Splatoon 2 is the first console game to sell over 2m in Japan in 8 years

Discussion in 'Video Games' started by Atheerios, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. TheDinoman

    TheDinoman Member

    Splatoon was definitely one of the best things to happen to Nintendo in years. It was the first shine of light that led Nintendo out of the depressing 3DS/Wii U era and into the Switch.
  2. Omeganex9999

    Omeganex9999 Member

    Yep. When I first started looking for a Job in Japan I was shocked to know that Nintendo owned pretty much the country when it came to market share (in the industry). You know what year that was?

    2014. Not the greatest Nintendo year, everywhere else.

    A lot of people here still play Pokemon Go (and make me want to punch them in the back when they stop suddenly in front of me), mobile gaming is huge (everyone I know says to like videogames, yet many of them don't own any console). The Switch will definitely own Japan.

    ...Monster Hunter World will be huge though. I can see it selling more than 1M here. The hype is real.
  3. Cyberninja776

    Cyberninja776 Member

    Honestly I don't think MHW will move as many units, correct me if I'm wrong but isn't DQ the biggest franchise in Japan and it didn't crack 2 million on PS4. Granted it had a 3DS version as well. But in the case of MH wasn't the reason it caught on because of ADHOC Multiplayer?
  4. FiXalaS

    FiXalaS Member

    Sony should release PSP3 for $300 and steal the show.
  5. MetalLord

    MetalLord Banned Member

    Splatoon 3 possible now ?
  6. impact

    impact Member

    Japan is small compared to the rest of the "big" gaming markets

    Also Japanese people seem to not give a shit about anything that isn't portable.
  7. srtrestre

    srtrestre Member

  8. #58
    Splatoon is lit fam :P
  9. lvl 99 Pixel

    lvl 99 Pixel Banned Member

    thats horrifying. Looks like a person in a mascot costume made of plastic :S
  10. Heartskips

    Heartskips Member

    Yes. Very unlikely, but can happen tho.

    How is Japan small compared to other markets? lol This is simply not true.
  11. Alrus

    Alrus Member

    If you add both PS3 and PS4 releases it's well over a million. The game sold extremely well for a western developed game in Japan.
  12. foxuzamaki

    foxuzamaki Member

    da queen
  13. #63
    As assured as I am Pokemon will crush that number, it’s still cool to see Splatoon 2 do so well over there.
  14. Lord of Ostia

    Lord of Ostia Member

    DQ and Monster Hunter are pretty close in sales, though yes DQ is a bigger franchise there (basically synonymous with gaming in Japan). But DQ was also on 3DS. Yes, adhoc multiplayer was a big part of MH success, but online gaming can be popular in Japan too (Splatoon is evidence of that) and MH has needed a shakeup for a while. I think MHW will easily break 1 million in Japan, but I don't think it will surpass DQ sales on PS4. Capcom are hoping for western sales with this title.
  15. #65
    In terms of market sales and numbers, Japan is stronger than the UK at the very least.
  16. foxuzamaki

    foxuzamaki Member

    Japan is actually one of the larger markets for gaming
  17. -PXG-

    -PXG- Member

    W H A T
  18. Lord of Ostia

    Lord of Ostia Member

    Depends on the type of game. UK has been pretty weak last few years though
  19. Rmagnus

    Rmagnus Member

    Will be on super Wii switch
  20. impact

    impact Member

    Not compared to US, Europe, Korea or China. SA would undoubtedly be bigger if they didn't get fucked by pricing.

    Of course Japan is strong compared to UK lol
  21. Notaskwid

    Notaskwid Member

    • User Warned: Driveby post that doesn't contribute to the topic. Console wars related
    The real console game to sell 2M units in Japan again will be Monster Hunter Worlds, you can bookmark this post.
  22. Lord of Ostia

    Lord of Ostia Member

    It's weird to compare Japan directly to the whole of Europe and then say it's small, Japan is bigger than most of Europe's individual markets, if not all of them.
  23. Nemesis162

    Nemesis162 Member

    A bunch of games does well in Japan. When looking at it, you need to see the particularities of the market and Japan was always more a handheld market with the exception of PS2, Wii and some consoles.
  24. Napalm_Frank

    Napalm_Frank Member

  25. YukiCT

    YukiCT Member

    That probably explains how this game is the only one where I’ve consistently seen a domination of Japanese usernames. I kind of fairly amazing given that the game feels so online MP orientated.
  26. Vareon

    Vareon Member

    Splatoon 2 is a game priced like a full price console game that sells on a device priced as a console.
  27. Heartskips

    Heartskips Member

    You're comparing continents to a country. I also don't know where you're geting these numbers from. Zhuge even said here recently that Japan is only behind China and the US and, when talking about dedicated devices, it's only behind the US.
  28. Marukoban

    Marukoban Member

    I mean when you are comparing a continent against a country, it's kinda saying Japan is quite big.
  29. foxuzamaki

    foxuzamaki Member

    That depends, do you care about mobile when you make that comparison?
  30. Watershed

    Watershed Member

    This gif is so ridiculous I love it.
  31. HamsterDude

    HamsterDude Member

    I had no idea that Wii Party was that popular.
  32. Mory Dunz

    Mory Dunz Member

    "2m is nothing"

    uh, it's not like games selling 2m in the USA alone grow on trees.

    People know Japan is a country and not a continent right??
  33. Marukoban

    Marukoban Member

    China market is big on mobile as well.
  34. Nemesis162

    Nemesis162 Member

    Europe is a continent and Japan is bigger than Korea and China as a console market.
  35. ChrisD

    ChrisD Member

    (I know this is a joke but)
    I booted up Splat1 the other day because the Switch was dead, and the difference is astonishing. From visuals, to gameplay, to just about everything, actually. Even the “feel” of the game is different. It’s nuts.

    That is a really long time to wait for another 2-Mil. Wow.
  36. Xbro

    Xbro Member

    Define "real console game"
  37. Killingmoon

    Killingmoon Member

    Splatoon 2 is a console game, priced as a console game, running on a hardware that's also priced as a console. Deal with it.
  38. Notaskwid

    Notaskwid Member

    Not released on a portable gaming machine.
  39. Alrus

    Alrus Member

    Wii Party is a weird title that sold very well everywhere but in the US for some reasons...
  40. Lord of Ostia

    Lord of Ostia Member

    Price is not the determining factor here. Japanese players don't prefer handhelds because they sell at a cheaper price, they prefer them because they fit their lifestyle better. Switch fits the Japanese lifestyle much like Vita or 3DS did, thus it performs better. Also games are routinely more expensive in Japan than the US on average, I wouldn't call Japanese console players a very price conscious audience tbh.
  41. FZZ

    FZZ Member

    What's the most copies ever sold for a console game in Japan?

  42. Plankton2

    Plankton2 Member

    That's pretty insane. That would probably put it very close if not over 4M after the holidays.
  43. Notaskwid

    Notaskwid Member

    Really? Last time I checked it costed about 5500 yen, console games usually cost 7000yen+
  44. Napalm_Frank

    Napalm_Frank Member

    Splatoon 2 is also a portable game running on a hardware that is portable. But if people want to think of it as a home console game who am I to stop ya.

    But as said before there is no way MHW will get anywhere near 2 million in Japan.
  45. Killingmoon

    Killingmoon Member

    Portable gaming machine.

  46. Xbro

    Xbro Member

    So not Dragon Quest XI either.
  47. MoonFrog

    MoonFrog Member

    Portables are real, not unreal imo.
  48. sinonobu

    sinonobu Member

    Splatoon 2's retail price is 6500 yen.

    EDIT: Real question what is FFXV then? Extra case for your PS4 games?
  49. Nemesis162

    Nemesis162 Member

    Splatoon 2 is priced as a console game, not as a handheld game. At the same time that Switch is priced as a home console. lol
  50. clay_ghost

    clay_ghost Member

    Splatoon 1 also cost 5500yen so it's not a console game too?