There’s no denying the fact Splatoon has become one of Nintendo’s most marketable modern IP. The first and now second game in the series has paved the way for a bright future. Even in the short time frame of their existence, the inklings have made a surprise cameo in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and were recently added to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster as official fighters.
With all this in consideration, the latest data reinforces just how successful the new squids on the block have become, with the second game in the series, Splatoon 2, returning the top of the Japanese gaming charts, last week, after a 48-week absence. It’s likely linked to the recent release of the lovely Octo Expansion, perhaps illustrating how effective DLC can be sales-wise when done right. If this doesn’t blow your mind, this is the longest time on record since a game has returned to the top spot since the original Pokémon titles did it back in 1997 – exactly 89 weeks after launch.
According to Game Data Library, Splatoon 2 is estimated to sell more than a million units in Japan over the course of 2018, with its total sales expected to be closer to 4 million by the end of the year.
Are you still playing your copy of Splatoon 2? Have you tried out the new Octo Expansion yet? Tell us in the comments.