“Splatoon”, Nintendo’s newest IP, has surpassed 1.5 million copies sold wordwide, selling 1.62 million units in just its first month of release. This is despite the fact that Wii U sales were down compared to this time last year, although Japan did see a soar in consoles sold, which very well may be due to the release of Nintendo’s latest hit. While this time last year Japan sold a measly 60,000 Wii U consoles, they managed to sell 150,000 units during that same time this year. This is compared to the rest of the world, which saw a decline in hardware sales for the Wii U. The United States saw sales drop from 280,000 units last year to just 190,000 units this year, and sales in all other territories dropped from 170,000 units to just 130,000 units. Despite this fact though, “Splatoon” has persevered and has sold 1.62 million copies despite the Wii U having such a small install base, with just over 10 million units sold over its lifespan.
“Splatoon” is a third person shooter released by Nintendo which features both campaign and multiplayer modes. The most prominent multiplayer mode is “Splat Fest”, where players attempt to cover the map with their color ink. The winner is decided by what team is able to spread their ink the most over the course of the map. A Ranked Battles mode also exists, which is a more competitive twist on the existing Turf Wars game mode.
The game will be receiving an update in August, which will expand on Nintendo’s already successful formula. The matchmaking system for Ranked Battles will now allow players to form custom teams with their friends with a brand new Squad Battle mode; previously, you weren’t able to play on a team with friends online. A new mode, Private Battle, will allow players to customize map settings and the amount of people allowed on a single team. In addition to these new features, Nintendo is also giving players a ton of new content, from new weapon types, a ton of new armor and gear, as well as increasing the level cap from 20 to 50, including a new S and S+ ranking system added for the game’s more competitive players. Nintendo doesn’t plan to stop here though. They plan to continue to add new maps, game modes, and weapons to the game from this summer through the fall season.
With “Splatoon’s” proven success on the Wii U and the amount of resources Nintendo is pouring into the game, it is definitely a must-have for Nintendo’s somewhat struggling console, and very well may be one of the console’s saving graces. It is one of the most original games that Nintendo has released in years, and the fact that they are continuing to support it with free downloadable content is a breath of fresh air compared to the rest of the industry’s approach. The sales numbers are beyond impressive, especially since they don’t account for units sold beyond June 30.
“Splatoon” does what Nintendo does best, and that is bring some competitive, yet incredibly fun gaming into the living rooms of families and gamers alike.