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Splatoon 3 helps lift Nintendo Switch sales 36% in Japan

Game hardware bounces back from year-earlier slump, magazine's data shows

Splatoon 3, launched in September, set a new Japanese sales record for Switch games in the days following its launch. (Photo courtesy of Nintendo)

OSAKA -- Sales of Nintendo's Switch game systems grew an estimated 36% on the year in Japan last quarter, buoyed by the September release of the blockbuster shooter sequel Splatoon 3.

Video game magazine Famitsu estimates that 1.18 million Switches were sold during the July-September period, based on such data as store sales. Famitsu's numbers are known to closely track Nintendo's official figures, which are not out yet for the just-ended quarter.

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