GGG writes about what Splatoon's commercial success means for fans of Nintendo games going forward.
careful, don't say it too proudly. People on here will be quick to point out that there was an exclusive Best Buy Wii U bundle sold only in North America that is clearly the result of this games success. Not that it's fun, new, fresh or just an overall good game. ;)
Well, didn't the Wii U barely sell 50k in the US during May, during Splatoon's first two days on sale? I'd argue that one bundle at that one retailer probablyhad little effect. Infact, I can still find those bundles at most of my local BBs though that is ancedotal. Either way, if that bundle made up 50k of 476k, that's still 411k left
yep, meaning that the game sold well on it's own, not because it was a pack-in.
Actually itll bolster Nintendo to continue their archaic ways like no voice chat and other silly things. I dont know how a company could leave out voice chat in a multiplayer game based on teamwork. The funny thing is a lot of nes fanatics are upset about this but they protest by buying the game. Nintendo NX will do most of the things Nintendo have been practicing for a few generations. Fanatics will support them no matter what so expect a lot of shovelware games, game droughts, bad third party support, missing features, bad online arena etc
all this tells me that nintendo has a place at sonys side as a dedicated 2nd party developer.
lol.. someday maybe.. but not for a long time. Nintendo will be making hardware for years to come.
Great game, I am picking it up next week, when my partner is out of town for a week. Splatoonathon!!!! Wii U may not have a ton of units sold, but the attatch rate is fantastic.
Not for nothing but every Nintendo game should sell at least a million since they have no 3rd party support...
Well technically every Wii U game should sell just under 10 million, since there are less than 10 million owners...1 million isn't really that impressive when you consider the install base is way larger than that
Groundbreaking news would be a third party game selling 1 million on Wii U
S.T.E.A.M flopped and hard.
I think that was a 3DS game.. I think.
@TripC50 The guy who I replied to edited his post. It originally said something like "how much S.T.E.A.M sold?"
Hopefully this gives Nintendo and a lot of others more incentive to make grew new IPs like this one.
I'm curious what this has to do with anything "going forward". Not trying to be cynical, but there's just as good a chance that their next new IP won't do well. Splatoon has been well received and Wii U owners were clearly starving for something new. That doesn't mean every new Nintendo game will be a hit. I just don't see the correlation.
For every success of a new Nintendo IP like Splatoon, there's a dozen ones that flop like Wonderful 101 and Codename STEAM. People say they want new Nintendo franchises, but most of the time the Big N releases one the massage key tends to ignore it.
@ bnoyes - Agreed. What do they mean by "going forward" anyway? From most people's perspective, there isn't much of a future for the Wii U; a few more games coming out this year, and probably a lot less next year, in it's final year of life (effectively). A few games selling a million or so copies aren't going to change the future of the Wii U.
Yeah, I'd be surprised to see any new major announcements, particularly a new IP, for the Wii U. I'm thinking the new Zelda might even end up being a Twilight Princess situation where it will be a launch title for the new console, with the Wii U version becoming an afterthought.
Um, because Nintendo took a risk on a new IP, a shooter even, andit paid off critically and commercially? Meaning they are more inclined to take more risks.
Splatoon represents Nintendo at their finest. Going into the future, if they can supplement games like this with proper plentiful third party support, they'd be getting a lot more games selling over a million copies.
Even Knack was able to sell over a million. Splatoon cracking that milestone being big news just paints the picture that many of Nintendo's new IPs don't do particularly well. But still props to Splatoon for selling better than The Order: 1886 and Sunset Overdrive on a struggling platform.
The Order was a dismal mess of a game that probably doesn't even deserve whatever sales it got, but I'm disappointed that Sunset Overdrive didn't do well. The tone of the game is admittedly obnoxious and grating, but it was also a lot of fun to play.
Dont take the bait. Cant you see he is trolling all three platform fans at once with his comment? Some uber trolling right there. lol.
Both titles were very hyped yet The Order: 1886 was able to outsell Sunset Overdrive in a short amount of time. Many people were able to find enjoyment in the title.
This is the result of Nintendo actually promoting one of their games. They showed confidence in their product.The game delivered, people liked it, and it sold well. They should start doing it more frequently.
....you mean they sold that unfinished game at full price? Yea..they should start doing that more. /s
What part is unfinished? Voice chat was omitted. The free DLC plan seems to be a reality with a new gun and map each week till October. That brings the maps to 8 currently. Is the game glitchy? While you can question their decision to not include it all at launch it is a far cry from the unfinished.
Technically, the game is finished, there's just content that has yet to be unlocked. My guess is they did that to keep the people interested for a period of time. Has it affected the game in a negative way? As I see it, no it hasn't. But yeah, you should try a little harder next time you try to be a smartass.
"The free DLC" you mean delayed content that should have been in the finished product? Sounds like they still have more to add....yet released it anyway. Sounds unfinished to me bud. @Plat- "Technically, the game is finished, there's just content that has yet to be unlocked" Um...sure bud. Sounds like they released uncomplete game to and are adding it later on as if its an extra when in reality they are just lazy and wanted fans to pay for half a game while they finished the rest. I'd rather they had an October release date with all the content COMPLETE! Looks like Nintendo is really taking a lot of advantage of their new found love for DLC. Whats next? Half a Zelda with missing dungeons, but hey, we might just say its um.."content yet to be unlocked" ie yet to be finished. Oh...we'll get Zelda next year all right, but how much of it will be um..."unlocked"? No thanks, I'll just wait for the final real version of Zelda vs the LOCKED version with half the content for FULL PRICE.
Well I'm happy that the game did well. :) Maybe this will give Nintendo more reasons to develop new IPs. :)
So I am glad its sold well because by all accounts its a good game. That said, the WiiU release window for good games has been a baron wasteland in 2015 from all I can tell so how much of its success is its a good sign for the WiiU or is it a sign WiiU owners are starving for quality new content?
Let's be honest what else did they have to buy for such a dying console?
Mario Party, Kart, Smash, Bayonetta, SM3DW, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Wonderful 101, NSMBU, Hyrule Warriors, ZombiU, Pikmin 3, Zelda WWHD.....how you pretend the system has no games is beyond me.
That's a sorry list of games for a console that's been out for almost 3 years.
@superchiller That's the ones I could think of and exclusives only. List is much bigger....ugh, trolls are the worst at arguing when they are complete morons and highly uneducated.
yeah i only bought 26 wii u games so far... That not including the indie and vc games i have bought.. which has filled my harddrive... Yep i have nothing to play:( Ohh yoshi's this weeekend......
So much spin on here from the very same individual's that said the game wouldn't sell in the first place. The game sold well. Get over yourselves. lmao Way too much bitterness from so called gamers.
Very nicely done Splatoon! Like the article says, I too hope that this encourages Nintendo EAD to start bringing us new IPs. I haven't seen this spark from them since Animal Crossing and Pikmin were launched. The Inklings are great characters and hopefully Nintendo uses them in future Nintendo promotional images.
It really is great that the game has man fans already for a New IP from Nintendo. Nintendo should keep the new IP's rolling out. 2 or 3 more AAA new IP's with the quality of Splatoon and even the biggest Nintendo naysayer will be looking at Nintendo again.
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