As you likely know, launching a new IP is a risky endeavour. On the one hand, it may be just the thing the market wants and become a massive success. Like Splatoon, Minecraft, Five Nights at Freddy’s or any number of popular new franchises.
If you play your cards right, it could be the best decision you’ve made in years.
But at the same time, that’s no guaranteed. Remember, history is littered with the corpses of franchises that never made it. Or standalone games that were intended to become the start of a massive series but fizzled out of existence after one unpopular title.
So when Nintendo launched ARMS, it wasn’t quite clear how popular the game would be. Sure it had a fanbase prior to launch, thanks to the character designs and concepts. And sure, things like reviews were decent all round.
Yet neither of those necessarily translate to success. After all, look at Earthbound. It’s a great game in a great series, but it certainly didn’t do too hot in the SNES era. And that’s basically the king of video game cult classics!
So ARMS had quite the uphill battle here.
Fortunately though, it seems to have paid off! Why?
Because not only has ARMS gained a large online following, but it’s blasted well past 1 million copies since its launch about a month ago! Yes, since the 16th June 2017, ARMS has managed to sell 1.18 million copies worldwide!
And that’s pretty impressive given the console. I mean, we’ve only sold about 5 million Switch consoles up until now.
So somehow, ARMS has managed to get about a fifth of the entire Switch userbase playing it.
It’s a good start for a new IP. But what about other games? Are Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Splatoon 2 stacking up well?
Most certainly! Since its launch, Breath of the Wild has sold an amazing 3.92 million units, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe selling 3.54 million. That’s pretty impressive when you consider that Twilight Princess (released in a similar situation) sold about half of that in its first year, and only matched it after two.
As for Splatoon 2… well it’s not been out too long as of yet. However, it has sold over half a million copies in three days over in Japan, and only narrowly missed out on the number 1 spot in UK sales charts.
So yeah, it’s good news for Nintendo. ARMS has done well, Splatoon 2 has done well and pretty much all their major Switch games up to this point have done well.
Let’s hope this level of success keeps going for the foreseeable future!