Nintendo detailed sales of Wii U consoles recently, elaborating on how many units have been sold, as well as the software that has helped get the system into people’s homes. Despite only 12 million Wii U systems currently existing in the wild (making it highly likely to be the worst-performing home console in the company’s history), Nintendo has still been able to see software success across this relatively small install base. One such game has been Splatoon, Nintendo’s first foray into an online shooter game!
According to Nintendo, the company has shipped 4.27 million copies of Splatoon worldwide since the game’s launch last May. Moreover, user activity has remained consistently high– and has even increased– since Splatoon’s release. The latest Splatfest in particular drew an impressive turnout; in Japan, around 790,000 players took part in the splativities. Considering the game has sold roughly 1.49 million units in its homeland, that means more than half of the people who own Splatoon in the region participated in the event!
It’s a huge boon to Nintendo to see this new IP make the splash that it has with fans and critics alike, and if the continued support of the game with new DLC is any indication, momentum for the title has yet to cease. While pundits like to claim the company leans too heavily on its established franchises, Splatoon has quickly established itself as a new pillar for Nintendo; hopefully moving forward with NX, players will continue to see the new series grow!