Nintendo’s family-friendly ‘party shooter’ racks up big sales numbers

In Japan, Splatoon 3 has outpaced classics like Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It’s just arrived in the U.S.

By Shelly BrisbinSeptember 15, 2022 1:03 pm, ,

The Nintendo Switch gaming console has spawned big hit titles like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Now, there’s a new gunslinger in town – a family-friendly game that’s selling big in Japan and could do the same in the U.S. Splatoon 3 is the latest in the popular series of paintball shooter games.

Tech expert Omar Gallaga has been playing Splatoon 3, and he says it’s an example of a lighthearted, attractively designed game that his family loves.

Highlights from this segment:

– Splatoon 3 features teenage octopuses and squids shooting at each other with paintball guns. It’s a polished, well-designed game, Gallaga says.

– The game uses motion controls to allow shooters to change their view as they play.

– So far, the game has sold 3.5 million copies in Japan, outpacing titles like Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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