Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night sold really well on Nintendo Switch

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night sales Nintendo Switch sales sold really well Koji Igarashi ArtPlay 505 Games

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night creator Koji Igarashi recently spoke to Famitsu, and Nintendo Everything has translated some of the highlights. Chiefly, when asked which platform saw the biggest response to the game, Igarashi answered with Nintendo Switch, saying, “Sales were well above our expectations.” Since the game had actually released one week later on Switch than on other platforms, he had assumed people would not want to wait that extra length, so he was surprised with the response.

Igarashi speculated on why the Nintendo Switch version sold so well, saying it could be because many of his games (portable Castlevania entries especially) had come to Nintendo platforms before and also because of Switch’s unique portability. Putting the two together, he noted that there were fans who were still asking for his old handheld games to come to home consoles — so Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is the next best thing.

Additionally, about which regions Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night sold best in, the answer was unsurprisingly North America, followed in order by Japan, China, and the United Kingdom. Igarashi explained that, “back in the day,” North America accounted for half of his games’ sales, but with Bloodstained, North America actually accounted for even more than that.

In total, the game has sold over 1 million copies, though the precise breakdown across platforms and regions has not been made public.


John Friscia
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