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Strong Start For Nintendo's Wii U Shooter Splatoon

First key sales milestone reported for quirky team-based shooter.


Nintendo has announced its quirky team-based shooter Splatoon has sold over one million copies worldwide.

According to official figures provided by the platform holder, more than 230,000 physical and digital copies were sold in Europe, while the Japanese market accounted for 360,000.

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476,000 copies were sold in North America, while Australians purchased 20,000 units.

"Since Splatoon launched on May 29, it has been great to see so many players competing in online matches," said Nintendo of Europe president Satoru Shibata.

"We are pleased this new Wii U exclusive game is capturing the imagination of so many fans across Europe, and look forward to bringing more exclusive titles to both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS this year."

Nintendo is continuing to release new content for Splatoon regularly. In early June, it made a new weapon available, and it more content is planned for Splatoon throughout the summer.

GameSpot's Splatoon review described the game as "the antithesis to the modern shooter," but added that it "primarily deserves recognition for what it is, not what it isn't."

"It's a wonderful game with charm and inventive ideas that work and pave the way for new experiences in an otherwise stale category of games."

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