the Switch lifecycle.

Part One of The Last of Us is now on the top spot, which had a 66 percent sales decline from last week and has dropped to the fourth.

Horizon: Forbidden West remains the second highest selling game, although the game is still capable of continuing PlayStation 5 bundle sales.

The total number of physical UK sales - dominated by Switch games - is below:

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